Downtown

By - 2/19/10 - 2:44 pm

Boston Police tweet a burst steam line is creating havoc at Congress and Hanover streets and that, yes, that includes a road making like it belongs in a Dali painting.

By - 2/18/10 - 4:40 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports workers at John Kerry's 1 Bowdoin Square office were evacuated around noon. Workers were allowed back in an hour later after a hazmat crew determined the package was stable enough to be transported to a state lab. The Herald reports the package may contain cooking oil.

By - 2/15/10 - 6:56 pm

There seem to be a LOT of sudden retail vacancies this month. Central Square lost Pearl Art and the Attic. Downtown Crossing, which was pretty vacant to begin with, lost a whole block of stores on Winter Street - whatever building Staples (soon CVS) is in.

We've had lots of closings over the past few years as the recession hit, but I don't remember so many places disappearing at once. Any theories? Post-holiday slump?

By - 2/15/10 - 3:17 pm

Boston Police report two suburban guys' alleged idea of a good time was to break the window of their fifth-floor room at the Holiday Inn on Friend Street very early Saturday morning and then start throwing beer bottles and cans out of it.

By - 2/14/10 - 1:21 pm

Boston Police report that early this morning, firefighters and EMTs managed to extricate a woman stuck in an Orpheum crawl space, one of her legs pinned between a pipe and the wall:

Officers spoke to the building’s facilities manager who stated that the victim did not work in the building and, moreover, he was unsure as to why the victim was in the part of the building where she was located.

Once removed, she was taken to Tufts Medical Center with what police described as "non life threatening injuries."

By - 2/13/10 - 1:07 pm

Scott took this shot recently by North Station.

Copyright Scott. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 2/10/10 - 7:40 pm

SHIFTboston recently held an "ideas competition" for creating new public spaces in Boston. The winner: Turning an abandoned trolley tunnel on Tremont Street into a theater and arts space:

What if we shifted these contemporary urban ruins into a network of underground, interactive social environments--experiential theatres and immersive digital (art) galleries—while celebrating the past through a media-infused trolley museum inside North America’s oldest subway system?

By - 2/8/10 - 1:15 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the three downtown sandwich shops were shut this weekend, victim of an economy in which the office workers who are left are more likely to brown bag it at lunch time.

By - 2/5/10 - 1:09 pm

The Boston Fire Department responded to a fire in the ductwork at Houston's, 60 State St., around 1 p.m. As a precaution, the first five floors of the building were evacuated.

By - 2/3/10 - 5:01 pm

The Greenway Conservancy, which oversees the land where the Central Artery used to be, yesterday approved a proposal to build a visitor-center "pavilion" for the Boston Harbor Islands national park on what is now a grassy field near Columbus Park.

By - 2/3/10 - 11:50 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant licenses to three new eateries:

Serykah Aggerwhil is seeking city permission to sell Indian food at 185 Devonshire St. She currently operates a catering service in Somerville, and the food would be prepared there and then trucked into Boston for sale.

Pasta Beach, a Newport, RI restaurant that serves pasta and pizza, wants to open an outlet at 30 Rowes Wharf for residents and hotel visitors who don't want to make the long trek over to the North End.

By - 2/2/10 - 1:36 pm

Over the objections of city officials, who don't want the risk of ships from a terrorist haven, the Globe reports.

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

Simon Glik, who wound up arrested when he used his cell phone to video a drug bust on Tremont Street along the Common in 2007, yesterday filed suit in US District Court, alleging his First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated by police.

By - 1/30/10 - 7:28 pm

The Globe reports on a Baker/Tisei rally at Faneuil Hall today.

By - 1/29/10 - 11:37 am

If you look up while you walk around downtown, you start noticing all these buildings adorned with caduceuses, such as 12 Post Office Square, above. Was fin-de-siecle Boston full of doctor's offices and hospitals? No, it turns out that Mercury, the Roman god whose staff ultimately led to MGH was also the protector of merchants and travel, and so 19th-century Boston traders felt his two-snaked staff the perfect adornment for their offices. The Boston Flour and Grain Exchange pairs a caduceus with Neptune's trident, from back in the days when Boston was a major seaport.

By - 1/27/10 - 10:39 am

The Boston Licensing Board will decide tomorrow whether to approve a liquor license for a proposed bar at 184 High Street that would feature an ivory-tickling pianist for patrons supping premium comfort food, such as gourmet meatloaf and handcut French fries rather than reheated frozen fries.

Although the bar would be open at night, representatives of the High Street Restaurant Group, LLC told the board they would focus on the Financial District lunch crowd.

By - 1/26/10 - 10:57 pm

McKenny Boston Police charge that David McKenny, 44, of Winthrop, forced a man at gunpoint into his car at Stuart and Tremont streets on Jan. 9, then used his gun to force the man to hand over his money.

Police say the man was then dumped out of the car near Washington and East Springfield streets.

McKenny is 5'7", weighs about 215 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes.

If you know where he is, contact detectives at 617-343-5619 or drop an anonymous tip by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME.

By - 1/26/10 - 2:21 pm

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On Sunday, the Globe Magazine posited that Bostonians who object to City Hall, the JFK Building and that mental-health building with the staircases to nowhere are simply stupid, plebian dunderheads unable to grasp the magnificence and brilliance of these 1960s and 1970s edifices and their role in restoring Boston's luster after decades of decline. Or as writer Sarah Schweitzer (of course), put it:

By - 1/26/10 - 1:32 pm

Hello, we must be going.

By - 1/25/10 - 4:30 pm

Boston Police tweet the fifth floor of 11 Ave. de Lafayette had to be evacuated this afternoon after somebody spilled some nitric acid, but that the city hazmat team neutralized the acid (with a familiy size box of baking soda?) and all is clear.