Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing

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.

By - 8/30/11 - 10:24 am

Columbus Avenue slobsColumbus Avenue slobs.

It's as if we've been hit by a hurricane of slobbery. Citizens Connect this morning is just filled with reports of mounds of filth and vermin, including:

  • 774 Columbus Ave., Roxbury: "Every week, Residents of 772, 774, and 776 Columbus throw loose trash on the sidewalk. Makes it difficult for garbagemen to pick up everything, so there is usually lots of trash left behind. (worse than usual because many are probably moving on Sept 1)."
  • Huntington Ave., Mission Hill: "Student moving trash all up and down Huntington Ave from Brigham circle to S. Huntington corner."
  • 22 Batterymarch, downtown: "The sidewalk is stained and usually covered in rotting food, bird feces, feathers, avian flu, and pigeons."
  • Downtown Crossing Red Line platforms: "Dead cockroaches are littered all over." Ed question: Well, better than if they were still alive, no?
  • The strip mall on American Legion Highway in Roslindale: "Rubbish fiesta on Legion."
  • By - 8/25/11 - 9:45 am

    Just in case somebody at City Hall didn't already know about it, an alert citizen used Citizens Connect to report there are now holes in the canvas covering what's left of the old Filene's building.

    By - 8/21/11 - 4:59 pm

    Alex Kaufman tweets workers and customers have been sweltering since the air conditioning failed yesterday.

    Chris tweets:

    I think I went down a shirt size by the time I left. Felt like heat was on, def cooler outside.

    By - 8/4/11 - 1:20 pm

    Bieber-hating panhandler

    Photographynatalia spots a Downtown Crossing panhandler with an unusual plea.

    By - 7/23/11 - 3:01 pm

    Last chapter at Borders

    Matthew I. framed the scene at the Downtown Crossing Borders yesterday.

    Copyright Matthew I. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

    By - 7/22/11 - 9:31 am

    Soon, no more comfy chairs. Photo by John Keith.Soon, no more comfy chairs. Photo by John Keith. More photos.

    By - 7/18/11 - 4:58 pm

    Chain announces plans to liquidate; means 11,000 employees, including those in Downtown Crossing, will soon be out of jobs:

    Subject to the Court's approval, under the proposal, liquidation is expected to commence for some stores and facilities as soon as Friday, July 22, with a phased rollout of the program which is expected to conclude by the end of September.

    By - 7/15/11 - 2:03 pm

    Hyatt trailer

    A concerned citizen says enough's enough and it's time to move the trailer that's been sitting outside the Downtown Crossing Hyatt on Avenue de Lafayette for ages:

    By - 7/13/11 - 9:56 am

    The Globe reports Chipotle plans to take over the vacant first floor of the Old Corner Bookstore. The Globe reports that in the 1950s, a pizza place occupied the same space.

    By - 6/24/11 - 11:49 am

    Barred emergency exit; also note ladder on left instead of stairs.From the report: Barred emergency exit; also note ladder on left instead of stairs. 4/29/10.

    The state Inspector General's office found major problems in city oversight of a Temple Place apartment conversion in which the developer let people move into buildings with inadequate - and in some cases locked - emergency exits and without occupancy permits and for which he may have tried to hide renovations from inspectors to save on permit fees.

    In a letter to city officials Inspector General Gregory Sullivan said his office's probe into the renovation of 21-27 Temple Pl. had been hampered by an unidentified Inspectional Services supervisor who refused to talk to investigators or turn over one key document, despite a state law that requires municipal employees to talk to his investigators unless they are claiming their Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. The letter, quietly posted on the IG Web site last month, adds that the US Attorney's office and the FBI are also looking into the renovation project, which first came to public attention in 2009, when then mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea blogged about it.

    By - 6/14/11 - 5:14 pm

    Boston Police report arresting two Dorchester teens on shoplifting charges at Macy's yesterday afternoon. One of the duo, Deron Smith, 18, also had a loaded handgun in his pocket, along with all the jewelry he allegedly had stuffed in there before being stopped by store security, police say.

    In addition to shoplifting, Smith was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, police say.

    Innocent, etc.