By - 5/29/08 - 4:56 pm

John Greiner-Ferris reports on the spring reappearance of one of his favorite busking duos, Coco and Lafe, outside the Downtown Crossing Borders:

... Nice fun people who love their music and love performing. They play a lot of folksy covers--Bob Dylan, John Prine, Lyle Lovett--plus their own tunes. ...

By - 5/27/08 - 7:10 pm

Red Line service disrupted by fire at Downtown Crossing this afternoon rush hour (Orange Line, too, but not for as long).

Firetruck on Washington Street.

By - 5/17/08 - 9:49 am

I'm no fan of the idea of moving City Hall to South Boston, but, geez, organizing to save City Hall because of its architecture? Calling it "one of the most architecturally significant structures in the world?"

Ow, my head.

By - 4/14/08 - 12:50 pm

Lori Magno reports on the 11:30 a.m. incident, posts annotated photos.

By - 4/11/08 - 2:22 pm

Channel 4 reports two NStar workers were injured this morning when the manhole they were in erupted in flames. Otis and Summer streets; cable failure blamed.

By - 4/10/08 - 1:55 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports, says the store will even still be in the basement in the new One Franklin.

By - 3/25/08 - 2:12 pm

One of these days, alarms will start blaring at a T stop and people will actually pay attention. But not today, and not at Downtown Crossing, Jenny Frazier reports:

... It took me my entire walk up to the Orange Line to realize that not a single person, including myself, batted an eyelash at the heinously loud alarms. Instead we all just continued on our merry Bostonian way. ...

By - 3/21/08 - 4:55 pm

The Alliance of Boston Neighborhoods wonders what happens when City Hall moves to South Boston - where will all the large events the city wants to move to the plaza from the Common go? And given how many of those events have been political in nature, what does Councilor Michael Ross, who represents Beacon Hil and the Back Bay have against democracy?

... For some reason, the discussion seems to have turned from protecting the green to raking in the green, and Councilor Ross opined that "cafés, restaurants, and other commercial ventures might be a good replacement for large-scale events." Of course! Commerce is pretty much the same as democratic assembly, except for the doorman in front and the bill at the end. Customers are citizens -- even better, right? Sure keeps out the poor and homeless, and good riddance, I say! The public realm is no place for 'em! And Ross responded to Tom Kershaw's complaint that he can't make enough money on Common land with his skating business on our Frog Pond, and would now like a liquor license for a night club. The alcohol prohibition on the Common, Ross offered, should be reconsidered. ...

By - 3/19/08 - 9:42 am

Yes, it's another episode of "Compare a busy, decaying Blue Line stop to the stunning, rarely used Courthouse stop on the Silver Line." Today's contestant: Fabulously Out There, who reports from the decaying steps leading from the Blue Line to the Orange Line at historic State Street station:

... There is a woman sitting on the stairs and a MBTA dude standing in front of her.

My immediate thought? A drunk? This early. Jesus christ. Then I noticed her business attire clothing and while I am walking down the stairs I am noticing several chunks of one of them crumbled on the floor.......then I pass the lady and she's in tears holding her ankle talking on her cell phone while the MBTA guy talks on his walkie-talkie. ...

Maverick vs. Courthouse.

By - 3/13/08 - 7:54 pm

Boston Police report arresting a pair of East Boston teens on charges they tried to slice a guy up at the Government Center T stop around 4:20 p.m. today.

The victim, in his late teens or early 20s, was slashed in the arm, but is expected to survive.

Police charged Juan Chavez, 18, of East Boston, with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and affray. Another teen, 15, was charged with disturbing the peace and affray. Both will be arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court.

By - 3/7/08 - 5:17 pm

Husky boys grow into stout men. And then they go shop around the corner in Downtown Crossing.

By - 3/7/08 - 1:50 pm

Halleyscomet reports on a man wearing a trench coat on the northbound Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing this morning:

... His legs were bare, but he wore dress shoes and black socks. His chest was also bare, something that was visible because the trench coat was not buttoned at the top. In his hand was a pair of dress slacks, shirt and tie. They were on a hanger in plastic as if he'd just picked them up from the dry cleaner. ...

By - 3/4/08 - 9:30 pm
A newsie place

On Milk Street in Downtown Crossing.

By - 3/1/08 - 9:23 pm
Filene's vs. Nordstrom

You don't think Nordstrom put that telephone-shelter ad in front of the wreck of Filene's on purpose, do you?

OK, no, that thing's been up since before the demolition work began - but still ...

By - 2/9/08 - 2:02 pm

Fire in the hole, on the tracks between Boylston and Arlington Friday afternoon:

... FD had a hard time verifying that the power to the trains was turned off before they could go into the tunnels: lots of conflicting reports about whether or not the T had turned it off. ...

By - 2/4/08 - 8:05 pm

Third Decade reports spotting three guys playing craps - and a fourth acting as a lookout - at the State Street T stop today:

... At first I thought the location was a little weird (a dark, dirty, stairway at State), then it kind of hit me that they were playing craps. I didn't know people still played that.