Twenty people displaced; eight businesses destroyed or damaged in fire that broke out around 3:40 a.m.
The building before the fire:
Michael Rosado, 30, is charged with stabbing Robert Kelley, Jr. to death early on Sept. 26. Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced today Rosado was arrested in Hollywood, Fla.
According to police, EMTs found Kelley lying on Perkins Street, near the Jamaicaway, with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at Brigham and Women's. Once Rosado is returned to Massachusetts, he'll be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.
Or maybe it was there all along and I just didn't know about it - until I happened to be sorting the mail the other day and noticed a menu.
In any case, Hyde Parkians don't have to go all the way up to West Roxbury, JP or Norwood for Thai anymore - unless they want a large menu to choose from. The unassuming Asian Thai Eatery, 1084 River St., is really mainly a Chinese restaurant with a few Thai dishes thrown in - don't even think of stopping by if you want pad Thai or golden cups, for example.
Fans of the fading industrial look know to head to Hyde Park. Although the Hyde Park rust belt extends mainly along Hyde Park Avenue south of Cleary Square, there are interesting pockets elsewhere in the neighborhood - such as Providence Street, which runs from Metropolitan Avenue to West Street, a couple blocks in from Hyde Park Avenue, next to the Amtrak main line.
My favorite structure is the one being reclaimed by nature - the roof has collapsed and there's now a small forest growing in what used to be the shop or warehouse floor:
A still-active taxi yard is guarded by this attack cat, who made sure I got nowhere near the vehicles:
NuVo, which started out as Gusto back when Roslindale was a culinary wasteland (you know, like 1999), has closed. Could this be where Roslindale's rumored Ethiopian restaurant goes in? In the meantime, the Birch Street Bistro, Sophia's Grotto and Geoffrey's will continue to hold up the bistro fort.
Down in Hyde Park, the top-hat tuxedo place on River Street is now for rent:
Awww: Hyde Park native Manny Delcarmen recently gave the Boston Public Schools a $10,000 check for use at the Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park - the proceeds of a charity event he organized at Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and Bowling in, no surprise, Hyde Park (and yes, it is all kinds of awesome that Hyde Park has an ice cream place that doubles as a bowling alley).
Boston Police report that Bel Tempo, 107 Summer St., was held up yesterday around 6:15 p.m. by a man carrying a shotgun in a bag.
At 111 Williams Ave. in Hyde Park this morning, a game of catch between a boy and a dog ended when the boy tried to take the ball from the dog's mouth and the dog took offense and bit him in the face. The boy was taken to Children's Hospital for treatment.
James G. Milord, 24, of Hyde Park, taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital, pronounced dead.
Central Ave. and Westminster St.
Neponset Village is so large it would actually make Boston physically bigger.
Developers have proposed turning the old 100-acre Stop & Shop warehouse complex in Readville into a development of 1,850 one-, two- and three-bedroom houses. Key problem: Half the land actually sits in Dedham, but Dedham couldn't provide municipal services because there are no roads into the land from its side. Plus, Dedham doesn't want any more housing. So the developer has proposed paying Dedham a lump sum to let Boston annex the land. It would be the first time Boston grew through annexation since 1912, when it took over the town of Hyde Park. Dedham Town Meeting, the Boston City Council and the state Legislature would all have to approve (more from the Globe).
Boston already has a Neponset Village, but probably a bigger issue would be all the traffic that would flow onto Neponset Valley Parkway and other nearby roads. The impact on local schools might be another issue.
Aerial photo of the site (via MassGIS). The red line is the Dedham/Boston line. The proposed development would take down the large buildings in the lower center and would include all the land up to the housing just to its north and some of the land just south of the parking area. The white "line" heading to the northeast is the sole road access to the property, coming out on the parkway. Due north of the parcel, where the two rail lines come together, is Readville station. The squiggly line where the red ends is the Neponset River, which also divides Boston from Milton.
Boston Police report some beefy guy (45, 5-foot-9, 220 pounds with a "muscular" build) in a white Honda Odyssey is cruising the area trying to pick up women - and then refusing to take "no" for an answer. One woman reports he kept following her from Dana Avenue, where she initially declined his ride, past the McDonald's on Hyde Park Avenue.
Police say the mini-van has Mass. plates: 9WM55.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that C.F. Donovan's, "a great little restaurant and pub" on Savin Hill Avenue, is opening a new location on Hyde Park Avenue. That would explain all the renovation work going on at the old Mario's.
Taken to Boston Medical Center.
336 Talbot Ave.
A couple of armed thugs burst into a Hyde Park apartment last night in search of Playstation 3s. A young child fled. He was found an hour later; the perps are still at large.
186 Georgetowne Pl.
An initial report of a pedestrian hit by a car at Beaver and Cleveland streets around 11 p.m. turned out to be a case of a man with a gunshot wound - who was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital, police report.
Man taken to Beth Israel, where he was declared dead.
Beaver and Cleveland streets
Yeah, yeah, Papa Gino's. But the fire-ravaged place was kind of a gaping hole right in the middle of Cleary Square (who will miss the mural of the kid pulling a tapeworm out of his mouth?). And it looks a lot nicer than the old, pre-fire one.
From Cleary Square to the Readville train station, Hyde Park Avenue and its side streets make up a fascinating corridor, mixing the remains of Boston's industrial past (although, yes, some of the factories still remain operational today) with nature views.
Above: Sunset from across the Amtrak/commuter rail tracks.
Below: Sunset over the Mother Brook, at its confluence with the Neponset River at Dana Avenue. Question: Why is the brook still clear while the river (a small piece of which you can see to the left) is frozen over? What's in the water?
Sunset over River Street