Downtown

By - 3/18/10 - 9:38 am

So don't even think of not filling your census form out.

Giant Inflatable Census Form

Hat tip to Dan Wilets for reminding me to post this photo.

By - 3/17/10 - 9:41 am

John Keith reports he's put his condo at the Ritz Carlton back on the market, for $7.9 million, or $1 million less than the first time he tried offloading it - in 2002. Maybe he should sweeten the deal by throwing in a grill.

By - 3/17/10 - 1:00 am

Laura Scannell watched a raging stream at the Arnold Arboretum yesterday. Later, David Schachner took in the view from East Boston. Look at that sky.

Copyright Laura Scannell and David Schachner, respectively. Both posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/15/10 - 11:17 pm

Orange umbrella

Jeff Tamagini managed to find quite a bit of color downtown during the storm today.

Copyright Jeff Tamagini.

By - 3/15/10 - 11:02 am

Amid all the flooded-basement and accident calls this morning, the Boston Fire Department also had to send crews out to manhole fires at State Street and Surface Road and

By - 3/14/10 - 6:13 pm

Blake Wexler reports the T set the clocks at Park Street ahead two hours this morning, but adds:

Even with that standard trains are STILL running late.

By - 3/12/10 - 5:10 pm

Matthew Cote snapped this photo of I-93 southbound by the Garden around 4:21 p.m. today - showing the bus that had just rear-ended a car, causing some serious stall-and-crawl activity.

By - 3/10/10 - 9:01 pm

Given all that's happpened over the past five decades between Leverett Circle and Causeway Street, it's kind of amazing that this West End holdover on 900 square feet of land at 42 Lomasney Way behind the Garden is not only still standing but still occupied. And it's mere steps away from the West End memorial wall that few people see, given how it forms part of the ramp from 93 to the circle (the engraving was so big I couldn't fit it all into a single shot - it ends "... of heaven"):

By - 3/8/10 - 9:12 pm

Vincent Price as ruined landmark: Before it was Christoishly covered upVincent Price as ruined landmark: Before the remains were Christoishly covered up.

Steven Roth, the New York real-estate mogul who gave us the Hole, told an audience of Columbia architecture students last week that he deliberately pulled a similar stunt in New York in the hopes of gaining concessions from the city:

Why did I do nothing? Because I was thinking in my own awkward way, that the more the building was a blight, the more the governments would want this to be redeveloped; the more help they would give us when the time came.

And they did.

Of course, nothing gets Tom Menino's Boston up quite like a New York developer pulling stuff like that. The Globe reports Hizzonah has directed the BRA (which, remember, can do pretty much anything it wants) to start looking at taking the whole site over by eminent domain. Sure, the city's supposed to at least have some pretense it's taking the land for some greater good - maybe they can finally build that downtown swimming hole. Wonder what Roth's Boston partner on the deal, John Hynes, thinks?

By - 3/7/10 - 10:49 am

Marjorie Arons-Barron reports on the renovated Washington Street theater's re-opening yesterday:

... The art deco style is drop-dead gorgeous; the sparkling lights on the marquee, a wondrous beckoning. ...

By - 3/4/10 - 6:15 pm

A perpetually grumpy royal lion peers down at you from the old Cunard building on State Street. Maybe he resents the loss of empire.

Like so many other old buildings in the Financial District, the Cunard Building also sports a caduceus. I didn't notice if the snakes are equally put out.

By - 3/2/10 - 10:57 am

Situation over, but area is a mess, Boston_Fireman tweets.

By - 2/25/10 - 10:39 pm

National Grid outages at 11:30 p.m.: Does NStar have something similar?National Grid outages at 11:30 p.m.: Does NStar have something similar?
Reports are coming in of power outages across the area, like mid-Cambridge, Tremont Street downtown and Newton Centre.

And Georgy Cohen reports Somerville Police had to help her and other riders off an 89 bus that hit a downed tree and power line.

Thanks to William Ricker for the link to the National Grid map.

By - 2/24/10 - 11:40 am

If you've been wanting to try Plaza III at Faneuil Hall, you better hurry. The place is $175,000 in arrears on its rent and the marketplace's owner - itself in bankruptcy - plans to replace it with an Anthem lounge-type restaurant, roughly along the lines of the nearby Houston's.

The Boston Licensing Board will decide tomorrow whether to let the restaurant's current owner transfer its liquor license to Anthem, which hopes to open up fully by May. Attorney Dennis Quilty told the board today Plaza III has had "a very long bad run of it" - downtown Boston just couldn't support so many steak places.

By - 2/23/10 - 10:15 pm

Rich Beaubien (whose work I've featured here), reports on an incident outside the Bank of America building at 100 Federal St. the other day, involving a security guard who demanded he stop taking photos of the building:

... Now I know I should have just walked away but instead I headed straight for his station. As he opened the door I said, "Call the police. You have no right to tell me what I cannot take photos of." ...

By - 2/23/10 - 8:29 pm

In case you forget which way you're headed, the T provides this handy little sign at the front end of the Alewife-bound side of the Red Line.

By - 2/23/10 - 7:03 pm

Flowers and candles mark the spot on the Christopher Columbus Park side of the Marriott Long Wharf where Eugene Losik was last seen - and where friends held a vigil last night.

By - 2/23/10 - 8:12 am

Michael Fitzpatrick, 52, of Malden, is charged with stealing a woman's car at gunpoint out of the Dock Square garage yesterday afternoon, then leading Boston Police on a wild chase until he crashed on Commercial Street in the North End. He's scheduled for arraignment this morning in Boston Municipal Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.