Downtown

By - 3/30/14 - 8:23 pm
Keytar Bear at Downtown Crossing

Nahani Otien reports Keytar Bear was killing it tonight at Downtown Crossing.

By - 3/28/14 - 5:18 pm
State Street station filling with smoke

At 5:10 p.m., Lauren Finkelstein reported from the outbound side of State Street:

Smoke filling the cars/station on the orange line at state st stop. Everyone being evacuated.

A minute later, the T sent out an alert about "minor" delays due to what it says is a disabled train at State.

Pesky brakes?... Read more

By - 3/28/14 - 4:46 pm
Government Center under reconstruction

Oh, they've been working on the railroad. Photo by MBTA. See it larger.

As noted earlier, some people left notes on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it was shut for two years of reconstruction.

Via the MBTA comes this ode, found penned on one of the walls:

Dear Government Center,

Thank you!
How many times have I passed through your halls?
How Many Seasons?
Blue Line to

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By - 3/28/14 - 1:37 pm
Firefighters of Engine 33 and Ladder 15 at City Hall service

Jonmicol photographed the face of bravery at a City Hall ceremony this afternoon at which the flag of the Boston Fire Department was raised and a moment of silence observed for Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

Paul Weiskel photographed a woman with a simple message:

By - 3/28/14 - 9:12 am
Royal Arcanum in Boston

Boston is home to several insurers, but they all have pretty boring names - except for the Supreme Council of the Royal Arcanum on Batterymarch Street downtown.

It sounds like some sort of fraternal organization, which, in fact, it is, but one that exists primarily to provide burial benefits and insurance to its members.

A Boston doctor, Darius Wilson, founded the... Read more

By - 3/26/14 - 9:48 am
Gonzalez

Transit Police report arresting a man they say was brought to ground by Red Line riders who heard a woman struggling with him as he tried to grab her purse.

Cesar Gonzalez, 26, police say, followed a woman off a Red Line train around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and reached for her purse:

The victim held tightly onto her purse and was yelling for

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By - 3/25/14 - 6:17 pm
Crammed in at South Station on the Red Line

David Finnerty had some time to get to know fellow riders at South Station.

A train died at Downtown Crossing around 5:30 p.m., as of 6:15 p.m., riders trying to head south were still being thwarted.

Mike Long reports his train just sat outside Charles/MGH for 10 minutes before finally pulling in.

Party Orca surveyed the human gridlock at Downtown Crossing:

Traffic onto the Red Line southbound at DTX is backed up to the escalator to Orange

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By - 3/25/14 - 4:32 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for tomorrow, starting at 6 a.m.:

MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED DURING THE WEDNESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE CYCLE ACROSS MANY NORTH AND EAST FACING COASTLINES FROM BOSTON TO NANTUCKET

Oh, and leave that umbrella at home, unless you're really tired of it - the NWS has also issued a wind advisory:... Read more

By - 3/23/14 - 8:23 pm
Government Center MBTA station under construction

The current Government Center bunker, um, T stop went up in the early 1960s as part of the transformation of Scollay Square into Government Center.

In the photo above, from Boston City Archives' Government Center photo set, note the parking lot where Center Plaza would go across Cambridge Street. In this view, you'll see the answer to the chicken-egg question of... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:12 am
Government Center graffiti

ElmerCat catalogued the fond graffiti people left on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it shut for a two-year re-do.

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

By - 3/21/14 - 1:49 pm
Scollary Square sign at Government Center

Photo by MBTA.

Workers today carefully removed the "Scollay Under" tiled sign from a Blue Line wall at the Government Center station today. The T reports it'll be put in storage and then replastered to a wall in the renovated station when it opens in two years.

By - 3/21/14 - 11:07 am
Government Center MBTA station

Paul Nutting provides a last glimpse of the Government Center T stop before it shuts tomorrow for two years of renovation work that will transform the1960s bomb shelter into a sleek glass paean to modern transportation - but one without popcorn.

By - 3/20/14 - 8:03 am

They're not switching and traffic is becoming a mess.

By - 3/19/14 - 5:45 pm
State Street crowding

Tim Lawrence shows us the scene at State Street around 5:20 p.m., where trains are being slowed by recalcitrant switches.

Oh, and by the way: Government Center shuts for two years this week.

By - 3/18/14 - 3:00 pm

A Boston Municipal Court judge today ordered Kevin Jones of Dorchester for a mental-health evaluation at his arraignment on a charge of attempted arson at the Grand Lodge of Masons at Tremont and Boylston streets yesterday.

Masons were jarred to learn he was also initially charged with causing damage to a church, synagogue, or other place of worship. After consultations with their lawyer, the... Read more

By - 3/18/14 - 12:19 pm
Botelho

Transit Police report arresting an Arlington man last night for an incident on an inbound Orange Line train they say started with him hurling insults at two women and escalated to him trying to rob them, spitting at them and waving his fists at them.

Police say a male passenger managed to get ahold of Richard Botelho, 43, and keep him from moving until... Read more

By - 3/18/14 - 5:45 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a man tried to burn down the lodge at the corner of Tremont and Boylston streets around 7:45 p.m. on Monday:

An adult male entered the building and sprayed some type of liquid on to some furniture. He then attempted to ignite it. He was detained by a security officer and placed under arrest by responding Boston Police.

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By - 3/17/14 - 9:32 pm
Littered bench on Broad Street in Boston

A concerned citizen reports:

Someone left their coffee break behind.

By - 3/17/14 - 9:13 am
Boston from Dorchester Heights

This view, from 1838, shows the rather commanding position Dorchester Heights had over the town of Boston, so when Henry Knox got his Fort Ticonderoga cannons up there, the British really had no choice but to flee.

BPL photo posted under this Creative Commons license.... Read more

By - 3/14/14 - 6:34 am
Old Pi Alley in Boston

Today's 3/14, and what better place to celebrate Pi Day than in Pi Alley?

It looks like back in 1914, the celebrating was mostly done indoors.

Photo from the BPL collection, used under this Creative Commons license.... Read more

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