Downtown

By - 4/18/14 - 10:02 am

The Globe looks at the prospects that the downtown developer may finally be able to tear down the Aquarium garage and put up that tower he wants, now that Boston has a mayor who doesn't take offense at his existence.

By - 4/18/14 - 9:24 am
Trolley at Devonshire Street in Boston

A.P. Blake reminds us that on this day in 1924, the predecessor of the MBTA shut the trolley line between downtown and East Boston for 50 hours to convert it into what we now know as the Blue Line.

The Boston Street Railway Association posted this photo of one of the old trolleys at Devonshire (late renamed State).... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 6:56 pm

A group of seven descended on a man and woman walking in Downtown Crossing Friday night and stopped beating the man only when they heard police sirens approaching, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The attack came just two days after a group of 20 went on a robbery and beating spree downtown.

Three men - Ayanle Mohamed, 24, of Charlestown, Liban... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 6:19 pm
Changing of the guard on Boylston Street

Brian D'Amico watched commemorations on Boylston Street, including a changing of the guard at a marker for one of the two explosion sites.

Meanwhile, Tom Reiner watched and listened to ships in the harbor sound their horns after the afternoon's moment of silence.

Harbor horns

Photos copyright Brian D'Amico and Tom Reiner, respectively.... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 2:00 pm

Mass Transit reports the first of 40 new commuter-rail locomotives is scheduled to pull out of North Station at 10:30 a.m., as part of Train 213 on the Haverhill line.

The locomotives, built in Idaho, will replace locomotives with an average age of 35 to 40 years, providing more reliable service, less pollution and better fuel efficiency.... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 12:37 pm

This morning, police evacuated a MassDOT building at 185 Kneeland St. after the discovery of a mysterious device. The BPD bomb squad blew it up, then found a second, similar device.

The Globe reports authorities didn't blow it up because a label on it identified it as a "high-voltage fuse" and discovered they had fallen out of a truck.

Not long after, Emma... Read more

By - 4/14/14 - 2:38 pm

Grand Canal, 57 Canal St., is defending itself against new allegations its bouncers beat up a would-be patron they didn't like.

This time, the bar is fighting back - saying it had nothing to do with the man having his head cracked open after he was turned away at closing time on March 16, at a hearing this morning before Patricia Malone, the city... Read more

By - 4/13/14 - 12:32 pm
Tough decisions in Boston

JB Parrett noticed this juxtaposition of choices downtown the other night.

By - 4/12/14 - 9:39 am
Northern Avenue Bridge in 1930

The bridge in 1930. See it larger.

The Globe reports the city is looking to ramp up the waterfront from the North End to Fort Point Channel with better pedestrian paths, restaurants, art, new docks and more water taxi stops - and a repaired Northern Avenue Bridge re-opened to cars.

The article also mentions the possibility of a restaurant or two on Long Wharf - which sounds like the... Read more

By - 4/11/14 - 2:56 pm
People outside the Boston Garden

JB Parrett strolled past Boston Garden the other night.

By - 4/11/14 - 11:51 am

Rachel Paiste asks:

Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$

By - 4/11/14 - 8:52 am

The Globe reports on a group of about 20 people that went on a violent spree from the Common to Arch Street Wednesday evening. Four people were arrested; three victims were transported to Mass. General.

By - 4/9/14 - 6:10 pm
Keytar Bear and Simba

Steve Burns witnessed Keytar Bear meeting up with Simba the Lion at Park Street today.

Now if only Keytar Bear could pose with a turkey in front of a rainbow while a helicopter hovers overhead ...

By - 4/9/14 - 6:31 am
School bake sale at City Hall

BPS parents held a bake sale outside City Hall yesterday to make a point about the impact a $61-million shortfall in the school budget will have on their kids. Several city councilors bought baked goods in support.

By - 4/8/14 - 3:02 pm
Rebar at Filenes project

The Downtown Boston BID offers this photo of the rebah and stuff at the Filenes tower project, which is actually happening this time.

By - 4/7/14 - 10:46 am
Inside the Government Center station

The T forwards this photo of the spot on the Government Center Green Line platform where the Dunkin' Donuts used to be as workers continue to tear apart the station as part of a two-year overhaul.

Also, the T reports workers uncovered another 100-year-old tile Scollay Under sign on one of the Blue Line platforms:

The goal is to keep it in place, and

... Read more
By - 4/7/14 - 8:36 am
Turkey in Post Office Square

Jordan spotted a turkey waiting for the light in Post Office Square this morning.

By - 4/6/14 - 9:51 pm

UPDATE, Monday morning: The Crimson reports the student died.

The Crimson reports a Harvard sophomore is in critical condition at Mass. General tonight after he fell from a building early Sunday.

The Crimson said Harvard and Cambridge police declined to say where he fell, except that it was not at Harvard or in Cambridge.

Brian D'Amico and Boston EMS Incidents report... Read more

By - 4/6/14 - 11:34 am

For the second time in a week, Transit Police report arresting a Red Line rider for allegedly selling drugs on a train.

Police say plainclothes detectives watched as Kevin Hembrough, 37, of New Hampshire, sold somebody some Oxycodone pills on a train stopped at South Station around 1:20 p.m. on Friday.

On March 28, detectives arrested a Dorchester woman for allegedly exchanging Klonopin... Read more

By - 4/6/14 - 11:26 am

And as the Innovation District becomes too expensive, many of them were on the other side of Fort Point Channel, the Globe reports.

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