Chinatown

By - 1/5/14 - 1:16 pm

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 of people that have been more falling snow. But the very least, there should be a barrier around the area where the snow was falling so that you don't walk under it anymore. At best, it should be taken off the ledge.

By - 1/4/14 - 1:38 pm

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.

By - 1/2/14 - 5:33 pm
Snow-covered sinkhole in Chinatown in Boston.

Bobby Main shows us the Washington Street sinkhole in Chinatown this evening. It opened up early this morning and tried to eat a DPW truck.

By - 1/2/14 - 9:26 am

Glub, glub at Washington and Kneeland around 4 a.m. Avoid the area, the city says.

Earlier:
Bus-swallowing sinkhole.

By - 12/27/13 - 12:31 pm

Jordan Munson asks:

Best place in Chinatown (Boston) to grab a quick ramen lunch?

By - 12/21/13 - 9:02 pm
Ferret on the MBTA

Kayla Greenberg spotted a woman and her ferret at the Chinatown Orange Line stop tonight.

Same ferret two years ago at Back Bay?

By - 12/14/13 - 11:18 am

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.

By - 12/11/13 - 5:22 pm
Tufts Medical Center in the dark

Attack of the shadow people this afternoon. Photo by Justin.

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.

By - 12/3/13 - 11:35 am

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 a.m. at Cure, 246 Tremont St. He rushed over as a bouncer and a patron were punching each other in the face. The officer separated the two and was in the process of arresting the patron when the bouncer kicked the man in the face with one of his black boots.

By - 11/29/13 - 11:57 am

Smoky Tufts platform. Photo by BFD.

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.

The station was turned back to the T around 11:50 a.m. Service on the Orange Line resumed shortly after noon - although the Tufts Medical Center stop remained shut.

By - 11/18/13 - 7:38 am
BWSC at work

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.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/17/13 - 1:11 pm
Gushing water

Gushing water. Photo by BFD.

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.

By - 11/15/13 - 10:30 am

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.

By - 11/12/13 - 7:35 pm

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 a citation for "physical contact between dancers and male patrons in violation of the Boston Licensing Rules and Regulations 1.12(C) (D) and (F)."

By - 11/7/13 - 9:09 am

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:

Don’t assume that Chinese restaurants are trying to dupe you or are interested in serving you bad food. In my experience, they are genuinely happy if someone is curious or adventurous about their cuisine and they’re proud to share it.

By - 11/6/13 - 9:48 am
South Street steam leak

South Street steam. Photo by Joe Yuska.

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.

By - 11/1/13 - 1:05 pm

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.

By - 10/28/13 - 9:49 pm

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 they would seek to repeal a requirement that small landlords pay fees to have their apartments inspected.

By - 10/25/13 - 7:02 am

The Walsh campaign has announced an 11;45 a.m. endorsement at the Moakley Courthouse by state Sen. Therese Murray.

CommonWealth reports that the vast majority of outside money pouring into Boston is pouring into Walsh's coffers:

By - 10/23/13 - 9:23 am

The Globe does the blow by blow. The Herald focuses on schools and unions.

David Bernstein explains why Walsh's sudden demand that Connolly release a list of every law client he ever had was kind of stupid.

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