The Herald reports the company that now manages Faneuil Hall Marketplace is looking at some big changes for the Quincy Market building - possibly including escalators and construction of two two-story glass "sheds" for new retailers.
Mass. Moments alerts us that today's the anniversary of the grand opening of Quincy Market, in 1826:
[O]nly two years earlier, Bostonians had derided Mayor Josiah Quincy's huge construction project â€” the largest public works project yet undertaken in the new nation â€” as "Quincy's Folly." ...
From the beginning, the mayor faced stiff resistance. Many opposed the plan because of longstanding concerns about government regulation of trade. Some insisted the project was too expensive. Others felt that such an ambitious engineering and architectural project was better left to private enterprise. A few landowners simply refused to sell their property to the city.
Leslie Jones photographed some pre-Thanksgiving turkey shopping at Threser & Kelly, Quincy Market, in 1933.
General Growth Properties, which operates Faneuil Hall Marketplace and owns the Natick
Mall Collection, filed for bankruptcy today.
Well, technically, the lease on the city-owned marketplace is up for sale, as current operator General Growth shrinks.
Alicia goes down to the Quincy Market Starbucks with a gift card, buys one of its new fruity Vivanno drinks, reports:
... The smoothie had a unique taste to it; it definitely didn't taste like oranges, mangoes and/or bananas, but it was sweet and I became slightly nostalgic drinking it. About halfway through the drink, I realized what it tasted exactly like: amoxicillin! Amoxicillin is the pink bubblegum flavored medicine I used to take for ear infections, and it was delicious (for a medicine.) I'm not sure if drinking Vivannos will cure a bacterial infection, but they sure taste like they will.
Tom Menino has a new mission: Turn Faneuil Hall into the Natick Mall. The Globe reports that an angry Menino, way up there near the top of Mt. Crumpit, could no longer take the noise, noise, noise, noise and ordered Boston Police to bust up those dangerous street performers - and balloon artists - in front of Faneuil Hall:
The officers shooed away clowns and caricature artists. They ordered music and dance acts to contain their performances to a single, small patch of brick - measuring 15 feet by 15 feet - near a stand of trees. And they erected steel crowd-control barricades in a wide swath around three sides of Faneuil Hall, to make sure the performers didn't sneak back.
But did they confiscate their tartinkas and who-hubas?
Why, Tommy, why?
Flann takes a photo on the Orange Line of the Quincy Market Ben Franklin, you know, the one who gets crabby if you try to take his picture without paying him. No word if he started yelling at her or didn't mind because he was off the clock.
Boston Guerrilla Queer Bar will "take over" a Faneuil Hall bar this Friday. No, of course, they don't announce which one beforehand (you need to sign up for the mailing list to get some e-mail the morning of the event):
The idea is to turn an unsuspecting straight bar into a gay bar for one night. Call it guerrilla bar fare.
Didn't realize it was that cold yesterday:
Margaret and Rich take the kids to the Quincy Market tree lighting tonight, which featured Tom Menino, Wally and Santa Claus:
... And they threw the switch and the whole square lit up and they blew millions of white, swirling pieces of rectangular paper over the crowd. The effect was reminiscent of standing in a snow squall but it was quite pretty. ...
Cowbark photographs a parrot shredding a Metro at Quincy Market:
He was eating popcorn and shredding newspaper (apparently that's how parrots build nests, but made out of tree pulp), and had a friend that was sitting on a woman's shoulder. The woman also had an iguana hanging out on top of a cage that you could pet.
Say you're that guy who walks around Quincy Market all day dressed like Ben Franklin. What do you do when it's time to go home? Suzie reports you keep your britches on and get on the train to Andover, but adds that seeing him there only raises more questions:
... Does he take his wig off and lay his costume aside when he enters his home? Or does he don a nightcap and traditional Ben Franklin night clothes? Does he fly kites around the neighborhood? ...
Boston Behind the Scenes interviews a guy at Quincy Market who escapes from straightjackets.
No word if the next interview will be with one of those eight-foot-tall mimes in gold fabric who just stand there until you give them some money.
The Herald reports that the Yankee Candle shop was held up yesterday by a guy carrying what appeared to be a shotgun in a bag (also: when an assistant manager asked a customer to call 911, he instead just ran away, leaving his credit card behind).
On Thursday, a guy carrying what appeared to be a shotgun in a bag held up Bel Tempo in Downtown Crossing.
Seth Finkelstein just happens to have a copy of the same software used by the city to decide what you get to see on your laptop while connected to the city's WiFi network in Quincy Market. And so he discovers exactly which Boing Boing post got it banned.
You're sitting down, I trust. It's a post about some guy painting a mural about the ocean.