Downtown Crossing

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.

By - 2/20/12 - 1:38 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man on charges he was running an ad-hoc after-hours parking service in somebody else's Downtown Crossing lot.

By - 2/15/12 - 8:24 am

Guilt faces possible sanctions for over-serving customers - and trying to keep a Boston Police detective from investigating one drunken woman while writing the club a sanction for two other inebriated customers.

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take against the Tremont Street club for twin incidents on Dec. 4.

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.