Downtown Crossing

By - 2/9/12 - 11:03 pm

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today upheld a five-year sentence for a Bromfield Street hair-salon owner convicted of trying to burn down his shop so he could use the insurance money to move to New York. The decision, written by Judge Jeffrey Howard, begins:

The Book of Isaiah speaks of a time when beauty will replace ashes. Isaiah 61:3. Apparently getting the prophecy backwards, defendant Paul Mare tried to burn down his beauty salon.

By - 2/3/12 - 6:37 am

The lights were on but nobody was home the other night, CKP reports.

The Globe reports Millennium Partners has struck a deal with the owner of the Hole to actually build a tower on the negative space on Washington Street.

Millennium Partners built the Ritz and is currently building a new residential tower on the other side of Washington Street. Vornado Realty Trust of New York tore down most of Filene's - it will remain a "passive" partner in the new project.

By - 1/25/12 - 5:33 pm

The Globe reports Suffolk University is looking at possibly becoming even more of a presence in Downtown Crossing - where it already butts up against Emerson College - by selling off four Beacon Hill buildings and doing something interesting with either the abandoned Border's building, the Filene's Hole or both.

By - 1/18/12 - 10:17 pm

The Metro reports city officials oppose the idea of a Mexican restaurant on Bromfield Street staying open until 4:30 a.m. It would attract drunks, police say. That's almost 24-hour food service, licensing-board head grumps.

By - 1/16/12 - 12:52 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man for holding a woman up at Winter and Washington streets around 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

By - 1/12/12 - 5:25 pm

Tequila Mexican Grill, 55 Bromfield St., goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Jan. 18 for permission to extend its closing time from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

By - 1/1/12 - 6:43 pm

Harp player at Downtown Crossing

Katia enjoyed a harp player at Downtown Crossing today.

By - 12/22/11 - 6:24 pm

Trains in both directions came to a halt this evening as police ordered power to the third rails shut off while they got the guy off the tracks.

By - 12/16/11 - 5:04 pm

At 125 Summer St. shortly before 5 p.m. by a short white guy who ran toward Washington Street.

The branch was last held up in July.

By - 12/13/11 - 5:02 pm

If it weren't for all the 911 calls and the dazed and bloodied man police found lying in the street, you'd think nothing at all happened outside Mantra early on Oct. 29.

Workers at the Temple Place bar, including the head bouncer, told the Boston Licensing Board this morning they didn't call police because after they closed up around 1 a.m. - and checked the street outside and found it clear - they heard nothing, even though a police report read into evidence said the manager on duty acknowledged a brawl outside.

By - 11/13/11 - 1:26 pm

Alleged would-be abductor Boston Police report they are looking for a guy who allegedly tried to get three male teens at Macy's downtown into his car by telling them he was a police officer who would give them a ride home - after he'd followed them around "for a few hours."

Police say the man - In his late 20s or early 30s, 5'9" with a slim build, brown hair and blue eyes - approached the teens around 2:30 p.m. yesterday at the Downtown Crossing store:

According to the teens, the suspect stated, "I am a cop and I have a car upstairs. I'll give you a ride home." At this point, the teens asked the suspect to prove that he was a police officer by asking him to show them his badge. When the suspect refused, the teens say they fled the store.

If you know him, contact A-1 detectives at 617-343-4240 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 11/7/11 - 2:31 pm

Neuroboy files an e-mail report from Downtown Crossing:

Just sitting here at work in Downtown Crossing minding my own business. What is that enchanting sound I hear wafting in from the street below? It’s the siren song of everyone's favorite hollering trike rider, Louie Evans, making his way down the sidewalk on Washington St.

Ride on Louie, ride on.

By - 11/2/11 - 8:03 pm

Got on the Orange Line to Forest Hills at Downtown Crossing at rush hour today and Angry Screaming Driver was in fine form, yelling at some woman who apparently didn't like the car she was in and ran to another. Then, at Chinatown, ASD kept it up:


By the time we got to Tufts Medical Center, the black-dress lady had apparently learned her lesson, but the driver was still so mad she screamed out "TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER!" like an insult.

By - 10/6/11 - 7:54 am

A puckish citizen complains about a large hole off Washington Street in Downtown Crossing that has gone unfilled despite numerous past complaints.

By - 10/6/11 - 7:45 am

Protester in Downtown CrossingOn march through Downtown Crossing. Photo by Jeff Tamagini. More.

Occupy Boston almost had its first arrests Wednesday. Marchers moved out from Dewey Square and surrounded the Bank of America headquarters on Federal Street (where 24 had been arrested in a different protest on Friday). They began to lock hands around the entrances. Police called in prisoner transport wagons. And then, they broke for a bite to eat. Protesters also demonstrated outside Goldman Sachs offices on High Street:

By - 9/9/11 - 3:08 pm

LoJack reports MBTA Transit Police used the human version of its tracking system to find an East Boston teen with a predilection for wandering away from home and school to ride the rails underneath Boston.

The company says yesterday's safe return marks the first successful use of its SafetyNet Service since it was introduced in Boston in January:

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.

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.

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 out in the Riverpark restaurant.