South End

South End

By - 2/18/14 - 1:43 pm

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 pocket. In addition to charging him, police took him to a nearby hospital for observation, based on the way he was talking when found.

By - 2/18/14 - 11:06 am

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 have gotten offers by the bucket load from developers eager to tear it down and build something bigger and better. Who the heck owns it? Do they rent by the hour? How did it ever get built in the first place?

By - 2/18/14 - 9:50 am
South End sunrise

Johnmcboston took heed of the sailor's warning while looking down East Berkeley Street in the South End this morning.

The National Weather Service, of course, has issued a winter weather advisory for this afternoon.

By - 2/12/14 - 1:21 pm

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 facility - who listed him as supporting their specific location.

By - 2/12/14 - 12:04 pm
South End space savers

Now cut that out! South End space saver.

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:

By - 2/11/14 - 11:12 am
In-window air conditioner

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.

Appleton Street? Appleton Street? Oh, yeah, the hunting grounds of the South End font kvetcher.

By - 1/28/14 - 7:56 am

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 "oh, hey, what, are you gonna report me?" Yes I am.

By - 1/25/14 - 7:10 pm

The Dig shows us that Delux Cafe on Chandler Street seems to have closed up for good.

By - 1/22/14 - 4:39 pm

Neighborhood organizers in the South End are renewing their push for an exemption to the current citywide space-saver rule now that there's a new administration in City Hall.

By - 1/19/14 - 4:50 pm
Pizza warning in boston

Jenna wonders:

Did anyone else get this ridiculously labeled pizza flier in the mail? Are they serious?

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 people who would set up camp there.

State officials expect to recoup the costs of the lights and new walkways through revenue from 24-hour parking lots being built under the viaduct.

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.

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 State Police, FedEx, the state trooper who arrested him and the FedEx driver who delivered a letter informing him he was getting a check from the fund the day before, because:

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, is hard liquor, which is not included on its license - although flavored moonshine would be, under the theory it's a cordial.

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