North End

By - 1/16/14 - 4:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved restaurateur Frank DePasquale's plans to turn the shuttered Ida's on a small courtyard off Hanover Street into a seafood restaurant featuring the cuisine and feel of the Amalfi Coast.

Key to the new Acqua's ambiance will be a patio - with almost twice as many seats as the restaurant itself - that will be open almost every day of the year and which DePasquale and attorney William Ferullo vowed would be turned into "a garden" that will make customers feel like they're sitting on the Amalfi Coast, rather than right atop the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel.

By - 1/16/14 - 9:56 am

A pipe sprung a leak this morning at Prince and Thacher, which will lead to road closures in the area to let BWSC crews do what they need to do.

By - 1/16/14 - 9:53 am reports two neighborhood groups are supporting Collin Yip's plan for what is now a 13-space parking lot on Salem Street with a 9-unit condo building. Rather than put parking in, he'd offer more commercial space on the first floor.

By - 1/9/14 - 8:47 am
Renovation work inside the Callahan Tunnel

Matt Conti at went on a tour with state officials of the under-renovation Callahan Tunnel.

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By - 1/3/14 - 4:43 pm
Flooding at the end of Long Wharf

Normally, you can stand right at those bollards. posts photos of flooding along the waterfront today, including Long Wharf (above) and Columbus Park.

The sea level rise from Boston Harbor appeared worse than that seen during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 despite significantly less wave action. For example, today’s high tide showed a record level of water intrusion on the harborwalk at Christopher Columbus Park. Sea level rise and Boston’s rising tides have also been recently reflected in the recently proposed FEMA flood maps.

Compare this Long Wharf photo to this photo, taken at the height of Sandy.

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By - 12/23/13 - 2:35 pm

Boston Police report that around 8:30 p.m., Richard Puopolo, 27, called police from Cleveland Place in the North End, looking to turn himself in for a series of convenience-store robberies over the weekend.

Police obliged, took him in and charged him with unarmed robbery, armed robbery and possession of Class E drugs.

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.