By - 9/1/11 - 6:53 pm

The Boston Fire Department evacuated the higher floors of 1 Nassau St., a residential tower where "a major water leak" on the 23rd floor sent water cascading into floors and light fixtures below.

Although the water reached the 11th floor, significant damage was only reported on floors 17 and up, which were ordered evacuated.... Read more

By - 8/25/11 - 9:41 am

Benjamin G. Smith discovers somebody'd finally had enough of the Banksy off Essex Street in Chinatown.

Pre-graffiti version of the graffiti.

By - 8/19/11 - 3:29 pm

Storm rakes the Back Bay. Photo by Drew.Storm rakes the Back Bay. Photo by Drew.

An astonished Government Center worker e-mailed about the hail around 3:30 p.m. To be more exact, he wrote:


At least one hailstone the... Read more

By - 8/16/11 - 5:01 pm

Rumor, on Warrenton Street, had to explain to the Boston Licensing Board why it was cited by police for having a customer smoking inside during an inspection on July 3 and why a 19-year-old was allowed to get a drink before slipping on a step and cracking his head open on July 20.

Club manager Tom Montgomery blamed the difficulties of catering to foreign students.... Read more

By - 8/11/11 - 3:34 pm


On the heels of today's announcement that Anthony's Pier 4 is slated to become a mixed-use, 21-story, high-rise development that will include retail and residential (apartments) comes news that an empty parking lot near Chinatown and the Theater District is the site of a proposed 29-story apartment building.

The Boston Herald, Banker & Tradesman, and Boston Business... Read more

By - 8/10/11 - 9:02 am

A woman will be arraigned today on charges she shook her 3-year-old daughter violently, then pushed her to the ground.

Yan Zhu, 44, is scheduled for arraignment in Boston Municipal Court for assault and battery for an incident yesterday morning at a Silver Line bus stop near Tufts Medical Center, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Witnesses who spotted the attack called 911... Read more

By - 7/29/11 - 2:03 pm

Don't worry, the WF words don't come up once in the Dig interview.

By - 7/25/11 - 5:41 pm

Crime Boston has details of an 18-year-old indicted in federal court on charges he sold crack cocaine and heroin - which he allegedly stored in bags clenched in his buttocks - in the men's room at the Chinatown Registry of Motor Vehicles.

By - 7/20/11 - 1:42 pm

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process,... Read more

By - 7/18/11 - 2:52 pm

James W. Randolph, 51, with a record that includes a manslaughter conviction, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court today on charges he stabbed a man around 2:40 a.m. on LaGrange Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The victim, a 53-year-old Mattapan man, was taken to Mass. General with a stab wound to the chest, but is expected to survive, the DA's office says.... Read more

By - 7/8/11 - 1:56 pm

Ed note: Crime Boston broke the news of the indictments yesterday.

Federal indictments against 26 people describe a Chinese-led crime ring that deals drugs, runs gambling dens and brings women up from New York to work in brothels in a city ringleaders feel is full of rich bumpkins ripe for the picking.

According to court documents, Boston was also where ringleaders - some of... Read more

By - 7/5/11 - 9:43 am

The Chinatown Blog recounts the neighborhood's history, starting in the 1830s, when a tidal marsh was filled in for a mixed-use development that included rail yards and residential buildings.

By - 7/1/11 - 12:38 pm

A Chinatown restaurant caught serving well past its 2 a.m. closing time again was slapped with a one-day license suspension.

A manager at Bubor Cha-Cha, 45 Beach St., told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing this week he didn't really know why the restaurant was still open at 3:15 a.m. on May 7 - when police issued the eatery a citation - but... Read more

By - 6/27/11 - 3:41 pm

Only suffered a broken elbow, Channel 5 reports.

By - 6/23/11 - 10:36 am

You know, the guy who always claims he needs $7.75 to get to an appointment with his probation officer in Worcester. SelfRighteousCyclist reports:

Sob Story Guy has been called out too many times on the Red Line. Now hustling outside the RMV on Washington

Can you imagine the conversation between him and Spare Change Guy?... Read more

By - 5/24/11 - 3:45 pm

Felt on Washington Street and Caprice on Tremont Street had to explain themselves to the Boston Licensing Board today over brawls involving women.

In Felt's case, board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer told bar owners they need to get a handle on why they keep having trouble with women; in Caprice's case, managers had to listen as police described a large brawl that saw women taking... Read more

By - 5/17/11 - 7:57 am

Beth reports that as her Orange Line train approached New England Tufts Medical Center around 10:40 last night, the operator announced:

Next stop: Hogwarts. Don't forget your wands.

This train now running express to Mordor.

By - 5/16/11 - 5:47 pm

South Boston youth-sports activist Bob Ferrara announced today he's running for the District 2 seat (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Bay Village and a smidge of Dorchester) held by incumbent Bill Linehan. Suzanne Lee, former principal of the Quincy School in Chinatown, had previously announced she was running as well.

Ferrara accused Linehan of being a Menino mouthpiece:

Inside baseball and backroom deals have

... Read more
By - 5/6/11 - 6:44 am

Nurses, hospital reached a last-minute deal, Channel 5 reports.

By - 5/3/11 - 5:58 pm

Beaver in a box

The Wilbur Theater posted a larger version of this photo today along with this caption:

Beaver caught by police on Washington st in Chinatown. In white box.

Can I get a WTF? I bet there's quite a tail here.... Read more