Downtown

By - 6/16/14 - 8:26 am

A huffy citizen complains how messy Boston Common and Public Garden pathways are these days and demands the city assign at least two workers full time to keep it clean, and, hey, maybe buy one of those mini street-sweepers while you're at it. Oh, and make sure the mayor sees this complaint.

Somebody at the Parks Department huffs right back (spelling mistakes fixed):

Common

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By - 6/12/14 - 7:26 am
Robbery suspect

The Century Bank branch at 24 Federal St. was held up around 4 p.m. on June 3 by a man who presented a note.

The Bank Robbery Task Force describes him as white, 5'6" to 5'8", with light blond facial hair and a medium build. He wore reading glasses, a red baseball hat with a "B' on it, black and gray sweatshirt/jacket and gray... Read more

By - 6/11/14 - 2:09 pm

Debris field. Photo by Phillip.

The Downtown Boston BID reports Water Street between Washington and Devonshire was shut this afternoon when bits of 85 Devonshire St. tumbled to the ground.

By - 6/10/14 - 10:33 pm

Police are looking for a man in connection with a possible knifepoint sexual attack that happened around 9:45 p.m. on the Greenway somewhere north of South Station. The suspect is described as black, in his 40s, 5'10" with a chinstrap beard. He wore a gray sweatshirt.

By - 6/10/14 - 3:13 pm

A Dorchester man who allegedly tried but failed to rob a woman at knifepoint at Downtown Crossing last month was arrested last week after detectives managed to track him down as a regular at a Dorchester Star Market, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Roger Hines, 29, was arraigned Friday on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, the DA's office says. Judge... Read more

By - 6/9/14 - 9:40 pm

When state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey wouldn't meet with protesters calling for a discounted "Youth Pass" for teen T riders, they sat down in his office in the Park Square transportation building and wouldn't leave - until State Police made them, and transported them over to their South Boston and Charles River barracks for booking on trespassing charges, according to O'Ryan Johnson, who ... Read more

By - 6/5/14 - 1:24 pm

UBurger, 140 Tremont St., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission to start serving beer and wine.

If the board approves, the burger joint would buy a beer and wine license from a Fuddruckers at the airport.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 6/5/14 - 10:40 am

A mini-documentary on some of Boston's food trucks by Mike Irving.

Via MC Slim JB.

By - 6/5/14 - 8:56 am
State Street being evacuated

Orange Line riders after the boom. Photo by Chuck Giroux.

UPDATED with latest info from the T.

Around 8:50 a.m., an inbound Orange Line train pulled into State Street and there was a large "bang." Chuck Giroux photographed people rushing out of the station.

Although initial reports seemed to indicate the train had hit part of a fallen light fixture on the tracks, a T spokesman says the bang came from the subway... Read more

By - 6/3/14 - 3:50 pm
Waterfall in City Hall Plaza

The City Hall Plaza waterfall in 1973. From the National Archives.

The Herald reports on the secret effort in the days before last weekend's Boston Calling to shore up the large corner of City Hall Plaza by the JFK building that once contained a sunken mini-plaza and waterfall - after an engineer warned the whole area was on the verge of collapse and could not have any weight at all put on it.

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By - 6/3/14 - 2:26 pm

An Anheuser-Busch promotion to get men to try Bud Light Platinum by having young women hand them bottles of the stuff at a downtown club went awry when one of the men who accepted a bottle turned out to be a plainclothes detective well versed in the Massachusetts regulation that prohibits free samples of alcoholic beverages.

Gem, 44 Province St., finds out later this week... Read more

By - 6/2/14 - 6:07 pm

The afternoon T woe report: A Red Line train somewhere north of Charles/MGH is stuck with doors that won't close and switch problems on commuter rail just outside South Station are doing wonders for Tavern in the Square.

By - 6/2/14 - 8:43 am

Let's see: There's a dead Red Line train at Park Street, a dead trolley somewhere on the inbound side of the D line and there are major delays for some no doubt good reason on the Fitchburg Line.

By - 5/31/14 - 11:30 am
Cardolino and dog

Christopher Cardalino of Somerville, police say, abandoned his faithful dog when officers came after him for piggybacking through a Park Street fare gate Thursday evening.

Upon approach of the officers Cardalino became nervous and when asked for some form of identification Cardalino dropped the leash for his dog and took off running. The dog, possibly abandoned and appearing confused, also ran in the direction of

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By - 5/31/14 - 10:20 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on an effort by a local architect to have the green and tan Winthrop Building at 276 Washington St. designated an official historic landmark by the city.

By - 5/30/14 - 5:19 pm

A mechanical problem on an outbound Orange Line train ended with smoke in the front car and passengers ordered to evacuate at Haymarket shortly before 5:15 p.m. - bringing service towards Oak Grove to a halt and firefighters racing to the station as fast as they could during rush-hour traffic.

At 5:15 p.m., JahHills reported:

Orange line at Haymarket just came to a sudden

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By - 5/27/14 - 4:24 pm

Concrete Plaza has daily views of the work to replace the old Government Center T stop, from somebody who works across the street.

By - 5/23/14 - 8:15 am

BostonPoop reports on a collision this morning:

Some guy just crashed into a RotoRooter vehicle on Cambridge Street. Looks like their day just went down the drain.

By - 5/22/14 - 3:33 pm
Cab protest

Meng Mao captured the scene this afternoon as local cab drivers circled Uber's downtown office to protest its service.

Click to hear the sounds of dozens of horns held down in fury as cab drivers urge Uber to recognize the error of its non-regulated ways.

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