Downtown Crossing

By - 3/8/10 - 9:12 pm

Vincent Price as ruined landmark: Before it was Christoishly covered upVincent Price as ruined landmark: Before the remains were Christoishly covered up.

Steven Roth, the New York real-estate mogul who gave us the Hole, told an audience of Columbia architecture students... Read more

By - 2/24/10 - 11:40 am

If you've been wanting to try Plaza III at Faneuil Hall, you better hurry. The place is $175,000 in arrears on its rent and the marketplace's owner - itself in bankruptcy - plans to replace it with an Anthem lounge-type restaurant, roughly along the lines of the nearby Houston's.

The Boston Licensing Board will decide tomorrow whether to let the restaurant's current owner transfer its... Read more

By - 2/23/10 - 8:29 pm

In case you forget which way you're headed, the T provides this handy little sign at the front end of the Alewife-bound side of the Red Line.

By - 12/29/09 - 5:43 pm

Jed H. shows just how windy it was in Copley Square today (photo posted with permission).

Channel 4 reports a door, possibly unhinged by the wind, fell five stories and hit a man in Chinatown.

David Inniss tweets he wound up in a dust storm behind the Ritz Carlton... Read more

By - 12/21/09 - 5:48 pm

UPDATE: MBTA says no fires.

Boston Police are tweeting there are fires in the Chinatown AND State Street stations on the Orange Line. Local 718 tweets firefighters are trying to determine the source of smoke on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing.

The T itself is only reporting a disabled inbound train at Haymarket.... Read more

By - 12/15/09 - 8:10 pm

There's just something weird about all the posters of perfect-skinned models in the poorly lit, dismal tunnel on the Forest Hills side of the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing - more disconcerting even than the chef pushing Diet Coke on the walls of Back Bay station.... Read more

By - 12/15/09 - 3:31 pm

Far from being a desolate wasteland today, Downtown Crossing was actually kind of lively, even if nowhere near as crowded as it might once have been just ten days before Christmas. This guy had set up an easel on Washington Street and was busy painting away.

There was one sad sight on Summer Street, though:... Read more

By - 12/12/09 - 12:47 pm

16WadeSt captures the scene in Downtown Crossing, looking down Washington Street.

Copyright 16WadeSt. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 12/8/09 - 1:54 pm

In his first major speech since his election to a fifth term, Mayor Thomas M. Menino issued a rousing call for new ideas - apparently including such out-of-the-box notions as actually building something (anything!) on the old Filene's site, reviving the proposal for a Business Improvement District in Downtown Crossing, and improving the quality of public education.... Read more

By - 11/27/09 - 1:50 pm

Stephen Laniel kvetches about the poor state of signs in Boston; recounts his experience transferring from the Orange Line to the Red Line at Downtown Crossing this morning:

... The one stairwell that will take you down to the Alewife-bound track was closed. T officials were standing there looking bewildered. There weren’t any signs. They directed me to the tunnel that connects Park to

... Read more
By - 11/23/09 - 8:45 am

Yes, there will be one - a large tent on Summer Street, with various artists and craftspeople, between Nov. 28 and Dec. 24.

Read more on the blog or follow on Twitter.

Via Beantown Bloggery.

By - 11/7/09 - 10:21 pm

The Boston Fire Department ordered power shut on the Orange Line between State Street and Downtown Crossing shortly after 10 p.m. when smoke appeared in the State Street station. Power was restored not long after when firefighters discovered the smoke was coming from one particular train, not another track fire, according to Boston Fireman and Local 718.

By - 10/31/09 - 2:11 pm
Dude!

He was holding a guitar, but in the short time I listened to him at Downtown Crossing, Fester didn't actually play. Instead, he sang "Yesterday" to a karaoke CD.

In the "kids today" department, as I was walking up to the Forest Hills side from the Oak Grove side, these two teen girls in front of... Read more

By - 10/30/09 - 7:52 am

Boston Fire tweets there was a small track fire on the Red Line outbound at Downtown Crossing shortly after midnight. No injuries.

Back in September:
Meltdown on the Red and Orange lines.

By - 10/23/09 - 4:43 pm

Yes, George Wendt at the Downtown Crossing Borders!

What? Somebody else was in town, too? Oh, yeah, that would explain the sniper on the roof of the Westin.

By - 10/14/09 - 2:21 pm
Filene's Hole

Wait, what's that? That's not a Christo installation? It's just the developers trying to mollify an outraged city and protect what's left of the old Filene's buildings after more than a year of leaving them exposed to the elements at the giant hole in the middle of Downtown Crossing?

Oh, never mind.

By - 9/29/09 - 6:35 pm

Somehow I missed this account of what happened when some kid stole Ben Franklin's hat in Downtown Crossing last week:

... Ben Franklin catches up and starts whacking the thief with his cane, so the cop starts yelling, "Easy with the cane! Easy with the cane!" ...

I bet it's the Faneuil Hall Ben Franklin who gets mad if you take his picture without... Read more

By - 9/26/09 - 10:19 am
Lit up Filenes

Matthew I shows there's still some life in the old retail district.

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

By - 8/10/09 - 11:46 pm

Panhandler this afternoon on Summer Street in Downtown Crossing:

Could you give me some money for absolutely no reason at all? I've run out of excuses.

Orange Line operator on the PA this evening as the train pulled into Forest Hills:

I hope you had a good time on the Orange Line! Please remember to take all your belongings. See you again!

By - 8/10/09 - 9:23 am

The Globe reports on how badly developer John Hynes feels about the empty swimmin' hole on Washington Street, says that if he doesn't get financing by October to start building there, he'll fill the hole in. No word on whether he'll also cover up what's left of the Filene's buildings, or simply leave them to rot so that when he finally does get financing,... Read more

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