Downtown

By - 1/12/15 - 9:59 am

With several thousand people now living in Downtown Crossing and nearby blocks, the Midtown Cultural District Residents Association has sprung up.

By - 1/11/15 - 1:01 pm
Frog Pond frogs

David Phillips, who sculpted six frog statues at Frog Pond, says Macy's violated his copyright when it used a replica of one of them in a Christmas display at its Downtown Crossing store.

In a ribbeting lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Phillips, whose studio is in Medford, charges:

Macy’s or its agents, servants or employees copied Phillips’ Fishing Frog

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By - 1/7/15 - 7:24 pm
Boston pigeon

A pigeon tried to huddle into itself today on Court Street. One can only imagine what it'll look like tomorrow.

By - 1/5/15 - 7:49 pm
Broad Street project old and new views

Current and proposed. See larger.

Developers have submitted plans to the BRA for a 12-story condo building on Broad Street that would completely demolish the building the Times pub is now in and turn the historic Bulfinch building that houses the Littlest Bar into a lobby for the new building and some residential units.

The Littlest Bar moved to 102 Broad St. after its longtime tiny space on Province Street... Read more

By - 1/4/15 - 6:28 pm

WCVB reports two well dressed men hid in a men's room until after the Red Hat on Bowdoin Street closed early this morning and then stole several thousand dollars worth of liquor and vandalized the bar.

The Red Hat itself posted video of the two guys figuring out what to take:

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By - 1/2/15 - 4:05 pm

A steamed citizen calls into the Mayor's Hotline:

Caller reporting there is a solid covered manhole in the street on Tremont St at School, in front of church, with extremely hot steam coming out. The steam burned her foot and she is concerned for people's safety.

By - 12/31/14 - 9:03 am

Some switch seized up this morning, causing delays on both inbound and outbound trains at South Station.

By - 12/30/14 - 10:20 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a newish, but painfully short office building at 171 Tremont, across Avery from the Loews complex, could be replaced by a luxury tower. In completely unshocking news, the architect will be Elkus Manfredi.

No word if the developers plan on calling it something like Tremont on the Park.... Read more

By - 12/27/14 - 10:00 pm

Updated with info from BFD.

An annual event that lets car enthusiasts show off their modified rides at the Post Office Square garage ended a bit early when the Boston Fire Department arrived to figure out why smoke detectors went off and wound up evacuating the garage due to elevated carbon-monoxide levels.

More than 200 Masstuning enthusiasts had gathered on level 3 of the... Read more

By - 12/24/14 - 1:41 pm
Hole about to swallow balls on Causeway Street in Boston

"That can't be good," Claire says of the new sinkhole she photographed outside the Tip O'Neill Building around noon.

By - 12/23/14 - 6:12 pm

City health officials and police are trying to figure out what's causing a sharp increase in drug overdoses in Boston this year.

The Boston Public Health Commission said today the city had 32 suspected overdoses this past weekend - concentrated downtown and in East Boston and Dorchester. The same period last year saw just 8 overdoses.

In a statement, the commission said samples from street... Read more

By - 12/20/14 - 1:03 pm
Santa Claws in Boston

Outside James Hook on the waterfront.

By - 12/19/14 - 9:31 am

Photo by TPD.

Transit Police report they are looking for these three guys on charges they beat and "verbally abused" a man at State Street on the Orange Line around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The three are in their early to mid-20s.

The first subject was wearing a black and white horizontal sweater, blue jeans and blue sneakers. The second subject was wearing a dark colored jacket

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By - 12/18/14 - 6:39 pm

The city has shut the old Northern Avenue Bridge "indefinitely" following a safety inspection that showed it was no longer even safe for pedestrians and bicyclists, according to a memo sent around today to local employers by the Seaport Transportation Management Association.

Walkers and bicyclists now need to take the Moakley Bridge - which was supposed to completely replace the Northern Avenue span... Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 6:37 am

Boston Police report they are investigating two incidents involving rideshare drivers indecently assaulting female passengers early Sunday - and a third incident involving a woman picked up by somebody she thought was a rideshare driver but who turned out not to be one.

Police did not identify the services involved in the incidents, which occurred between roughly 1 and 3 a.m. in Dorchester, Allston... Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 5:42 am

The West Roxbury Committee To Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline Cites The Danger In Placing the Large Vulnerable Gas Pipeline Adjacent To Their Homes & An Active Quarry.

By - 12/14/14 - 9:50 am

Paul Levy, who knows something about failing hospitals, having become CEO of Beth Israel just as the state wanted to shut it down, takes a look at the proposed merger of Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center - and how to keep the merger from simply becoming " a case of strapping two leaky lifeboats together, leading to a faster demise than if... Read more

By - 12/13/14 - 11:51 pm
Protest at Park Street

A Black Lives Matter protest that started on the Common wended its way around downtown Boston this afternoon.

State Police report making 23 arrests: 22 for disorderly conduct and 1 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest - several at the I-93 ramps by Nashua Street. Boston Police report no arrests.

Boston Police also report one protester handed white carnations to its officers,... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 8:19 pm

State Police report:

On Tuesday, the State Police placed the trooper depicted in the video on restricted duty pending completion of a department investigation. The name of the trooper is not being released while the internal investigation is underway.

State Police add they have tried but have so far been unable to talk to Kin Moy, who was videoing a trooper as he... Read more

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