North End

By - 1/21/12 - 9:26 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist riffs on Bostonography's population density maps and ponders how much of Beacon Hill, the Back Bay and the North End approach Manhattan levels of density without anything approaching Manhattan-style building heights:

Boston has two things going for it that most other cities don't have: narrow streets and sidewalks. Not a lot of space is wasted in residential areas. Sidewalks

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By - 1/19/12 - 8:46 am

The Globe reports (paid subscription required) on the firing of David C. Williams for putting a man in a prohibited choke hold during a North End traffic stop, then lying about it.

This is the second time Boston Police have fired Williams. The first time was after the beating of Michael Cox, an undercover cop whom other cops beat, allegedly because they thought... Read more

By - 1/18/12 - 8:13 am

Somebody pleads with the city to clean up the sticky stinky berries on Morton Street in the North End before the next snow.

Ed. note: Oh, who am I kidding? I just like saying "sticky stinky berries" over and over again. Yes, my middle name is Zippy.... Read more

By - 1/11/12 - 10:36 am reports the restaurant owner has the backing of the neighborhood group in his effort to get a partial alcohol license at his Famous Deli on Cross Street. Whether the Boston Licensing Board has any left to hand out, however, is another matter.

The site also reports a Salem Street barber shop won the council's approvals for its plans to amend its services... Read more

By - 1/5/12 - 10:23 pm posts reviews of the North End pizza place by third graders at the Eliot School.

By - 12/31/11 - 1:54 pm reports a man coming out of a Hanover cigar bar was forced into a doorway by two men, one of whom put a knife to his neck and demanded his money, around 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

By - 12/27/11 - 8:13 am

Karen Cord Taylor interviews the BRA official in charge of getting a supermarket for the Bulfinch Triangle.

By - 12/25/11 - 11:30 am

A North End resident files a complaint:

Stacks of yellow book phone directories are lying everywhere, dozens and dozens of yellow books left on doorsteps and sidewalks, how is this not littering?

Poll: We got two different phone books yesterday - which to toss in the recycling?... Read more

By - 12/16/11 - 3:45 pm


Sean Sullivan spotted this scooter just sitting there in a North End alley.

Copyright Sean Sullivan. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 12/14/11 - 6:03 pm

Boston Police report one man had a wee comment about a restaurant tab early this morning:

Officers spoke to an irritated employee from the Cafe Pompeii restaurant who stated that the individual and his friends had dined at his restaurant. According to the employee, the suspect and his friends made a stink about the bill before finally paying and then exiting the restaurant. However,

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By - 12/12/11 - 11:40 am

Some photos from the good ol' days, back when there was a direct rail link between South and North stations.

Fans of absurd disasters, of course, recall that the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 took out part of the el on Commercial Street.

By - 12/6/11 - 8:19 am

UPDATE: Danley actually faces 21 violations of the city Segway restrictions - and a hearing that could mean 70 to 90 more, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond Dougan continued his arraignment until Feb. 24 - the day after a hearing on a motion by Danley's attorney to dismiss all the charges.

Allen Danley, owner of the Boston Gliders... Read more

By - 11/24/11 - 10:48 am

An alert citizen holds his or her nose with one hand and types with the other near the old turnpike-authority building in the North End:

2 days going now, walkway across greenway smells like something died in there .. Real bad stench

The city replies:

It has been confirmed that there is nothing decaying in the area. The odor is from the organic holly-tone

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By - 11/20/11 - 11:15 am

Sidewalk parking in the North End.

A concerned citizen says enough's enough and uploads this photo from tiny Wiget Street in the North End.... Read more

By - 11/20/11 - 10:52 am posts a Bingo card to carry around while talking to North Enders. Hmm, I bet you could do similar cards for every other neighborhood, too.

By - 11/17/11 - 10:40 am

Boston Police are searching the North End for a man with a gun in connection with an apparent larceny attempt at the McDonald's on North Street around 10:15 a.m.

He's described as a white male, in his 40s, about 6'2", 220 lbs., with a big nose, white hair and white stubble. He was wearing a dark-gray hoodie, a brown jacket and a Sox hat. Witnesses... Read more

By - 11/13/11 - 1:06 pm

Recommendations for a relatively inexpensive place in the North End to get lunch and a beer?

By - 11/1/11 - 3:25 pm

A North End diner who didn't think the free meal he got in exchange for a restaurant's mistake was good enough got the place hauled before the Boston Licensing Board today - even though he's now refusing to cooperate with the board or police.

Trattoria di Monica, 67 Prince St., had to explain an incident on Sept. 4, for which they received a police citation... Read more

By - 10/28/11 - 7:57 am reports that Mint, the New York-based car-rental service (as opposed to Mint, the personal-finance service or Mint, the coin-making service), has put some rental cars in the North End, to go along with its cars in downtown and Back Bay locations.... Read more

By - 10/21/11 - 6:24 am

Maggie reports on 93 bus driver 69999, one of whose passengers yesterday afternoon was blind and who asked him to let her know when they got to her stop - only he didn't, which led to this exchange:

Operator #69999 replied "Well I stopped and you didn't get off."

Andrea: "You didn't tell me."

Operator #69999: "Was I supposed to pick you up and

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