Downtown

Downtown

By - 6/16/15 - 6:21 pm

The Boston Preservation Alliance posts an interview with city archaeologist Joe Bagley. He brings us up to date on the archaeological digs in the front yard of Old City Hall (site of an even older home for Boston Latin School) - they've found the remains of a building, but which one? - and alerts us that his next major project will be at at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, looking for an outhouse that would have been in use when the site was home of the Industrial School for Girls in the mid-19th century.

By - 6/15/15 - 10:51 pm

UPDATE: The council postponed the vote.

The City Council on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on a deal in which it would hand over the old Winthrop Square garage to the BRA, which would then select a company to build a skyscraper on the parcel.

At a hearing today, BRA Director Brian Golden said all the proceeds from the sale would go into city coffers, rather than to the BRA's separate fund - less what he said was a small administrative fee. The details, he said, would be spelled out in a "memorandum of understanding" he could not provide today but which he said would be ready for councilors Wednesday morning - giving them only a few hours to consider it before the scheduled vote. Read more.

By - 6/15/15 - 3:22 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports McCormick & Schmick has shut down.

By - 6/14/15 - 10:45 pm
Truck stuck in O'Neill Tunnel in downtown Boston

Alex Carlson came across this truck jammed tight into the O'Neill Tunnel southbound, just past the turnpike exit, around 10:30 p.m.

Not sure how he managed to get as far as he did!

By - 6/13/15 - 8:02 pm
Woman at annual Pride parade in Boston

Tens of thousands of people either marched in the annual Pride parade today or cheered on from the sidewalks along the route. From little kids on parents' shoulders to senior-citizen couples holding hands as they marched, people enjoyed the parade. You could tell some people were really having a ball: Read more.

By - 6/11/15 - 2:06 pm

Mayor Walsh today unveiled two "gender-neutral" restrooms at City Hall with markings that replace the "Men" and "Women" signs that once hung on the doors.

In a statement, the mayor said: Read more.

By - 6/11/15 - 8:20 am

The Voice of Downtown Boston introduces us to PABU, a San Francisco Japanese restaurant that will open on two floors of the Millennium Tower next fall.

The modern izakaya and sushi bar will feature market-fresh menu with fish sourced locally from New England and flown in fresh from Japan’s famous Tsukiji market.

By - 6/10/15 - 4:03 pm
Jellyfish in Boston Harbor

Moon jellyfish are flooding Boston Harbor, moving with the tides and occasionally puffing themselves into balloon-like shapes to pulse themselves a few inches forward at a time. The large rings are their reproductive organs.

Where did all these jellyfish come from?

By - 6/10/15 - 7:03 am
Chiofaro's proposed towers

One of these might have to go.

The Globe reports that City Hall is about to give the developer permission to put up at least one 600-foot tower at the site of his ugly Aquarium garage. But life is full of compromises and so City Hall will only let him build a total of 900,000 square feet of sheer awesomeness instead of the 1.2 million he feels is his due, which might limit the size of the second tower he wants to put there.

By - 6/9/15 - 8:27 pm
Portable toilet soaring high over Downtown Crossing

MiniatureBuddha watched a portable toilet soaring majestically over Downtown Crossing on its way to some top floor at the Millennium Tower this afternoon.

By - 6/9/15 - 11:29 am

Shortly after 10 a.m., was taken away in bad shape.

Service was halted, causing severe delays.

By - 6/4/15 - 10:21 pm

The Braintree train was taken out of service at South Station; now the Red Line has "severe" delays.

By - 6/4/15 - 8:39 am
Man in trench coat enjoying some ice cream

Photographynatalia surveyed the Scooper Bowl at City Hall Plaza yesterday, found this dapper guy in a trench coat seeking clues to the best ice cream.

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

By - 6/2/15 - 11:08 am

At the request of the applicant, the Zoning Board of Appeals today deferred hearing the case for and against a medical-marijuana dispensary on Milk Street downtown until July 7. Read more.

By - 6/1/15 - 7:11 pm

Boston city archaelogist Joseph Bagley this week is scheduled to begin archaeological digs in front of Old City Hall on School Street - not in search of Curley's Desk, but in search of tidbits left over from the days when the land was the home of both Boston Latin School and Boston Latin School's schoolmaster.

Bagley will lead volunteers in digging a number of 16x1.5-foot test trenches in an attempt to find the foundations and yards of the schoolmaster's 17th-century home. In a statement, Bagley said: Read more.

By - 6/1/15 - 4:08 pm

Somebody carries a confederate battle flag every year in the parade. Anybody know why?

By - 5/29/15 - 7:27 pm
Fog over downtown Boston

Tomo photographed the downtown fog from the Hancock tower.

By - 5/29/15 - 2:48 pm

Fog rolls over downtown. Photo by Cheri.

It looks like smoke, and some people are reporting smelling smoke, but, no, that's fog that suddenly enveloped downtown around 2:30 p.m. Mike Zwirko explains: Read more.

By - 5/29/15 - 11:57 am
Failed ninja

Transit Police report arresting a man on charges he groped a woman in the tunnel between the Orange and Red Lines at Downtown Crossing Thursday morning - and after he tried to fight off arriving officers. Read more.

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