By - 8/23/15 - 8:21 pm

You might think City Hall Plaza is a public space where the public has the right to enjoy the First Amendment, but you might think wrong, at least according to Boston Municipal Protective Services, which says it doesn't apply when a group, in this case Boston GreenFest, rents out the plaza for an event. Read more.

By - 8/21/15 - 7:38 pm
By - 8/21/15 - 6:28 pm
Clogged roads near South Station

Mike McD. shows us what happens when roads around South Station are shut at rush hour to give firefighters easier access to a track fire near South Station, in particular, Kneeland Street and Atlantic Avenue.

By - 8/21/15 - 5:20 pm
The scene at South Station

The scene outside South Station. Photo by Ross Chanowski.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Trains running again. UPDATE: 6:02 p.m. Fire declared out, firefighters packing up.

An insulated cable that erupted into flames shortly after 5 p.m. south of South Station shut Red Line service in both directions between JFK/UMass and Park Street and forced the driver of one outbound train to reverse direction and head back to South Station. Read more.

By - 8/21/15 - 9:14 am
Fog over Boston Harbor

Paul Nutting looked out his window at Boston Harbor around 8 a.m.

Daniel Sullivan had a closer view: Read more.

By - 8/20/15 - 10:39 pm

Sit at the end of Long Wharf and it's easy to miss the cormorants - the gulls and terns are constantly screaming for attention, and sometimes getting into fights for key perches, such as the top of the flagpole there. But every so often, you might look down and spot a cormorant bobbing on the water, at least, for a few seconds, before it disappears under the water.

By - 8/20/15 - 7:24 pm
Waiting at South Station

Louis Venturelli was among the hundreds of commuter-rail riders who just sat or stood there in South Station as signal problems meant massive delays on all line between roughly 5:40 and 6:40 this evening.

By - 8/19/15 - 3:56 pm
James Michael Curley wearing a snapback in downtown Boston

Somebody outfitted the standing James Michael Curley statue with a new cap this morning.

By - 8/19/15 - 9:48 am

The former governors say it's last time to connect the two terminals with a rail link.

By - 8/18/15 - 4:44 pm
Weird truck in downtown Boston

Heather Parker spotted this truck in Downtown Crossing today.

By - 8/17/15 - 11:54 pm
Millennium Tower

The new Millennium Tower building where Filene's used to be in Downtown Crossing already seems to be the tallest building downtown - and will get taller still. And, at least until it gets closer to completion, the construction lights make it the brightest building downtown.

Daytime view from the ground.

By - 8/17/15 - 6:22 pm
Hammock at M Street Beach in South Boston

Eileen Murphy spotted somebody cocooned in a hammock at the M Street beach in South Boston today.

Gwen Betts, meanwhile, took a moment out from reading a book to give us a foot's eye view from the Greenway hammock she's in this afternoon: Read more.

By - 8/17/15 - 5:08 pm

Lulu522 forwards a copy of the photo she took from her 36th floor perch in downtown Boston as one of those storms rolled into Boston on Saturday.

By - 8/16/15 - 10:33 pm

WBZ reports police ended the Dominican festival an hour early tonight. Three officers were injured; two adults and four juveniles (one just 12) were arrested.

By - 8/15/15 - 9:46 pm
Protest against the Stamp Act in Downtown Crossing, Boston

Andrew Oliver, appointed by His Majesty's Government to enforce and collect the stamp tax on all paper products, today announced his resignation from the position on the steps of the Old State House after a rabble of protesters marched his effigy around the town, put it on "trial," found it guilty and ripped it to shreds. Read more.

By - 8/14/15 - 10:55 pm
Liberty lanterns in Chinatown

Grace Holley took in tonight's commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act protests on Essex Street in what is now Chinatown, which included these lanterns.

Johnmcboston also attended: Read more.

By - 8/14/15 - 4:25 pm
Free Baker T shirt

MikeKix attended Marty Walsh's ALS-fighting ice-bucketing outside City Hall this afternoon - at which the mayor wore his answer to the whole Free Brady T-shirt brouhaha.

By - 8/14/15 - 9:11 am
Traffic cones in Boston City Hall

City Hall's latest installation is this amalgamation of traffic cones.

By - 8/13/15 - 6:33 pm
Parcel 1b project near North Station

The BRA board today approved an apartment building near North Station where all 239 units will be aimed at people who couldn't afford to live in the other towers rising in the area. Read more.

By - 8/12/15 - 3:08 pm
Waiting for a pass at Downtown Crossing

Beetlejuice's waiting room in the afterlife, T edition. Photo by Paul Levy.

Fresh off his 65th birthday, Paul Levy descended into the bowels of Downtown Crossing today to get one of the senior T passes to which he's now entitled. Levy, who knows something about complex systems - he oversaw the construction of Deer Island and rescued Beth Israel Hospital from bankruptcy - was amazed, and not in a good way. Read more.