Fort Point Channel

By - 1/13/18 - 12:27 pm
Boston's Fan Pier back in the day

In 1903, when Walker & Co. published this bird's eye view of the area around Fort Point Channel, trains were still king and Boston was full of freight yards, such as the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad's yard on the South Boston side of the channel, where it met Boston Harbor. Read more.

By - 1/5/18 - 8:56 pm
Icy Charles River

Ari Ofsevit gazed at the frozen wasteland between Cambridge and the Back Bay today.

Casie Gillette shows us the real ice joining the iceberg statues in Fort Point Channel: Read more.

By - 1/4/18 - 1:01 pm
Seaport Boulevard flooded in South Boston

Miss Lippy reports Seaport Boulevard and Northern Avenue along the South Boston Waterfront have flooded and are getting worse. Video.

The parking lot behind the Chart House on Long Wharf has flooded - along with the cars parked in it - Carty Castaldi reports: Read more.

By - 12/31/17 - 3:48 pm
Frozen Fort Point Channel

Adam Castiglioni reports Fort Point Channel is freezing up.

By - 12/2/17 - 12:06 pm

Folks had more to say about it which you can read here.

By - 11/21/17 - 9:00 am
First responders at Fort Point Channel

First-responder vehicles at the water. Photo by Christina Pazzanese.

Caught in Southie reports first responders are at the channel near the Gillette plant this morning.

By - 10/4/17 - 1:54 pm
King Triton, a barge that sank where Fort Point Channel meets Boston Harbor

The Curse of the Northern Avenue Bridge strikes again: Lauri Howe Barrett shows us the King Triton, a former buoy tender that sank near the decrepit old bridge the other day.

By - 5/23/17 - 3:04 pm

MassLive.com reports Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says young men need to be more careful when they drink in a city surrounded by water, not worry about a serial killer.

Earlier:
All the drowning victims the press and the public don't much care about.

By - 4/4/17 - 1:57 pm

The Globe writes today that since 2009, at least 11 bodies have been recovered from the water surrounding Boston and that the last one was that of Zachary Marr, whose body was found in the Charles near North Station a month after he disappeared from a downtown bar.

The Globe is wrong on both counts. Read more.

By - 3/21/17 - 9:44 am

Jen Richard videoed this in Fort Point Channel by the Tea Party Museum this morning. The New England Aquarium confirms it was a harbor porpoise.

Last spring:
Esplanade dock gets fat, sassy visitor.

By - 3/4/17 - 7:47 pm
Sunset over Boston

Rob Littlefield looked across Fort Point Channel tonight, notes it was 17 degrees with 35 m.p.h. gusts.

By - 10/18/16 - 2:45 pm
Guy diving into Boston Harbor during king tide

As today's king tide reached its peak around 1:20 p.m., this guy kept diving into the harbor from the end of Long Wharf.

He dove off one of the giant bollard things. He took a running leap into the water. He dove backwards. Read more.

By - 10/10/16 - 1:37 pm
Orange people in Fort Point Channel

M couldn't help but notice the bright orange people hanging onto inner tubes bobbing in Fort Point Channel this morning. Begin Fort Point and all, it is, of course, art, specifically, SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers):

S.O.S. invokes the Fort Point Channel Basin as a metaphor for the seas across which people have always traveled in search of shelter, freedom, prosperity and safety; seas in which they have often lost their lives. The Swimmers symbolize the world’s refugees and migrants, and the long history of global migration on which our city and nation are largely built.

Artists Ann Hirsh & Jeremy Angier hope to provoke discussions about the changing identity of the Channel by asking: how are we, a city in the midst of an economic boom, responding to the current global refugee crisis?

By - 8/1/16 - 11:41 am
Proposed new GE building on Fort Point Channel in South Boston

Architect's rendering. See it larger.

GE and the Massachusetts Development Finance Authority today filed their formal plans for the company's new headquarters on Fort Point Channel that will include extensive renovations to two old candy buildings and construction of a new 12-story glass building.

In a filing with the BRA, GE says it hopes to begin roughly 15 months of renovation and construction this spring. In addition to the BRA, the state Department of Environmental Protection will also have to approve the project due to its location on former tidelands along Fort Point Channel. Read more.

By - 7/20/16 - 1:22 pm

Around 1:10 p.m. Firefighters recovered the body shortly after 1:30 p.m. Police are now on scene to try to determine how the person died and wound up in the water.

A body was last pulled from the channel in March.

By - 6/2/16 - 10:05 am
Colored panels on bridge across Fort Point Channel in Boston

Becky watched workers installing colored panels on the side of the Congress Street bridge yesterday: Read more.

By - 5/26/16 - 1:43 pm
Proposed Northern Avenue Botanical Bridge over Fort Point Channel

Proposed Northern Avenue Botanical Bridge.

A proposal to enclose the Northern Avenue Bridge and turn it into a year-round botanical garden was among the top entrants in a competition to help the city figure out what to do with the bridge after it's floated to East Boston and repaired. Read more.

By - 3/24/16 - 12:25 pm

UPDATE: Original "World Refrigerator Headquarters" headline changed, because GE is selling off its consumer-appliances division.

GE announced today it's buying a couple of buildings and land on Necco Street from Proctor and Gamble for its new world headquarters. Read more.