Downtown Crossing

By - 9/8/11 - 7:50 am

The Herald reports the chain is now eying part of what's left of the old Filene's building. Of course, the question is whether Tornado, um, Vornado would want to sell.Read more

By - 9/7/11 - 8:33 pm

Filene's Hole by Menino

Look what showed up at Downtown Crossing's best known negative space today. Who's the wise guy?

Copyright BostonUrbEx. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr....Read more

By - 8/31/11 - 9:23 am

Jeremy Marin notes that an ugly, vacant construction site in Manhattan is now an urban farm:

The farm is comprised of roughly 6,000 plants growing in easily transportable black milk crates. There's eggplant in shades of white and purple, an array of squash, tomatoes, salad greens - even okra, a southern crop rarely seen on farms in the Northeast. The produce regularly sells

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By - 8/30/11 - 10:24 am

Columbus Avenue slobsColumbus Avenue slobs.

It's as if we've been hit by a hurricane of slobbery. Citizens Connect this morning is just filled with reports of mounds of filth and vermin, including:

  • 774 Columbus Ave., Roxbury: "Every week, Residents of 772, 774, and 776 Columbus throw loose trash...Read more
  • By - 8/25/11 - 9:45 am

    Just in case somebody at City Hall didn't already know about it, an alert citizen used Citizens Connect to report there are now holes in the canvas covering what's left of the old Filene's building.Read more

    By - 8/21/11 - 4:59 pm

    Alex Kaufman tweets workers and customers have been sweltering since the air conditioning failed yesterday.

    Chris tweets:

    I think I went down a shirt size by the time I left. Felt like heat was on, def cooler outside.

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    By - 8/4/11 - 1:20 pm

    Bieber-hating panhandler

    Photographynatalia spots a Downtown Crossing panhandler with an unusual plea.

    Copyright Photographynatalia. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr....Read more

    By - 7/23/11 - 3:01 pm

    Last chapter at Borders

    Matthew I. framed the scene at the Downtown Crossing Borders yesterday.

    Copyright Matthew I. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr....Read more

    By - 7/22/11 - 9:31 am

    Soon, no more comfy chairs. Photo by John Keith.Soon, no more comfy chairs. Photo by John Keith. More photos.

    The giant banner went up this morning. 10% off "most" fiction. 10%, really?

    Alison Thompson tweets:

    Really. I was in Borders this

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    By - 7/18/11 - 4:58 pm

    Chain announces plans to liquidate; means 11,000 employees, including those in Downtown Crossing, will soon be out of jobs:

    Subject to the Court's approval, under the proposal, liquidation is expected to commence for some stores and facilities as soon as Friday, July 22, with a phased rollout of the program which is expected to conclude by the end of September.

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    By - 7/15/11 - 2:03 pm

    Hyatt trailer

    A concerned citizen says enough's enough and it's time to move the trailer that's been sitting outside the Downtown Crossing Hyatt on Avenue de Lafayette for ages:

    This trailer has been here for 2 years much of the time including now it has not displayed a permit.

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    By - 7/13/11 - 9:56 am

    The Globe reports Chipotle plans to take over the vacant first floor of the Old Corner Bookstore. The Globe reports that in the 1950s, a pizza place occupied the same space.Read more

    By - 6/24/11 - 11:49 am

    Barred emergency exit; also note ladder on left instead of stairs.From the report: Barred emergency exit; also note ladder on left instead of stairs. 4/29/10.

    The state Inspector General's office found major problems in city oversight of a Temple Place apartment conversion...Read more

    By - 6/14/11 - 5:14 pm

    Boston Police report arresting two Dorchester teens on shoplifting charges at Macy's yesterday afternoon. One of the duo, Deron Smith, 18, also had a loaded handgun in his pocket, along with all the jewelry he allegedly had stuffed in there before being stopped by store security, police say.

    In addition to shoplifting, Smith was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession...Read more

    By - 6/13/11 - 7:45 am

    Maureen Rogers is left wondering where she'll go for new books now:

    When I saw the news the other day, I immediately dropped in and spent nearly a hundred bucks on books, boo-hooing all the way.

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    By - 6/9/11 - 10:34 am

    It's apparently gotten so bad somebody from Brockton, not exactly the safest of place, is getting concerned:

    There is an element there that, lately, has been more brazen.

    Last week, while I was walking by the Common I had to call 911 because two people were arguing and threatening to stab each other.

    No one was hurt and no knives came out, but that

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    By - 6/9/11 - 10:11 am

    After seeing the rumor posted on Twitter and LiveJournal, I just now phoned the store to confirm. Liquidators are taking over the store on July 1. The store was unable to renegotiate its lease with the landlord under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    This will leave no new-book stores at all in Downtown Boston. Barnes & Noble closed a block away in 2006.

    (x-posted to...Read more

    By - 6/7/11 - 5:43 pm

    Scene on Winter StreetScene on Winter Street. Photo by ChinatownKicks.

    Brando reports the victim may have suffered a collapsed lung in the afternoon stabbing. Tinytomtime reports he appeared to have been stabbed in the back.

    Police are looking for three suspects, all black males between 18...Read more

    By - 5/31/11 - 5:19 pm

    Boston Police tweet a man was stabbed this afternoon at Bromfield and Washington streets....Read more

    By - 5/20/11 - 4:42 pm

    Boston Police tweet the TD Bank branch at 24 Winter St., was held up this afternoon by a Hispanic male, 5'8" and 220 lbs., wearing a brown sweatshirt, jeans and big sunglasses. He ran toward Washington Street.Read more