By - 10/2/09 - 10:01 am

So Verizon removed the telephone-history mural in its old Post Office Square building because the new owner is not a big fan of the working classes, or something. Jay Fitzgerald is outraged at the thought it might be sold to somebody in Rhode Island:

... It's a striking mural in the old WPA style. It depicts a major innovation developed in Boston. It should remain in Boston. ...

By - 9/29/09 - 6:35 pm

Somehow I missed this account of what happened when some kid stole Ben Franklin's hat in Downtown Crossing last week:

... Ben Franklin catches up and starts whacking the thief with his cane, so the cop starts yelling, "Easy with the cane! Easy with the cane!" ...

I bet it's the Faneuil Hall Ben Franklin who gets mad if you take his picture without paying him.

Via Bostonist.

By - 9/28/09 - 1:59 pm

Matthew Cote noticed the sports arena over North Station was officially back to being just the Garden today, at least, until crews finished replacing the "TD BankNorth" with just "TD."

By - 9/26/09 - 1:04 pm

Eric Kilby reports:

I was given a hard time last night by an inspector at the Haymarket bus platform, as I was trying to get a shot of the Government Center garage. The light was interesting. He said that he was instructed to tell people to get a permit or go away. I told him that there was a memo, but I didn't have a copy, and he said he hadn't heard of it. I thanked him for looking out for our safety and left, because it really wasn't worth the trouble to argue. He said it would be ok if I took like 5 steps back so I was on the public sidewalk and not the MBTA sidewalk (the texture was different), which seems kind of odd.

This comes a couple days after another T worker harassed some poor tourist for daring to take a photo inside Back Bay station.

If the T has suddenly changed its photo policy, you'd think they'd update the online version, no? Oh, wait, this is an agency that's only now updating 40-year-old maps ...

By - 9/26/09 - 10:19 am
Lit up Filenes

Matthew I shows there's still some life in the old retail district.

Copyright Matthew I. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/25/09 - 5:12 pm

Boston Police warn a guy is trying to use an alleged job with movie productions to scam women into sex:

Within the last week, a young female responded to an advertisement via the Internet for a role in an upcoming movie. The would-be actor agreed to meet with the “producer” at a downtown hotel for an audition. During the audition, the “producer” attempted to convince the female to conduct sexual acts on him in return for the part in the movie. The female denied his requests and reported the incident to the Boston Police Department.

Police say there have been at least two other such incidents this year.

By - 9/25/09 - 4:30 pm

A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after being stabbed repeatedly early this morning on Friend Street, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Conner Leary, 20, James McLaughlin, 22, and Daniel Walsh, 22, all of Dorchester and Michael Mullen, 22 of Quincy, were all arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after what the DA's office said was a fight that broke out in a nearby apartment building, then spilled into the street.

Three of the four attackers allegedly tried to get away in a cab, but police officers who spotted bruised and bloody guys in a cab ordered the driver to stop, "prompting witnesses to exclaim, 'That's them."

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/25/09 - 4:21 pm

Boston Police tweet there was a fire at 120 State St. Knocked down by 4 p.m., but the area is still a mess.

By - 9/25/09 - 10:03 am

A Florida street performer who came north to perform in front of Faneuil Hall last year only to be herded into a small space with lots of other performers is asking a federal judge to rescind what he calls a violation of his First Amendment rights.

Bruce "Chance" Peck sued the city earlier this year in US District Court in Boston over Mayor Menino's decision in July, 2008 to restrict street performers alongside the Faneuil Hall building, because their noise was bothering Hizzoner up in his fifth-floor City Hall office.

By - 9/24/09 - 5:17 pm

If you guessed the Green Line at Government Center, you're right! Johnny, tell them what they've won!

An extended stay at the Green Line station of their choice!

By - 9/23/09 - 4:32 pm

The T reports a disabled trolley in "the Boylston area."

Eliop68 tweets he hasn't seen a single train in either direction in 10 minutes at Government Center.

By - 9/22/09 - 3:04 pm

UPDATE: Putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5? There was a fire drill today at Center Plaza. But the Boston Fire Department tells the Herald there were no firefighters involved. And as you'll see in the comments, people who work in the building say they were told ahead of time about the drill by building management. So my apologies to firefighters for jumping the gun after seeing this tweet.

Boston firefighters decided today would be a good day to test the fire preparations at 2 Center Plaza, which happens to be the location of Tom Menino's campaign headquarters.

Menino campaign spokesman Nick Martin says 50 to 60 campaign staffers - in addition to workers in nearby offices - had to evacuate when firefighters pulled the alarms around 2 p.m.

Martin said workers were kept outside for about half an hour. He added that many took cell phones with them so they could try to do some work.

Firefighters Local 718 was an early supporter of Michael Flaherty. They've feuded with Menino for years over a lack of contract and, more recently, mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

By - 9/22/09 - 2:51 pm

Brown's HuffPo wanna-be site ranks Emerson the most dangerous campus in America because it's next to the scary Boston Common and two demonspawn Green Line stations.

By - 9/22/09 - 8:56 am

Channel 4 catches a bunch parking in handicap spots at the neighboring Spaulding Hospital. Repeatedly. Through a mouthpiece, Sheriff Cabral says she isn't responsible for where employees park their own cars.

By - 9/21/09 - 8:55 pm
Last call

Sean Sullivan stays up late at the Hong Kong at Faneuil Hall.

Copyright Sean Sullivan. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/21/09 - 11:40 am
Where am I?

T workers weren't even done putting up a new map at Government Center when somebody rushed over to figure out how to get from A to B.

The MBTA today kicked off a two-year, $500,000 project to replace every single map at T stations. Download a hi-def copy of the new map (870k PDF).

Highlights: The updated maps show a new Sliver Line 4, which will provide direct service from Dudley to South Station starting next month (on surface roads; no, the T didn't build a secret tunnel), and, on the Green Line, riders will get to see which line actually goes all the way to Lechmere (the E) and which end before Lechmere:

By - 9/20/09 - 10:16 am

The Globe asked local designers to come up with alternatives for the Filene's Hole and other vacant construction sites around town. "A vertical algae-powered bioreactor?" Sure, why not?

By - 9/18/09 - 1:56 pm

A company in downtown Boston is looking for somebody experienced in content management systems. Sure, yawn if you must, but look at what they're doing: