The Boston Business Journal reports that one of our local power couples (he's a former BRA director, she's on the Kennedy Greenway Conservancy board) have sold a 206-room hostel at 40 Berkeley St in the South End to a developer for roughly $6 million more than they paid for it four years ago.
An apoplectic citizen complains about these new air conditioners mounted on the rear of the building at 17 Greenwich Park, right on one of the South End's historic alleys - right behind that portable toilet:
New Air conditioning units clearly visible from the public way within the south end are not only an eye sore but also maybe a violation I have Southend historic... Read more
A retired Cambridge cop can continue to drive while awaiting trial on charges he sent a man into the hospital in critical condition yesterday by plowing into him with his car in front of the Massachusetts Avenue T stop.
At Lawrence Stead's arraignment in Boston Municipal Court today, Judge Sally Kelly declined a request from Suffolk County prosecutors to bar the Quincy resident from... Read more
A Quincy motorist plowed into a pedestrian crossing Massachusetts Avenue in front of the Orange Line station around 6 a.m., then just drove away, police say.
The victims remains in critical condition at a local hospital, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Lawrence Stead, 69, of Quincy, was arrested later in the morning in Quincy, after police traced the license-plate number of the... Read more
UPDATE, Friday a.m.: Sam Adams drops sponsorship of the parade.
Club Cafe on Columbus Avenue says it is dropping Sam Adams for its decision to continue sponsoring the St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston.
Bos Guy attended the AIDS Action Committee's annual fundraiser the other night.
Boston Police report arresting a New Hampshire couple on charges they pulled off an odd armed robbery in the South End yesterday.
According to police, a local resident had just gotten her child out of daycare around 4:45 p.m. at Harrison Avenue and Savoy Street when a red pickup pulled up beside her:
The victim says a white female exited the vehicle, approached... Read more
Transit Police report one man's apparent idea of a joke left one of their canines with an injury - and the man under arrest.
Police say Antonio Brown, 25, of Cambridge, walked up to a K-9 patrol car at the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop around 7:50 p.m. yesterday and "began to hiss, grunt and bark" at Viktor the police dog:
These actions caused... Read more
Transit Police report officers doing fare-evader duty at Mass. Ave. on the Orange Line yesterday evening quickly became interested in the gentleman who was demanding a customer-service agent let him in for free because "he was an 'Active Duty' member of the US Armed Forces."
Police report Christopher Keefe, 28, of Braintree was not, in fact, an active-duty member of the US Armed Forces.... Read more
Boston Police report charging some guy with attempted arson after he allegedly tried to make good on a threat to blow up the Mobil station at 85 Southampton St. by flicking a lighter at a gas pump.
After failing to ignite the gas station, police say, the man toddled down Southampton and onto Mass. Ave., where officers found him with a lighter in his... Read more
Usually I can walk by the Midtown Hotel* without a glance, but today it struck me -- how is this sinfully out-of-place eyesore still standing?
I've gotta think the real estate it occupies -- almost a full block of Huntington at Mass. Ave, at the crossroads of the Back Bay and the South End -- is worth gazillions. Over the years, they must... Read more
The Boston City Council today called for a hearing on the medical-marijuana dispensaries the state recently approved for Boylston Street in the Back Bay and Southampton Street on the South End/Roxbury line.
Councilor Steve Murphy (at large), who submitted a letter of "non opposition" to the general idea of dispensaries was blunt: "I was lied to" by the operators of the proposed Boylston Street... Read more
The city has agreed to a request from South End neighborhood groups to completely ban the practice of space saving after winter storms. The South End Forum, which represents those groups, reports:
The SE Forum has agreed to launch a communications campaign which asks all South End residents (and their visitors) to refrain from using parking "space savers" to designate and reserve on-street parking spots... Read more
A concerned citizen looks up on Appleton Street in the South End and complains about the in-window AC he now can't not see:
This is not to code and required action or it will spread. Second on same block.
A concerned citizen refuses to play dead:
229 Northampton is attracting possums. Possums! They put food out for them (or maybe cats, but the possums have chased the cats off) on the front steps. I spotted a possum munching on the cat food last night at 7 pm, like a haunted buffet. This is gross. The possum gave me one of those looks like... Read more