Chinatown

By - 5/21/10 - 3:02 pm

Boston Police tweet the Sovereign Bank branch at 43 Kneeland St. was held up this afternoon by a skinny black guy, about 5'10", with a scruffy goatee and wearing a Yankees cap. He fled on foot.

The branch was last robbed Jan. 11 - by somebody not wearing a Yankees cap.

By - 5/15/10 - 6:36 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man who was being chased by the two guys he alleged stabbed when officers arrived.

Troy Brison, 45, of Dorchester, was charged with two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, possession of crack cocaine and illegal possession of a prescription drug.

Police say that when officers arrived at Surface Road and Lincoln Street in Chinatown around 6:20 p.m. yesterday, two BTD workers pointed out a guy being chased by two other men.

By - 5/14/10 - 8:05 pm

UPDATE: Arrest made.

Boston Police report a woman was "indecently assaulted" in the fifth-floor hallway of the Doubletree Hotel, 821 Washington St., on May 9.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black man with a shaved head, about 5'11" with a medium build. He appeared to be between 35 and 45 and had an accent; may have been wearing blue jeans and carrying a backpack.

By - 5/11/10 - 5:54 pm

Imagine the bidding war between the makers of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra for this sign near the end of the turnpike:

Rising interest?

By - 4/25/10 - 6:49 pm

Boston Police report a cop working a detail at the Chow Chow Restaurant, 83 Essex St. around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, heard a loud thump and looked down to see a silver gun by the feet of a guy waiting in line to place an order.

Police say Elis Brea, 25, of Roxbury, asked the officer if he could get a do-over and put the gun back in his car. "No," the officer replied. Brea was then arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition - police say the gun was loaded with six rounds.

Innocent, etc.

By - 4/5/10 - 1:55 pm

Firefighter on the roof

Mike Gauthier recorded the scene outside his apartment on Hudson Street in Chinatown this afternoon, shortly after this conversation:

Me: do you smell something?
Cat: Meow

By - 3/31/10 - 10:45 am

Officials from the Doubletree Hotel on Washington Street told the Boston Licensing Board yesterday they are retraining staff following a March 3 incident in which a woman naked from the waist down sitting on a lobby couch around 2:30 a.m. was allowed to be hustled into a car outside without a call to police.

By - 3/30/10 - 1:05 pm

But if an incident at the Glass Slipper on LaGrange Street is any proof, they need to do a better job screening the help.

The strip club, one of the few remaining in Boston, was before the Licensing Board today on a charge of serving alcohol to a minor after police discovered a drunken, drugged up and "unresponsive" stripper was under 21.

Club Manager Michael Bennett told the board the woman was a temp hired from a local agency and that she apparently arrived for duty the night of Nov. 30 already drunk. A police officer said the woman told him she'd consumed half a bottle of vodka.

By - 3/13/10 - 1:20 pm

Chinatown Blogger recalls Ngau Ming, or, in English, Crazy Ming, probably one of the neighborhood's top kung-fu fighters - who didn't mind getting into fights at the local bars:

... When I met him I realized more clearly why it was easy for him to get into a fight. He had a crazy stare that just looked off and made you nervous even if you were his friend. Whether he was born like that or became like that over a lifetime or a combination of both is unknown to me. ...

By - 3/12/10 - 8:09 am

The New Center for Arts and Culture is the latest in a string of institutions to pull out of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Globe reports. Apparently, backers were able to raise just a quarter of the $80 million in projected costs. It joins the Horticultural Society's Garden under the Glass and the first proposal for the Boston Museum on the scrapheap.

By - 2/27/10 - 12:45 am

Boston Police report a woman sitting in her car at Hudson and Tai Tung streets around 7:20 a.m. on Feb. 18 was ordered to hand over her purse by two black men. When she refused, they punched her in the face and grabbed her purse.

By - 2/27/10 - 12:39 am

Boston Police report a woman was pulled from her car, punched in the face and robbed, around 2:49 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Beach Street and Harrison Avenue.

By - 2/25/10 - 9:05 am

Boston Police report a man getting into his van at 21 Edinboro St. was approached by two men who demanded money around 5:50 a.m. on Jan. 27, then punched him in the face, took his wallet and drove away in his van. Suspects described as one black male and one man who might be white.

By - 2/25/10 - 8:41 am

Boston Police report an elderly woman was robbed of $100 by a black man, about 6'1", who grabbed her by the neck and pushed her to the ground as she was trying to get into the elevator at 15 Oxford St.

By - 2/24/10 - 10:46 pm

The Chinatown Blog relays a police report on three carjackings and two street robberies since Jan. 17. In four cases, victims were punched in the face; in the fifth, the victim was grabbed by the neck and shoved to the ground. Police are looking for a pair of mugggers - one black, the other one possibly white.

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

BlecchBlecch

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.