South End

By - 3/29/15 - 3:48 pm
BB guns seized by Boston Police

Boston Police report arresting three teens - two 15 and one 13 - for one of the armed holdups in the South End last night.

Police say officers alerted by radio to a robbery near Titus Sparrow Park around 10:10 p.m. found three guys matching the description of the robbers on Massachusetts Avenue near Huntington.

By - 3/28/15 - 10:24 pm

UPDATE: Three teens arrested for at least one of the attacks.

Stanley Staco reports a woman was held up at gunpoint at W. Newton and Tremont streets around 9:45 p.m. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, with a black gun.

By - 3/26/15 - 5:43 pm
Proposal for 80 Shawmut Ave. in Boston

No cracks about Borg cubes landing on churches, please.

Developers this month submitted plans to the BRA to turn the old Holy Trinity German Catholic church and rectory on Shawmut Avenue in the South End into 33 residential units, by completely removing the interior and replacing it with an eight-story steel structure.

The proposal by developers Dennis Kanin and David Goldman for 136 Shawmut Ave. also calls for a 24-space garage in the new building's basement.

By - 3/16/15 - 10:25 am
A lot of trash in the South End

This long trail of trash at Tremont and E. Berkeley in the South End has actually prompted several concerned citizens to complain this morning.

By - 3/13/15 - 11:20 pm

Christopher Powell, 41, of Everett, pleaded guilty to manslaughter today for the stabbing death of Corey Thompson in a fight in the area of Traveler and Albany streets under I-93 on Feb. 25, 2013, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Powell, who stabbed Thompson eight times with a pocketknife, had been scheduled for trial next week for second-degree murder, the DA's office says. State troopers who investigated the crime recovered surveillance video showing:

By - 3/13/15 - 11:09 pm
West Rutland Square in the South En

West Rutland Square

A South End resident who came out to find his car on West Rutland Square with a ticket on it yesterday for parking more than a foot from the curb wonders if this is a new way for the city to make money: Create a problem, then dun residents for it.

There is no way to park properly with the snowbanks in the middle of the road.

This is a 2 way street, but the city only plowed out one lane and has left it this way. It is the city's fault that the street is blocked, and now they are trying to profit from it.

By - 3/11/15 - 11:31 am

CuppaCoffee, which serves coffee and Australian meat pies on Merrimac Street, is planning a second location in the 275 Albany St. residential development.

Although the location would double the number of Australian-owned coffee shops in Boston, it would only represent a 33% increase in the number of Australian meat-pie places - in addition to CuppaCoffee, KO Pies sells the meat pies at locations in East Boston and South Boston.

When finished, 275 Albany will house 400 apartments in two buildings, across the street from the Ink Block project.

By - 3/8/15 - 1:21 pm
Snow sign against Marty Walsh

Kate Terrado spotted this sign in the South End today.

By - 3/7/15 - 3:10 pm

The folks at K9 Strolls on Pembroke Street spent part of today roaming the neighborhood looking for dog crap and other stuff that's emerging as our glaciers slowly recede. They report they collected five large bags of the stuff - and reported a number of overflowing trash cans to the city.

H/t Pilot Block Neighborhood Association.

By - 3/7/15 - 8:46 am

Boston Police report officers found a man shot around 2 a.m. outside 102 Dartmouth St. Stanley Staco reports the man was also robbed.

Police say they found a silver gun and a spent shell casing nearby. but did not find the two suspects, one a Hispanic man about 5'3" in a black hoodie and brandishing a knife, the other a white man with a thin mustache, also in a black hoodie.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

By - 3/1/15 - 7:16 pm
Shoveling out a frozen car in the South End

A roving UHub photographer came across a scientist unearthing dramatic evidence today that cars once roamed across what is now Yarmouth Street in the South End.

Scientists next plan to carefully study the meaning of strange protuberances found poking through the ice further down Yarmouth Street:

Buried car in the South End
By - 2/27/15 - 12:14 pm

Boston's DPW announced today it's holding off on the annual re-start of street sweeping until after "streets are cleared to the curb and gutters are free of ice and snow."

Fans of cleaner streets in the North End, the South End and Beacon Hill, where street sweeping normally starts in March, will have to wait for "a thaw and large scale melting," the department said, adding that also means daytime parking restrictions will not apply there, either. The DPW says it will send out notices when the streets are fit to sweep

By - 2/24/15 - 8:21 am

Firefighters and police are at 564 Massachusetts Ave., where a cracked water main has put four feet of water into the basement and sent water bubbling up through the sidewalk outside.

By - 2/17/15 - 4:43 pm
Smoking Green Line trolley at Brookline Village

It's not usually a good sign when smoke starts pouring out of a trolley, as Emily shows us around 4:40 p.m.

She reports the train was evacuated. Brookline FD showed up and took care of whatever was causing the smoke and the T made preparations to have the train towed away (and shot?) so that service could resume.

Not long after, passengers had to get off an inbound Orange Line train at Mass. Ave. due to brake issues.

By - 2/15/15 - 1:10 pm
Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue

Columbus Avenue and Mass. Ave. today. Photo by Andrew Bauer.

By - 2/14/15 - 10:47 pm

Pat from Boston watched his neighbors take down megacicle in the South End before it could crush/impale somebody.

Frozen death from above smashes car in Fort Point.

By - 2/14/15 - 2:13 pm

Derek Lessing spotted these guys up on a roof on West Newton Street in the South End, using a chainsaw to break up gutter ice. You can tell they're trained professionals by their safety harnesses.

By - 2/14/15 - 9:04 am

Yes, the South End, where space savers are officially banned. The Globe reports on the incident, which follows tire slashing in Jamaica Plain.

By - 2/13/15 - 11:18 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded at 5:05 p.m. to the nine-story Dowling Building, 771 Albany St. for a basement fire.

The building houses outpatient programs; no patients at the hospital were affected by the fire, the department says, adding staffers still at work were evacuated.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but fire commanders ordered a second alarm to bring in extra firefighters to help vent smoke from the building. The cause remains under investigation.

By - 2/4/15 - 9:10 am
Fire at 25 Worcester Square in the South End

Firefighters attack the fire. Photo by Neuroboy.

The Boston Fire Department reports embers from a fireplace ignited wooden beams at 25 Worcester Square this morning, sparking a fire that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage.

Firefighters responded around 8:52 a.m. and found fire on both the fifth and fourth floors. The cause was traced to a fifth-floor fireplace:

There was no fire in the fireplace at the time of the fire. Smoldering embers over time under the hearth of the fireplace.

One firefighter was taken to a local hospital with a cut finger. No residents were injured.