Downtown Crossing

By - 9/30/15 - 7:25 am

The exigencies of another day at work caused a Red Line train to take an eternal rest near Alewife and an Orange Line train to take a ride with the Grim Reaper at Downtown Crossing between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

By - 9/17/15 - 1:10 pm
Last cement at Millennium Tower going up

Adam Castiglioni watched the ceremonial last bucket of cement for the Millennium Tower rising to the top today.

By - 9/13/15 - 12:19 pm
Millennium Tower with tower crane

If you squint at Zinnia's photo, the crane next to the Millennium Tower looks like the world's largest bug.

By - 9/2/15 - 10:27 am
Shopper's Park Orange Line entrance removed in Downtown Crossing

Tim Lawrence watched the destruction of the Shopper's Park entrance to Downtown Crossing station this morning.

Shopper's Park was a small tree-lined area next to the headhouse, created by Filene's and then torn down when some New York developer demolished the main part of the Filene's building to create a giant hole.

By - 9/1/15 - 3:20 pm
View from the top of the crane being used at Millennium Tower in downtown Boston

Downtown Boston BID provides this photo from the top of the crane being used to build Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing - now the highest point in the city.

By - 8/25/15 - 11:51 am

The owner of the former Windsor Button Shop on Temple Place told the Boston Licensing Board he's close to an agreement with a restaurant operator to take over the space that was once promised to become a downtown outlet of a Somerville Mexican place. Read more.

By - 8/18/15 - 4:44 pm
Weird truck in downtown Boston

Heather Parker spotted this truck in Downtown Crossing today.

By - 8/17/15 - 11:54 pm
Millennium Tower

The new Millennium Tower building where Filene's used to be in Downtown Crossing already seems to be the tallest building downtown - and will get taller still. And, at least until it gets closer to completion, the construction lights make it the brightest building downtown.

Daytime view from the ground.

By - 8/15/15 - 9:46 pm
Protest against the Stamp Act in Downtown Crossing, Boston

Andrew Oliver, appointed by His Majesty's Government to enforce and collect the stamp tax on all paper products, today announced his resignation from the position on the steps of the Old State House after a rabble of protesters marched his effigy around the town, put it on "trial," found it guilty and ripped it to shreds. Read more.

By - 8/12/15 - 3:08 pm
Waiting for a pass at Downtown Crossing

Beetlejuice's waiting room in the afterlife, T edition. Photo by Paul Levy.

Fresh off his 65th birthday, Paul Levy descended into the bowels of Downtown Crossing today to get one of the senior T passes to which he's now entitled. Levy, who knows something about complex systems - he oversaw the construction of Deer Island and rescued Beth Israel Hospital from bankruptcy - was amazed, and not in a good way. Read more.

By - 8/4/15 - 10:07 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal this morning voted unanimously to approve what would be Boston's first medical-marijuana dispensary at 21 Milk St.

The board approved the conditional permit needed by Patriot Care for the dispensary, at which patients with prescriptions will be able to purchase marijuana.

The board was not swayed by arguments by city councilors Bill Limrhan, Steve Murphy and Michael Flaherty, by local residents groups and by St. Francis House that the facility would flood a rapidly developing area with new drug users, would lead to existing drug users preying on patients and was not accessible enough to people in cars.

Resident Rishi Shukla said there is "another 120 miles of Suffolk County," Patriot Care should consider.

Mayor Walsh and city councilors Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley, Tito Jackson and Matt O'Malley supported the proposal.

By - 7/31/15 - 6:43 pm
Dancing guy in Downtown Crossing in Boston

Tom McLaughlin was enjoying the dancing by Downtown Crossing's newest character this afternoon when a cranky jerk demanded police do something about him. McLaughlin reports that as officers were talking to dancer guy and getting him to pack up, crank guy started screaming "faggot" at him, because, of course, haters gonna hate. McLaughlin adds: Read more.

By - 7/29/15 - 6:14 pm

The MBTA is reporting "moderate" delays due to a dead Orange Line train at Downtown Crossing.

By - 7/27/15 - 6:40 pm

Sarah Connors captured this kid dancing in the rain in Downtown Crossing this afternoon. Read more.

By - 7/16/15 - 4:07 pm
Trombonist on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing

On the outbound Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing this afternoon.

By - 7/13/15 - 6:26 pm
The old Felt club in downtown Boston

Felt in better days

The Boston Business Journal reports a developer has filed a preliminary plan with the BRA to stick 26 floors of residential space above the facade of the existing four-story building at 533 Washington St. that had housed nightclubs for more than 50 years until the state shut Felt in 2012.

The developer bought the building from the Baldekas family last year.

By - 6/30/15 - 3:09 pm
View from the top of Millennium Tower

The other night, a roving UHub photographer managed to rove himself right up to the current top of the Millennium Tower under construction where Filene's used to be and shares some of the views from up there - in a building where at least one top-level condo is being marketed at $37 million.

The view towards Back Bay and the other towers put up by Millennium Partners - the Ritz Carlton down Washington Street: Read more.

By - 6/24/15 - 7:51 am

School Street was blocked overnight after a water main burst near Washington, but Tom Griffiths, who works right there, reports that around 7:30 a.m.

It's fine. All cleaned up, no traffic block.

By - 6/11/15 - 8:20 am

The Voice of Downtown Boston introduces us to PABU, a San Francisco Japanese restaurant that will open on two floors of the Millennium Tower next fall.

The modern izakaya and sushi bar will feature market-fresh menu with fish sourced locally from New England and flown in fresh from Japan’s famous Tsukiji market.

By - 6/9/15 - 8:27 pm
Portable toilet soaring high over Downtown Crossing

MiniatureBuddha watched a portable toilet soaring majestically over Downtown Crossing on its way to some top floor at the Millennium Tower this afternoon.