The Globe reports on their refusal to pay into a "business improvement district" to market and spruce up the area. Bad neighbors, Tom Menino says.
A fire on outbound tracks shut Orange Line service at Downtown Crossing shortly before 10 p.m. Firefighters reported an apparent electrical fire as a train entered the station (see video). The T shut power down on the line - just as already frustrated Bruins fans were pouring out of the Garden. Power was restored about 10:20.
This is the second night in a... Read more
WBUR gives us a peek at the renovated theatre, next to the also renovated Paramount.
If you peer into the ugly gray pillbox on the edge of the parking lot at Washington and Hayward Place, you can still see the tile "Essex" from back in the day when it was an entrance to the Essex stop on the Orange Line. No doubt there's a perfectly... Read more
The Outraged Liberal gets outraged about clueless comments from some New York real-estate agent on why the Filene's Hole project finally collapsed, something about the lead developer not shmoozing local pols enough and the mayor needing a Xanax and failing to let Vornado be Vornado. No word on the size of the hat Faith Hope Consolo was talking through, since she missed how Vornado's... Read more
The Globe reports the owners of the Filene's Memorial Hole plan to put the negative space up for sale, as city officials prepare to revoke its building permits after two years of being nothingness.
Boston Police report a man tried to make off with some earrings from a jeweler in the Jewelers' Building, 365 Washington St., by sticking them where the sun don't shine yesterday afternoon. Police say they quickly nabbed him and that he confessed to the theft:
The suspect then reached into his boxers and retrieved the earrings from between his buttocks and placed the earrings... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board held hearings today on two incidents involving women getting beaten up at Felt, although neither its owners nor its lawyer attended the session.
Instead, the club was represented by a manager who'd only been on the job for a... Read more
The Grey Lady takes note of the giant hole at One Franklin Street. But it would be nice if at some point in her three years as the Boston Bureau Chief, the Times' Abby Goodnough had figured out that the shorthand for Filene's Basement is The Basement. Instead, the Times promises its readers that soon we will have "a new Fileneâ€™s for the bargain... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board this week deferred action on a license request for a proposed Italian restaurant at 550 Washington St. that would stay open until 2 a.m. because the city currently has no liquor licenses left to give... Read more
Harold M. Clemens reports he wanted to reward a cool harmonica and guitar player on an Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing yesterday, but realized he couldn't, because he had no change:
... in an instant I recognized what must be an externality - Charlie Cards have likely put a pinch on pan handlers, curb-side musicians and others. to be more specific: since automated... Read more
The Globe reports he was stabbed in the chest near a "secondary station entrance" around 8:15 p.m. yesterday, is expected to survive.
The Herald reports that Mayor Menino rejected an idea from developer John Hynes to rebuild Filene's Basement - and add a parking garage - on the crater off Washington Street, but that Menino said that wasn't good enough.
As the Herald almost comes out and says, Hynes's scaled-back plan was half-baked - it assumed the state would kick in $25 million - but Menino... Read more
According to police, bouncers escorted two groups of men outside after a scuffle. One group, consisting of three men, then set upon the other two guys, who wound up getting stabbed, police say.
Santiago Hernandez, 29, of Roxbury, Luis A. Alicea, 23, of Hyde Park, and... Read more
An earthquake in Quebec near the Ontario line sent tremors through the Boston... Read more
Window cat at Commonwealth Books, downtown.
The Downtown Crossing T stop was evacuated briefly tonight as firefighters attempted to determine the source of odor in the concourse that left some people with irritated throats. The Red and Orange lines continued to operate but were bypassing Downtown Crossing. Shortly after 10 p.m., fire officials let the MBTA resume normal operations at the station.
An East Boston teen charged with trying to steal two pairs of pants from Macy's in Downtown Crossing Saturday evening, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail today - not so much because of the pants but because of the loaded handgun security guards allegedly found on him.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports Jason Morales, 18, was nabbed around 6:30 p.m. after... Read more