By - 6/25/09 - 12:24 am
Chinatown upside down

Truck Stop Tea Party looked down while walking through Chinatown.

Copyright Truck Stop Tea Party. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 6/19/09 - 9:38 am

The Chinatown Main Street Festival has been postponed from Sunday to July 12, by which time it will either have stopped raining or we'll all be living on rafts.


By - 6/10/09 - 12:39 pm

Nearly $200,000 in statewide grants help families cope with the economic crisis

By - 6/4/09 - 3:30 pm

Boston Police report arresting a New Yorker who allegedly knocked on a Chinatown resident's door, "flashed a badge and attempted to gain entry."

Police charged Hector Rincon, 26, of New York with impersonating a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The would-be victim told police Rincon was accompanied by two other similarly dressed men.

By - 5/28/09 - 2:07 pm

Boston Police tweet somebody was just stabbed at St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. Although paramedics are on scene, the homicide unit has been summoned just in case.

By - 5/21/09 - 2:04 pm

So mistakes happen and all four subway lines ground to a halt this morning because oopsies, somebody pulled a plug out of the wall tripped a circuit breaker.

But shouldn't the emergency lights that come on when the power goes out be able to guide passengers upstairs?

Apparently not. Bill describes the scene at New England Medical Center during this morning's festivities:

... The new emergency lights that have been installed recently (which - judging by the 600V warning sign on each of them - appear to draw directly from the track circuit) weren't working.

On the way up the stars the mass exodus of passengers crossed paths with a handful tourists headed down. Welcome to Boston.

Similar situation at Harvard.

By - 5/20/09 - 11:56 am

Rhea Becker ranks more than 30 restaurants in Chinatown - with special attention to the quality of their hot and sour soup.

By - 4/25/09 - 5:02 pm

Five people stabbed in three locations early this morning, with one location having three men stabbed, the Globe reports.

All five stabbing victims were men, ages 25 to 40, no further information provided. In the incident in Dorchester, the victim reportedly refused to describe his attacker(s).

By - 4/14/09 - 3:37 pm

Boston Police report a rebuffed request for money turned into an attempted holdup around 1:30 this morning in Chinatown: When a man refused to give some guy $2 at Washington and Essex streets, the guy started yelling at him.

According to the victim, the suspect then put his hand in his pocket feigning like he was armed and told the victim, "You are not going anywhere!" while pushing him several times.

The victim, however, did go somewhere - down Essex Street, where he had earlier seen some cops, who promptly arrested Douglas Murphy, 35, on charges of assault with intent to rob and assault and battery.

Innocent, etc.

By - 4/6/09 - 10:50 pm

This poster, spotted on Essex Street in Chinatown today by the Water Girl, would really benefit from a little Goldenstash magic (and make just as much sense).


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By - 4/1/09 - 12:19 pm

Because of its expansion through annexation and land reclamation, and because of the vast differences in size between its neighborhoods, making a web-ready neighborhood map of Boston is extremely difficult. Most online neighborhood maps currently available are simple line drawings or text paste-overs.

By - 3/24/09 - 7:57 am

The third in a series of shows with candidates to replace Sal DiMasi is today (Tuesday, 3/24) at 2:30 p.m. The presumptive leader in the 3rd Suffolk House race is on the Left Ahead! podcast. As former Speaker DiMasi’s fixer, the constituent services guy, Aaron Michlewitz is already well known and respected in the district. Listen in for his strategy to build on that.

By - 3/12/09 - 3:20 pm

Bostonia Rantida spots the moustachioed one out by C Mart, which she raves about:

... The bean sprouts there kick ass and since the Super 88 on Essex closed for renovations, the C Mart on Washington Street is just PACKED all the time. ...

And yes, as I read her post, I thought about why I like Goldenstash but have grown tired of OBEY boy and his peasant women. It's because the 'stash isn't a calculated ploy to sell stuff, he isn't plastered over every last surface, he's local, and he looks like the kind of dude you'd want to party with, not some menancing person who'd just as soon break your legs.

By - 2/25/09 - 12:13 am

Tufts University Police report a man was stabbed outside the Dunkin' Donuts at Kneeland and Knapp streets around 7:30 p.m., Tuesday:

The victim was able to walk to the Tufts Medical Center emergency department for treatment. The suspect was described as a black male, thin build, wearing a red jacket. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction and was not apprehended at the time of the crime.

By - 2/21/09 - 9:05 pm

Boston Police report a violent food fight at Chau Chow Restaurant, 83 Essex St., left three people with stab wounds and one guy with a large gash from the plate that came flying into his head while he was trying to eat, shortly before 3 a.m.

By - 2/17/09 - 7:58 pm

They look too good, reports the Urban Paramedic:

... Because we work so closely with the police, we know most of the cops by sight. It was funny to see the female officers, whom we'd known for years, passing themselves off as streetwalkers. Some would really get into it, wearing tight, ultra-short dresses, shiny stilettos, and gaudy jewelry. Despite this ridiculous getup, they tended to look better than the real hookers. While this certainly made it easier to lure johns, it sometimes gave them away. Real-life hookers don't look anything like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Instead, they tend to be dirty, scrawny, pathetic characters, addicted to crack or heroin. Johns occasionally became suspicious of the undercover officers because they looked a little too good. ...

He also describes actual prostitutes in action.

By - 2/8/09 - 3:31 pm

A guy in a South End coffeeshop clues Jeanne Harnois in about rents in the area where Chinatown, the Theatre District and the South End come together. Of course, there's a reason the rents are so good.

By - 2/6/09 - 10:56 am

Gladys "Shorty" Delgado, 49, of Revere, was convicted yesterday for selling crack to an undercover Boston cop during a drug sweep across downtown, the Theatre District and Chinatown, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas Horgan sentenced Delgado to three years in jail, the DA's office reports.

The DA's office says Delgado has a 15-page record dating back to 1976. She added to her file on April 15, 2008, when, according to prosecutors, she and a partner sold $20 of crack at lunchtime to the undercover cop in Chinatown.

In 2004, the Globe caught up with Shorty on Edinboro Street and chatted with her about how nice Edinboro Street was for her business:

... Delgado says she set up Edinboro as her base to sell freebased crack cocaine and heroin two years ago after police rousted her from Boston Common.

Delgado says she can make $500 a night from clientele coming to Edinboro from as far away as Gloucester. She buys Chinese food or McDonald's or sends the cocaine or heroin back into her body. ...

By - 2/4/09 - 4:45 pm

Showing up with a screwdriver and knife and trying to pry open some lockers. Boston Police report arresting a couple of Cambridge men on charges they had larceny on the mind at the Boston Sports Club, 695 Atlantic Ave. on Monday afternoon.

Joseph Rodenmacher, 39, of Cambridge and Christopher Frangos, 48, of Cambridge were arrested on charges of trespassing and possession of burglarious tools (a large screwdriver and a knife) after the club reported two suspicious non-members in the men's locker room.

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/1/09 - 7:56 pm
Chinese New Year

Paul Keleher took in the Chinese New Year festivities in Chinatown today. Charles Bandes took photos, too.

Photo used under Creative Commons.