Vanyaland reports the Citi Performing Arts Center, which runs the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is becoming the Boch Center, thanks to money from the car dealer, stepping up to replace the money from CitiBank, which gave up on supporting the arts in Boston when it gave up on Boston.
A developer has filed plans with the BRA to convert the top three floors of the eight-story 1919 New England Telephone switching station at Essex Street and Harrison Avenue into 46 apartments. Read more.
Two men who checked into the W Hotel Thursday night left bags full of crystal meth behind after one was transported to a nearby hospital for a suspected overdose and then after he returned both were kicked out, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Pilotblock noticed this map in the window of a South End real-estate broker, who's replaced Chinatown and Bay Village with "Midtown" (and dramatically expanded the range of "Waterfront" and de-annexed the Seaport from South Boston).
An irate citizen filed a complaint at 2:23 a.m. today about the intersection of Boylston and Tremont streets:
Street is closed - my uber driver just informed me that Boston closes the street every weekend to allow people to leave the bars! Frankly, I can't believe this. As a tax paying resident I think it's entirely inappropriate to deny residents access to their neighborhoods to allow people to leave a bar. Boston needs to come up with a new solution that doesn't inconvenience residents.
Chinatown residents walked out of a meeting with state and city officials over development next to South Station yesterday after learning much of the "affordable" housing there would not be affordable to them and that state plans call for keeping a park at the site the same size rather than ensuring its expansion. Read more.
The BRA has posted the design guidelines for developers who want to turn 5 1/2 acres of mostly state-owned land next to South Station into a "gateway" project - and a key part is a requirement that any development include a replacement for Reggie Wong Park, which consists mainly of basketball courts on Kneeland Street. Read more.
A night out on the town for four Tufts freshmen in April ended with one dead on the ground next to a Theater District garage. Now the club that let them reserve a table and share bottles of champagne and vodka has been hit with suspensions lasting more than a year for that and two other incidents involving underage drinkers. Read more.
The Chinatown Atlas is assembling first-person accounts, documents and photos related to Chinatown from its start in 1875 to today.
It's a project that involves professors at MIT and UMass Boston, along with Chinatown residents, the Chinese Historical Society of New England and the Chinatown Lantern Cultural and Educational Center.
The Bay State Banner reports on tension between tenants at Mass Pike Towers and Trinity Financial, which owns the 200-unit complex.
The Boston Licensing Board recently gave Sagarino's, 106 South St., the right to sell liquor in pint and half-pint bottles, after the store argued customers living in tiny units want the freedom to buy smaller liquor bottles to match their smaller storage space. Read more.
A Suffolk County grand jury yesterday indicted Xiao Ying Zhou, 45, of Sandwich on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of a collision causing personal injury for a Feb. 1 incident in which she allegedly hit and then dragged a pedestrian from Kneeland Street in Chinatown to Columbia Road in Uphams Corner with her SUV, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The victim sustained serious injuries from being hit and dragged that far; a second pedestrian was also hit, but not dragged.
Time was, the idea behind the Combat Zone was to concentrate all the adult entertainment in one small area to keep it out of the rest of the city. Then the BRA figured it could just demolish the entire area and all the theaters and shops would just, poof, disappear. But people fought them.
The T managed to get the carcass of the Orange Line train removed somehow, but even the residual delays are still "moderate." As Adam Cyr, who got stuck in the maelstrom, reports:
45 minutes stuck at DTX because they can't figure out how to push a train out of the way from Chinatown.