Downtown

By - 9/23/16 - 9:03 pm
Map showing area covered by federal grant

Portion of smoking-gun map. Shaded area covered by federal grant includes pavilion site.

A federal appeals court today ruled the BRA can't turn a Long Wharf pavilion into a restaurant because the structure is protected from commercial use as part of a federal grant detailed on a map the BRA signed off on, then lost - but which a couple of retired National Park Service workers found three decades later. Read more.

By - 9/23/16 - 12:29 pm
Car parked in bike lane in downtown Boston

The city has been installing bike lanes downtown that are marked off with bollards to keep cars out. But as P. Cheung discovered on Congress Street this morning, the bollards might be a bit too widely spaced.

By - 9/21/16 - 1:24 pm

Christopher Coombs and Brian Piccini hope to replicate the success of their Boston Chops steakhouse in the South End in the large space in Downtown Crossing where Mantra used to be. Read more.

By - 9/21/16 - 1:04 pm
Proposed Roxbury hotel

Proposed Roxbury hotel.

The Boston Licensing Board could decide next week whether to grant a Roxbury-specific liquor license to the impending Residence Inn by Marriott South End Boston - and to new hotels downtown and in the actual South End. Read more.

By - 9/21/16 - 9:15 am

A train that met the prophet Elijah at Haymarket - and problem switches at Wellington - are causing "moderate" delays, the T says.

By - 9/14/16 - 9:49 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the BRA's latest court wranglings to try to put a restaurant in the kiosk at the tip of Long Wharf.

Authority lawyers were in federal appeals court in Boston last week arguing why a US District Court judge was wrong to rule last year that the BRA should knock it off already now that paper documents amazingly reappeared that showed the structure was always intended to be part of a public park, not a commercial structure available for lease.

By - 9/13/16 - 12:31 pm
171 Tremont St. proposal in Boston

You'll hardly even notice it - the last brown building on the right.

The Swiss owners of a runty little office building at 171 Tremont St., across from the movie theater and the Common have filed revised re-do plans with the BRA that call for construction of a 13-story building that would have just 12 condos - one to each floor above the lobby.

In a cover letter, the Dabbah family of Switzerland tells the BRA: Read more.

By - 9/12/16 - 3:48 pm

On Wednesday, the Boston Licensing Board hears the first 14 requests it has for the five "unrestricted" liquor licenses that became available Sept. 1 and which holders can borrow against and then resell. Read more.

By - 9/12/16 - 7:42 am

A train is so dead between Braintree and Quincy Adams that the T is now running shuttle buses. On the Green Line, meanwhile, an E trolley has expired at Government Center.

By - 9/9/16 - 6:36 pm
H&M going out of business

Craig Caplan notes the impending demise of H&M in Downtown Crossing. Can't be a coincidence it happened not all that long after Primark's arrival, no?

By - 9/8/16 - 8:48 pm
Fog over downtown Boston

Jami watched the fog barrel in over downtown Boston late this afternoon. Read more.

By - 9/7/16 - 3:08 pm
City Hall Plaza in winter

Rendering of the plaza in the winter.

Mayor Walsh's office announced today the city has signed a formal deal with Delaware North's Boston Garden Development Corp. to bring more life to the giant brick field that surrounds City Hall on three sides - starting with shaded picnic benches and more pop-up beer gardens on the plaza, and including winter ice skating. Read more.

By - 9/7/16 - 2:29 pm

Ari Ofsevit takes a look at the state's shelved plans to extend the Blue Line 1,300 feet to Charles/MGH and explains how the state screwed up all the cost estimates by proposing ridiculous construction techniques just because they don't feel like building the thing.

By - 9/7/16 - 9:10 am
Weird electronic sign on the Zakim Bridge

MassDOT is up to its Boston English-lovin' ways again, this time to urge college roommates to learn fire escape routes from their dorm rooms, as Sharon McAuliffe shows us this morning.

Earlier:
Use yah blinkah.

By - 9/5/16 - 9:51 pm

Boston Police report a woman was sexually attacked as she walked on the Greenway near State Street, towards the carousel, around 4:10 a.m.

The suspect was either white or Hispanic, in his 40s or 50s, about 5'5" with a scruffy face and thin. He wore a dark Bruins jersey and a baseball hat.

By - 9/3/16 - 8:51 pm

It's fireworks to celebrate Boston Harbor or Labor Day or just our ability to shoot giant explosives into the air.

By - 9/2/16 - 7:45 pm
Wating for new Jordan sneakers in Downtown Crossing

Some people wait in ridiculous lines for Apple products, or Black Friday specials at Best Buy. And some people, as Jed Hresko found around 6 p.m. in Downtown Crossing, are willing to wait overnight for Jordan 1 sneakers, which go on sale at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

By - 9/1/16 - 9:12 am
First trolley to go through the Tremont Street subway

Shortly before 6 a.m. on Sept. 1, 1897, this car moved out of a car barn and towards Park Street, where it would officially open North America's first subway service. It was not late.

Photo from the Boston City Archives. Posted under this Creative Commons license.