South Boston

By - 1/20/16 - 11:04 pm
Motor Mart helipad

The top of the Motor Mart in Park Square used to be a heliport. Photo by Leslie Jones.

First we learn the city might spend $100 million to fix the old Northern Avenue bridge so GEsters don't have to worry about getting stuck in traffic. Tonight, the Globe reports our local titans of industry can't wait for GE to come to town so we can get us a helipad - one that the state is looking at building as part of the $120 million in infrastructure it promised GE, because what the hell kind of world-class city doesn't have a helipad?

The downtown business community has gone without a public-use helipad for more than 15 years. But that could be about to change. GE’s pending arrival has jump-started the conversation about building one.

They quote some hand servant to the ruling class that "it’s time to consider this as a transportation system amenity."

Wonder if it'll take CharlieCards.

Photo from the BPL posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 1/20/16 - 9:54 am

Corrected to note that the No group registered its domain first.

Our own John Keith noticed yesterday that when you go to, you're immediately redirected to - and that the "no" domain is registered to Kathryn Norton, a.k.a. Kate Norton, a.k.a. the PR person for the proposed annual car race through the streets around the convention center. The actual No IndyCar Boston is at

By - 1/20/16 - 12:12 am

Vague talk about doing something about the rusted out old Northern Avenue Bridge one of these years has suddenly become a more focused goal of city officials now that GE is moving to the South Boston Waterfront; the Globe reports officials made fixing the bridge part of their pitch to GE and seem confident they can come up with the money to fix it up.

By - 1/17/16 - 3:55 pm
Sunset over Pleasure Bay, South Boston

Guy with the Camera enjoyed a recent sunset in South Boston.

Copyright Guy with the Camera. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 1/8/16 - 10:44 am

Gillette yesterday sued several Lowell residents it charges have been selling Fusion cartridges stolen from World Shaving Headquarters by still unknown parties. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 3:25 pm
Architect's rendering of proposed 69 A St. building

Archtect's rendering (no, those are not vultures).

A developer has filed a proposal with the BRA to add three floors to the old Standard Rivet Co. building at 69 A St. and build a new six-story extension to create room for five floors of office space and a fitness club and retail space at the ground level. Read more.

By - 1/6/16 - 10:54 pm
Proposed 100 A Street building in South Boston

Architect's schematic.

A developer has filed plans for a six-story luxury condo building at 100 A St. that would feature eight two-bedroom units and one with an almost unheard of four bedrooms on land now occupied by Williams Tavern and My Diner. Read more.

By - 1/1/16 - 11:33 am

Steve Safran took The Plunge at L Street in South Boston this morning.

By - 12/30/15 - 12:16 pm

The burglar lost: He fled, but not fast enough to evade police.

Boston Police report that what turned into a "see-saw battle for window access" began shortly before 1 a.m. today at 107 B St., when a resident watching TV heard a noise at her bedroom window: Read more.

By - 12/29/15 - 9:59 pm
Space saver on Broadway in South Boston

A roving UHub photographer couldn't help but stop to marvel at the backbreaking work that obviously went into clearing this space on East Broadway in South Boston tonight.

By - 12/27/15 - 2:20 pm
Making bubbles on Boston Harbor

The Fort Pointer watched a guy make giant bubbles on the Harborwalk near the ICA this morning.

By - 12/26/15 - 1:03 pm
Seal off Castle Island

John Gage actually photographed three seals off Castle Island, including this guy.

By - 12/24/15 - 9:58 am
Gronkowski ad in South Boston

Visa set its new ad, the one featuring Rob Gronkowski and other Gronkowskis, in South Boston (the family's actually from upstate New York). Eileen Murphy, who captured some of the filming, reports her car briefly appears in one scene. Read more.

By - 12/23/15 - 4:14 pm
Snowy owl at Castle Island in South Boston

Eileen Murphy recently spotted this snowy owl that seems to have taken up residence at Castle Island. She reports it seemed to be eyeing her small dog as a snack.

By - 12/23/15 - 11:19 am
Rescue off West Fourth Street in South Boston

First responders at work. Photo by Jonathan Berk.

No immediate word on just what they were doing in the tail end of Fort Point Channel shortly after 11 a.m., but Boston firefighters got them a ladder, they climbed out and now they're under the care of Boston EMS.

By - 12/21/15 - 12:27 pm
Proposed 150 Seaport Blvd.

Architect's rendering.

Banker & Tradesman reports Whiskey Priest and the Atlantic Beer Garden would join Jimmy's Harborside and Anthony's Pier 4 as places that used to be under a developer's proposal for a mixed-use tower designed, as these things are, by Elkus Manfredi.

Developer's letter of intent.

By - 12/18/15 - 4:06 pm

City and state officials today signed a letter of intent with Grand Prix Boston that gets a yearly car race through the streets around the South Boston Convention Center closer to the starting line.

Under the proposal, the private organizers would assume responsibility for all costs associated with the race and agree to return the streets they use to pre-race conditions when they're done.

The first race is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, 2016.

Letter of Intent (2M PDF).

By - 12/18/15 - 12:01 pm
No dogs

A graffiti-hating citizen reports this "illegal graffiti" on Bolton Street in South Boston. We await the city blasting this off, to be followed by a complaint about unleashed dogs running amok on Bolton.

H/t Joseph G.

By - 12/18/15 - 6:33 am

Around 6:25 a.m. a train needed to be taken out back and shot at Andrew. Inbound, of course.