Stanley Staco reports a man with a gun tried to hold up somebody outside Chau Chow City, 83 Essex St., shortly after 4 a.m., then fled in a gray Lexus or Infiniti.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Enzo Sushi on Kneeland Street has shut down its conveyor belt for the last time.
A wary citizen complains about snow piled up on a ledge at the top of 40 Beach St. in Chinatown:
A wall of maybe a bankers box sized chunk of snow fell onto The street and almost onto a young woman with a baby carriage. Another almost fell on to me. There is more snow up there and I can see from the look... Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports water from a leaking sprinkler dripped onto a second-floor heating unit at 36 Harrison Ave. in Chinatown shortly after noon, sending smoke into the building's duct work.
Four firefighters and one resident were taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation, the department says, adding that because the smoke was all over the building, it took firefighters some... Read more
Jordan Munson asks:
Best place in Chinatown (Boston) to grab a quick ramen lunch?
Via Scott Kirsner, we learn the BPD licensing division shut down the bar at the Boston Holiday Tech Co-Party at the Revere Hotel early this morning because it was an open bar and that's against the law for events that charge admission.
The party, co-sponsored by a who's who list of local venture and tech law firms - and Red Bull and Absolut... Read more
Around 2 p.m., Adam Castiglioni reported the lights were out at the Tufts Medical Center stop.
Transit Police responded fairly quickly:
Electricians are working on the problem and additional staff were sent to the station to assist passengers.
As of 5 p.m., however, Boston to a T reports:
Still pretty much pitch black at Tufts Medical station.... Read more
A bouncer at the Theater District club who had just exchanged punches with an irate customer kicked the man in the face while he was lying on the ground in the process of being arrested, police and the club's general manager told the Boston Licensing Board today.
According to police, an officer on a Theater District patrol around 1 a.m. noticed a fight around 1:50... Read more
A fire in an electrical room just beyond the inbound platform at Tufts Medical Center brought the Orange Line to an abrupt end this morning.
The Boston Fire Department reports a 15,000-volt line began to smolder around 10:10 a.m. Firefighters had to bring in dry-powder extinguishers to put out the fire - and several "smoke ejectors" to clear the smoke out of the station.... Read more
Arturo Gossage spent some time yesterday watching BWSC workers repairing the burst main that shut down the intersection of Stuart and Warrenton streets - and the Charles Playhouse.
A burst water main at Stuart and Warrenton streets caused traffic issues and forced the shutdown of the Charles Playhouse because the low-pressure main fed its toilets and sprinklers, the Boston Fire Department reports:
Theater has no working fire sprinkler system and toilets not functioning because of no water pressure. Shows cancelled.
The eight-inch main burst around 11:30 a.m.... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a two-day license suspension for the Glass Slipper because police detectives on a routine inspection spotted two dancers letting customers get a feel in a private-dance area.
At a hearing Wednesday, club co-owner Nicholas Romano said the bouncer assigned to the $30-per-customer private-dance area to make sure nothing untoward goes on had just stepped out to use the... Read more
Two "entertainers" at the LaGrange Street strip club were ordered to go home on Sept. 25 after a manager found them touching a couple of patrons in a private-dance room, right under "NO TOUCHING" signs.
Unfortunately for the club, the manager wasn't the only one to see the illegal contact - two Boston Police detectives on a routine inspection also observed the conduct. They wrote... Read more
Jacqueline Church, who lives next door to Chinatown, reacts to some white foodie's rant about how she allegedly only gets authentic food at a Chinese restaurant when she goes there with a Chinese acquaintance - and provides tips for trying things that might not be on the menu:
Donâ€™t assume that Chinese restaurants are trying to dupe you or are interested in serving you... Read more
Firefighters began evacuating 76 South Street around 9:40 a.m. when a steam pipe under the street failed as only a steam pipe can, turning the building into an instant shvitz with steam pouring into it.
A hazmat team was also called in, because old pipes could be lined with asbestos.
Firefighters discovered that, in addition to the steam pipe, a water main under the... Read more
District 2 (South Boston, South End, downtown, Chinatown), incumbent City Councilor Bill Linehan is shocked almost beyond belief about a mailing from opponent Suzanne Lee, which includes a snippet from a column in which the Globe's Yvonne Abraham called him a dinosaur.
In a statement reminiscent of the time mayoral candidate Ray Flynn accused an opponent of calling him "a lizard," Linehan demands... Read more
In a genial, low-key forum tonight, District 2 (South Boston, South End Chinatown) Councilor Bill Linehan and second-time challenger Suzanne Lee seemed to agree on many issues. Both said South Boston needs help to avoid choking on traffic and having longtime families driven out because of neighborhood yuppification, both said they're not endorsing either candidate for mayor but could work with whoever's elected, both said... Read more