Downtown

By - 3/30/09 - 1:41 pm

From the air?

Goes with Shopping Days in Retro Boston, which is a blog all about the halcyon days of yore on Washington Street, when people actually had a choice of department stores.

By - 3/29/09 - 5:34 pm
Heavy fog

Brian Lewandowski watched yesterday's fog roll over downtown from Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 3/29/09 - 11:55 am
Zakim at Earth Hour

Richard Beaubien was ready when the tower lights on the Zakim were turned off for Earth Hour last night.

Copyright Richard Beaubien.

By - 3/28/09 - 3:18 pm

Did it come in on little cat's feet where you are? Up here in the Roslindale hills, there's no fog, but it was interesting looking downtown and seeing this fog bank come in and cut off the top of the Federal Reserve Bank.

By - 3/27/09 - 7:09 pm
Flying sparks

Greg MacKay watched some construction workers the other night at Congress and High streets.

Copyright Greg MacKay.

By - 3/27/09 - 7:00 pm

KFC has a program to patch potholes across the country - in exchange for stencling "KFC" on top of the patched holes. What if, instead of having them re-patch lots of small holes in different neighborhoods, we just have them fill in the World's Largest Pothole? Sure, they'd then want to brand it with the World's Largest KFC Stencil, but wouldn't that still be an improvement?

Thanks to Phil for the link.

By - 3/27/09 - 7:50 am

A Proper Bostonian submits a proposal that would both fill the hole and solve the South End's problems with the BU Biolab.

By - 3/26/09 - 5:21 pm

Timothy B. Elliott of Pocasset was arrested in Downtown Crossing on Tuesday on charges he used a bogus check to defraud a Washington Street merchant of $24,000 worth of jewelry.

Boston Police report that after his check bounced, Elliott contacted the jeweler again in the hopes of scoring more rocks. The jeweler contacted police, who waited in the shop in the Jeweler's Building, 33 Washington St., and arrested Elliott on a charge of larceny over $250 when he showed up. Police say they're now looking at whether Elliott has anything to do with other similar incidents in the area.

Last year, a judge let Elliott keep $1 million in earnings from a lottery ticket even though his purchase of it violated his probation on the bank-robbery conviction.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/26/09 - 7:48 am

Donovan Slack at the Globe shows how the city let the developer of the Gaping Maw skirt the city's own zoning codes in an attempt to revive Downtown Crossing.

By - 3/25/09 - 1:41 pm

HoustonLiterally pissing on them, as in, whipping it out and spraying them, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which is charging Joseph Houston of Brewster with two counts of assault and battery and one count of open lewdness for an incident at Boston Garden. According to the DA's office, Houston:

[A]llegedly exposed himself and urinated on a 17-year-old female and a 21-year-old male, both from Connecticut, who were attending a Jan. 18 Metallica concert at the TD Banknorth Garden.

A Brewster Police officer at the time of the incident, Houston was arrested by MBTA Transit Police for trespassing at North Station. That case was sparked by Houston's ejection from the concert and subsequent refusal to leave the area after repeated orders to do so by officers.

Instead of leaving, the apparently intoxicated Houston is said to have flashed his Brewster Police Department badge to one officer and referred to another as "Obama." He was escorted out, only to return once more in violation of the officers' orders; Transit Police took him into custody at that time.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/25/09 - 1:30 pm

Boston Police report a pair of Good Samaritans teamed up to catch a man who'd stolen a woman's wallet from her office at 50 Congress St. downtown around 2:30 Monday afternoon:

A witness, after hearing the victim’s cries for help, assisted the victim in chasing the suspect down the stairs, and into the lobby of the building. In the lobby, the suspect attempted to pull a knife from his waist but the witness stepped on it before the suspect could use it. The suspect then continued running until he was grabbed and restrained until officers arrived. A second witness recounted the same story to officers but told them that the suspect punched him while fleeing from the scene.

Police say they recovered both the wallet and the knife. Jameel Hakim, 55, of Roxbury, was charged with trespassing, larceny, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and carrying a knife with blade length greater than two and a half inches.

Meanwhile, Mayor Menino and Police Commissioner Ed Davis today honored four people who kept an allegedly crazed South End man from cutting his wife's head off with a butcher knife on March 12:

Robert Asbury, Eustace Fitzpatrick, Aida Cepeda, Cristobal Vizcaino and Raul Estremera all received proclamations at City Hall:

Commissioner Davis added, "On behalf of the Boston Police Department, I would like to extend our appreciation to these individuals who not only showed tremendous character and courage, but risked their own personal safety to assist someone in need. The quick thinking and swift actions of several citizens stopped this violent assault and saved this young woman’s life."

By - 3/24/09 - 2:33 pm

Boston Police report arresting three Braintree teens who refused to stop pestering a Boston Garden photographer who didn't find them interesting enough to take a picture of. Here's the play-by-play from last night's Celtics game:

According to the security personnel, the suspects began swearing and yelling at a photographer employed at the Garden. The suspects were demanding that the photographer take their picture and when, according to them, the photographer refused, the suspects proceeded to verbally berate and disrespect him.

By - 3/24/09 - 1:05 pm

Photo set showing a group of seagulls attacking a robin - and then fighting over its remains - in Post Office Square. Via the Urban Pantheist.

By - 3/24/09 - 9:45 am
Spin!

Matthew finds an interesting valve wheel behind the Suffolk County courthouse downtown.

Copyright Matthew.

By - 3/20/09 - 2:44 pm

Proof it pays for police to get copies of wanted posters came this morning when officers who'd just been handed one for a March 5 robbery nabbed the guy on the poster.

Neil Finn, 41, was charged with a March 5 armed holdup at Ultra Diamonds, 285 Washington St. Police report that officers in the A-1 station were handed posters with his photo this morning:

Soon thereafter, officers out on patrol observed an individual fitting the description. Officers approached the suspect with 'WANTED' poster in hand. The suspect looked at the flyer and then stated "That's me on the wanted poster."

By - 3/19/09 - 8:46 pm
Down with AIG

Aaron Donovan covered dual protests this morning in the Financial District against AIG and Bank of America.

Copyright Aaron Donovan.

By - 3/18/09 - 9:54 am

The skeptics were right, although the Hook family wants to lease space in whatever gets built:

Earlier:
Hook burns down

By - 3/16/09 - 9:18 am

Paul Demers shows just how much somebody misses the old Filene's.

Czsz, meanwhile, discusses how sad the Financial District was on a Sunday walk:

... Not a single car drove by, and not a single other person walked down the sidewalk. Granted, it was Sunday, but what a wasted space this felt like.

I turned the corner to Franklin St. The Boston Stock Exchange was boarded up. The London Harness Company was shuttered for the day only, but signs announced it was going out of business.

Even the Propagation of the Faith Store is giving up.

By - 3/15/09 - 10:19 pm

Boston Police report the man who plunged to the ground from a parking garage at 20 Clinton St. around 1:30 p.m. today was pronounced dead at Mass. General and that homicide detectives are now on the case.

Police say the man had no identification, but did have numerous tattoos which they hope somebody can recognize. He's described as a white Hispanic male, between 25 and 30, about 5'7", with dark brown hair and brown eyes and:

Tattoos:
Right Bicep: Two Hands Clasped as in Prayer with "Marielle 4-23-03" Written above the Hands, and "Cuidalo Senor" Written Below the Hands.
Right Hand: "13:69" Tattooed on the Back of the Hands.
The victim has numerous other tattoos on his body.

Sound familiar? Contact homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470. You can also forward anonymous tips by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPs or texting 'TIP' to CRIME (27463).

By - 3/15/09 - 2:21 pm

Severely injured in fall from 20 Clinton St. around 1:30 p.m., Boston Police tweet.

UPDATE: Homicide detectives are now investigating his fatal fall.