The city IT department plans a hackathon next month to let developers use a new gateway into city systems to build an online permitting system that might replace the current confusing system that often forces people who want to set up a restaurant or add a porch to their homes to spend months battling paperwork and bureaucracy - and sometimes make trips to offices miles... Read more
The Globe reports New Yorker Mario Batali is opening a wood-fired pizza place on Fan Pier.
You may recall how last year, Batali was all set to buy Todd English's liquor license from his defunct Kingfish Hall for a wood-fired pizza place on Summer Street, only there was all the unpleasantness over English's license being seized and all and then Batali's would-be landlord... Read more
Hashi K. Said, a.k.a. Said Said, of Quincy, was ordered held in lieu of $35,000 at his arraignment today on charges he raped and robbed a woman who flagged him down in the Seaport district early Sunday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Said allegedly took her to a nearby but deserted location, where investigators believe he got in the rear of the... Read more
Already, the old locomotive that used to be parked out front is gone. Somewhere, no doubt, Anthony is escorting Liz to her table overlooking the water.
Cynthia Donovan reports that now that people are once again using the tops of news boxes to avoid the onerous task of taking their lunch detritus back to their office trash cans, now that the city has removed all the BigBelly trash containers along Congress Street on the South Boston side of Fort Point Channel. Sounds like a district in need of some innovation... Read more
An irate citizen complains about where some valet is parking the more exotic cars on Congress Street near the Children's Museum:
Four hours ago it was a Masserati parked in front of the hydrant. Now it's a vintage Caddie and Bentley. Are you going to do something about this valet or do special cars get special treatment? PLEASE!!
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The owners of the Fan Pier development said today they'll be leasing space to a Starbucks, a Mediterranean meze restaurant and a daycare center.
The Starbucks, which will take 2,100 square feet, will join existing starbucks at the Manulife Financial building, the Renaissance Harbor Hotel and the Westin Boston Harborfront. It's slated to open this summer, according to the Fallon Company, which is building out... Read more
Capt. John Greland reports on an incident at Rosa Mexicano, 155 Seaport Blvd., last night:
Person refused to pay his bar tab but left his Russian passport on the bar.
MassLive reports on plans to move the tiny Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel from Northern Avenue to space next to the Children's Museum, to make way for Yet Another Mega-Development.
Yesterday morning, I drove down to the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel on Congress Street (I was on a panel discussion).
When I came out, there was some minor thing going on in which a guest checking out felt compelled to have police summoned. A state trooper arrived, rather than a Boston Police officer, since, of course, the hotel sits on Massport land and God... Read more
Melissa B. looked out her office window around 2 p.m.
A citizen stuck in traffic complains:
Please do something about the traffic out of the Seaport. It's taken almost 30 minutes to drive from the WTC to Vertex. Insane. It is literally crawling. But mostly dead stopped. Do not ask any other companies to move here until this is solved. Thank you.... Read more
As an industrial and warehouse district, the areas along Fort Point Channel and the harbor have had more than their share of fires over the decades. The Boston Public Library has posted a number of South Boston fire photos by Leslie Jones, including this four-alarm blaze at the National Wool warehouse on Congress Street in 1913 (above) and a six-alarm fire in 1915:
The mayor and officials from the Fallon Co. put their ceremonial shovels in the ground today to launch 22 Liberty, a 14-story luxury condo building on the waterfront that features a stepped design so that residents can get views of both the harbor and downtown.
Fallon says some of the units will feature three or more bedrooms, unusual in a city where developers seemed to... Read more
The Herald reports the developers of the mixed-use project now going in between the ICA and the World Trade Center figure it could be a couple years before they get around to demolishing the old restaurant, so why not see if somebody would be interested in running another restaurant there in the interim?... Read more
Capt. Greland at C-6 reports somebody's been going around the Seaport area stealing those metal brackets used to attach banners to utility poles. As of last week, some 45 sets of brackets, worth $5,000, have disappeared from area poles.
A concerned citizen minces no words:
GET THESE VALET JERKS OUT OF THE BIKE LANES.THESE CARS DO NOT BELONG HERE EVER EVER EVER! Enforce the law before somebody gets killed.
City and state officials today announced a series of traffic-improvement steps to keep the burgeoning Innovation District from choking on its own success, ranging from the mundane - better lane markers on the Moakley Bridge - to a new ferry service between East Boston and South Boston, scheduled to start sometime next year.
The city will use a $1.3 million federal grant to help pay... Read more
Salvatore's, 225 Northern Ave., goes before the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on Monday to seek permission to hire a DJ and allow dancing.
Why, yes, of course, establishments in Boston that already have licenses to play music, such as Salvatore's, have to get separate approval for dancing - and heaven help any establishment with music that is caught with patrons bopping... Read more