South Boston

By - 2/20/16 - 2:26 pm

Joseph reports:

Makes my morning every day as I see this from my window but I can't imagine what it is. It's facing Andrew Square off of Dot Ave by the Marr equipment rental.

Any clues?

By - 2/16/16 - 11:45 am

UPDATE: Barney Fannings has gotten the OK to reopen.

ISD inspectors have shut several restaurants after their sprinkler pipes burst, flooding their kitchens with water and, in some cases, shutting off their water altogether, over the past three days. The tally so far:

Barney Fannings, 99 Broad St., downtown
Boston Beer Garden, 732 Broadway, South Boston
Upper Crust, 683 Tremont St., South End
Viga, 291 Devonshire St., downtown
Whiskey's Steakhouse, 885 Boylston St., Back Bay

By - 2/15/16 - 2:07 pm

Boston Police report arresting three and seizing drugs and ammunition in raids at the Mary Ellen McCormack project early this morning. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 5:32 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week granted valuable full-liquor licenses to several North End restaurants that say they need to fend off advances from fancier places on the waterfront.

But with only a total of ten of the new licenses to dole out - and several of those already awarded - the board also denied requests from several restaurants in the North End, on the waterfront and in some other neighborhoods. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 7:06 am

The Globe reports on the crash yesterday afternoon off Marine Road.

By - 2/10/16 - 11:12 pm

Fenway Bark on W. 1 Street shut down tonight.

In an e-mail to customers, owner Jane Fulton said she'd been planning to close by month's end, in any case, as she tries to find a new location, but: Read more.

By - 2/10/16 - 6:36 pm

The Globe reports the owner of the Summer Street power plant, which almost never generates power anymore, has put the property up for sale - with an eye towards maybe turning the space into residential and commercial space, as one does.

Although the mostly pink plant no longer pushes out the current, it is still in use as a power substation.

Ed. note: Could somebody please find a giant inflatable pig and float it up near the smokestacks before they come down?

By - 2/9/16 - 5:32 pm

There's a meeting this evening for Fort Point residents to learn more about the IndyCar race. IndyCar organizers don't want to take any chances that boo birds dominate the discussion, so they're offering a little something to supporters who show up: Read more.

By - 2/6/16 - 7:45 pm
Boston workers picking up space savers after snow storm

Despite what the city was telling at least one Brighton resident, people didn't have 48 hours for saving a space they'd marked. Jenna spotted this DPW truck on O Street in South Boston this afternoon with the bed full of cones and other items people had used as space savers.

Gordon Bedford wonders if the city will use all the cones for a Burning Man-like structure and set it ablaze.

By - 2/4/16 - 3:48 pm

Dan Feidt reports:

The bees are officially out and landing on people like me in Ft Point Boston. February bees!

By - 2/3/16 - 2:19 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a request from at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty for a hearing to try to get Massport, the BRA and the city Economic Development and Industrial Corp. on the same page when it comes to re-use of the city-owned land on Boston Harbor.

Flaherty made his request after news broked that Massport has put land out to bid in the Boston Marine Industrial Park in South Boston and that one bid calls for relocating businesses from Widett Circle, including meatpacking plants, even though the industrial park is supposed to be limited to businesses having some relation to the seas. Read more.

By - 2/3/16 - 11:30 am
749 Broadway restaurant space

The space, 749 E. Broadway. Photo by Eileen Murphy.

Michael Norton, who has long owned buildings that house restaurants, wants to open one of his own: He's applied for a liquor license for vacant restaurant space in a building he renovated at East Broadway and L Street.

Norton, who is "Southie born and raised," his attorney assured the Boston Licensing Board this morning, wants to open a restaurant there with chefpreneur Brian Poe and area restaurant owner Gordon Wilcox. Read more.

By - 1/31/16 - 4:08 pm
Tide Street snow farm last year and this year

Top photo by Conventures, 2/10/15.

This afternoon, Eileen Murphy visited the infamous Tide Street snow farm, which didn't completely melt until mid-July, and as you can see, it's looking a bit different these days.

On the plus side, she did see a horse carriage ambling by: Read more.

By - 1/29/16 - 9:28 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday deferred any action on the 12 requests it had for a small number of valuable "all alcohol" licenses it suddenly got to dole out this year. Read more.

By - 1/27/16 - 5:55 pm
Cantina Italiana in Boston's North End

Chianti no longer enough, North End restaurants say.

A series of hearings on licenses to serve all kinds of liquor today turned into something of a battle between the North End, where restaurants that traditionally serve nothing harder than aperitifs want to up their game and the South Boston waterfront, where lawyers say more hard-liquor licenses are desperately needed to quench the thirsts of the thousands of new residents, workers and visitors flooding the once desolate area. Read more.

By - 1/26/16 - 10:18 pm

Around 6:15 p.m. on Old Colony Avenue at Gavin Way, John Duffill reports.

State Police report: Read more.

By - 1/25/16 - 9:14 am
Angry note in East Boston

Man, remember the days when we waited for the snow to get at least two feet high before getting this angry? A disgusted citizen on Prescott Street in East Boston complains:

This is the note we found on our window this morning. Please address that space-savers are not allowed after not shoveling and only getting 4 inches of snow.

Read more.

By - 1/24/16 - 10:04 am
By - 1/23/16 - 10:00 pm

A pair of South Boston residents who set out for Broadway station on the Red Line refused to let the fact that the 9 bus never came stop them from getting to Newbury Street for a gallery show. They set out on foot down Broadway to the station - making sure to stop at every bar on the street for a fortifying shot of whiskey. Read more.