South End

By - 1/17/14 - 5:03 pm
Lighted viaduct

Photo by MassDOT.

State and city officials today officially turned on a new light display under the I-93 viaduct that separates South Boston and the South End near where the Herald used to be, the first phase in a $2.5-million project to turn the barren, dismal concrete storage area into something actually useful to people besides the DPW crews who used to store stuff there and the homeless... Read more

By - 1/16/14 - 11:31 pm

Jim Martinho explains:

I'm the Content Manager at, and I also write a weekly email newsletter previewing upcoming events. A lot of the events on our calendar are user-submitted, and when I saw a listing for a performance of Mozart's Requiem at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday, it seemed pretty innocent -- classical music, in a church, commemorating JFK's legacy?

... Read more
By - 1/16/14 - 5:59 pm

WHDH reports on an incident that started around 3:20 p.m. when a man pushed a woman getting into her car into the passenger seat and drove off.

Suspect's photo.

By - 1/9/14 - 8:10 am

The Huntington News takes a look back at Columbus Avenue, when it was home to the South End Grounds, where the Boston Beaneaters baseball team played, rather than a parking lot slated to be turned into the Northeastern science center.

By - 1/6/14 - 3:45 pm

BosGuy convened a taste panel to find the best chocolate-chip cookie in the South End. They found a clear favorite.

By - 1/4/14 - 11:55 pm

Around 11:30 p.m. on the third floor of 50 Clarendon St.

By - 12/29/13 - 4:38 pm

Interesting ad on Craigslist right now:

Looking for a South End Parking Permit for 2014. Work in the area with pay per day parking garage and looking to see if anybody who lives in the South End who doesn't have parking permit would like to get one and sell.

Willing to pay $200 cash for the 2014 year.

H/t Johnson.... Read more

By - 12/24/13 - 10:23 am

Branden Mattier, a South End man arrested in July on charges he tried to defraud the fund set up for Marathon bombing victims, is suing State Police and FedEx for delivering what he says was a bogus check from the fund.

In his suit, filed yesterday in US District Court, Mattier alleges he deserves to be paid several hundred thousand dollars in damages by... Read more

By - 12/17/13 - 10:40 pm
Amazing parking job in the South End

Roving UHub photographer Jed Hresko noticed this interesting parking job on Warren Avenue in the South End this morning.

By - 12/17/13 - 3:09 pm

Of course, this being a more genteel age, axe-wielding revenooers didn't bust up a still out back of Estelle's on Tremont Street. Instead, a detective from the BPD Licensed Premises Division issued a paper citation for the bottle of Midnight Moon Moonshine sitting behind the bar.

The restaurant, which serves Southern food, is licensed to offer beers, wines and liqueurs. Moonshine, now a legitimate product,... Read more

By - 12/17/13 - 8:13 am

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley yesterday cleared a Boston police officer for shooting a man in the South End in August, 2012, saying the man was pointing a loaded gun at the officer's head and refusing to drop the weapon.

"The review of more than 1,000 pages of documentary evidence, numerous civilian witness statements, surveillance imagery, and the relevant statutes and case law... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 7:00 pm
Tobogganing in Franklin Park

The BPL has posted lots of photos of Boston in the snow in the old days, such as this postcard showing tobogganing at Franklin Park sometime in the early years of the 20th century.

Back in 1941, the city still used one-horsepower plows on the Common, as Leslie Jones showed:

One horsepower

In 1939, parents in... Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 9:11 pm

Stanley Staco reports several shots were fired around 8:15 p.m. at 435 Shawmut Ave. Police tracked the apparent getaway car to Parker and Heath streets in Jamaica Plain, where they arrested two people and released a minor in the car.

Felix Ortiz, 30, of Boston, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and discharging a firearm within... Read more

By - 12/7/13 - 10:15 am
Overturned car on Columbus Avenue

Charlie Z., who took the photo around 9 this morning, wonders how you can flip a car on Columbus.

Jef Taylor, who has an eye for detail, wonders how the blue Prius behind turtle car got into that spot.

By - 12/6/13 - 8:03 pm
Blocked sidewalk

Now that the menace of Southie-style wrong-way parking has been dealt with, concerned South End citizens can turn their watchful eyes to other menaces, such as this sidewalk hog of a stroller:

My South End neighbor has locked a baby carriage to a water pipe and is blocking the entire sidewalk.

... Read more
By - 12/5/13 - 7:48 am
Saab parked the wrong way

The horror!

A South End citizen is aghast to see a car parked facing the wrong way on Father Gilday Street:

Where are we, Southie? Who parks in the wrong direction and thinks it's ok?

By - 12/4/13 - 12:39 pm

The owners of jm Curley hoped to replace the shuttered 28 Degrees on Appleton Street with a new restaurant focusing on New England fare, including seafood.

The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to let Merrill & Co. spend $300,000 to buy 28 Degrees's all-alcohol license.

At a hearing today, Merrill & Co. managers said they hope to open this spring after renovations.

They... Read more

By - 11/20/13 - 6:48 am
Proposed Harrison Avenue project

The Herald reports on plans for two buildings - one 14 stories, the other 13 - proposed for the old Graybar plant at 345 Harrison Ave.

In their filing with the BRA, the developers say:

The Project will improve pedestrian connectivity and circulation in the neighborhood, introduce a mix of vibrant 18/7 uses by bringing significant residential space along with neighborhood retail, and

... Read more
By - 11/16/13 - 7:23 pm
Passive aggressive note

Jed Hresko forwards this photo of some extreme passive aggressiveness: Somebody peeved at a cardboard box in an alley off Columbus Avenue in the South End spent some serious time explaining how to properly recycle the box - by writing down the directions on two sides of the box itself, because, naturally, whoever put the box out there will come out frequently to admire his... Read more

By - 11/3/13 - 11:55 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a basement short circuit sparked a one-alarm fire at 49 Appleton St. this morning.

The fire was contained to the basement, but smoke spread throughout the four-story, single-family dwelling, the department says, estimating damage at $250,000.... Read more