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By - 4/22/15 - 10:14 am
Old tearoom in Boston?

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By - 4/21/15 - 4:50 pm

Edit: Thanks for the replies, guys.

Address: 126 E Howard St Quincy, Massachusetts (Don't know if this is close enough to Boston for you guys...)

Building's clearly abandoned and mostly boarded up, but the main entrance (amazingly) hasn't had all of its glass broken in yet. The way the upper floors look, seems like it was abandoned a long time ago, but from the first... Read more

By - 4/10/15 - 11:10 am

UPDATE: Delvin Dixon, 40, of Charlestown, was arraigned on a charge of vandalism this afternoon. He was released on personal recognizance, but ordered to stay away from the Common until his case is resolved, the Suffolk County DA's office reports.

Somebody with a less than reverential view towards the past - not to mention Matthew Broderick - snapped off Robert Gould Shaw's sword from ... Read more

By - 4/8/15 - 7:25 am

WBUR takes a look at the history of 26 Court St.:

The building, on a busy side street in the Financial District, sits on what city records say is "believed to be the oldest plot of land continuously owned by the City of Boston."

By - 4/6/15 - 10:53 am
House in old Boston

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And we wonder if you can ID the guy who was hanging out the window when the photo was taken:

By - 3/30/15 - 11:01 am
G and J restaurant in old Boston

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By - 3/23/15 - 10:49 am
Elm Hill Market

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out where the Elm Hill Market was and when this picture of it was taken. See it larger.

By - 3/15/15 - 2:34 pm
Frieze on the Samuel Appleton Building

On the Samuel Appleton Building. See it larger.

In the late 1800s, the merchant princes of Boston adorned their buildings with classical Greek and Roman symbols of successful seafaring commerce, such as Neptune's tridents and Mercury's caduceuses (Mercury being the god of trade and all).

And then, it stopped. Maybe it was the decline of Boston as a seaport, but whatever the reason, in the 20th century, financial firms took over... Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 11:10 am
Church in old Boston

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By - 3/2/15 - 10:47 am
Old subway station in Boston

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By - 2/23/15 - 10:51 am
Fighting snow with trolleys in old Boston

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By - 2/21/15 - 10:23 am
British ship leaves Boston Harbor in canal dug through ice

This print, from the BPL archives, shows a British steamer leaving Boston Harbor through ice, thanks to local merchants:

This print, representing the B & N. A Royal Mail steam ship Britannia, John Hewitt, commander, leaving her dock at East Boston on the 3d of February 1844 on her voyage to Liverpool, is respectfully dedicated by the publishers to the merchants of Boston who

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By - 2/9/15 - 10:27 am
Bucolic scene in old Boston

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By - 2/5/15 - 10:46 am
Clothesline in old Boston

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By - 1/26/15 - 11:28 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today updated the definition of "reasonable doubt" that Massachusetts judges have been reading to jurors since 1850, when it was first used in the case of a Harvard professor charged with murdering and dismembering a prominent Beacon Hill doctor.

The updating comes in a ruling on a man convicted of seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under... Read more

By - 1/21/15 - 11:17 am
Old school bus at old building in Boston

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By - 1/15/15 - 4:09 pm
815 E. 5 Street proposal in South Boston

Architect's rendering.

A 19-unit condo development proposed to replace an old horse-trolley barn between E. 5 and E. 6 streets in South Boston would come with a 33-lot parking garage, according to the developers' filing with the BRA.

Aidan Gregory Feeney and Brendan Feeney of Feeney Brothers Excavation want to replace commercial buildings at 815 E. 5 and 812 E. 6 streets with ten-unit and a nine-unit... Read more

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