By - 8/25/14 - 12:03 pm

A concerned citizen reports somebody chained two buckets to a light pole at Beach and Oxford streets in Chinatown.

The city reports it promptly sent somebody down to remove the buckets, but did not say what was in them that would make them valuable enough to warrant trying to lock them down.

By - 8/20/14 - 7:38 pm

City officials backed and praised efforts by two culinary entrepreneurs to open a restaurant on Bunker Hill Street that will focus on small-plate dishes and pizza.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve both a food-serving license for Brewer's Fork, 29 Bunker Hill St. and the request of owners John Paine and Michael Austin to buy the beer, wine and liqueurs license of a Japanese place in Chinatown for $75,000.

By - 8/19/14 - 8:43 pm

A peeved citizen complains about a situation on South Street this afternoon:

This car doesn't have a resident sticker and is in a resident spot. I approached her bc I have a resident sticker and was waiting for a spot to open up. She basically told me "so what, not my problem, I have an appointment". Please send meter maid and ticket! Didn't make the situation any better having my 2 year old witness this lady yelling at me and I never raised my voice at her.

The city replies that justice is done:

By - 8/18/14 - 1:33 pm

A Boston Municipal Court judge today set bail of $1 million - twice what prosecutors asked - for Kareem Smith, 29, who was arrested on charges he shot four people in a Chinatown parking lot early Sunday.

Smith, released June 12 from a 5 1/2-year federal sentence for illegal possession of a loaded gun, opened fire on a crowd of about 100 people in the parking lot between Chau Chow City and Edinboro Street around 3 a.m., assistant Suffolk County DA Lindsey Weinstein said at Smith's arraignment this morning.

By - 8/17/14 - 9:18 am

Chinatown scene. Photo by David Mihal.

UPDATE: Police now say six people were shot.

UPDATE: Man held on $1 million bail; has different name, address than initially released by police.

Four people were shot outside the New Moon Villa Restaurant shortly before 3 a.m.

Boston Police report arresting Kareem Smith, 29, and say he has a record of firearms convictions.

By - 8/6/14 - 3:09 pm

Boston Police report a woman who was about to get into her car on Harrison Avenue in Chinatown around 8:15 this morning was surprised to see two people sleeping inside it.

By - 8/6/14 - 2:36 pm

Beijing Kyoto, 112 South St., will be replaced by a sit-down restaurant serving ramen-noodle soup, assuming the Boston Licensing Board approves.

Koichi Watanabe will re-open the restaurant as Amateras, with 45 seats.

Meanwhile, the new owner of the shuttered Apollo Grill and Sushi, 84 Harrison Ave., says she's extensively remodeling the place so that she can re-open it as a Panera-like bakery cafe, only one focused on Chinese food.

Separetely, the owners of Chatime on Harrison Avenue want to open a second outlet at 18 Hudson St. that would be open until 11 p.m. most days, but 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

By - 8/1/14 - 4:26 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered Chatime, 33 Harrison Ave., to shut for three days as penance for letting employees take over the place after closing on May 19 for an alcohol-enhanced farewell party for some workers going back to China.

At a hearing earlier this week, a police detective testified that, on entering the place around 12:10 a.m., - more than an hour after its allowed closing time - he spotted several people eating at a table that also had a bottle of Korean rice wine and an almost empty bottle of Jack Daniels. Chatime does not have a liquor license.

By - 7/17/14 - 12:16 am

Around midnight on Tyler Street. Police are looking for two suspects: Both Asian males in black T-shirts, one with short hair, the other with a baseball cap. They ran towards Harrison Avenue and Marginal Road.

By - 7/15/14 - 2:58 pm

A stripper new to Boston got herself and Centerfolds on Lagrange Street in trouble when she gave a customer an intimate neck rub - just as Boston Police detectives were conducting a surprise inspection.

Det. William Gallagher told the Boston Licensing Board this morning he had just gotten to the club's third-floor Champagne Room - where customers can pay for more personalized attention - around 12:35 a.m. on May 19, when he saw a "substantially unclothed" employee blatantly violate city ordinances that require a minimum two-foot separation at all times between strip-club workers en deshabille and customers:

By - 7/14/14 - 9:33 am

The Orange Line inbound is shut down this morning between North Station and Back Bay as emergency responders deal with the situation. The person was still alive when taken off the tracks for transport to a local hospital.

At 9:28 a.m., Gareth K. reported: reports:

Just got off the orange line which from what we could tell hit something in the tracks, emergency crew there within minutes.

By - 7/12/14 - 7:36 pm
Aftermath of brawl in Chinatown

Juan Perez thought he was just getting some late dinner at Peach Farm, 4 Tyler St., early this morning. He got to watch a fight, too, when a group of about 10 people launched a scrum shortly before 2 a.m. that left food all over the floor and part of a wall tumbled onto the ground.

He reports at least some of the participants did not appear to be teetotalers. In the video he took, a couple of participants were run out but decided to try to continue the discussion, which restaurant workers had none of. The video ends with blue lights flashing outside and a member of the local constabulary entering.

By - 7/11/14 - 2:57 pm
Smoke from fire on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston

Kait photographed the smoke rising from a car fire on the inbound turnpike under Washington Street shortly after noon today - not long after another car went up in flames on River Street at Rosa Street in Hyde Park.

Dessert1st got a view of the smoke plume from higher up:

Smoke rises from turnpike car fire in Boston
By - 7/11/14 - 12:25 am

Around 12:15 a.m. at Tremont Street near Marginal Road; one in the stomach. A suspect was arrested at Marginal and Washington.

UPDATE: Boston Police provide this account of what happened after an officer on patrol was flagged down by a whole group of people being chased by a guy with a knife:

By - 6/25/14 - 5:47 pm

A concerned citizen posts a photo of the ghastly scene off Tufts Street:

Ever growing Lake of foul liquid behind c-mart. It is bubbling.

By - 6/13/14 - 4:31 pm

Dylan Manley was at Chinatown on the Orange Line and reports service was halted around 4:20 p.m. when a man decided to go from one platform to the other by way of the tracks:

He walked down platform on NB side, jumped onto tracks, and walked across to SB side.

The T shut power as police got the trackwalker off the tracks - which turned out to be a good thing, Daniel Borque, who was also at Chinatown, reports:

He fell on third rail being hauled out. It was turned off or he'd have been a goner.

By - 6/11/14 - 4:30 pm

Njisane Chambers, 26, of Milton, had bail set at $25,000 at his arraignment on charges he stabbed a man and a woman in the back at closing time outside Rumor and Venu on Warrenton Street early Saturday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Police doing closing-time crowd control outside the bars came upon a woman lying on the ground, with two men grappling with each other above her, the DA's office says:

By - 6/7/14 - 8:27 am

UPDATE: Man convicted, faces minimum five-year sentence.

Boston EMS Incidents reports two people were stabbed on Warrenton Street around 2 a.m. - one in the chest, one in the side.

By - 5/20/14 - 3:04 pm

Chau Chow City, 81 Essex St., learns Thursday whether it faces any penalties for an April incident in which detectives say they found four people, at least one under age, drinking alcohol-infused "tea" and playing a drinking game that is illegal in Massachusetts restaurants.

By - 5/16/14 - 8:53 am

The Wall Street Journal has a nice overview of all the new residential projects attracting rich white people to the Washington Street corridor that starts this way:

New high-rise developments are transforming the neighborhood once called 'the Combat Zone'