Downtown

By - 4/3/17 - 8:09 pm
New Orange Line car

Neil the roving UHub photographer took in the mockup of a new Orange Line car on City Hall Plaza today, reports the T is going with the shiny, slidey plastic seats. They're scheduled to arrive by 2022.

By - 4/3/17 - 12:23 pm

UPDATED, 6:05 p.m.

State Police report troopers searched the Charles in the area of the dam and under the Zakim today as part of the search of Michael Kelleher, 23, of Southborough, but that they found nothing. Read more.

By - 4/2/17 - 12:18 pm

Shortly before 11 a.m., in the area of Cambridge and New Sudbury streets. WCVB reports several manhole explosions.

Ted Folkman reports:

Just saw a manhole cover explode right outside the JFK building, and loud boom. Smoke billowing out!

Video from WHDH.

By - 4/1/17 - 8:48 pm

Boston Police report arresting an Everett 16-year-old on charges he stabbed a man on Winter Street last Sunday night.

Police did not name the teen because of his age, but said he was arrested at 40 Veterans Ave. in Everett around 6:30 a.m. yesterday. He was charged with being delinquent for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

By - 3/31/17 - 6:40 pm

CNN Money reports the Japanese clothing chain is threatening to pull out of the US - which would include its new Faneuil Hall Marketplace store, the one that required substantial physical changes to the Quincy Market building - if the Trump administration insists it only sell clothing made in the US.

By - 3/31/17 - 3:41 pm

The Framingham Source reports Michael J. Kelleher, 23, left the Celtics game at the Garden around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and has not been seen since.

He's 6'2" and 180 lbs. His phone was last pinged around 9:40 p.m. on Tremont Street downtown, between Winter Street and Temple Place.

Missing poster from Boston Police.

By - 3/30/17 - 11:00 am
Transgender flag at Boston City Hall

In response, Boston raised transgender flag at City Hall. Photo by Swirlygrrl.

Abbi Matheson is livetweeting the appearance - two days late - of the anti-trans hate bus to Boston. They started on Cambridge Street in front of City Hall, plan to navigate to the State House and then hope to rile up Harvard students - assuming they can get around the protesters.

UPDATE: Mayor Walsh responds by raising the transgender flag above City Hall Plaza at 12:30 p.m.

By - 3/29/17 - 10:53 am

In one of those only-in-Boston things, plans for some licensing musical chairs in which a longtime Charlestown bar would sell its full liquor license to a Dominican restaurant in Roslindale, so it could in turn sell its beer and wine license to a coffeehouse in a boutique hotel in Downtown Crossing hit a last-minute snag today. Read more.

By - 3/28/17 - 1:08 pm
Kevin Churnetski

Transit Police report arresting Kevin Churnetski, 39, on charges he whipped out his alleged manhood on a northbound Orange Line train and "performed a lewd act in full view of all passengers."

Read more.

By - 3/27/17 - 8:52 am

The Globe reports the Trustees of Reservations are looking for a waterfront parcel on which to build a major new park.

By - 3/25/17 - 8:10 pm
Sunset over Boston

Rob Littlefield watched the sun go down over downtown Boston this evening.

By - 3/25/17 - 4:37 pm

Corrected to note it was the Green Line, not the Red Line.

Lisa Johnson recounts the day she was rushing to the Green Line when she swerved to get around somebody near the yellow warning strip, lost her balance and fell on the tracks:

I think I may have been in shock, because I was just lying on the tracks trying to get my bearings. I don’t remember if it was me actively trying to get up and people grabbing my hands as I reached up or people just grabbing my hands and pulling me up. Either way, there were two sets of hands pulling me up.

By - 3/24/17 - 9:25 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a liquor license for City Winery, which is building a restaurant where patrons can eat and sip wine as they listen to and watch live entertainment in the new apartment and hotel complex going up at 80 Beverly St. Read more.

By - 3/22/17 - 11:02 am

The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow decides whether to allow the transformation of the North Star, 222 Friend St. into a calmer, quieter "professional" establishment aimed at the sort of people filling the new apartments sprouting like mushrooms around North Station, rather than rowdier Celtics and Bruins fans. Read more.

By - 3/21/17 - 9:44 am

Jen Richard videoed this in Fort Point Channel by the Tea Party Museum this morning. The New England Aquarium confirms it was a harbor porpoise.

Last spring:
Esplanade dock gets fat, sassy visitor.

By - 3/21/17 - 8:15 am

Ryan White asks:

Anyone had jury duty at Suffolk Superior lately? What's the policy for carrying a work computer/battery, stored in bag?

By - 3/20/17 - 12:42 pm
Banana guy in Dewey Square seeks wife

With Keytar Bear playing in the background, Jed Hresko noticed the Dewey Square fruit guy had a new sign up today. Looks aren't important, but you'll need to care and cook for him and, oh, no lip, please: Read more.

By - 3/20/17 - 9:06 am
Pedialyte samples in front of South Station

Are we facing a shortage of toddlers with dehydration these days? For some reason, Pedialyte had some shills in Dewey Square yesterday trying to foist samples on passing adults. Maybe it goes great chilled with some vodka.

UPDATE: Ye hair-of-the-dog editor has been informed by reliable sources that Pedialyte is pushing itself as a hangover cure. Blecch. Read more.

By - 3/19/17 - 10:38 pm

Several times, at Winter Street and Winter Place, around 10:25 p.m.

By - 3/18/17 - 8:31 pm

Chuck Berry, who helped give us rock 'n' roll, died yesterday at his home in Missouri. Read more.