Chinatown

Chinatown

By - 9/5/12 - 12:09 pm

BPD brass, managers of the Wang Theater, the Charles Playhouse and the W Hotel and elderly residents of a Tremont Street building turned out en masse at a licensing hearing this morning to oppose Royale's request to increase its capacity from 770 to 1220, saying the area has enough trouble already with the club goers it has now.

Royale argues the increase would actually make the neighborhood safer because the concerts the new capacity would allow would get out an hour earlier than the current 2 a.m. closing time.

By - 8/31/12 - 12:00 am

Royale, 279 Tremont St., is seeking permission from the city to expand its capacity from 775 to the 1,200 patrons its troubled predecessor, Roxy, was once allowed to let in.

The Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing holds a hearing on the request on Sept. 5. The office slashed Roxy's maximum capacity to 775 in 2007 after a skein of violations, from overcrowding in the streets at closing to cases of assault and battery.

By - 8/30/12 - 10:20 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that started in a stove at the Ga Ga Seafood Restaurant, 25 Tyler St., went to two alarms after it was reported at 9:46 a.m.

The fire displaced 24 residents living in seven apartments above the restaurant and did an estimated $300,000 in damage - to the restaurant and six nearby businesses - the department says.

By - 8/15/12 - 11:50 am

One of the two men shot at the Glass Slipper on LaGrange Street a week ago remains hospitalized in critical condition - and needed emergency surgery yesterday - a Boston Police detective said today.

Sgt. Det. Michael Talbot, other police officers and the owner and some workers at the Glass Slipper testified today at a hearing by the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on the Aug. 8 shooting, allegedly by Steven Gayle of Jamaica Plain.

By - 8/9/12 - 8:07 pm

Adam Castiglioni reports on a BRA vote tonight to allow a 19-story hotel with 240 "micro guest rooms" at Stuart and Tremont.

By - 8/8/12 - 7:52 am

UPDATE: Suspect identified as Steven Gayle, 35, of Jamaica Plain.

This morning, blood stains the sidewalk outside the Glass Slipper, a Combat Zone holdover on LaGrange Street, where two people were shot around closing time today.

By - 8/6/12 - 4:32 pm

"America's Most Wanted" featured the case of the Army vet gunned down in the Theater District; report includes video of the fight in which Perez died and alerts us that Perez was shot in the back, allegedly by Peter Castillo, a Salem man who apparently fled Boston to New York and then to the Dominican Republic before police could catch up with him.

By - 7/30/12 - 8:55 am

DotSoon, all that will be left are the ghosts.

Demolition crews are, finally, tearing down the hulking old Dainty Dot Hosiery building on Kingston Street, where Chinatown meets the Leather District and the Greenway. Once they're done with the 123-year-old building, construction crews will start work on a 26-story apartment building. So if you want to see a reminder of when the area was filled with clothing factories, you need to get down there soon.

More on the building's history - which started when it was erected after the Great Fire of 1872.

By - 7/26/12 - 2:33 pm

Joyce Kulhawik's hand

If Brad Kelly hadn't taken the photo, we never would have believed the new Revere Hotel on Stuart Street has a print of Joyce Kulhawik's disembodied hand. Or as Brad puts it:

By - 7/13/12 - 9:00 pm

A fare-hike protest that began outside the Park Street T stop this evening ended at Chinatown station on the Orange Line, where 25 protesters held open the fare gates on the inbound side and cheered when maybe 10 people went through the open gates - although some pressed their Charlie Cards to the readers anyway.

By - 6/29/12 - 4:03 pm

Two Lynn residents were arrested today on charges they misled police and a grand jury investigating the way a Revere man was gunned down on Tremont Street in April.

Luis Sepelveda, 27, and Janice Hardy, 22, are both pals of Peter Castillo, a Salem man who went missing before police could arrest him on a murder charge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 6/26/12 - 2:25 pm

MurrettA Quincy man who allegedly told police he never goes anywhere without his gun made an exception in the Theater District Saturday night - and now he faces a criminal charge, and somebody out there has a free loaded semi-automatic weapon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

John Murrett, 26, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court this morning on a charge of improper storage of a firearm, the DA's office reports.

Murrett has a license to carry his Ruger LC9 semiautomatic handgun, but when bouncers at Club Royale found it on him during a patdown, they refused to let him in the club, the DA's office says.

By - 6/19/12 - 8:05 am

Around 8:15 p.m. yesterday, Rachel Zarrell spotted Sob Story Guy getting on the Orange Line at Chinatown:

Needed money to get to Worcester to "treat his staph infection." Was pretty gross.

But by 11, he'd either gotten it looked at or had just become resigned to it. Colin Steele reported from the Red Line near Harvard:

No story this time, just "anybody? Anybody?"

By - 6/14/12 - 7:43 am

Perfect Curve, a Chinatown company that sells accessories for maintaining your collection of baseball caps, is suing the owner of a mall chain that sells baseball caps for selling allegedly patent-violating knockoffs.

In its lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Perfect Curve said it had long sold cap storage devices and deodorizers to Hat World, Inc. - which owns the Lids stores typically found in malls - without problem. In 2005, the two companies even discussed Hat World buying Perfect Curve. But, negotiations failed and then last year, Hat World stopped buying Perfect Curve products. And then, Perfect Curve charges, Lids began selling similar looking and named products - one of which even came with an instruction booklet identical to the one Perfect Curve distributes.

Perfect Curve says one of the products violates its patent for:

By - 6/7/12 - 7:29 pm

Boston Police report they have an arrest warrant for Peter Castillo, 23, of Salem, for the April 28 murder of Stephen Perez on Tremont Street.

Anyone who knows where Castillo is can call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or contact the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 6/1/12 - 3:56 pm

Two musicians walked out of the Tam on Tremont Street early Sunday into a chaotic scene following one of your basic head-punching Theater District fights outside a neighboring pizza place.

That much guitarists Javier Reyes and Dustin Boudreau of Animals as Leaders and Boston Police agree on. Their accounts of what led to the two winding up in a cell at District A-1 for the rest of the night, and in court a couple days later for arraignment, however, diverge after that.

By - 5/30/12 - 3:25 pm

For the second time this spring, Bijou Nightclub on Stuart Street found itself before city Licensing Director Patricia Malone to explain why police found people perched on top of couches near the club dance floor.

To be sure, this time police detectives found only three people upright on couches - although an alleged wiseass jumped up on a couch when police ordered the initial three down - and the club said they were only standing there, unlike an earlier incident involving close to 50 people actively gyrating on the tops of couches, Malone heard at a hearing this morning.

By - 5/7/12 - 5:17 pm

Boston Police report the four men spotted running out of a parking garage around the time Stephen Perez was murdered may have been at a birthday party at Caprice/Underbar, 275 Tremont St. earlier in the evening.

By - 5/4/12 - 6:35 pm

Boston Police report they are looking for the four men shown rapidly exiting a Theater District parking garage around the time Stephen Perez was fatally shot on Tremont Street.

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