Boston Harbor

By - 1/15/10 - 4:15 pm

Massive development along the harbor is so last century. E. Kevin Schopfer proposes a massive development IN the harbor - a floating block of concrete and steel in the harbor with enough room to house 15,000 people and "sky gardens" every 30 floors that he calls the Boston Arcology or Boa:

Boa will eliminate the need for cars within the urban structure to create a carbon neutral entity. Some of these elements are secured wind turbines, fresh water recovery and storage systems, passive glazing system, sky garden heating/cooling vents, gray water treatment, solar array banding panels, and harbor based water turbines. A massive park system platform (pedestrian only) will be more than double the current green space allocation for the waterfront of Boston.

Via ArchBoston.org.

By - 1/1/10 - 10:15 am

Katken photographed First Night, including this ice sculpture in front of Trinity Church.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

Greg Mackay photographed ice penguins by the Aquarium. Matt Conti videoed the fireworks over Boston Harbor.

By - 12/21/09 - 9:13 am

The light source may have changed over the years, but the Coast Guard reports that the Fresnel lens that has let mariners know they're nearing Boston Harbor is the same one that was first used on Dec. 21, 1859:

By - 12/17/09 - 10:17 am

J.L. Bell tallies up just how much tea was dumped into the Harbor on Dec. 16, 1773 - and answers the question of just how large a chest of tea was.

By - 12/5/09 - 11:28 am

It will look something like this (assuming, of course, it's moved to one of the refilled canals):

Shaukat posts an interesting photo of the Financial District.

Copyright Shaukat. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/28/09 - 6:18 pm

Tug, tug, tugTug, tug, tug

The Theodore Too normally plies the harbor of Halifax, but came down to Boston this weekend to help do, um, something related to the annual delivery of the Christmas tree Nova Scotia gives us as thanks for our help after a disastrous ship explosion in Halifax during World War I.

When we got to the World Trade Center around 3:30, it was kind of odd: Theodore sat there grinning despite the fact there was absolutely nobody in the strange city to keep him company - we'd thought he'd be open for a tour then. Oh, well. The kidlet really wanted to see him and we did - and we got to marvel at the SimCity nature of the South Boston waterfront ("I can see all the blue squares," she said - think she plays enough SimCity?)

By - 11/15/09 - 12:05 pm

Pouring 40,000 oysters into Boston Harbor to help clean it up even more:

Massachusetts Oyster Project blog.

Via NorthEndWaterfront.com.

By - 11/6/09 - 11:29 pm

Local 718 reports a barge fire in Boston Harbor out past Castle Island. Both Massport and Boston firefighters responded to the fire, which crews on one of the two tugs pushing the barge were able to extinguish.

By - 10/29/09 - 8:07 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on a preliminary ruling by the FAA that proposed 40- and 59-story towers on what is now the aquarium parking garage are way too tall too close to Logan. Developer Don Chiofaro basically said "meh" and that the ruling just means closer scrutiny of the project.

By - 10/27/09 - 7:23 pm

Wicked Winthrop reports the town's gotten a $950,000 federal stimulus grant to start ferry service to and from Rowe's Wharf.

By - 10/27/09 - 10:20 am

The BRA is leading efforts to win federal stimulus money for a proposed $84-million revamp of the antiquated Marine Industrial Park (which includes the Black Falcon Pier), by among other things, adding facilities for handling larger cruise ships and restoring freight rail service back to the waterfront.

By - 10/25/09 - 5:40 pm

You pour them into Boston Harbor from Commercial Street in the hopes they'll establish a colony and help clean up Boston Harbor.

Massachusetts Oyster Project - which has already placed 150,000 oysters in the harbor by the mouth of the Charles.

By - 10/21/09 - 9:09 am

If you hear loud booms from Boston Harbor, it's a cannon salute for the USS Constitution, Boston Police reassure.

The T reports the turnaround of Old Ironsides is causing 30-minute delays on the Charlestown ferry.

By - 10/12/09 - 9:37 am

John Carrol is struck by how few hot dogs the winner and runner-up of a hot-dog-eating contest on Spectacle Island actually ate: The winner barely scarfed down 7 1/2 in 10 minutes:

... Not to get all New York on you, but at the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, they down almost ten times that number of franks in the same amount of time. ...

By - 9/16/09 - 3:16 pm
Union Wharf

Jeff Tamagini took a long exposure at Union Wharf (compare to Ed O'Connor's dawn shot of the pilings).

Copyright Jeff Tamagini. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 9/15/09 - 7:59 am

Boston Police report a man using an inflatable boat to row out to his 18-foot dory to bail it out of rainwater Sunday evening fell out of the boat when it capsized. He couldn't get back in, so he started to swim back to shore. Police say the Harbor Patrol Unit found him in the Reserve Channel past the Peninsula Yacht Club, where Boston firefighters and EMTs were already trying to get him a lifeline. "He was released unharmed," police say.

By - 9/9/09 - 7:30 pm
Sun goes down, as seen from East Boston

Sekbaavi watched the sun go down from the Hyatt Harborside Hotel.

Copyright Sekbaavi. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/3/09 - 10:08 am

The Coast Guard reports a State Police boat managed to get two people off a 20-foot recreational boat that began taking on water last night - by Joe's American Bar and Grill on Commercial Wharf.

The Coast Guard adds the boat began leaking diesel fuel as it went down and that crews are on scene to contain the spill and raise the boat. No word on whether a rogue iceberg was involved.

By - 8/29/09 - 10:45 pm
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I was not the only crazy person walking around Castle Island today, although I was the only one not in a jacket (but at least I had the sense not to venture onto the fishing pier, onto which the occasional wave crashed). I watched boats jumping into waves and a fair number of seagulls and terns divebombing the choppy water (fish down there?). The planes heading to Logan swayed as the pilots fought the wind - and as their wings trailed streamers of mist.

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