North End

By - 12/23/13 - 9:17 am

NECN reports the pair are to be arraigned today for a string of holdups and attempted holdups of convenience stores and a Starbucks.

By - 12/22/13 - 4:23 pm

Wanted. Surveillance photo from BPD.

UPDATE: Two arrests made.

Boston Police report a couple of guys have robbed or tried to rob six stores in the North End and nearby this weekend.

The men, one white, one black, sometimes show up together, but typically just one demands money while the other waits outside, police say.

By - 12/19/13 - 10:40 pm reports an epidemic of non-working street lights on Hanover is spreading to other streets, and that city officials suspect the problem is the wiring can support either street lights or Christmas lights, but not both.

By - 12/15/13 - 11:15 am

The British Library has posted more than a million images from books in its collection, and many of them are of Boston, from this engraving of the three hills that gave Boston its original name (today memorialized in Tremont Street) to images of 17th-century colonial coinage to drawings of 18th and 19th century buildings, such as this fortress colonial (it's w

By - 12/9/13 - 1:49 pm
Living ornaments covered yesterday's annual Christmas parade in the North End, from Santa landing in a helicopter to a Minuteman being startled by Spider-Man.

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By - 12/9/13 - 8:34 am
Leaning Christmas tree

Because if this had been a real storm, the North End Christmas tree would probably be on the other side of the Greenway by now.

By - 12/3/13 - 11:55 am

And Caffe Vittoria in turn has the Boston Licensing Board steaming over the way one of its owners snapped at a beat cop and sergeant who told him to get three chairs away from a hydrant in front of the Hanover Street establishment.

The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take for Oct. 3 incidents involving David Riccio, who owns the cafe with his brother Gerald.

Police say that over the summer, they received numerous complaints from residents and tourists about chairs, benches, pedicabs and motorcycles blocking spaces along the congested street.

By - 11/18/13 - 7:35 pm

Cara reports:

At North End Yoga, someone stole like 8 people's shoes. Cops are being called. Madness.

By - 11/14/13 - 10:50 pm

CarCarll alerts us to this alert from the French equivalent of the State Department about travel in the US:

By - 11/10/13 - 4:33 pm
Remembrance Day in the North End

Matt Conti photographed a bagpiper outside Old North Church this morning during a commemoration for Remembrance Day, the British version of our Veterans Day.

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By - 11/9/13 - 12:05 pm

Boston Police report officers investigating a report of yobs throwing beer and urinating off a Hanover Street fire escape wound up arresting three of them - one of whom they say was dropping lit cigarettes on the heads of cops on the ground below.

According to police, officers arrived at 226 Hanover St. around 12:50 this morning in response to a 911 call about a loud party:

By - 11/3/13 - 8:16 pm

The Polcari Playground outside the Nazzaro Center has a new basketball court, and reports it's become the go-to place for smashing pumpkins (and no, this writer will not make a crack about Billy Corgan).

By - 10/24/13 - 10:14 pm
Paul Revere is a Sox fan sounds the alarm for Cardinals fans.

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By - 10/21/13 - 7:44 am
Salem Street roadwork

A weary citizen filed a complaint at dawn today about overnight work outside his or her window on Salem Street in the North End:

All night LOUD work site was quite disruptive to sleep for my young family. Wish there would have been some more communication for the neighborhood. All I knew was that the water was going to be shut off...would suggest that next project like this communicate that water will be shut off and there will be all night construction noise such as pipe cutting saws, front end loaders hauling gravel and dragging metal street covers, hammering and generators.

By - 10/14/13 - 12:45 am
Pirates in the North End

Matt Conti attended the Columbus Day Parade in the North End, where a number of people dressed up as pirates.

Tim Mouradian, meanwhile, journeyed to Salem, which, he reports, "is fun in October."

Salem witch

North End photo posted under this Creative Commons license; Salem photo under this one and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 10/11/13 - 8:22 am
Skimmer suspect

The Secret Service reports it is looking for this guy in connection with "skimmer" devices placed at ATMs at Century Bank branches at 275 Hanover St. in the North End and in Peabody on Sept. 18 and 19.

The devices, placed over the card slot on a machine, read the user's account number and PIN during a transaction - often through electronics that read the unencrypted account number from the car's magnetic strip and a tiny camera that transmits an image of the card holder's key strokes while entering his or her PIN.

By - 10/10/13 - 11:47 am

The Herald reports Boston by Segway, which has racked up close to $200,000 in city fines over the past couple of years, has filed for bankruptcy protection. It lists the city as its largest creditor, due to the fines for having his tours operate on city sidewalks and in groups larger than allowed by a 2011 ordinance passed by the city council.

This is company owner Allan Danley's second attempt in two months to file for bankruptcy. Last month, he filed for personal, Chap. 13 bankruptcy and listed his largest single creditor as the city of Boston, again due to the fines. But US Bankruptcy Court Judge William Hillman dismissed Danley's request for failing to provide proof he had undergone credit counseling or had insurance on the vehicles he owned.

In March, the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a request by Danley's landlord to legally use what used to be a gas station as a Segway rental office. A couple months later, a Suffolk Superior Court judge denied his request to get the city to knock it off with the fines.

By - 9/25/13 - 8:02 am

Final (if still unofficial) city and districtwide results. The city has yet to release ward-by-ward numbers, but tallied them for the North End, Beacon Hill and downtown.

By - 9/16/13 - 7:51 am reports, says the boot and associated lockbox were found floating in the fountain by the Paul Revere statue - empty, of course.

By - 9/12/13 - 10:03 am gives us the scoop on the decision by the Sons of Italy, which cited demographic data it says shows Revere now has a higher percentage of residents with Italian background than the North End.