A series of hearings on licenses to serve all kinds of liquor today turned into something of a battle between the North End, where restaurants that traditionally serve nothing harder than aperitifs want to up their game and the South Boston waterfront, where lawyers say more hard-liquor licenses are desperately needed to quench the thirsts of the thousands of new residents, workers and visitors flooding the once desolate area. Read more.
Some residents still use the old ways to dry clothes in the North End. And why not?
A dog who broke free from her boarder while her owner is in Florida spent much of today roaming the North End and parts of downtown - and survived a trot down into an I-93 tunnel before showing up at Mass. General. Read more.
Among other things, the Great Molasses Flood took out the elevated subway tracks that ran over Commercial Street, as shown in this photo by news photographer Leslie Jones.
At 12:30 p.m., take a moment to remember the 21 people killed by a gooey, bittersweet flood of more than 2 million gallons of molasses, just moments after the machine-gun-like sound of rivets giving way echoed across the North End and the tank burst on an unseasonably warm January day in 1919, thanks to shoddy construction by the tank's owner. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a meeting about the roar from the entrance to the Callahan Tunnel. Also, state officials agreed to cut through the bureaucratic morass that currently means sidewalks over the trench don't get shoveled after snowstorms.
I like how they removed the phrase 'three year duration' and replaced it with "completion in December 2018". Technically the same information, but sounds like " we hope most people will gloss over it and not do the math".
State Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay) announced last night he's running for the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex senate seat being vacated by Anthony Petruccelli.
His announcement came only hours after neighboring state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) announced he wasn't going to run for the seat. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli is resigning for a job at Kearney, Donovan & McGee, a downtown lobbying firm. His district includes the North End, East Boston and Beacon Hill.
Jean Nagy captured Grayson Boomer in period costume in the North End today for Ben Affleck's movie.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports everybody's favorite Cambridge actor-turned-director will be filming scenes for a Lehane-based novel in the North End next week.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the owner of the True Value on Salem Street is retiring and closing down at the end of the year.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports state environmental officials have told the developers who want to put a hotel atop pilings at Lewis Wharf they'll have to develop a detailed report on the proposal's environmental ramifications. And they'll have to show why they couldn't build the hotel on the site's existing parking lot instead of extending out into the harbor on new pilings.
NorthEndWaterfront.com covered a BRA meeting yesterday on the proposed Lewis Wharf hotel:
Unfortunately, many commenters were heckled and several shouting matches broke out before and during the public session. Police were called and on site during the forum. At times, the discussion became divisive and hostile. Among the barbs thrown were harsh, sterotypical references to types of people living in various parts of the neighborhood (waterfront vs. interior North End, newcomer vs. oldtimer, rich vs. poor, etc.).