Downtown

By - 12/6/16 - 2:34 pm
Lonely carolers in Downtown Crossing

By the time these carolers finished a song as they stood atop the new Franklin Street entrance to the T around 12:50 p.m., there was one person to applaud them.

By - 12/6/16 - 2:29 pm

Wassem Amin will have to wear a GPS and cannot travel outside of Massachusetts should he make the bail for the 26 charges against him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 12/5/16 - 5:23 pm
Protesters in Boston

Outside the State House.

About 250 demonstrators - split between BPS and college students - marched from the Common to the State House and City Hall today to urge Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh to formally declare sanctuaries for not just undocumented immigrants but other minority groups, including lesbians, gays and transgender people as we move into the Trump era. Read more.

By - 12/5/16 - 4:32 pm
Amin

Wassem Amin, 31, faces arraignment tomorrow on a 26-count indictment that he defrauded two clients and a lawyer and intern he had working in his downtown law practice, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Amin used money from clients - and opened credit lines in his workers' names - to lease a Mercedes S-class sedan and help support a lifestyle that included a $10,819-a-month penthouse apartment on Canal Street, the DA's office alleges. Read more.

By - 12/4/16 - 5:42 pm
Santa Claus on the Orange Line

Benzo Amore got on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing with Nonplussed Ol' St. Nick:

He says he knows when brakes are squeaking, when you are late.

By - 12/3/16 - 11:16 am
Tremont Street break-in suspect
Tremont Street suspect

Nicole Chan posted photos of this guy, who was snooping around her Tremont Street business around 2:30 p.m. yesterday, looking for stuff to lift.

He's lucky he escaped. Chan's business is Trapology, in which people pay to be locked into a room, then try to escape, using clues and puzzle solving to figure a way out.

By - 12/2/16 - 7:26 pm

BPS high-school students are organizing a walkout on Monday that could see students rally on the Common at 2 p.m. before marching on the State House and rallying in front of City Hall: Read more.

By - 11/29/16 - 11:13 am

Seems Boston has this nifty little search tool that lets you type in a car's license-plate number and see when it was last towed (and to where).

Over on Boston Reddit, mac_question has been using the tool to follow the exploits of a 2017 Fiat sports car (no, that's not an oxymoron), whose owner keeps parking it haphazardly at Summer and High streets downtown. In the past three months, the car has been towed five times from that spot. Maybe it's still cheaper than a deeded parking space?

By - 11/28/16 - 10:24 am

Boston Police report arresting Erik Swanson, 33, on charges he broke into the Shrine of St. Anthony on Friday and stole several items. Read more.

By - 11/26/16 - 5:57 pm
St. Anthony's Shrine burglar

St. Anthony's Shrine on Arch Street has posted photos of the well-dressed guy they say broke into the shrine between 4 and 6 a.m. yesterday. If he looks familiar, you know the number to call.

By - 11/23/16 - 8:09 pm
Giant red bow

With exterior renovations finished on the Flour and Grain Exchange building on the Greenway, owner Related Beal has brought back the giant red bow that has long adorned it during the holiday season. Jed Hresko snapped this photo while watching workers install it.

Last year:
Just a tiny bow.

By - 11/22/16 - 7:57 pm

No need to show up on the Common on Friday, Greg Cook reports.

By - 11/22/16 - 4:57 pm
Inspiring note at the Park Street MBTA station

Jason noticed this note at the Park Street T stop today:

I love this. We could all use some kindness these days.

By - 11/19/16 - 11:23 pm

Boston Police report two officers suffered head and knee injuries while trying to arrest a man they first stopped to talk to because he was smoking on the Common, which is illegal. Read more.

By - 11/18/16 - 11:33 am

Scott Kirsner reports that Michael Dell, yes, that Michael Dell, has purchased a condo in Millennium Tower and actually plans to live in it.

By - 11/17/16 - 1:21 pm

For at least the third time today, a Red Line train (probably not the same one, but who knows?) has flat lined, this time near South Station. Or as Yung Carl Jung puts it:

I'm on #RedLine Braintree bound train #01868 rn & it's stuck in a tunnel. what the eff is going on?

By - 11/16/16 - 2:53 pm

The CBC reports the province treats the tree not just as thanks, but as tourism and seafood promotion. And that includes paying WCVB $75,000 to broadcast the tree getting lit on the Common each year - and $41,000 to the city of Boston.

By - 11/15/16 - 11:42 am

Mark Novak shows us the morning king tide at Long Wharf. Read more.

By - 11/14/16 - 5:12 pm

People who really are opposed to the Trump presidency are warning other people away from an alleged anti-Trump rally Friday night on the Common. No, don't show up at the Common prepared for "an intimidating show of force" in which to "smash the fascists."

UPDATE: Now the page is for a neo-Nazi pep rally.