Downtown

By - 12/27/15 - 7:18 pm

The Ladd Observatory takes some time to tell us about how clocks in the Boston area used to be calibrated with the dropping of the daily noon time-ball from the roof of a downtown building, first a long-gone building at Devonshire and Milk and later from what is now the Ames Hotel at Washington and Court streets.

By - 12/27/15 - 1:09 pm

J.L. Bell ponders who might have been taking notes during discussions of patriots leading up to the Boston Tea Party and forwarding them to His Majesty's Government.

By - 12/24/15 - 10:14 am

Just because we don't have any snow doesn't mean you can't still take magical seasonal photos, as Renee shows us.

By - 12/23/15 - 9:07 am

The MBTA is seeking bids from companies that might want to lease 400 square feet of space on the Green Line level of the Government Center stop when it re-opens this spring.

The T also has a 150-square-foot space available on the Blue Line platform. Read more.

By - 12/21/15 - 9:15 am

Transit Police report arresting a New Bedford man they say attacked a woman on an Forest Hills Orange Line train approaching Downtown Crossing around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Read more.

By - 12/20/15 - 9:28 am
Scollay Under sign at Government Center MBTA station in downtown Boston

The MBTA has released a batch of photos showing the state of Govermment Center station as it approaches its spring, 2016 re-opening, still on schedule despite having to replace all the glass panes in the above-ground part of the station (if you click on the link, scroll down the page a bit for the photos).

Stairs and escalator take shape: Read more.

By - 12/18/15 - 9:47 pm
People outside Boston Garden

JB Parrett looked towards Boston Garden tonight.

By - 12/18/15 - 4:55 pm

The Orange Line is a bit of a mess right now. Then again, it's Friday, and it's raining.

By - 12/18/15 - 9:40 am
Oromo protesters outside Boston City Hall

City Hall Plaza became the focus today of a protest against the Ethiopian government's attempts to take land owned by members of the Oromo ethnic group.

Amnesty International reports 40 people have died during government crackdowns on protests in Ethiopia. Read more.

By - 12/17/15 - 5:30 pm
People waiting in the rain to see Star Wars in Boston

Ellie shows us the line of people waiting around 5:15 p.m. to get into the first screenings of the new Star Wars movies at the AMC Loews Boston Common, set for 7 p.m. She notes she and friends got there at 2, which is good, because the line now stretches past the outbound entrance to the Boylston T stop.

Compare to the scene at noon.

By - 12/17/15 - 12:25 pm
Man waiting outside Boston theater for the new Star Wars movie

Downtown Boston BID found this guy waiting outside the AMC Loews Boston Common at lunchtime today - waiting for the evening screening of some new science-fiction movie that's debuts today.

By - 12/16/15 - 8:59 pm

Around 8:45 p.m. at 91 Causeway St.

By - 12/13/15 - 10:37 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on the impending demise of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace bar.

By - 12/12/15 - 9:08 pm
BMW in Downtown Crossing in Boston where it shouldn't be

Washington Street downtown apparently calls to motorists, but unfortunately for them, there often seems to be a Boston cop stationed right outside Bath and Body Works to pull them over and explain to them why they shouldn't be driving down that stretch of the street, as Jesse Haley shows us tonight.

Earlier:
Sorry, sir, but the Downtown Crossing Bath and Body Works doesn't have a drive thru

By - 12/11/15 - 8:15 am
Charles River in the fog

Meagan peered into the mists over the Charles River from the Anderson Bridge this morning.

Marra Jacqueline looked up in Christopher Columbus Park: Read more.

By - 12/11/15 - 8:02 am

St. Francis House reports:

Our closet leaked, ruining our holiday wrapping paper. Could you donate some festive wrapping paper at our front desk for our guests' gifts?

By - 12/10/15 - 12:29 pm

Today, we signed a Letter of Intent with UBS to move our editorial and business operations to 53 State Street, Exchange Place.

Read more.

By - 12/9/15 - 6:54 pm
Downtown Crossing

The scene in Downtown Crossing. Photo by Josh Cronin.

Transit Police report an Alewife train hit a woman as it entered Downtown Crossing around 6:40 p.m.

Power was shut in both directions to let firefighters extricate the body of the woman, about 42.

Shuttle buses replaced service between JFK/UMass and Harvard.

The incident happened less than 24 hours after a man wound up under a train at Broadway.

By - 12/7/15 - 4:41 pm
Downtown Boston reflected in Fort Point Channel

Ross Chanowski looked up and down while walking along Fort Point Channel this afternoon.

By - 12/7/15 - 9:46 am

A Beverly man hurled a bottle of Rolling Rock at a T worker who wanted him to stop harassing other passengers last Thursday evening, Transit Police report.

John Reddy, 37, was arrested on a charge of Assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to police:

Upon arrival officers were met by the victim/MBTA employee who pointed out a male, later identified John Reddy, 37 of Beverley. The victim informed the officers his attention was drawn to Reddy due to other passengers complaining of being harassed by him. Upon approaching Reddy, Reddy threw a Rolling Rock beer bottle nearly striking the victim in the head. Reddy then shouted out that he would "Kill" the MBTA employee/victim. Officers also observed shattered glass strewn about the immediate area.

Innocent, etc.

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