Downtown

By - 2/9/11 - 7:04 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Chacarero will keep its Arch Street location open.

By - 2/8/11 - 8:06 pm

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports on a ruling by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that the owner of a Downtown Crossing clothing store was irascible but not racist when he demanded to know why a black man from Kenya thought he sold watches.

By - 2/7/11 - 2:01 pm

Boston Police report the Webster Bank branch at 100 Franklin St., was held up this afternoon by a guy who ditched the money after the dye pack embedded in it exploded.

The bank was last held up last June.

By - 2/4/11 - 4:17 pm

Ticketed trooper

Kevin Lee took this photo (click on it for a larger version) by the State House today.

By - 2/4/11 - 6:59 am

Proposed Hayward PlaceProposed Hayward Place. Rendering from BRA.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority reports Millennium Partners have filed new plans for a 15-story residential building on what is now a parking lot across from the Ritz, which they also built.

Hayward Place will mean 265 new residential units, along with first-floor retail space. It's on the parcel bordered by Washington Street, Avenue de Lafayette, Harrison Avenue and Hayward Place, which now consists of a parking lot, an abandoned Orange Line entrance and that weird set of glass panels on beams.

The developers' original plans, submitted in 2006 before the condo market collapsed, called for 225 "loft style" condos.

By - 2/2/11 - 8:36 pm

Most of us dread more snow, but Dan Sternof Beyer is looking forward to it.

Beyer is the artist responsible for the mysterious snowdecahdrons that have shown up in Porter Square and Dewey Square after recent storms. So far this season, he's created about ten large versions of the 12-sided objects and 20 to 30 smaller versions.

In an interview with Universal Hub, Beyer said he creates the snowdecahedrons by packing snow into a dodecahdron-shaped box. But not just any snow. "I've become extremely picky about snow, which I'd never thought I'd be, but it has to be just above freezing, after a large snowstorm so the snow is clean, sticks together, packs well, but isn't soggy," he said.

By - 1/31/11 - 8:29 pm

Igloo

ChinatownKicks spotted an igloo on Boston Common.

By - 1/31/11 - 6:16 pm

No lights

By - 1/27/11 - 10:41 pm

Snowdecahedron

Either the guy who sculpted a snowdecahedron in Porter Square a couple weeks back took the Red Line to South Station today or the Kelvans have distilled the entire crew of the Enterprise into a solid. Either way, Jeff Tamagini took the photo.

Copyright Jeff Tamagini. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 1/26/11 - 12:55 pm

Bostonography posts a copy of the first aerial photo of an American city, taken from a balloon tethered over the Common.

By - 1/23/11 - 2:04 pm

Boston Police report one arrest for a brawl at State and Broad streets that sent a man to Mass. General with serious injuries.

Police say a fight broke about between two groups of men shortly before 2 a.m.

Tom Donahue, 22, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his shod foot - after witnesses reported seeing him kicking the unconscious victim on the ground, police say, adding the victim fell unconscious after somebody punched him in the head.

Innocent, etc.

By - 1/20/11 - 10:59 am

Today's fire was under a train just past the southbound platform at North Station, shortly before 11 a.m.

The Boston Fire Department reports the cause was lubricating grease catching fire under the train. The fire was quickly put out; power was shut off in both directions so that firefighters could evacuate roughly 200 passengers back to North Station. The department says there were no injuries from the incident - although as 40 firefighters were in the tunnel, another call came in for an unconscious person on a commuter-rail train at North Station.

This was at least the third track fire on the Orange Line this week and the fourth since Jan. 14.

Ishtany, who was on the train, took some video of other passengers being helped up to the platform at North Station after a walk down the tracks:

By - 1/20/11 - 9:37 am

The Kitchen Misfit reports that Cheeseboy at South Station is more than just gouda nuff: She buys sandwiches there, then rushes back to the office so she can edam up.

By - 1/19/11 - 7:03 am

Utile posts an image from a 1959 plan for a Scollay Square replacement that would have started pretty much at Old City Hall and which would have involved a series of low-slung buildings:

In spatial design, as well as building massing, and no less in spatial and massing composition we were very mindful of weaving into the existing social and physical texture of this part of Boston.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 1/18/11 - 12:06 pm

Another day, another trash fire, shortly before noon at Downtown Crossing. Extinguished quickly, but power was cut as firefighters entered "the pit" to put it out. And with fire comes residual delays.

By - 1/16/11 - 4:17 pm

As Boston police officers on a detail attempted to escort an allegedly inebriated Vite out of Ned Devine's around 1 a.m. on Saturday, he kept demanding to know if they realized who his father was, police say.

By - 1/14/11 - 9:00 am

Smoke from what the MBTA described as "a minor grease fire" on the southbound side could be smelled as far away as Broadway, but the Boston Fire Department gave the T permission to resume service around 9 a.m.

By - 1/13/11 - 5:24 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission voted today to require annual licensing and regular inspections of the city's nail salons.

The new regulation is meant to reduce the odds of customers catching bacterial and fungal infections from improperly sanitized equipment, but especially to protect the health of salon workers, according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the commission's executive director:

By - 1/12/11 - 4:35 pm

He might have mutated into something like this:

Snow Curley

Samantha spotted this snow-enhanced Curley statue today.