Downtown

By - 7/3/11 - 7:46 pm

Redcoat

At one point, His Majesty's commander here had his soldiers point their bayonets at the colonists assembled outside the Old State House and take a stop forward to see if the cowards would move back. They did. At another point, he led the assembled throng in a chant of "Penobscot," figuring they really wouldn't know why. It worked.

By - 7/3/11 - 6:59 pm

Pineapple climbing

Chowdafest wasn't the only thing going on on City Hall Plaza today. Kids got the chance to climb up a "wall" in the shape of a giant pineapple.

By - 7/3/11 - 11:52 am

Extreme sailing

It's weekends like this that remind you we're still very much a seaport. Above, a photo from Jeff Tamagini's collection of photos of Extreme Sailing. Below, Paul Keleher watched the BW Suez Everett LNG tanker churn through the harbor:

By - 6/29/11 - 11:24 am

Temporary 300th anniversary arch

The Boston Public Library has posted a number of photos by Herald-Traveler photographer Leslie Jones of the city's 300th-anniversary celebrations in 1930, including several showing the temporary arch the city erected on the site of what's now City Hall. Worth looking at large for all the details. And here's the reverse view, showing what was then an expanded Dock Square (now City Hall and City Hall Plaza). No doubt, Sam Adams just stood there, glowering.

Another view of the temporary arch

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By - 6/25/11 - 5:41 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week voted to suspend Durgin-Park's liquor license for two days because of an incident in which a now ex-oyster shucker kept groping a waitress even after she told him to stop and punched him.

At a hearing a couple weeks ago, waitresses testified the man routinely groped waitresses but that nobody thought to tell management.

By - 6/24/11 - 11:49 am

Barred emergency exit; also note ladder on left instead of stairs.From the report: Barred emergency exit; also note ladder on left instead of stairs. 4/29/10.

The state Inspector General's office found major problems in city oversight of a Temple Place apartment conversion in which the developer let people move into buildings with inadequate - and in some cases locked - emergency exits and without occupancy permits and for which he may have tried to hide renovations from inspectors to save on permit fees.

In a letter to city officials Inspector General Gregory Sullivan said his office's probe into the renovation of 21-27 Temple Pl. had been hampered by an unidentified Inspectional Services supervisor who refused to talk to investigators or turn over one key document, despite a state law that requires municipal employees to talk to his investigators unless they are claiming their Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. The letter, quietly posted on the IG Web site last month, adds that the US Attorney's office and the FBI are also looking into the renovation project, which first came to public attention in 2009, when then mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea blogged about it.

By - 6/22/11 - 8:19 am

It looks like Borders has cancelled its plan to close Downtown Crossing and 50 other stores, in preparation for selling the entire chain to the highest bidder next month. The salesperson who answered the phone yesterday at Downtown Crossing says that liquidation won't start on July 1 as previously announced.

Maybe we'll be lucky and the buyer will keep it open. Meanwhile, if you have a Borders gift card or any loyalty points, you should spend them immediately.

By - 6/21/11 - 5:09 pm

A suburbanite who thought another patron at Venu on Warrenton Street had stolen his girlfriend's purse went to his car, got his gun, went back inside the club and then, after punching the guy in the face twice, put the gun to the man's head and threatened to kill him, police and the club's head of security told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.

By - 6/21/11 - 12:59 pm

No joke: The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what to do about a Broad Street bar that confiscated a loaded 9-mm firearm from a drunk guy trying to get in and then didn't tell police until the next day.

At a hearing today, board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer and member Michael Connolly said they were amazed and appalled that nobody at the Bar Room, 5 Broad St., immediately called 911.

By - 6/21/11 - 7:05 am

A Reading man who got punched in the mouth during a fight and a knife-wielding South Yarmouth man who tried getting into it with a family were the only people arrested during the parade on Saturday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Seven other people will be summoned into court for minor offenses, the DA's office adds.

By - 6/19/11 - 6:58 pm

Old Boston posts an aerial photo that shows the neighborhood's street layout, just without any buildings, so possibly sometime in 1959.

By - 6/18/11 - 10:22 pm

Boston Gliders, which leads tourists on Segway visits around downtown and the North End, yesterday filed a federal lawsuit to try to block the city's new regulations on Segways and similar wheeled devices.

By - 6/18/11 - 5:39 pm

The Cup

Biggest victory parade ever? That's what BPD is saying. Sure felt like it at Government Center, where a sea of jumping, chanting, happy people waited in the melting sun for the Bruins and the Cup - and then exploded into a chant of "We got the Cup!" when they arrived in a cloud of black and gold confetti.

By - 6/18/11 - 12:05 pm

Biggest victory parade ever? That's what BPD is saying. Sure felt like it at Government Center, where a sea of jumping, chanting, happy people waited in the melting sun for the Bruins and the Cup - and then exploded into a chant of "We got the Cup!" when they arrived in a cloud of black and gold confetti.

Photos from the parade.

By - 6/16/11 - 7:54 pm

Bergeron and Stanley Cup

Michael Ratty was at Tia's at Long Wharf this afternoon when Bruins showed up with the Cup (Marchand kissing it).

By - 6/16/11 - 4:37 pm

The T says it's beefing up service on Saturday for the Bruins victory parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Garden.

All four subway lines will run at "near rush hour" schedules during the day. The T says it will also have extra orange-vested workers stationed throughout the system to help riders unfamiliar with how to use CharlieCards or get to the parade route.

The T said commuter rail will run on its normal Saturday schedule, but that it hopes to announce some additional service tomorrow.

By - 6/16/11 - 3:11 pm

Alleged pride of EastieEastie ladAll five were arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The one local was Christopher Prader, 20, of East Boston, who was charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after his arrest before the Bruins game had even ended - around 9:30 p.m. at Causeway and Beverly streets.

According to the DA's office, Prader began loudly declaring he wasn't a punk and daring police to arrest him. When they refused, he began cursing them out, took his shirt off and threw his belt at them, prosecutors say:

By - 6/16/11 - 10:42 am

Red says hey

That's a custom-sewn T Red's wearing at Faneuil Hall Marketplace today.

Photo by Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

By - 6/14/11 - 5:14 pm

Boston Police report arresting two Dorchester teens on shoplifting charges at Macy's yesterday afternoon. One of the duo, Deron Smith, 18, also had a loaded handgun in his pocket, along with all the jewelry he allegedly had stuffed in there before being stopped by store security, police say.

In addition to shoplifting, Smith was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 6/14/11 - 4:40 pm

Parking lot

Privileged City Hall workers and contractors have, of course, been parking on City Hall Plaza for years, but the city's finally made the practice official by installing a guard booth and a permanent, if somewhat flimsy, gate by the T stop (Ed. note: See comments, which note the booth and gate have been there longer than an apparently unobservant reporter had thought).