Downtown

By - 5/13/09 - 11:56 am

The hole in the middle of the city where Filene's used to be is supposed to be a sparkling new retail, office and condo tower someday. This week on www.radioboston.org, we're remembering when Downtown Crossing was where you went to find deals, when you didn't necessarily have the banq for Newbury Street. And we're asking what you'd like to see developed there.

By - 5/13/09 - 10:33 am

Guy taking macro shots of tulips in front of a Bank of America branch downtown is ordered to stop by a bank rent-a-cop.

By - 5/13/09 - 9:22 am

The state has fined the owner of Independence Wharf on Atlantic Ave. for failing to open public areas on its property to the public.

In a statement, the department says Independence Wharf LLC has seen the error of its ways and agreed to pay both a $21,000 fine and $35,000 in missed state fees dating back to 2001 - when the owners agreed to create public spaces on the property as part of getting state permission to build right on the water.

The company will create "a facility of public accommodation of 2,856 square feet" on the ground level and will post signs letting the public know a 14th-floor viewing area is actually open to the public.

By - 5/12/09 - 9:43 am
Nighttime in Boston

Kalim Saliba shows off the view from his West End apartment (see it large).

Copyright, Kalim Saliba.

By - 5/11/09 - 8:55 am

Not only was he texting, he ran a red light.

DICTATORIAL MODERATOR'S NOTE: No more discussions about seeing evil in the eyes of people in MySpace photos. It's gotten to that "Oh, Jesus H. Christ enough already" stage and I'll be deleting further replies on that specific topic.

By - 5/9/09 - 8:22 pm

Around 7:45 p.m., Chelseacbboyles tweeted:

The intersection of Northern and Atlantic Aves were blocked by the cops so the King of Sweden could leave Rowes Wharf Hotel

By - 5/8/09 - 10:34 pm

NECN breaks the news with a tweet.

The Globe has more details, says he was texting his girlfriend:

MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas said it was difficult "to contain my outrage" at the driver's action ...

NECN reports he was texting her because he couldn't get her on his cell phone while driving the train.

You may recall how T management made a big deal of telling train drivers to stay off the phone after last year's fatal Riverside crash (for which cell phone use was eventually ruled out as a cause).

By - 5/8/09 - 7:29 pm

Multiple injuries.

People trapped.

Six injured people taken out on backboards around 7:55.

8:00: All injured people off the trains.

Channel 7 reports one trolley hit another as they were traveling from Government Center toward Park Street.

By - 5/8/09 - 9:11 am

The Globe details John Hynes' latest possibility for the giant negative space: Fewer floors, more apartments could dramatically reduce costs and make the project more attractive to the lenders who aren't giving him money now.

By - 5/7/09 - 11:03 am

Boston Police report arresting a Brockton man following last night's Celtics game for allegedly making a royal nuisance of himself at a pizza place across the street.

By - 5/6/09 - 11:12 pm

Depends on whether you believe the Herald:

[Don] Law said the Orpheum Theatre will undergo renovations this summer by owner Ronald Druker. “The discussion is ongoing, but my sense is they will be significant,” Law said.

By - 5/5/09 - 2:39 pm

Live Nation has sold the Orpheum, Opera House, and Paradise to newly-organized Opera House Ventures LLC, owned by concert promoter Don Law and Star Market heir David Mugar.

The Orpheum is 157 years old, and in such deplorable condition that any reasonable person should be ashamed to own it. Don and David, will you please invest some money and some TLC into making it habitable again?

By - 5/3/09 - 9:44 am

Spare Change Guy probably should have chosen a better place to ask for money than a march by people asking for money. Eeka, who forwarded this photo, reports SCG wasn't having much luck this morning.

Spare Change Guy not having luck
By - 5/2/09 - 10:12 am

Interesting photo of two guys hanging out by the Orange Line entrance at the Filene's pit in Downtown Crossing.

By - 5/1/09 - 11:35 am

A man charged with raping two women in the garage of the Radisson Hotel on Stuart Street was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail following his arraignment today, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

Jose Rivera is charged with raping one woman on April 19 and another early this morning, the DA's office says, adding the April 19 victim was a worker at the hotel going to her job. Rivera's probation on an unrelated assault conviction in West Roxbury District Court was also revoked.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/1/09 - 11:03 am

The Boston City Council holds a hearing Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. to consider the mayor's and police commissioner's plan to dismantle the Boston Police mounted unit. There's a rally beforehand on City Hall Plaza.

By - 5/1/09 - 9:06 am

Thomas Garvey sounds the alarm that plaster at the Opera House, only five years out from a $38-million renovation, is already falling:

... Cracks and blisters had opened up around the bases of other columns, and chunks had simply fallen off in some spots, as if someone had taken a hammer to the detailing. When I asked an usher about the decay, she described it as "plaster blight." Which worried me a bit - I mean, the Opera House is all plaster. ...

By - 4/30/09 - 6:28 pm

They used to be at the corner of Washington and Avery streets downtown, which I know thanks to this photo, one of 1,900 or so photos taken in the mid-1950s of Boston and Cambridge and just posted as a Flickr set by MIT.

By - 4/30/09 - 4:09 pm

Tobyjug doesn't explain why he was at Downtown Crossing at 3 a.m., but no matter: He asks:

... [A]s I was walking by the crater, I started to hear Johnny (or is it Edgar) Winter's "Frankenstein". Strobe lights were going off all over the broken open parts of the building. Fog was rising out of the pit. Little "Enchanted Village" figures twirled in the windows. Did anyone else see/hear it?

By - 4/30/09 - 2:03 pm

Boston Police tweet they started shutting down the roads around 1 Financial Center, near Atlantic Avenue, around 12:30 p.m. so a decon team could go in.