Downtown

By - 9/24/11 - 9:56 am

Boston Police advise that parts of Federal and Milk streets will be closed today for filming of "RIPD," a movie about a cop and his ghost partner (what, you thought it was about Rhode Island?) and that crews will be setting off what might just sound like guns and bombs.

By - 9/20/11 - 2:47 pm

Santos (l) and GuzmanSantos (l) and GuzmanBoston Police report arresting two men for an early Monday holdup of the 7-Eleven on State Street downtown.

By - 9/19/11 - 2:24 pm

WilkinsonA Fall River man was arrested Saturday on charges he took video of at least one man urinating in the men's room at the South Station bus terminal.

Kevin Wilkinson, 44, was caught red-handed with an iPod Nano with the streaming video of a man at a urinal, according to an MBTA Transit Police report. The arresting officer reported there were additional videos on the device, but that he stopped looking because the first video was enough.

The police report says officers approached Wilkinson around 1:20 p.m. after another man reported some guy seemed to be just standing there, videoing urinal users. The report says Wilkinson agreed to let the officers take a look at his cellphone and his Nano. The cellphone had a few photos of "what appeared to be consenting adult males in the nude," but the iPhone had video of what the officers recognized as the bus-terminal men's room and a man using it.

Wilkinson was charged with photographing, videotaping or electronically surveilling a partially nude or nude person.

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/19/11 - 1:01 pm

Could the BRA's sudden kissie-kissie with evil Hole overlord Vornado have anything to do with Vornado's part ownership of the group that wants to build a casino at Suffolk Downs - the one the mayor is betting on? Jason Schwartz assumes 2+2=4.

By - 9/19/11 - 11:38 am

Red Line service was briefly halted Saturday night when a man dropped onto the tracks at Park Street - just as a train was pulling into the station.

The train driver was able to stop the train before hitting him; he then got up and climbed up onto the center platform, with the help of a T worker. According to an MBTA Transit Police report:

By - 9/18/11 - 9:35 am

The Boston Foodie fills us in: We now hold the record for the world's largest cannoli - 12 feet and 300 pounds of rich, sugary goodness.

In order to replicate the tiny chocolate bits used in the typical cannoli, full-size Hersey's kisses were brought in. I also asked exactly how they filled the entire thing. The answer: holes were drilled along the top of the shell and the filling was piped in from there. This was like the Big Dig of pastry engineering!

By - 9/10/11 - 5:54 pm

Adam Weiss reports a T worker at State Street ordered him to put away his camera "because of 9/11."

Weiss adds it was one of the orange vests, not a T cop, and that he would have tried to explain the T's photo policy, but his train was pulling in.

By - 9/9/11 - 3:08 pm

LoJack reports MBTA Transit Police used the human version of its tracking system to find an East Boston teen with a predilection for wandering away from home and school to ride the rails underneath Boston.

The company says yesterday's safe return marks the first successful use of its SafetyNet Service since it was introduced in Boston in January:

By - 9/8/11 - 4:30 pm

The Herald reports the artsy-fartsy crowd thinks SoCa would be a better name for the area south of North Station, or as they're re-imagining it, SOuth of CAnal, which barely makes any sense because Canal's more or less a north/south road, and just, gah, look, if you're so in love with frickin' Manhattan, move there already. Or if it's too unironic for you, try some other neighborhood just dying for some frou-frou boutiques. Like Kings Highway or, I dunno, Passaic.

By - 9/8/11 - 7:50 am

The Herald reports the chain is now eying part of what's left of the old Filene's building. Of course, the question is whether Tornado, um, Vornado would want to sell.

By - 9/7/11 - 8:33 pm

Filene's Hole by Menino

Look what showed up at Downtown Crossing's best known negative space today. Who's the wise guy?

Copyright BostonUrbEx. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 8/30/11 - 10:24 am

Columbus Avenue slobsColumbus Avenue slobs.

It's as if we've been hit by a hurricane of slobbery. Citizens Connect this morning is just filled with reports of mounds of filth and vermin, including:

  • 774 Columbus Ave., Roxbury: "Every week, Residents of 772, 774, and 776 Columbus throw loose trash on the sidewalk. Makes it difficult for garbagemen to pick up everything, so there is usually lots of trash left behind. (worse than usual because many are probably moving on Sept 1)."
  • Huntington Ave., Mission Hill: "Student moving trash all up and down Huntington Ave from Brigham circle to S. Huntington corner."
  • 22 Batterymarch, downtown: "The sidewalk is stained and usually covered in rotting food, bird feces, feathers, avian flu, and pigeons."
  • Downtown Crossing Red Line platforms: "Dead cockroaches are littered all over." Ed question: Well, better than if they were still alive, no?
  • The strip mall on American Legion Highway in Roslindale: "Rubbish fiesta on Legion."
  • By - 8/29/11 - 10:42 am

    Drippy South Station

    Mikesssss braved the falling water at South Station yesterday.

    Copyright Mikesssss. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

    By - 8/27/11 - 8:04 pm

    The National Hurricane Center reports that Irene wind speed 30 stories up could be 20% higher than at sea level.

    By - 8/26/11 - 4:29 pm

    A Boston lawyer suing the city and police officers who arrested him for using his cell phone to record a drug arrest on the Common won a victory today when a federal appeals court said the officers could not claim "qualified immunity" because they were performing their job when they arrested him under a state law that bars audio recordings without the consent of both parties.

    In its ruling, which lets Simon Glik continue his lawsuit, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said the way Glik was arrested and his phone seized under a state wiretapping law violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights:

    By - 8/26/11 - 11:33 am

    Brian McGrory reports on the Talaat brothers, late of Cairo, whom residents of the Ritz-Carlton say are making their lives a living hell.

    The Talaats, whose father is currently a guest of the Egyptian government due to a conviction for hiring a hit man to murder his mistress, are not the first foreigners to be charged with ruckus causing at the Ritz.

    By - 8/25/11 - 9:45 am

    Just in case somebody at City Hall didn't already know about it, an alert citizen used Citizens Connect to report there are now holes in the canvas covering what's left of the old Filene's building.

    By - 8/23/11 - 11:58 pm

    111 Devonshire

    Greg MacKay braved aftershocks to take this photo of 111 Devonshire St., the building that alarmed citizens reported was leaning and to which firefighters rushed - only to learn that it had always looked like that.

    By - 8/23/11 - 10:27 pm

    Why, it's a wonder they don't propose running convoys of trucks all the way down Washington Street or Beacon Street.

    The state held the first of four hearings tonight on a request from Boston city officials and North End and waterfront residents to get gasoline and diesel tankers off streets like Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue unless they're making local deliveries, and instead detour around Boston by way of Rte. 128.

    By - 8/21/11 - 4:59 pm

    Alex Kaufman tweets workers and customers have been sweltering since the air conditioning failed yesterday.

    Chris tweets:

    I think I went down a shirt size by the time I left. Felt like heat was on, def cooler outside.