Downtown

By - 8/31/16 - 10:10 am
Benjamin Franklin statute put back at Boston's Old City Hall

WalkBoston reports Ben Franklin's looking pretty good for a 310-year-old guy who got knocked to the ground in a wind storm back in May.

By - 8/30/16 - 5:20 pm

This just in from inside BPD:

This evening a Hollywood production company, Wheelman PSC, LLC will be test firing prop weapons on Federal Street at Franklin St. We will arrive at 7:30pm and will be finished with in one hour. I will temporarily shut down traffic on Federal Street during the simulated gunfire. I will also make an "on air" announcement before we proceed. Please share this with the community partners in the financial district. Thank you

Titanium Cranium reports her apartment manager has forwarded a similar message.

Wheelman PSC is listed as the company behind Wheelman, a thriller involving a failed bank robber who can't trust anyone - except his 14-year-old daughter, natch. But they weren't originally scheduled to start filming here until Sept. 12.

By - 8/30/16 - 9:15 am
Franklin Street with more space for pedestrians

City planners are looking at widening the sidewalks at Franklin and Arch streets to create a new plaza. This morning, the Boston Transportation Department blocked off part of the street and set out some free coffee so people could look at possible designs for the plaza while traffic engineers scrutinized the impact on car traffic.

Anita Lauricella took a stroll around the temporary plaza.

By - 8/28/16 - 7:55 pm

J. Nathan Matias watched artillery fired on the Common this evening to welcome what Rob McDougall reports are various governors and other people in town for some sort of confab - more specifically, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. Read more.

By - 8/28/16 - 11:00 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com informs us about the return of the Battle of the Barges fireworks display on Sept. 3, over the harbor.

By - 8/27/16 - 10:55 pm
Smoke in front of Faneuil Hall from motorcycles

Dan Meade reports he was in front of Faneuil Hall around 6:45 p.m. today when a large group of motorcycles came roaring up:

They came down Devonshire, held up traffic at the crossing at Congress to keep the pack together, and then about 100 motorcycles stopped in front of Fanueil Hall and smokescreened the whole block.

Copyright Dan Meade. Posted in the Universal Hub pool.

By - 8/27/16 - 5:03 pm
Old passenger car parked at South Station in Boston

Geep9 snapped this old passenger car, the Babbling Brook, parked at South Station today. New England States was the New York Central's flagship train on the Boston-Chicago route.

By - 8/26/16 - 6:17 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man after a struggle on a crowded downtown street that sent one officer to the hospital for observation. Read more.

By - 8/26/16 - 8:46 am

State Police report a pickup that went out of control around 3:10 a.m. on the ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to I-93 north crashed, killing one man and sending two other men to the hospital.

State Police say they are still investigating why the vehicle went out of control.

By - 8/24/16 - 9:34 pm

UPDATE: Helicopters are buzzing the area around Egleston Square as well.

Once again, reports are flooding into Helicopter Central here of low-flying, buzzing, really loud choppers just making loops around Boston Harbor, from Logan to Aquarium and back again, over and over again, so we're going to assume they're part of the same mysterious Pentagon/police training exercises we're not supposed to know about, except it's kind of hard to ignore giant blacked out eggbeaters roaring over your heads. Read more.

By - 8/23/16 - 11:19 pm

Yes, there are military-type helicopters flitting all over downtown, the South End and the harbor tonight. Boston Police acknowledge they're part of some training exercise involving the Defense Department and local police that BPD was really hoping nobody would notice, except it's hard to keep the local twitterati quiet when helicopters are afoot: Read more:

By - 8/22/16 - 10:10 am
Kid with lobster claws in downtown Boston

We're going to guess this kid in Downtown Crossing, photographed by Craig Caplan, is visiting Boston, because no self-respecting Boston kid would let himself be dressed up like that, although the look on his face does suggest a Ralphie-at-Christmas moment with his folks from Westie or Quincy.

By - 8/20/16 - 7:25 pm
Sunset over downtown Boston

Kristie Helms watched the sunset over downtown from an island in Boston Harbor this evening.

By - 8/19/16 - 9:58 am

Update: Bail set at $5,000.

Boston Police charge a Needham woman without a driver's license ran a red light and plowed into a group of pedestrians, sending three to the hospital - after good Samaritans lifted the woman's car off them. Read more.

By - 8/18/16 - 5:13 pm

A train bought its last produce at Haymarket this rush hour and now riders heading towards Oak Grove are wondering if they'll ever return.

By - 8/18/16 - 12:31 pm
Crash at School and Washington streets in downtown Boston

School and Washington. Photo by Mark Novak.

UPDATE: Driver faces charges.

A driver from Needham in a New Jersey car hit at least three pedestrians around noon at School and Washington streets downtown, then got out of her car and ran away.

WalkBoston reports that one of the first people at the scene was a man dressed as a Minuteman, who opened the car's driver-side door - only to see the woman driver bound away. When police arrived, he pointed out her direction of flight. Read more.

By - 8/16/16 - 11:15 am

The luck of the Irish may have run out for the Greatest Bar on Friend Street early on June 5. Read more.

By - 8/15/16 - 6:58 pm

Boston Police report arresting a 14-year-old they say brought a loaded BB gun with him to the Dominican festival on City Hall Plaza yesterday afternoon. Read more.

By - 8/14/16 - 12:39 pm
Kids playing in spray fountains on the Greenway

Stevil probably would have joined these kids in the splash fountains on the Rose Kennedy Greenway the other day, except it would have ruined his camera.

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

By - 8/13/16 - 10:24 am
Two boats go bump in the day

Sid Murlidhar was on Long Wharf this morning for a little boat on boat action: One boat apparently had an engine fire and it bumped into a second boat, which then entered the personal space of the third boat.

WBZ has some more details.