Innovation District

By - 5/21/15 - 7:15 pm
Proposed Indy Car course in South Boston

The speediest of them all will take home cash prizes. The Verizon IndyCar Series today announced a race along the roads of the waterfront and Fort Point over Labor Day weekend in 2016:

The Grand Prix of Boston will feature an 11-turn, 2.25-mile temporary street course winding around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport District. The event will mark the first time an Indy car race has been contested in the area.

The races will then become an annual event at least through 2020.

By - 5/16/15 - 6:12 pm
Flooded parking lot

At least it had the decency to keep from bursting until the weekend, as Brendan shows us.

Last year:
Parts of South Boston lose water, but intrepid photographer finds it

By - 4/12/15 - 12:10 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week hears a request from the owner of the failed Tonic bar in Forest Hills to sell his all-alcohol license to the owners of the Envoy Hotel, scheduled to open this summer across from the Barking Crab and the Moakley Courthouse in South Boston.

The hotel is planning two bars: A ground-level watering hole called the Outlook and a rooftop bar called the Lookout. Also planned: A 50-seat sidewalk patio.

By - 2/10/15 - 9:16 am
Open Dunkin' Donuts at the World Trade Center

TrueNE_79 reports that the Dunkin' Donuts at the World Trade Center is open this morning, unlike all the other ones from South Station to across Fort Point Channel.

Snope reports Tags in Porter Square has plenty of salt - and parking spaces - but is running low on shovels.

Others?

By - 12/10/14 - 3:47 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved giving LogMeIn a $2.5-million tax break over 13 years for the new headquarters it wants to build at 327-347 Summer St.

By - 12/10/14 - 11:14 am

But the burgeoning mini-city now erupting in the Seaport area has plenty of room for caffeination. The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee open a new Dunkin' Donuts at 405-409 D St., as part of a new residential development.

By - 11/15/14 - 10:38 pm

The Globe's architecture critic damns the area as less than the sum of its parts:

To be fair, not many new developments look good until the cranes go home. But after you’ve made all the allowances you can, you’re still stuck with the fact that the Innovation District is a serious failure of urban design.

By - 11/15/14 - 12:18 pm
Mayor Walsh in a backhoe in South Boston

When you're mayor, you get to play with the best toys. Photo by the mayor's office.

Work officially began yesterday on the $600-million One Seaport Square project off Northern Avenue in South Boston, which will feature more than 800 residential units in two 22-story buildings, a luxury movie theater, a luxury bowling alley and a luxury health club, as well as space for additional luxury shops and restaurants.

By - 10/29/14 - 11:18 am

A ten-screen complex being planned for Seaport Square across from Fan Pier will feature reserved seating in custom recliners for moviegoers who will be able to sup on small plates and sip from their wine or beer.

Kerasotes Showplace Theatres has begun work on its proposed Showplace Icon for a building in front of one of the current Vertex buildings. The company highlighted its proposal this morning in hearing before the Boston Licensing Board - which decides whether to let it buy the liquor license now held by the Bar Room on Broad Street.

By - 10/14/14 - 3:23 pm

The Herald reports that Massport is getting ready to build a 1,700-space garage to replace all the parking lots that have been torn up for all the development that is generating all the traffic. that is increasingly clogging the streets of the Innovation District.

By - 10/8/14 - 2:53 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let restaurateur George Aboujaoude open a small-plates restaurant in one of the new Vertex buildings.

With the board's approval, Aboujaoude will pay $325,000 for the liquor license being given up by Elephant Walk in Audubon Circle as it moves to a new location.

By - 10/3/14 - 10:40 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports a deal to open a Wagamama on the other side of Fort Point Channel has fallen through, but that the chain is continuing to look for space in the up-and-coming area.

By - 9/29/14 - 7:44 am
Sunrise over Boston Harbor and the South Boston waterfront

Tim Colby watched the sun come up over Boston Harbor and the South Boston waterfront this morning.

By - 9/25/14 - 9:13 am

Capt. John Greland of District C-6 reports the owner of a car parked for a week at 391 Congress St. came back the other day to find his or her rear window smashed with an ax. Greland says police know an ax was used because whoever did it left the ax behind.

By - 9/1/14 - 10:18 am

Capt. John Greland at C-6 reports that around 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, a brawl outside 1 Marina Park Dr. ended with several participants injured and on their way to local hospitals.

Greland reports no arrests at this time.

By - 8/23/14 - 9:58 am

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is trying to lure a grand-prix race to the South Boston waterfront.

By - 8/20/14 - 12:28 pm

Mario Batali will pay $410,000 for the liquor license of the closed Castlebar on Washington Street so he can serve libations to patrons of his planned wood-fired pizza place on the South Boston waterfront

Batali's attorney, Joseph Hanley, told the Boston Licensing Board that Batali will spend $2.5 million in total to outfit his planned Babbo on Fan Pier.

As required, Hanley answered the question of the public need for the new restaurant: He said the Innovation District is attracting innovators, who need an innovative restaurant in which to eat.

By - 8/16/14 - 3:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a request from New York celebrichef Mario Batali to buy the liquor license of the recently shuttered Castlebar in Oak Square.

If the board approves, Batali will be able to serve harder libations to customers of his planned Babbo pizzeria in a new building under construction on Fan Pier.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 8/16/14 - 10:23 am
Water main break in Fort Point in South Boston

People in parts of South Boston woke up this morning to little or no water pressure. LVRII photographed the Northern Avenue site of the water-main break that caused the problem.

Above is Boston's newest lake. Below is the bubbling source of the lake:

Water main break in South Boston
By - 7/14/14 - 2:21 pm

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 apart.

HubHacks will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at District Hall, in the heart of the Innovation District.

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