Downtown

By - 2/8/10 - 1:15 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the three downtown sandwich shops were shut this weekend, victim of an economy in which the office workers who are left are more likely to brown bag it at lunch time.

By - 2/5/10 - 1:09 pm

The Boston Fire Department responded to a fire in the ductwork at Houston's, 60 State St., around 1 p.m. As a precaution, the first five floors of the building were evacuated.

By - 2/3/10 - 5:01 pm

The Greenway Conservancy, which oversees the land where the Central Artery used to be, yesterday approved a proposal to build a visitor-center "pavilion" for the Boston Harbor Islands national park on what is now a grassy field near Columbus Park.

By - 2/3/10 - 11:50 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant licenses to three new eateries:

Serykah Aggerwhil is seeking city permission to sell Indian food at 185 Devonshire St. She currently operates a catering service in Somerville, and the food would be prepared there and then trucked into Boston for sale.

Pasta Beach, a Newport, RI restaurant that serves pasta and pizza, wants to open an outlet at 30 Rowes Wharf for residents and hotel visitors who don't want to make the long trek over to the North End.

By - 2/2/10 - 1:36 pm

Over the objections of city officials, who don't want the risk of ships from a terrorist haven, the Globe reports.

By - 2/2/10 - 10:57 am

Simon Glik, who wound up arrested when he used his cell phone to video a drug bust on Tremont Street along the Common in 2007, yesterday filed suit in US District Court, alleging his First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated by police.

By - 1/30/10 - 7:28 pm

The Globe reports on a Baker/Tisei rally at Faneuil Hall today.

By - 1/29/10 - 11:37 am

If you look up while you walk around downtown, you start noticing all these buildings adorned with caduceuses, such as 12 Post Office Square, above. Was fin-de-siecle Boston full of doctor's offices and hospitals? No, it turns out that Mercury, the Roman god whose staff ultimately led to MGH was also the protector of merchants and travel, and so 19th-century Boston traders felt his two-snaked staff the perfect adornment for their offices. The Boston Flour and Grain Exchange pairs a caduceus with Neptune's trident, from back in the days when Boston was a major seaport.

By - 1/27/10 - 10:39 am

The Boston Licensing Board will decide tomorrow whether to approve a liquor license for a proposed bar at 184 High Street that would feature an ivory-tickling pianist for patrons supping premium comfort food, such as gourmet meatloaf and handcut French fries rather than reheated frozen fries.

Although the bar would be open at night, representatives of the High Street Restaurant Group, LLC told the board they would focus on the Financial District lunch crowd.

By - 1/26/10 - 10:57 pm

McKenny Boston Police charge that David McKenny, 44, of Winthrop, forced a man at gunpoint into his car at Stuart and Tremont streets on Jan. 9, then used his gun to force the man to hand over his money.

Police say the man was then dumped out of the car near Washington and East Springfield streets.

McKenny is 5'7", weighs about 215 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes.

If you know where he is, contact detectives at 617-343-5619 or drop an anonymous tip by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME.

By - 1/26/10 - 2:21 pm

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On Sunday, the Globe Magazine posited that Bostonians who object to City Hall, the JFK Building and that mental-health building with the staircases to nowhere are simply stupid, plebian dunderheads unable to grasp the magnificence and brilliance of these 1960s and 1970s edifices and their role in restoring Boston's luster after decades of decline. Or as writer Sarah Schweitzer (of course), put it:

By - 1/26/10 - 1:32 pm

Hello, we must be going.

By - 1/25/10 - 4:30 pm

Boston Police tweet the fifth floor of 11 Ave. de Lafayette had to be evacuated this afternoon after somebody spilled some nitric acid, but that the city hazmat team neutralized the acid (with a familiy size box of baking soda?) and all is clear.

By - 1/17/10 - 10:02 pm

Matt Conti reports on a decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to approve the BRA's plan to lease out the shelter at the end of the wharf for use as a restaurant.

By - 1/17/10 - 8:08 pm

Boston Police report a man who watched three guys knock down a woman in a vain attempt to get her purse on Milk Street caught up with the alleged ringleader on Surface Road near India Street and did to him what he did to the woman and then held him down until police arrived.

Steven Bell, 24, of Quincy, was charged with attempted unarmed robbery and assault and battery. Police say he was charged with possession of a Class E substance - an as yet unidentified prescription drug - after a needle he had pricked an officer during booking.

By - 1/17/10 - 7:43 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports an electrical fire in the basement of Kennedy's Midtown did an estimated $100,000 in damage this morning.

By - 1/15/10 - 4:15 pm

Massive development along the harbor is so last century. E. Kevin Schopfer proposes a massive development IN the harbor - a floating block of concrete and steel in the harbor with enough room to house 15,000 people and "sky gardens" every 30 floors that he calls the Boston Arcology or Boa:

Boa will eliminate the need for cars within the urban structure to create a carbon neutral entity. Some of these elements are secured wind turbines, fresh water recovery and storage systems, passive glazing system, sky garden heating/cooling vents, gray water treatment, solar array banding panels, and harbor based water turbines. A massive park system platform (pedestrian only) will be more than double the current green space allocation for the waterfront of Boston.

Via ArchBoston.org.

By - 1/13/10 - 11:17 pm

The Globe reports the developer who wants to replace the Government Center garage with $2.2 billion worth of skyscrapery goodness is replacing the current project manager with Tom O'Brien, former director of the BRA. Given the economy, though, they don't plan to build upwards right now.

By - 1/13/10 - 1:12 pm

By an old token booth at the station, quickly knocked down.