Forest Hills

By - 4/2/12 - 7:09 am

Gone, bridge, gone.

No, don't worry, the Casey Overpass still stands. Late yesterday, Christian Scott forwarded this report about the old Tollgate bridge:

In the early hours of this morning the MBTA or AMTRAK or somebody removed the pedestrian bridge you posted about last month. I saw it being craned onto a flatbed this morning inside the lumber yard.

The phantom Tollgate....Read more

By - 3/30/12 - 7:46 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports opponents of the state's plan to replace the Casey Overpass with a new system of surface roads may try to delay and block the project until the light dawns over MassDOT and the state decides to replace the overpass with a new overpass, preferably one that is "Olmsted inspired."Read more

By - 3/21/12 - 12:47 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette has the latest on plans to replace the overpass with enlarged and reconfigured surface roads and park land.Read more

By - 3/19/12 - 3:48 pm

Napper TandyBoston Restaurant Talk reports the owner of the planned Napper Tandy's pub across from the Forest Hills T stop has decided to call it Eugene O'Neill's instead.

But fans of the 18th-century revolutionary need not despair: Boston Restaurant Talk adds that John Jacobs, who already runs one...Read more

By - 3/16/12 - 11:50 am

JosephMBTA Transit Police report arresting a Mattapan man Tuesday morning on charges he sold pot to teenagers at the Forest Hills T stop.

Police say Enrico Joseph, 23, would prepare his daily inventory of pot in plastic bags while sitting in his wheelchair on the 6:15 a.m. 30 bus between the Sunoco station...Read more

By - 3/16/12 - 9:00 am

The Boston Cyclists Union is throwing a shindig tonight at JJ Foley's Fireside Tavern in Forest Hills to celebrate the state's decision on the Casey Overpass. Starts at 6 p.m., with free appetizers.

The state's decision was to replace the crumbling structure with expanded and reconfigured surface roads, but the union is hoping folks who wanted to see a new overpass will come...Read more

By - 3/13/12 - 4:00 pm
Soon-to-be Tonic and Napper Tandy's.

Soon-to-be Tonic and Napper Dandy's.

The owners of two pubs across from the Forest Hills T stop today assured the Boston Licensing Board their openings are imminent.

Owners of both Tonic, going into the old Paul Griffin's bar and Napper Tandy's, going into a long-shuttered barbershop right next door, were before the board to explain why their liquor licenses, granted in early 2011 and late 2010, shouldn't be revoked...Read more

By - 3/13/12 - 2:47 pm

Nothing beats battleship gray.

You look at the Best Buy vending machine in Forest Hills and you wonder when they're going to take off the sheet metal and get it back into operation. In fact, as I learned today from one of the guys at the newsstand next to it, you can already buy stuff from it. But this time, they've hidden all the merch well away from prying...Read more

By - 3/8/12 - 12:37 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports MassDOT has decided to go with a wider New Washington Street and reconfigured intersections rather than a new overpass when it tears down the current crumbling Casey Overpass in a $52-million redo.Read more

By - 3/2/12 - 7:45 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the state Department of Transportation failed to announce what it plans to do about the Casey Overpass by its own deadline this week and now says it doesn't know when it will.

The state is looking at two main proposals: Replace the hulking overpass - built when the Orange Line was still elevated - with another overpass or...Read more

By - 2/27/12 - 10:16 am
Tollgate Way

This is Tollgate Way.

Take the 34 bus up Washington Street to Forest Hills and it always announces Tollgate Way. Nobody ever gets off there, though. Except maybe the ghosts.

Across the train tracks, on Hyde Park Avenue, a street sign also announces Tollgate Way:

Tollgate Way sign

But there's nothing there, except...Read more

By - 2/13/12 - 10:11 am

The people who want to keep the Casey Overpass say the space under a new overpass could become a marvelous cultural gathering spot instead of remaining the dreary collection of parking spaces and muggers' hiding spots that it has been for the last 50 years.

Via Boston Daily....Read more

By - 2/9/12 - 3:53 pm

In response to a citizen complaint about a neighbor constantly using a traffic cone to claim a space on Weld Hill Street in Forest Hills, a city DPW inspector reports:

I sent an inspector to this location, they reported back that the cones are not there now. We will keep patroling the area periodically so we can try and confiscate the cones.

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By - 2/5/12 - 1:55 pm

Don't try riding your bike up the escalator while holding a cup in one hand. SC reports watching in amazement today as a guy rode his bike down the Orange Line platform at Forest Hills, then tried to ride it up the escalator:

He got stuck at the bottom & spilled his coffee everywhere. ... Got one wheel on and lost control while still

...Read more
By - 1/6/12 - 7:24 pm

A blue Honda Fit had its rear window blown out by gunfire around 3:30 p.m. outside 219 South St., according to AlertNewEngland and Mike Flynn (who took a photo of the damaged car). Four suspects in an older Ford were reported to have fled toward Centre Street....Read more

By - 1/6/12 - 4:39 pm

Boston Police report two Jamaica Plain teens were arrested after they allegedly held up a pizza driver at knifepoint last night at 155 Williams St.

Franklin Baez and Jadiel Martinez, both 19, were charged with armed robbery after an off-duty officer noticed two guys matching the description of the knifemen afterwards on Walnut Avenue by Franklin Park, police say, adding Martinez was...Read more

By - 12/16/11 - 5:08 pm

The Casey Overpass is scheduled to be shut between 9 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday for repaving, MassDOT advises.Read more

By - 12/16/11 - 7:11 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the city has put the T's Arborway bus yard on its list of problem properties, which it usually uses for places at high risk of catastrophic fires, excessive illegal activities and the like. In the yard's case, the issue is chemical storage and fumes. The T has shelved plans to renovate the property, citing lack of money....Read more

By - 12/14/11 - 8:08 am

Orange Line riders wait for mystery shuttle bus at Green. Photo by Rick Pinchera.Orange Line riders wait for mystery shuttle bus at Green. Photo by Rick Pinchera.

UPDATE, 9:24 a.m.: The T says normal service has resumed,...Read more

By - 12/11/11 - 6:16 pm

AlertNewEngland reports a man was shot at 218 South St. this afternoon, possibly by the two men police reported fled toward the Southwest Corridor Park.

Jamaica Plain Patch talked to a man who said he was talking to the victim - expected to survive - when he was shot....Read more