West End

By - 8/19/15 - 12:23 pm
By - 8/16/15 - 12:45 pm

Eric Moskowitz recounts the tale of the tenement that somehow survived the destruction of the West End.

By - 7/23/15 - 9:35 pm

Boston firefighters responded to 2 Hawthorne Pl., off Blossom, for a fire around 9:25 p.m. on the second floor of the 12-story building. They had the fire knocked down by 9:40 p.m.

By - 7/23/15 - 3:33 pm
Mural on Archdale in Roslindale

The Mayor's Mural Crew is nearly done with the mural on Archdale Road at Washington that illustrates a Dominican saying about how much a bird in the hand is worth - and has begun work on another mural a block away on the side of the Little People's Playhouse on Washington: Read more.

By - 7/1/15 - 11:59 am

Anthony Sammarco reports somebody borrowed a collection of photos and documents related to the old West End from the BPL's West End branch and then just never returned them.

A collection of West End photographs and archives was loaned to someone who has not returned it to the West End Library. We are looking to recreate a collection on the Lost West End. Any photographs or materials on the once thriving neighborhood would be greatly appreciated. Please send to West End Library, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114. Let's recreate what has been lost by theft.

By - 6/24/15 - 6:19 pm

A passenger on board Benjamin Urbelis's Naut Guilty on May 30 was arraigned today on charges he negligently started the boat up while Urbelis was in the water - and destroyed evidence that might have been related to the way he allegedly steered the boat right at a woman in the water, slicing her arm off. Read more.

By - 6/3/15 - 1:10 pm

The City Council today approved a hearing on conditions for housekeepers at the Wyndham Hotel on Blossom Street, whom they said are routinely exposed to blood, feces, vomit, syringes and other possibly unhealthy materials left in rooms by Mass. General patients staying at the hotel. Read more.

By - 4/26/15 - 9:56 pm
Angry sky over the Boston Museum of Science

"All hail Gozer!" JB Parrett exclaimed as he took this shot of the angry skies over the Museum of Science this evening.

By - 4/22/15 - 4:46 pm

Alison Loat marveled at the guy on the other platform at Charles/MGH today.

By - 3/11/15 - 2:29 pm
Charles Circle crash scene

The crash scene this afternoon - the Coca-Cola truck was the one involved.

Updated with information from the DA's office.

A woman apparently walking against the light was struck and killed by a tractor trailer in Charles Circle this afternoon.

Witnesses reported that the woman, 68, was crossing Cambridge Street towards the Liberty Hotel when hit around 1:30 p.m., according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which adds:

Emergency medical technicians from an ambulance company were in the immediate area and stopped to assist. The woman was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital a short distance away, where she died of her injuries.

By - 3/8/15 - 10:19 pm
Proposed Garden Garage tower in the West End of Boston

Architect's rendering of proposed tower, in the middle.

A Chicago developer will try again to win city approval to replace an old garage at the If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now complex with several hundred new residential units.

Equity Residential wants to replace a 650-unit garage and small one-story building next to it with a 46-story tower housing 482 apartments or condos - its application doesn't say which - and an 842-space underground garage. In 2011, the BRA basically rejected plans for two smaller towers with 500 units.

The new building, designed, of course, by Elkus Manfredi, would would add an extra acre of open space to the parcel.

By - 3/1/15 - 4:48 pm
Live long and prosper in the West End

Kethera noticed a small update to the sign welcoming visitors to the concrete buildings for which Nimoy's native West End was torn down.

By - 2/28/15 - 2:21 pm

NASA astronaut Terry Virts gives a "Live Long and Prosper" to Mr. Spock, ne Leonard Nimoy of Boston, from aboard the International Space Station.

By - 2/27/15 - 12:33 pm

Leonard Nimoy, who grew up in the West End, died today.

Last year, he talked about life in the West End - and its destruction by wrecking balls - in an interview with the Yiddish Book Center.

Boston city records show that in 1948, when he was 17, Nimoy set up a child-photography business:

By - 2/6/15 - 1:30 pm
Gridlock at Charles Circle

With many Boston roads still not fully plowed, traffic across the city continues to be tied up in knots, as Alison Kenney shows us with her dashboard-eye view of Charles Circle around 12:45 p.m.

By - 1/15/15 - 11:40 pm

A Florida woman charged with biting a Boston EMT in a drunken frenzy last month agreed to have her blood tested to help rule out the odds she infected him with something, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Laura Bell, 28, of Jacksonville, was arraigned today on a charge of assault and battery in connection with a Dec. 10 incident at the Wyndham Hotel on Blossom St. According to the DA's office, the 41-year-old EMT responded to the hotel on a report of a woman slumped in an eighth floor hallway, possibly as a result of overdrinking:

By - 1/9/15 - 8:44 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a license to a wine store proposed for Charles River Plaza off Cambridge Street.

At a hearing Wednesday, nearby liquor stores and some residents opposed the VinodiVino outlet, saying it would prove unfair competition for locally owned shops and that the eight liquor stores within a half-mile radius could already meet residents' wine needs. VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty, however, countered market considerations should not be part of the board's calculus on deciding on a license.

By - 12/18/14 - 3:24 pm

Shortly after 2 p.m., fire alarms started going off at the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary and that, of course, brought a full complement of Boston firetrucks racing to the scene. The infirmary informs:

Code red (fire) called due to someone apparently smoking outside. Another good reason to quit that habit. All clear.

H/t Starr88.