Matt Conti reports the councilor for the North End threw water on a North End Chamber of Commerce idea to stuff more tourists into the neighborhood by turning Hanover into another Charles or Newbury. LaMattina also discussed vexing Hanover issues, from double-parked trucks to selfish valets and taxis that just circle the block, at a recent residents association meeting.... Read more
The Globe reports some North End business types have begun talking up the idea because they could cram in more tourists in a neighborhood that's been bustling like nobody's business since the Central Artery came down. Some residents, though, say the last thing the neighborhood needs is more tourists.... Read more
Scott Williams shot this video yesterday, between Somerville and the North End (and back again).
BU Today reports on the findings of a professor and students who have been studying the remains of a 19th-century brothel privy unearthed during Big Dig construction on Endicott Street in the North End.
William McAdoo reports on Jose Duarte's experiments with printing QR codes (think of them as bar codes for the smartphone set) on the plates at his Taranta in the North End. Why? Imagine scanning in the code and reading up on the seafood sitting in front of you:
The problem was: how to get it on the plate? His first attempt was... Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com explains why you need to avoid the spaces on Commercial Wharf West.
Melissa Manion cannot believe what she saw when she visited the Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End recently:
Copp's Hill is a mess. I cannot be blunter about that. One cannot even make out the words on the Shaw marker that our ancestors placed to honor this unique man. Gravestones are broken, their pieces are nowhere in sight. I can only hope... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a Superior Court judge to consider whether a DNA sample from the sneaker of one of three men convicted of pumping more than 20 rounds into two men in 1986 warrants a new trial.
Frank DiBenedetto and Louis R. Costa were convicted, along with Paul Tanso, of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Joseph John Bottari and Frank... Read more
Matt Conti posts some video of the New Year's fireworks over Boston Harbor.
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The Boston Licensing Board today approved a new wrap and sub shop on Salem Street and an expansion of Bricco on Hanover Street.
At a hearing yesterday, a lawyer for Paulie's, 65 Salem St., said the neighborhood needed a low-priced take-out place for its growing numbers of young families and students who want something quick to eat without having to pay for a full meal... Read more
Richard Shiner, the man arrested last week on charges he broke into St. Leonard Church in the North End and St. Anthony Shrine downtown, now faces charges he stole from five other churches, in Roxbury, Dorchester and the South End, Boston Police report.
That was fast: Boston Police report arresting Richard Shiner, 44, on charges he broke into St. Leonard's Church on N. Bennet Street - and while they had him, they also charged him with four break-ins at St. Anthony's Shrine, 100 Arch St. downtown.
Police say they're looking at Shiner's possible links to other church break-ins of late in Boston and say he... Read more
Police charge Shiner broke into the church on the night of Nov. 28, broke open several donation boxes and stole an undetermined amount... Read more
Commuter rail lobby, to the left of the tracks.
Matthew Black, president of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, makes the case on NorthEndWaterfront.com:
The North End as a standalone is home to 10,000 people. Show me a city that size anywhere in America that doesn’t have a theater. In many great societies, a theater is a shining point of pride. Even in the most impoverished places, there is an effort... Read more