South End

By - 2/8/09 - 3:31 pm

A guy in a South End coffeeshop clues Jeanne Harnois in about rents in the area where Chinatown, the Theatre District and the South End come together. Of course, there's a reason the rents are so good.

By - 2/6/09 - 2:56 pm

John Walsh illustrates a South End pothole in each season.

By - 2/1/09 - 9:59 pm

It's not a metaphor for anything. Carolyn Grantham reports on eating an actual pig's head at Estragon in the South End:

I like to be prepared for unusual situations, so I'd done some research into the best way to approach the task of eating this delicacy. But while I'd discovered plenty of advice on how to butcher and cook said object, there was precious little information on how to eat a pig's head.

And now here one was, eyeing me expectantly. ...

Complete with slice-by-slice photos.

By - 1/31/09 - 9:01 pm

Blue Mass. Group runs down prospective candidates for the 3rd Suffolk seat just vacated by Sal DiMasi. So far, the only "official" candidate (new House Speaker Bob DeLeo has yet to set an election date) is Aaron Michlewitz of the North End (Facebook page), DiMasi's constitutent-services director, who filed organization papers with the state on Wednesday and who opened his campaign office today on Endicott Street in the North End.

Other possibilities: Lucy Rivera (former aide to Tom Birmingham and Michael Capuano), Susan Passoni (who ran against Jimmy Kelly for Boston City Council), both of the South End, and Stephen Passacantilli, of the North End, who is currently an aide to City Councilor Sal LaMattina.

By - 1/30/09 - 11:09 pm

The Web site for Vessel on Tremont Street in the South End exhorts:

This winter, consider Vessel your source for beautiful, practical items that speak volumes for your good design sense.

These photos by the Missus of the ice-covered sidewalk in front of the store may not be beautiful, but they speak volumes for the store's lack of concern for pedestrians.

By - 1/29/09 - 4:51 pm

The South End News reports a man walking his dog in front of 560 Harrison Ave. on the evening of Jan. 19 did not take kindly to being told to pick up his dog's droppings:

By - 1/29/09 - 9:06 am

It's about time somebody tried to figure that out! The Fab Empire gives us the details on a Jan. 30 meeting of the Man Panel in the South End:

The Man Panel is a monthly panel that tackles the issue that is on most women's minds - what the heck are men thinking??

By - 1/21/09 - 11:22 pm

The South End News reports a fight between three men outside the Pine Street Inn around 9 p.m. on Jan. 17 ended when one of the men pulled a knife and used it on one of the others:

[T]he victim said that after sustaining a deep gash on his cheek he decided to go to J.J. Foley's for a few drinks.

By - 1/20/09 - 8:52 am

In the South End, one building owner clears a parking lot by melting snow and then dumping it into storm drains. In Cambridge, city crews deal with excess snow by dumping it into handicap parking spaces.

By - 1/19/09 - 11:51 pm

Kevin McRea reports on an incident around 2 a.m. today:

... Two black males, one of them looking like "the guy with the dreadlocks in the movie Predator" drove by in a late model black Ford Bronco like vehicle and made some gay bashing comments. One of Carlos' friends yelled back. The large males got out of the Bronco and beat up two of the 3 guys, breaking the nose of one of them getting blood all over everyone. He spent the night at BMC and now has to get facial reconstruction surgery. ...

He adds the license plate begins with WJ9.

Back in August:
Four beaten in South End gay-bashing attack.

By - 1/19/09 - 10:18 pm

Above: A yearning tree in Beverly, by Brian Lewandowski (used under Creative Common). Below: A lonely bus shelter in Newton, by Ben Ostrander (copyright Ben Ostrander).

By - 1/18/09 - 2:02 pm

Boston Police report that an officer who stopped a man on suspicion of shooting a gun on Harrison Avenue last night realized the guy was wanted for an earlier armed holdup at Lenox Street and Shawmut Avenue in the South End. Mac S.

By - 1/17/09 - 11:46 pm

Imagine no more. Would it surprise you to learn you can only buy it in the South End and not, say, Hyde Park?

By - 1/14/09 - 5:12 pm

Boston Police report a California man had to be escorted out of the Hyatt on Avenue de Lafayette in Downtown Crossing late last night when he insisted on making a complete ass of himself and assuming "a fighting stance" when police called up to his room tried to get him to pack up and go.

Also click on the link to read about an honest road rager - when police asked him if he had, in fact, smashed his fist into the driver's side window of the car in front of him at Tremont Street and Roxse Drive, he allowed as how he had. And then there's the woman who just couldn't wait to get home, or as the police report: "Urinator arrested in Roxbury."

Oh, yeah, there was also a shooting somewhere in Boston, but police didn't post about that.

Innocent until proven pissed.

By - 1/4/09 - 2:18 pm

Recession? Feh. The cost of deeded parking spaces went up last year in the sorts of Boston neighborhoods that have such things.

By - 1/1/09 - 4:06 pm

Four alleged thugs from Boston and one from Brockton were arrested early today on charges they held up two men at gunpoint at a Reynolds Way party, then beat them up and threw them down some stairs, Boston Police report:

The [first] victim then went on to explain to officers that one of the suspects initially approached him in the party and stated to him, "You don't want to lose your life tonight!" According to the victim, after the suspect made that statement to him, he attempted to leave the party when he was confronted by five suspects in the hallway. In the hallway, the victim reported that one of the suspects brandished a handgun and pointed it a the victim and yelled, "You don't want to die! Give it up!" The victim reported to officers that the other suspects all motioned like they too were armed, and they started reaching into his pockets. The victim told officers that the suspects told him that they were taking his watch and phone if he wanted to leave alive. After the suspects took the victim's watch, he was beaten up and thrown down the stairs.

Isiah T. Thigpen, 24, of Boston, Aaron D. Bloudson, 21, of Dorchester, Wendell C. Nunes, 25, of Dorchester, Yancey M. Williams, 21, of Dorchester and Demetrius L. Williams, 22, of Brockton were each charged with armed robbery and asault and battery. Bloudson was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; Williams faces a charge of possession of cocaine.

By - 12/31/08 - 11:15 am

The house where Dan Yakovleff was murdered is on fire right now. 3 Alarm Fire Rages in Savin Hill. According to The Dorchester Reporter, suspect Steven Odegard no longer lives there.

By - 12/18/08 - 9:05 am

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports that a Brighton college student who answered a South End housecleaning ad on Craigslist got a bit more than she bargained for. On the one hand, the guy gave her $200 instead of the $70 he offered in the ad. On the other hand, she had to fold all his underwear. Also, he was naked.

By - 12/16/08 - 10:55 am

Prosecutors say Jordan Lyttle, 18, of Roxbury, beat Qumane Willams so hard the teen lost vision in one eye - six weeks before Williams was shot to death. By pleading guilty today, Lyttle was sentenced to two years in a county jail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which had sought a sentence of seven to ten years in a state prison.

Prosecutors say Lyttle used a metallic object to punch Williams repeatedly in the middle of Washington Street near E. Newton St. this past April 30, prosecutors say.

Williams was shot to death on June 18 in Roxbury, in a case that remains unsolved, officials say.