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.).
A resident cleaning up leaves at the Langone Park bocce courts had to spend a night at Mass. General after being pricked by a discarded needle Monday evening, City Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) said today. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports a water-main rupture at Prince and Salem streets sent water cascading through the neighborhood and leaving residents with little to no water pressure.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the former J. Pace on Cross Street could be torn down and turned into a 12-space parking lot, at least until some developer is willing to do something with the land that would fit in with the neighborhood.
JW Capital Partners this week filed detailed plans with the BRA for its proposed five-story, 277-room, two-building hotel on what is now a parking lot and rotting pilings at the end of Lewis Wharf. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the North End/Waterfront Residents Association has voted to oppose the BRA's effort to give itself 10 more years of "urban renewal" powers in the neighborhood - which include eminent domain and special taxing programs - even if the BRA says "urban renewal" for the 21st century really means adding "vibrancy" to areas such as the North End.
Natalia gives us a look inside the Old North Church bell tower.
A concerned citizen reports:
I wanted to make you aware that someone has been driving around the north end on trash pickup nights with a truck/van - and ripping up garbage bags and rummaging through the trash to see if there are any salvageable items. This has happened on numerous nights the past few weeks and the amount of trash and debris littered all over the sidewalks and streets is horrific. I also feel for the garbage collectors who have to try and dump these bags that are all torn up with garbage everywhere. I have tried putting my trash out as late as possible (almost midnight) and still woke up this morning to find my bags all torn up and my trash all over the street. I am seeing this on streets all over the North End, including Salem Street, Endicott Street, etc.
Boston Police have released photos of a man they think is using a "skimmer" to harvest ATM information in the North End, which he then uses to make cash withdrawals from his victim's accounts.
Police say he made off with $10,000 in withdrawals from one account last month.
Historic New England has release the final documentary in Justin Goodstein's series about the long-running market as part of its Haymarket Project.
Before he died last year, Thomas Lang, former director of photographic services at the MFA, posted several hundred photos of North End religious processions in the mid1970s.