Downtown Crossing

By - 8/16/12 - 4:05 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on a presentation on the new residential tower that will allegedly fill the Filene's Memorial Hole. And while the developers aren't saying how much it'll cost to live 50 stories above Washington Street, the Journal finds one apartment expert who predicts "a 350-square-foot studio will cost $3,000 or more per month."

By - 8/11/12 - 10:24 am

Walgreens goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to sell booze in the old Downtown Crossing Borders it's currently turning into a mega-drugstore.

The chain has applied for an "all alcohol" license which, if granted, would let it sell everything from beer and wine to gin and vodka. Walgreens has proposed turning 1,500 square feet of the store's mezzanine into a "liquor sale area."

By - 8/5/12 - 11:57 pm

Let's start with cobras.

OK, Steve Annear alerts us it's really a way to help a woman with multiple sclerosis pay for insurance coverage under COBRA.

By - 7/25/12 - 11:53 am

A Colombian national who got bounced from oyster shucking jobs at two well known eateries was arrested last week on charges of being a coke dealer, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Wilmer Fernandez, a.k.a. Weimar Foronda, was arrested July 16 at the Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing by BPD detectives who had been tracking his activities for several months, the DA's office says.

By - 7/13/12 - 2:28 pm

The Citizens Bank branch at 6 Ave. de Lafayette was held up around 2:15 p.m. Police are looking for a black woman, about 5'2" who is clad in a hoodie, ball cap and sunglasses. Last spotted on Washington Street.

By - 7/10/12 - 4:02 pm


The owners of a Washington Street building that has been home to a restaurant or nightclub for decades say they have at least five serious potential operators who want to replace Felt, shut by state authorities earlier this year when they discovered the people running the club were not the same people listed as its owners.

By - 7/2/12 - 9:53 am

UPDATE: The T reports the pass problem has been fixed in time for the evening rush.

There were two dead trains on the Red Line this morning. Meanwhile, Kristin MacDougall tweets she asked a woman at a customer-service window at Downtown Crossing what to do about the fact that her July pass didn't work:

Woman at T Cust Svc window said: Bad batch of July passes indeed went out. Should work in 2 days. Till then, duck or piggyback.

By - 6/21/12 - 10:05 am

The Boston Business Journal reports some entrepreneurs are now setting up shop in Downtown Crossing rather than pay rents that have jumped dramatically along the waterfront.

By - 6/14/12 - 11:33 pm

Firefighters rushed to Downtown Crossing, where some sort of smouldering fire burned on the Alewife tracks just past the station.

The fire was reported around 10:35 p.m. Firefighters were unable to get onto the tracks until around 11:10 p.m., however, because the T didn't shut power on the tracks until then. At one point, firefighters who thought the T had already stopped trains toward Alewife were surprised to see a train pull into the station. Once firefighters got onto the tracks, they extinguished the small fire within a few minutes.

By - 6/11/12 - 8:33 pm

The Herald reports Millennium Partners is doubling down on the original Vornado project with a building that would be taller and bigger.

By - 6/8/12 - 7:36 am

Just the Way You Are and the theme to Hill Street Blues. Also, the theme to the Godfather. What else does it play? And will it survive the inversion of the Hole into a building?

Note: Name of the thing changed in the headline thanks to people who know their mechanical musical devices way better than I.

By - 6/6/12 - 9:24 am

Joe Allen-Black reports:

Just walked by a woman at Downtown Crossing who was complaining she 'couldn't find a Dunkin' in this city.'

By - 4/29/12 - 10:05 am

Double bike

Even when completely sober, you can see some strange things late at night in Downtown Crossing, Rob Bellinger discovers.

By - 4/27/12 - 2:14 pm

Bluewashing in Downtown Crossing

Workers this morning were busy bluewashing over the old murals showing the fabled One Franklin project that was supposed to rise like a phoenix from the giant hole its developers dug where Filene's used to be.

Note the red-and-white placard above the painter. It's a warning to firefighters of possible dangers inside the building.

The people who built the Ritz down Washington Street recently signed a deal with the hole's main owner to try to actually build something there.

By - 3/30/12 - 8:28 am

See? Plenty of room on Tremont

The peeved citizen who repeatedly complained about the McDonald's delivery truck blocking West Street early every Friday sent a shoutout this morning to the BPD officer in cruiser 1145 who forced the driver to turn onto Tremont Street to keep West clear. Granted, he let the driver pull onto the one-way Tremont the wrong way, but baby steps, people.

By - 3/29/12 - 7:27 am

A Winter Street store that buys and sells used electronics and DVDs is suing Boston Police to get back its license, revoked this week after a Jan. 31 raid.

Boston Police revoked CeX's license to buy and sell second-hand goods on Tuesday. The store promptly filed suit in Suffolk Superior Court; the city promptly requested the suit be transferred to federal court.

By - 3/26/12 - 6:16 pm

A mirror on DTX.

Photographynatalia watched the crowds alongside Macy's in Downtown Crossing the other day.

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

By - 3/23/12 - 11:26 am

Boston Police report a woman eating in the Burger King at 128 Tremont St. around 1 p.m. yesterday was attacked after a man asked her for some change and she refused to give him any.

By - 3/5/12 - 6:52 pm

The Globe writes (free registration required) today that the new mega-Walgreens is a failure before it even opens because Downtown Crossing needs something unique and exciting if we're ever to bring the tourists and shoppers back, and the experience of buying sushi at a drug store just doesn't cut it for the thrill-seeking solons of Morrissey Boulevard:

By - 2/28/12 - 6:26 am

The Globe reports Walgreens is turning the former bookstore into an "emporium" with "a European boutique feel" that goes way beyond traditional pharmacy offerings to include everything from a sushi bar to a hair salon.