North End

By - 6/5/14 - 6:39 am

An overnight water-main break means Commercial Street is shut between Charter and Battery streets, CommuterBoston reports.

By - 6/1/14 - 10:30 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports fresh pavement on Salem Street didn't last long before NStar came by to dig a nice big hole to do some work on its wires.

By - 5/16/14 - 11:47 am
Tipped crane in Boston's North End

Tipsy crane. Photo by Thomas Ozbolt.

Firefighters responded to 559 Commercial St., where a crane fell over around 11:30 a.m., spilling an estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid and putting a major dent in a pickup truck across the street.

The Boston Fire Department reports the driver and a passerby were transported to Mass. General for evaluation.

A BFD hazmat crew is on scene. Fire officials say Commercial Street could be shut for most of the day as the mess is cleaned up.

Video of the scene.

By - 5/14/14 - 4:16 pm
Golden hydrant

Adam Castiglioni spotted this hydrant in the North End today.

By - 4/29/14 - 10:34 am
No more Swan Boats after the zombies arrive

Joystick Chik has written a zombie walking tour of Boston to go with The Last of Us, a 2013 video game about two people fighting their way though a post-apocalyptic landscape, including Boston.

H/t Jared May.

By - 4/26/14 - 3:29 pm
Truck being towed

A concerned citizen complained about this truck being towed on Commercial Street in the North End:

NO TRAFFICE TRUCK OUT OF THE WAY NO COMERCIAL SPOTS AROUND WHY TOW A GUY THAT IS DELIVERING TO BOSTON RESIDENTS

The city marks the complaint "closed," then adds:

Were do you draw the line. do we allow vehicles to park on hydrants because there's no fire. vehicle illegally parked.

By - 4/24/14 - 10:21 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports it is still working to confirm the identify of the body removed from Boston Harbor yesterday - as well as awaiting an autopsy by the medical examiner.

By - 4/23/14 - 9:59 am

I know, get out! NorthEndWaterfront.com reports ABC Family plans to film along Hanover Street starting next week for "establishing shots" for "Chasing Life," a series about "April, an ambitious young journalist" struggling to make her way in the world when she gets diagnosed with cancer.

Eleana Gudema reports she got a similar notice at her apartment on Charles Street.

By - 4/22/14 - 4:46 pm

The Animal Rescue League of Boston reports it rescued an injured swan from the mean streets of the North End this afternoon.

By - 4/18/14 - 7:42 pm

Starting at 8, the Paul Revere House will be "livetweeting" Paul Revere's ride.

Alas, poor Dawes, never gets as much credit.

Welcome to Dot suggests:

RT if by land, Favorite if by sea.

Via Beta Boston.

By - 4/15/14 - 8:12 am
Tags at the Boston Public Library

The BPL's main library in Copley Square currently has an exhibit (in the old, McKim wing) of memorials left by runners and visitors after the Marathon last year. At the end of your walk are several budding trees - and blank tags on which you can write a new message.

At the Old North Church in the North End, you'll find another collection of tags - representing the dog tags of soldiers lost in Afghanistan and Iraq. K.M. Peterson visited the memorial garden recently:

By - 4/12/14 - 9:39 am
Northern Avenue Bridge in 1930

The bridge in 1930. See it larger.

The Globe reports the city is looking to ramp up the waterfront from the North End to Fort Point Channel with better pedestrian paths, restaurants, art, new docks and more water taxi stops - and a repaired Northern Avenue Bridge re-opened to cars.

The article also mentions the possibility of a restaurant or two on Long Wharf - which sounds like the BRA isn't giving up its long fight with North End residents.

Photo from the BPL Leslie Jones collection. Used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 4/9/14 - 1:35 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office said today it has dropped charges against a man charged with a February rape because of "a continued investigation that developed evidence to sugest he was not the assailant."

The man was arrested while playing basketball at a North End community center after the victim saw him and called police.

By - 4/7/14 - 10:20 am

UPDATE: Pfaltzgraff will be a landlubber for at least the next three weeks - Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas Horgan imposed $5,000 bail and ordered a three-week evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital, the DA's office says. This comes following an 18-month term in a county jail for a similar incident in 2010.

By - 4/3/14 - 11:37 am
Old North Church

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that the group that runs free tours of Old North Church is not liable for the injuries a Georgia tourist suffered when she tripped on a pew riser in 2006, because it's covered under a state law that exempts sites that offer free access or tours from injury liability.

By - 3/25/14 - 6:08 pm

Boston Police say the man in this video is a suspect in a March 16 attack in which a woman was grabbed from behind as she entered the lobby of her building at Hull and Salem.

If he looks familiar, contact the Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 3/25/14 - 7:22 am

Oh, for the good old days when it was just North End parents battling it out with dog owners letting their hounds run free over the asphalt of the Gassy park. Now, NorthEndWaterfront.com reports, it's dog owners vs. dog owners in a battle to the death, or something, over their right to unleash their pets in a park clearly marked "No dogs allowed" - complete with photo by one owner of another guy's dogs looking like they're going right for his jugular.

By - 3/17/14 - 11:27 pm

North End Deals reports:

A dog owner just told me he noticed blue rat poison at small park on Charter St., North End, Boston. WTF. As a dog owner I am BS!!

Emily Fraser reports:

My co-worker's dog ate blue rat poison at that park Friday and, thank God, survived.

Valerie Collanton adds the same thing happened at the park last year.

By - 3/17/14 - 9:02 pm

Boston Police report a woman was "indecently assaulted" from behind when she entered her apartment building's foyer at Hull and Salem streets around 10:30 p.m., Sunday - right around the corner from where another woman was attacked last month.

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