Downtown

By - 9/8/14 - 12:10 pm
Big truck on small downtown street in Boston

Ellie happened to be well clear of the intersection of School and Washington streets this morning when an 18-wheeler that had somehow gotten on School Street tried to turn onto Washington, without much success.

Perhaps the driver once tried to get into the Midvale School for the Gifted.... Read more

By - 9/8/14 - 11:07 am

Adam Castiglioni reports Ghirardelli Chocolate is opening a store in the North Market Building - its first in New England.

What, you thought I meant this stuff?

By - 9/8/14 - 10:34 am

The Globe reports a company called Related Beal quietly bought five downtown buildings clustered around quiet little Quaker Lane from Fidelity in December:

The centerpiece of Related Beal’s plan is the redevelopment of Quaker Lane into a new retail magnet that would fill the void between Faneuil Hall, Downtown Crossing, and Post Office Square.

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By - 9/6/14 - 6:29 pm
Nearly empty City Hall Plaza in Boston

As increasingly dark clouds rapidly closed in on downtown late this afternoon, organizers called off the Boston Calling concerts for tonight. Jeremy Stanley photographed the scene.

Will reports:

They told us to shelter in a parking garage. I guess they dont want thousands of sweaty hipsters inside city hall.

Glenn Clabo watched the storm roll in over Spaulding Hospital:

By - 9/4/14 - 9:49 am
Reflective glass on skyscraper on State Street

JB Parrett looked up to see one skyscraper reflected in another on State Street.

By - 9/3/14 - 4:21 pm
Government Center MBTA station being rebuilt in Boston

DD808 shows us the above-ground progress on rebuilding the Government Center T stop.

By - 9/3/14 - 8:49 am
Hazmat truck and a Dunkin' Donuts truck in downtown Boston

UPDATE, 11:54 a.m.: Truck still there, street still blocked.

High Street by International Place is cordoned off by police this morning due to a situation involving a Dunkin' Donuts truck.

No, the coffee didn't drain into a sewer. Nor did firefighters discover what's in the turkey sausage or the donuts.

Ed Baur reports one of the tractor's diesel tanks began... Read more

By - 9/1/14 - 1:57 pm
Labor Day parade in Boston's Park Square.

Leslie Jones photographed the Labor Day parade through Park Square in 1920, back when "Labor Day Parades were common."

Photo from the BPL's Leslie Jones collection used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 8/30/14 - 10:49 am

Boston Magazine reports the Bostonian Society is taking down the two symbols of British rule from the Old State House for repair.

By - 8/30/14 - 12:07 am
Boston Harbor at night

JB Parrett enjoyed the night air on Boston Harbor Friday night.

By - 8/29/14 - 1:13 pm
Irish Famine Memorial statue with a pigeon on her head

City officials say they're noodling ways to keep pigeons away from the statutes of the Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing, since signs urging people to stop feeding the damn birds have failed miserably.

In response to a citizen request to clean the statues, the city says:

The statues in this area are rinsed twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday) as. well as the

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By - 8/28/14 - 5:12 pm

At 5:05 p.m., Beaz reported signal problems meant a 45-minute trip from Ruggles to State Street.

By - 8/28/14 - 12:16 pm

The RMV announced today that its replacement for the Chinatown branch opens Sept. 15 in that parking garage/office building atop the Haymarket T stop that will also house the Boston Public Market.

The RMV will occupy the building's second and third floors. In addition to standard RMV functions, visitors will also get to enjoy a new E-ZPass customer center.

The RMV will open the office... Read more

By - 8/28/14 - 9:50 am

Citizens Bank branch at 40 Summer St., around 9:40 a.m. Police report the suspect is a black man in his 20s, 5'8" to 5'10", wearing a black scally cap, a white short-sleeved shirt with a black checkerboard pattern, gray pants and black shoes.

By - 8/27/14 - 1:33 pm

The T just sent out the following alert for South Station commuter-rail riders:

Expect significant delays in the PM commute after incident impeding tracks.

Might be due to a train that kind of derailed after a collision in the yard south of the station.... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 3:49 pm

Roxbury, MA – It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled “Candid Conversations”. During this series,... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 9:11 am

The Citizens Bank branch at 6 Ave. de Lafayette was held up shortly after 9 a.m. by a black man, about 5'7" and thin, wearing a black knit Patriots cap and a gray dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

By - 8/23/14 - 7:00 am

Stanley Staco reports a man was stabbed around 10:45 p.m., Friday, outside Sissy K's, 6 Commercial St.

By - 8/22/14 - 4:31 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decided yesterday the Boston Garden committed no violations that led to 86 people needing medical attention, a sexual assault and a beating the night of a June 25 concert by Swedish DJ Avicii.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Garden officials said they had beefed up security and EMT details that night based in part on problems at other Avicii... Read more

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