By - 10/29/09 - 7:58 am

Floon journeys to Downtown Crossing today to use The Hole as a backdrop for their call to force developers to put up performance bonds before they start digging.

Seems the majority owner of the Hole is sitting on $2.8 billion in cash and is looking for good investments, which apparently Boston isn't.

By - 10/28/09 - 10:02 pm

Some enterprising MBTA worker figured out he could use some stacks of Metros to sop up leaks on the Orange Line inbound platform at Haymarket. I took this photo today, but the leak wasn't due to today's downpours - the T has been using Metros for months now to sop up the same leak at the same location, probably because it's a lot cheaper than trying to fix the problem.

By - 10/28/09 - 10:48 am

UBurger, which already sells fresh burgers and hand-cut fries to BU students from two location, plans to open a third outlet on Tremont Street at Temple Place.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant UBurger a license to open between 11 a.m. and midnight seven days a week. At a brief hearing today, the board had no major questions; member Suzanne Ianella, who lives nearby, did ask how much a burger would cost (about $5, depending on toppings, a restaurant lawyer told her).

Meanwhile, out in West Roxbury, the Skara Grill on Centre Street wants to add cordials and liqueurs to its drink menu. The board will also vote on this request tomorrow. The West Roxbury Neighborhood Council and City Councilor John Tobin both say they're in favor.

By - 10/27/09 - 11:23 am

The Living Room, an Atlantic Avenue restaurant, filed suit yesterday against Starwood Hotels, which is about to open a restaurant called the Living Room in its new W hotel on Stuart Street in the Back Bay.

In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, the original Living Room says the new Living Room would confuse Boston diners, that it's trademarked the name for use as a restaurant and that it was here first - it opened in 2002. The W Living Room is scheduled to open on Thursday.

Complete Living Room complaint.

Globe story in which the reporter worries we're not hip enough for a W hotel.

The restaurant tomato fight.

By - 10/26/09 - 4:40 pm

Local 718 reports a vent fire on the third floor of 133 Federal St.

Photo from down the street.

By - 10/26/09 - 10:51 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today rejected a lawsuit against the city by a woman who fell on crumbling stairs on City Hall Plaza and suffered "a complex fracture of her wrist" in 2001.

The court held the city was protected from liability by a clause in a state law designed to encourage property owners to open their land - in this case, the plaza - to recreational use. The court ruled the clause applied even though the city admitted the stairs "were crumbling and in need of repair."

By - 10/24/09 - 5:38 pm

Washington, that is, not Obama - 220 years ago today:

... It seemed as if the whole town had turned out to greet Washington - with one notable exception. Governor John Hancock was not to be found among the dignitaries welcoming the president to the state capital, and he did not call upon him at his lodging. Apparently Hancock hadn’t brushed up on his Emily Post because, according to some accounts, he believed protocol dictated the president should pay the first call. ...

By - 10/23/09 - 4:43 pm

Yes, George Wendt at the Downtown Crossing Borders!

What? Somebody else was in town, too? Oh, yeah, that would explain the sniper on the roof of the Westin.

By - 10/22/09 - 5:23 pm

UPDATE: Rush over to your nearest Phoenix box now for a card worth 30 minutes of free time on a porn site. That's what was worth pawing through all those papers for.

On-the-street reporter Matthew files this puzzler:

Over by North Station I witnessed someone pull the entire stack of papers out of the box. He went through each one to pull out a small white-ish piece of paper.

It didn't look like it was the first distributon box he hit either ...

By - 10/22/09 - 7:55 am

Larry Cheng explains how he gets his finger on the pulse of the economy by chatting with the owner of the Grassroots Deli on Devonshire Street - and he reports that pulse is still weak:

By - 10/21/09 - 8:37 am

Michael Ratty provides the proof, with a photo from Haymarket station.

By - 10/19/09 - 7:53 am

Boston Police tweet one inbound lane on Cambridge Street is shut this morning due to a water-main break at 1 Center Plaza. City Hall is open. Channel 25, however, reports that 1 Center Plaza is closed because the main supplies the building's sprinklers.

By - 10/16/09 - 9:33 am
Elephants on the march

Gtwalling watched the circus elephants getting some exercise outside the Garden on Thursday.

Copyright gtwalling.

By - 10/14/09 - 11:11 pm

The Orange Line remains above water and so is still stopping at State Street, where the main burst, according to reports from Channel 4 and the MBTA Transit Police Intelligence Unit.

By - 10/14/09 - 2:21 pm
Filene's Hole

Wait, what's that? That's not a Christo installation? It's just the developers trying to mollify an outraged city and protect what's left of the old Filene's buildings after more than a year of leaving them exposed to the elements at the giant hole in the middle of Downtown Crossing?

Oh, never mind.

By - 10/14/09 - 11:49 am

Former state Rep. and one-time mayoral candidate Mel King endorsing Michael Flaherty in front of City Hall today.

King said the election was about children, of ensuring that the city educates them first before worrying about Globe stories about the state of high-school athletics. He said two-thirds of the children in Boston do not attend public schools, and their parents stop caring about public education. But, quoting Khalil Gibran, he said all children are our children and we can't just leave them to the current "system of low expectations."

Former Mayor Ray Flynn also endorsed Floon, saying they would do more than anybody else to ensure social justice, in part by enforcing a city ordinance calling for the hiring of Boston residents on large construction projects.

By - 10/14/09 - 7:52 am

William Hurley, 24, of Quincy disappeared after last Thursday's game. Police recovered his body from the Charles near the Nashua Street jail around 2:30 a.m. today.

By - 10/13/09 - 11:09 am


By - 10/12/09 - 4:39 pm

Matthew Yglesias makes the case (and yes, there really is a seven-story tall picnic basket, in Newark, OH).

Via Robert David Sullivan.