Downtown

By - 7/13/09 - 7:36 pm

I was meeting somebody on the Common today (it's amazing what you can do when the weather's nice). As I walked down Winter, there was Spare Change Guy doing his usual thing (and still clean-shaven) right at Tremont.

Meeting done, I walked through the Common back toward Downtown Crossing. Spare Change Guy was sitting on a bench. His hand was out, and he was asking for spare change, but he was really subdued, almost like his battery was worn down.

At his usual spot at Winter and Tremont, there was a Spare Change guy, somebody hawking Spare Change News. So is there some rotation going on here?

By - 7/13/09 - 3:27 pm

Shawn Donovan of Billerica, owner of the Revolution Rock Club on High Street, was indicted on Friday under the state's witness-intimidation law for allegedly trying to keep police from learning what happened there early on New Year's Day.

By - 7/12/09 - 9:41 am

Here's what it's like:

NOTE: If you follow the links back to the guy's main YouTube page, you'll find one video titled "The worst thing I found in the trash." You do NOT want to click on it, unless you like seeing a bucket of bloated dead rats.

By - 7/11/09 - 12:29 pm

Interesting to see how much has changed - and hasn't - since the 1920s:

Via ArchBoston.org.

By - 7/10/09 - 7:46 pm
Sails

David Parsons took a look at the sails on the Sagres II, one of the Tall Ships docked in Boston Harbor this weekend.

Copyright 2009 David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

Coast Guard photos.

By - 7/9/09 - 3:46 pm
Sunny!

Kate Adams forwarded this photo of people actually walking around in the sunshine at noontime today, at the South Station farmers' market.

By - 7/9/09 - 11:23 am

That's what they did in Wellesley, which has its own giant hole in the ground (where the Wellesley Inn got torn down for condos that never materialized). The Swellesley Report notes the developers actually agreed to do something to keep part of the town from looking like London after the Blitz:

... We'll miss seeing the tumbleweeds blowing across the vacant lot, but I guess we can't have it all. ...

By - 7/9/09 - 11:14 am
Libertad

Greg MacKay spent some time by the Fish Pier with the Tall Ships.

Copyright Greg MacKay. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

Karin took a couple photos as well.

Where to see the ships.

By - 7/8/09 - 12:41 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decided today to take no action against the South Street Diner over noise complaints, which means the eatery can continue to serve up food at all hours.

Technically, the board "filed" complaints from four neighbors, which theoretically means the board could re-open the case if it receives additional complaints.

However, at a hearing yesterday, none of the people who'd complained about late-night noise appeared, while numerous other nearby residents and patrons attended to voice their support for what they said was a much needed service in a bustling area run by a true gentleman.

By - 7/8/09 - 10:28 am
Union Wharf

Ed O'Connor got up early for this dawn shot of Union Wharf.

Copyright Ed O'Connor. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/7/09 - 4:18 pm
Nah, not a real twister

It sure looks like a twister was sucking all the sneakers out of the New Balance building in Allston around 3:45 this afternoon, doesn't it? Meanwhile, over by North Station, Scott saw impending doom:

Boston Garden doom

Copyright Scott. Posted with a universalhub tag on Flickr.

By - 7/7/09 - 2:02 pm

Neighbors and patrons of the South Street Diner packed a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, asking the board to let the long-time eatery continue to operate around the clock.

Michael Flemming said he and his wife moved to the area exactly because it's a bustling area, thanks in part to the diner, which has been open 24 hours for more than 60 years.

By - 7/6/09 - 5:34 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Sean Evelyn, 23, guilty of second degree murder for the New Year's Eve, 2006 death of Cushings Fortuna outside South Station, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 7/6/09 - 7:28 am
The secret is the cream

It was warm but not sweltering yesterday as thousands of Bostonians stood in the sun downing clam chowder. Ned Devine's won, followed by Parker's and Farmer Brown's.

By - 7/5/09 - 7:20 pm
Redcoats

One of the more charming parts of July Fourth in Boston is when a troop of Redcoats fail to collapse in the heat in their woolen uniforms re-take a set of steps on the site of City Hall Plaza. They've been doing it for years, and, amazingly, no Minutemen ever show up to confront them. 16WadeSt watched them advance up the stairs this weekend.

Copyright 16WadeSt. Posted in the Universal Hub Flickr pool.

By - 7/5/09 - 6:23 pm
Tree!

What species of tree is so hardy it can grow in this most barren and desolate of landscapes, two or three stories up the front of City Hall? Can mountain goats be far behind?

By - 7/5/09 - 11:24 am
Capoeira

There was a capoeira demonstration on City Hall Plaza yesterday. It's an interesting mixture of martial arts and dance - the object seems to be to simulate a full-scale brawl without anybody actually getting hurt, accompanied by musicians playing these stringed gourd instruments:

By - 7/3/09 - 8:13 pm

Hearing on July 7 at City Hall on forcing the South Street diner to close at 2 a.m.. Diner claims some yuppies moved next door to an all night diner and now want to shut it down.

Via the Lone Beader.