Downtown

By - 1/3/16 - 12:54 pm
Globe newsies

Photographer - and social reformer - Lewis Hine spent a fair amount of time in Boston in the early part of the 20th century capturing the often horrible condition of children. Among the kids he photographed were newsies, including this group of Globe hawkers with Sunday papers at 5 a.m. one Sunday in 1909.

From the Library of Congress's Lewis Hine collection.

By - 1/2/16 - 5:43 pm

Boston Police report an Everett man began punching an officer in the face around 2 a.m. New Year's Day - and then began screaming about the end of the world as other officers rushed to restrain him.

According to police, the incident happened in front of the City Hall garage on Congress Street: Read more.

By - 12/31/15 - 7:28 pm
Fireworks over Boston Common

Craig Caplan watched the early fireworks over the Common tonight.

By - 12/29/15 - 10:11 pm
Wanted

Transit Police report they are looking for a guy with a skateboard on charges he indecently attacked a woman at the Park Street Green Line station around 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 14. Read more.

By - 12/29/15 - 5:12 pm
Waiting for a bus instead of the Blue Line downtown

Like the last train out of Paris, only Humphrey Bogart isn't involved. Photo by Alex Martland.

Just in time for rush hour, the T has shut the Blue Line, because something isn't right with the tunnel between State Street and Aquarium, as in a metal grate falling from the ceiling onto the tracks.

Buses are now running between Bowdoin and Maverick, after a fashion. Alex Martland reports:

This is going swimmingly. No signs, no one knows where to stand... Blue line gonna blue line.

By - 12/29/15 - 2:59 pm

Erica Mattison reports the Eddie Bauer Outlet store on Washington Street is shutting in four weeks. Its windows are already covered with "Store Closing Sale" signs.

By - 12/29/15 - 11:19 am
Copper thief wanted

UPDATE: BPD reports that steely-eyed Transit Police officers spotted and arrested Matthew LaChance, 32, of Swansea.

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy they say stole $20,000 worth of copper welding cable from a Nashua Street construction site. Read more.

By - 12/27/15 - 7:18 pm

The Ladd Observatory takes some time to tell us about how clocks in the Boston area used to be calibrated with the dropping of the daily noon time-ball from the roof of a downtown building, first a long-gone building at Devonshire and Milk and later from what is now the Ames Hotel at Washington and Court streets.

By - 12/27/15 - 1:09 pm

J.L. Bell ponders who might have been taking notes during discussions of patriots leading up to the Boston Tea Party and forwarding them to His Majesty's Government.

By - 12/24/15 - 10:14 am

Just because we don't have any snow doesn't mean you can't still take magical seasonal photos, as Renee shows us.

By - 12/23/15 - 9:07 am

The MBTA is seeking bids from companies that might want to lease 400 square feet of space on the Green Line level of the Government Center stop when it re-opens this spring.

The T also has a 150-square-foot space available on the Blue Line platform. Read more.

By - 12/21/15 - 9:15 am

Transit Police report arresting a New Bedford man they say attacked a woman on an Forest Hills Orange Line train approaching Downtown Crossing around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Read more.

By - 12/20/15 - 9:28 am
Scollay Under sign at Government Center MBTA station in downtown Boston

The MBTA has released a batch of photos showing the state of Govermment Center station as it approaches its spring, 2016 re-opening, still on schedule despite having to replace all the glass panes in the above-ground part of the station (if you click on the link, scroll down the page a bit for the photos).

Stairs and escalator take shape: Read more.

By - 12/18/15 - 9:47 pm
People outside Boston Garden

JB Parrett looked towards Boston Garden tonight.

By - 12/18/15 - 4:55 pm

The Orange Line is a bit of a mess right now. Then again, it's Friday, and it's raining.

By - 12/18/15 - 9:40 am
Oromo protesters outside Boston City Hall

City Hall Plaza became the focus today of a protest against the Ethiopian government's attempts to take land owned by members of the Oromo ethnic group.

Amnesty International reports 40 people have died during government crackdowns on protests in Ethiopia. Read more.

By - 12/17/15 - 5:30 pm
People waiting in the rain to see Star Wars in Boston

Ellie shows us the line of people waiting around 5:15 p.m. to get into the first screenings of the new Star Wars movies at the AMC Loews Boston Common, set for 7 p.m. She notes she and friends got there at 2, which is good, because the line now stretches past the outbound entrance to the Boylston T stop.

Compare to the scene at noon.

By - 12/17/15 - 12:25 pm
Man waiting outside Boston theater for the new Star Wars movie

Downtown Boston BID found this guy waiting outside the AMC Loews Boston Common at lunchtime today - waiting for the evening screening of some new science-fiction movie that's debuts today.

By - 12/16/15 - 8:59 pm

Around 8:45 p.m. at 91 Causeway St.

By - 12/13/15 - 10:37 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on the impending demise of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace bar.