Downtown Crossing

By - 9/18/12 - 1:48 pm

Around 1:09 p.m. on the southbound side, the Boston Fire Department. Rescuers extricated him after about 30 minutes. Alertnewengland reports he was taken out alive and rushed to Mass. General.

With the power out, the T substituted bus service, which pretty quickly led to huge crowds outside stations.

By - 9/15/12 - 11:25 am

Donut & DonutsDonut & Donuts, Sullivan Square T stop. Photo by Truck Stop Tea Party.

By - 8/29/12 - 4:57 pm

Johnson (l) and Bacai.Johnson (l) and Bacai.UPDATE: The MBTA reports detectives tonight found and arrested Bacai.

By - 8/28/12 - 10:08 am

Lashus (l) and Akiba.Lashus (l) and Akiba.UPDATE: Third suspect arrested.

MBTA Transit Police report arresting two of four people they say ended an argument early Morning on an Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing by beating and kicking their solitary opponent.

Karen Akiba, 22 of Cambridge, and Bryon Lashus, 32 of Watertown, will be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on a disabled person and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon following their arrests for an incident around 12:30 a.m. on the southbound Orange Line platform.

Police say the victim got into an argument with a woman and that her three companions attacked him, leaving him with "lacerations and swelling to his facial and torso areas."

Police add they continue to hunt additional suspects.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/27/12 - 3:54 pm

The Globe reports police are looking for two men and two women who beat up a man on the southbound Orange Line platform shortly after midnight, then boarded a train towards Forest Hills.

By - 8/16/12 - 4:37 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today granted Walgreens a license to sell liquor on the mezzanine of the old Borders in Downtown Crossing, which it's turning into a chic-ish emporium that will also feature eyebrow trimming.

But the board rejected a request from Coco's Lounge on Washington Street to offer patrons with money to blow tableside bottle service. The vote means Bostonians who want the chance to spend extra money to have a server pour them drinks at their table will have to go to one of the few places downtown or in the Back Bay that the board has allowed to offer the service.

By - 8/16/12 - 4:05 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on a presentation on the new residential tower that will allegedly fill the Filene's Memorial Hole. And while the developers aren't saying how much it'll cost to live 50 stories above Washington Street, the Journal finds one apartment expert who predicts "a 350-square-foot studio will cost $3,000 or more per month."

By - 8/11/12 - 10:24 am

Walgreens goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to sell booze in the old Downtown Crossing Borders it's currently turning into a mega-drugstore.

The chain has applied for an "all alcohol" license which, if granted, would let it sell everything from beer and wine to gin and vodka. Walgreens has proposed turning 1,500 square feet of the store's mezzanine into a "liquor sale area."

By - 8/5/12 - 11:57 pm

Let's start with cobras.

OK, Steve Annear alerts us it's really a way to help a woman with multiple sclerosis pay for insurance coverage under COBRA.

By - 7/25/12 - 11:53 am

A Colombian national who got bounced from oyster shucking jobs at two well known eateries was arrested last week on charges of being a coke dealer, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Wilmer Fernandez, a.k.a. Weimar Foronda, was arrested July 16 at the Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing by BPD detectives who had been tracking his activities for several months, the DA's office says.

By - 7/13/12 - 2:28 pm

The Citizens Bank branch at 6 Ave. de Lafayette was held up around 2:15 p.m. Police are looking for a black woman, about 5'2" who is clad in a hoodie, ball cap and sunglasses. Last spotted on Washington Street.

By - 7/10/12 - 4:02 pm


The owners of a Washington Street building that has been home to a restaurant or nightclub for decades say they have at least five serious potential operators who want to replace Felt, shut by state authorities earlier this year when they discovered the people running the club were not the same people listed as its owners.

By - 7/2/12 - 9:53 am

UPDATE: The T reports the pass problem has been fixed in time for the evening rush.

There were two dead trains on the Red Line this morning. Meanwhile, Kristin MacDougall tweets she asked a woman at a customer-service window at Downtown Crossing what to do about the fact that her July pass didn't work:

Woman at T Cust Svc window said: Bad batch of July passes indeed went out. Should work in 2 days. Till then, duck or piggyback.

By - 6/21/12 - 10:05 am

The Boston Business Journal reports some entrepreneurs are now setting up shop in Downtown Crossing rather than pay rents that have jumped dramatically along the waterfront.

By - 6/14/12 - 11:33 pm

Firefighters rushed to Downtown Crossing, where some sort of smouldering fire burned on the Alewife tracks just past the station.

The fire was reported around 10:35 p.m. Firefighters were unable to get onto the tracks until around 11:10 p.m., however, because the T didn't shut power on the tracks until then. At one point, firefighters who thought the T had already stopped trains toward Alewife were surprised to see a train pull into the station. Once firefighters got onto the tracks, they extinguished the small fire within a few minutes.

By - 6/11/12 - 8:33 pm

The Herald reports Millennium Partners is doubling down on the original Vornado project with a building that would be taller and bigger.

By - 6/8/12 - 7:36 am

Just the Way You Are and the theme to Hill Street Blues. Also, the theme to the Godfather. What else does it play? And will it survive the inversion of the Hole into a building?

Note: Name of the thing changed in the headline thanks to people who know their mechanical musical devices way better than I.

By - 6/6/12 - 9:24 am

Joe Allen-Black reports:

Just walked by a woman at Downtown Crossing who was complaining she 'couldn't find a Dunkin' in this city.'