Long Wharf

By - 9/23/16 - 9:03 pm
Map showing area covered by federal grant

Portion of smoking-gun map. Shaded area covered by federal grant includes pavilion site.

A federal appeals court today ruled the BRA can't turn a Long Wharf pavilion into a restaurant because the structure is protected from commercial use as part of a federal grant detailed on a map the BRA signed off on, then lost - but which a couple of retired National Park Service workers found three decades later. Read more.

By - 9/14/16 - 9:49 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the BRA's latest court wranglings to try to put a restaurant in the kiosk at the tip of Long Wharf.

Authority lawyers were in federal appeals court in Boston last week arguing why a US District Court judge was wrong to rule last year that the BRA should knock it off already now that paper documents amazingly reappeared that showed the structure was always intended to be part of a public park, not a commercial structure available for lease.

By - 8/13/16 - 10:24 am
Two boats go bump in the day

Sid Murlidhar was on Long Wharf this morning for a little boat on boat action: One boat apparently had an engine fire and it bumped into a second boat, which then entered the personal space of the third boat.

WBZ has some more details.

By - 7/26/16 - 8:36 pm
Sign at Faneuil Hall warning against fake monks

RyanInBos snapped one of the signs management at Faneuil Hall Marketplace have put up to warn tourists against people in saffron monk's robes who hand out trinkets and then expect payment in return. Read more.

By - 7/1/16 - 9:14 am
Duck house on Boston Harbor

Neil the roving UHub photographer noticed yesterday a prime waterfront location by the side of Long Wharf was all full up for the night.

By - 11/2/15 - 10:40 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the BRA is appealing a federal judge's ruling that turning the shelter at the end of the wharf into a restaurant would violate its own pledges not to do so. Read more.

By - 10/29/15 - 1:25 pm
Frankentide sign on Morrissey Boulevard

Earlier this week, whichever imp runs the signboards on Morrissey Boulevard programmed the one heading away from UMass to warn of ghoulish tides over the next few days.

Walking along Boston Harbor near the Aquarium at lunchtime today, Jason Richardson discovered they weren't kidding:

Read more.

By - 8/27/15 - 9:45 am
Long Wharf shelter in Boston

A shelter it was, a shelter it will stay, judge rules.

A federal judge ruled yesterday the BRA cannot lease the pavilion at the end of Long Wharf to a restaurant because its very own documents show the shelter was always intended to be part of a public park, not a structure available for a commercial lease.

The ruling by US District Court Judge Patti Saris, in what she called "the Long War for Long Wharf," is a victory for a group of North End residents who have been battling with the BRA over the pavilion for years. Read more.

By - 8/20/15 - 10:39 pm
Cormorant

Sit at the end of Long Wharf and it's easy to miss the cormorants - the gulls and terns are constantly screaming for attention, and sometimes getting into fights for key perches, such as the top of the flagpole there. But every so often, you might look down and spot a cormorant bobbing on the water, at least, for a few seconds, before it disappears under the water.

By - 7/20/15 - 3:26 pm
Yachts in Boston Harbor, at Long Wharf

There were several large, ocean-going yachts tied up at Long Wharf today, including one registered to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands: Read more.

By - 5/2/15 - 12:30 am

Shortly after midnight. Arriving firefighters fairly quickly got him out of the water and into a boat, to await EMTs - who also had to help a firefighter injured in the rescue effort.

By - 10/16/14 - 10:47 am
Reflections on Boston Harbor at Christopher Columbus Park

Mucka Finyardi looked across the water and Christopher Columbus Park at Long Wharf the other night.

By - 7/31/14 - 9:16 am

On Tuesday at Long Wharf

By - 7/15/14 - 4:34 pm

The BRA, which has battled some North End residents for years over its unquenching desire to turn a kiosk at the end of Long Wharf into a restaurant, has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Park Service, which now says the kiosk needs to be left alone, because it's basically parkland, NorthEndWaterfront.com reports.

By - 4/24/14 - 4:45 pm
Munsell

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office is identifying the body removed from near Long Wharf yesterday as that of Eric Munsell, 24, who was last seen outside a Broad Street bar on Feb. 8.

A surveillance camera later showed Munsell near Long Wharf. His body was found early yesterday afternoon by the marina on the Columbus Park side of Long Wharf.

An initial investigation showed no signs of foul play.

By - 4/24/14 - 10:21 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports it is still working to confirm the identify of the body removed from Boston Harbor yesterday - as well as awaiting an autopsy by the medical examiner.

By - 4/23/14 - 12:42 pm
Scene on Long Wharf

Long Wharf scene. Photo by Kevin Flight.

UPDATE: Body identified as that of Eric Munsell.

Boston firefighters and police detectives are at Long Wharf, where a body was found in the water at the marina on the Columbus Park/Commercial Wharf side around 12:30 p.m.

Long Wharf is near where Eric Munsell of the North End was last seen in February.

By - 3/25/14 - 4:32 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for tomorrow, starting at 6 a.m.:

MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED DURING THE WEDNESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE CYCLE ACROSS MANY NORTH AND EAST FACING COASTLINES FROM BOSTON TO NANTUCKET

By - 1/3/14 - 4:43 pm
Flooding at the end of Long Wharf

Normally, you can stand right at those bollards.

NorthendWaterfront.com posts photos of flooding along the waterfront today, including Long Wharf (above) and Columbus Park.

The sea level rise from Boston Harbor appeared worse than that seen during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 despite significantly less wave action. For example, today’s high tide showed a record level of water intrusion on the harborwalk at Christopher Columbus Park. Sea level rise and Boston’s rising tides have also been recently reflected in the recently proposed FEMA flood maps.

Compare this Long Wharf photo to this photo, taken at the height of Sandy.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license and tagged as universalhub on Flickr.