Fort Point Channel

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.

By - 3/19/16 - 10:19 am
Body recovered from Fort Point Channel on the South Boston side

First responders at work. Photo by Sean O'Rourke.

Updated with BFD info.

Around 8:40 a.m., in the middle of the channel, the Boston Fire Department reports.

It's near where two men were safely fished out of the water in December, near where a number of homeless people now camp under the Expressway.

By - 2/25/16 - 1:40 pm

The Fort Point Boston Blog reports on efforts by the Boston Preservation Alliance, The Friends of the Northern Avenue Bridge and the Fort Point Neighborhood Association to make sure the now unusable bridge is eventually restored. Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 3:56 pm
Northern Avenue Bridge over Fort Point Channel in 1919

The bridge and downtown Boston in 1919. Photo by Leslie Jones. See larger.

The Globe reports Boston officials have decided to tear down the old Northern Avenue Bridge starting in March - although a spokeswoman for the mayor said today that "there will still be an opportunity to preserve the bridge, but it cannot stay where it is because of its current condition." Read more.

By - 12/23/15 - 11:19 am
Rescue off West Fourth Street in South Boston

First responders at work. Photo by Jonathan Berk.

No immediate word on just what they were doing in the tail end of Fort Point Channel shortly after 11 a.m., but Boston firefighters got them a ladder, they climbed out and now they're under the care of Boston EMS.

By - 12/15/15 - 9:54 am

Gwen Betts looked up over Fort Point Channel this morning.

By - 12/10/15 - 8:25 am

City and state officials joined with the Richard family to announce a parcel now owned by the MBTA next to the museum will be turned into a park honoring the memory of the Dorchester boy who only wanted peace.

Read more.