Downtown Crossing

By - 12/23/10 - 1:25 pm

Davis at the fake shopDavis at the fake shop.

It looked like all the other stalls in the nondescript jeweler's storefront at 365 Washington St. in Downtown Crossing. But the two guys behind the new M.I.B. Jewelers spread the word they were willing to buy stolen goods... Read more

By - 12/22/10 - 6:44 am

Bob Ward makes some valid points in his rant about how much better New York does Christmas than Boston these days: We get the second-string Rockettes now and have to drive to Avon to see the Enchanted Village.

But he just can't leave bad enough alone:

How did you let it all slip away? Is Christmas really that politically incorrect? Are people really offended

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By - 12/21/10 - 6:29 am

The article by David Boeri and Andrea Shea is ostensibly about how the three revived theaters on Washington Street could lead a revival of the Hole-infested street, but is really an interesting walk back into the time when it was home to the city's large number of daily newspapers:

The printing presses for the Post were buried like a coal mine seven stories below

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By - 12/9/10 - 12:15 pm

GibbonsMBTA Transit Police report arresting a convicted sex offender whom they say was urinating in the middle of an Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing yesterday afternoon.

Police say a woman "in an excited and shocked state" went up to two officers looking for fare evaders around 4:45 p.m. to alert them that a... Read more

By - 12/6/10 - 11:16 pm

Charlie Brown trees

Anali spotted these Charlie Brown trees for sale the other day in Downtown Crossing.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 12/6/10 - 4:48 pm

What began as two girls fighting around 3:30 ended as a general melee involving up to 100 people at Tremont and Winter streets that required Boston, MBTA and State Police to disperse and ended with at least one injured person.

By - 11/30/10 - 9:51 pm

Dirty Water takes us on a tour of the Washington Street of yore.

By - 11/17/10 - 8:50 pm

The city's lost $20 million in tax revenue from the negative space and enough is enough, the BRA says in a letter sent today.

By - 11/8/10 - 6:43 am

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.

By - 11/6/10 - 9:58 pm

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

By - 11/4/10 - 7:23 am

WBUR gives us a peek at the renovated theatre, next to the also renovated Paramount.

By - 10/5/10 - 8:07 pm


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

By - 9/25/10 - 10:47 am

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

By - 9/24/10 - 7:20 am

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.

By - 9/23/10 - 10:31 am

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

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By - 9/21/10 - 2:25 pm

FeltFelt in the light of day.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

By - 9/11/10 - 9:37 pm

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 Filene’s for the bargain... Read more

By - 8/20/10 - 3:01 pm

Would be Salvatore's locationProposed location next to Paramount Theatre.

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

By - 8/10/10 - 1:02 pm

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

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By - 8/8/10 - 9:32 am

The Globe reports he was stabbed in the chest near a "secondary station entrance" around 8:15 p.m. yesterday, is expected to survive.