By - 2/24/10 - 12:31 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports a double-digit decline in salmonella cases among Bostonians of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, which it credits to a public-awarness campaign aimed at Chinatown residents.

According to the commission:

By - 2/21/10 - 3:17 pm

Tom O'Keefe takes in the Chinese New Year festivities in Chinatown:

Mike Ball took photos and shows us the littlest lion:

By - 1/26/10 - 2:21 pm


On Sunday, the Globe Magazine posited that Bostonians who object to City Hall, the JFK Building and that mental-health building with the staircases to nowhere are simply stupid, plebian dunderheads unable to grasp the magnificence and brilliance of these 1960s and 1970s edifices and their role in restoring Boston's luster after decades of decline. Or as writer Sarah Schweitzer (of course), put it:

By - 1/25/10 - 8:32 am

Boston Police report a woman sitting in her car at 25 Beach St. was approached by a black man, about 5'10", who opened her car door and attempted to snatch her purse. She resisted, he punched her in the face, then got her out of her car and drove away.

By - 1/15/10 - 4:49 pm

The FBI reports the Sovereign Bank branch at 43 Kneeland St. was robbed around 3:50 p.m. on Monday by a guy who showed a note and motioned as if he had a gun.

Look familiar? Call the FBI Bank Robbery and Violent Crimes Task force at 617-223-6408.

By - 12/25/09 - 11:57 am

David Schachner wandered around downtown last night, taking photos, including this one.

Copyright David Schachner. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/23/09 - 3:28 pm

Channel 4 reports the 7-year-old student at the Quincy School in Chinatown was rushed to nearby Tufts Medical Center this afternoon. The Herald reports he was revived by two school nurses.

By - 12/4/09 - 5:21 pm

And now the Orange Line has ground to a halt.

By - 10/13/09 - 8:29 am

So the Fire Department puts out a $100,000 fire in a prominent Chinatown restaurant and uncovers illegal living quarters and possibly a gambling den in the seven floors above it. The Herald has the story. The Globe doesn't.

By - 10/12/09 - 4:54 pm

A Chinatown restaurant's decision to seat two separate parties at the same table early one May morning led to a mugging and beating that left one man with permanent brain damage, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police charge, announcing the arrest of three men and a teenager for the attack.

By - 10/12/09 - 11:42 am

Local 718 tweets a fire broke out in a heating unit at Pho Hoa, 17 Beach St., around 11 a.m.

The Boston Fire Department tweets the fire did roughly $100,000 in damage and that firefighters checking upper floors of the building found "a large room for sleeping" on the fifth floor, more "illegal rooms for people to sleep in" on the second floor and a social club on the third floor with "what appeared to be many code violations." Police and Inspectional Services are now handling the investigation.

By - 10/9/09 - 12:57 pm

Photos. Background on the three-month project.

By - 10/5/09 - 8:26 am

Ari Herzog reminds us why it's a good thing we're usually asleep at 2:30 a.m. instead of trying to get something to eat at the Apollo restaurant in Chinatown:

... About TWO HOURS AFTER entering the place, and telling the kitchen to stop the teriyaki dish, we want to leave. We can't. We have a bill for $32. That was after taking the teriyaki dish off the bill. Why should we pay for food that arrived OVER AN HOUR LATE due to waiter forgetfulness and then bringing out the wrong teriyaki dish? Back and forth with the manager, yelling match ensues, we refuse to pay the bill but they won't let us out without paying.

Did I mention the large-framed bouncer at the door? ...

By - 9/18/09 - 1:24 pm

The Boston Fire Department tweets the 2:30 a.m. fire, in a six-story apartment building at 49 Beach St., started in the basement, caused $200,000 of damage and forced 125 residents into the cold early morning air - 12 of whom had to be taken down on Fire Department ladders.

By - 9/1/09 - 10:23 pm

New buidling on EssexDeveloper Ori Ron told the Boston Civic Design Commission tonight he still plans to build a tower combining condos with retail space at the Dainty Dot parcel at Kingston and Essex streets, where Chinatown meets the Leather District and the Greenway.

Ron also told commission members and nearby residents he would not leave them with another Filene's-type hole: He said he would not tear down the existing Dainty Dot building until he has financing in place to at least build the external frame of the tower.

Ron showed the commission revised plans for the 180-unit building - which already has city approval - that would lower its height from 291 to 261 feet, decrease the number of parking spaces in a garage built into the building's lower floors and do away completely with the skeletal remains of the Dainty Dot building that now sits on the parcel.

By - 8/25/09 - 4:39 pm

Boston Police report a man walking along Kneeland Street around 11:50 a.m. on Monday was approached by two black males, one of whom said he had a gun and took his wallet.

Police say officer soon found one of the suspects, whom the victim identified. They add he had an amount of money on him that exactly equaled the amount the victim said had been taking from him.

Darrell Weaver, 50, was charged with armed robbery.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/24/09 - 5:14 pm

The MBTA says it's shutting down its GPS-based arrival system along Washington Street tomorrow to comply with a federal mandate to change the frequencies used by the system.

The T says it expects to have the system up and running by Sept. 24. The FCC is forcing the T to change frequencies to keep the system from possibly interfering with public-safety services. The T adds:

In addition, Global Positioning System (GPS) technology will be unavailable to dispatchers in the MBTA's Bus Operations Control Center. As a result, bus dispatchers will not have the capability of making real time schedule adjustments. As the MBTA’s mobile radios are reprogrammed, they will begin to migrate over to the new frequency set and begin to populate the data system. Completion is slated for September 24th, but communications personnel are determined to complete the transition before that date.

By - 7/17/09 - 9:44 am


She adds:

Said person was off the bus with her toddler when this all went down; situation resolved by driving away from inbound Herald St stop.

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.