Downtown

By - 7/8/14 - 10:05 am

The Boston Business Journal reports that Crumbs, the high-priced cupcake chain with an outlet on Federal Street, has shut down. Apparently, the once hot cupcake market has cooled off (right, Todd?); we hear self-serve froyo is still going strong, in case anybody wants to move into the old Crumbs space.... Read more

By - 7/7/14 - 8:57 pm

A Green Line trolley had a bit of a derailment on Boylston around 8:45 p.m. Inbound Green Line passengers are being told to get off at Copley and get on the Orange Line at Back Bay.

By - 7/5/14 - 10:32 am

All the penguins are accounted for, the New England Aquarium avers.

By - 7/4/14 - 1:46 pm
USS Constitution on July Fourth in Boston Harbor

Matt Conti watched the USS Constitution on her last July Fourth turnaround before three years in drydock for repairs. More photos.

By - 7/4/14 - 11:51 am
Faneuil Hall surrounded by ugly barriers

On this Independence Day, a concerned citizen complains about conditions around one of the historic buildings that made the holiday possible:

Ugly Barricades at Faneuil hall - serving no purpose and taking away from view of historic building.

By - 7/2/14 - 1:01 pm
Toy police cruisers in Boston

These toy cruisers, for sale at the CVS in Center Plaza across from City Hall, have the right police district for that block.

By - 7/2/14 - 10:31 am

The SEIU held a protest in Downtown Crossing yesterday to protest the T's decision to let janitors go.

By - 7/1/14 - 6:54 pm
Belgians at City Hall Plaza

A packed crowd on a sweltering City Hall Plaza watched Belgium eliminate the US 2-1 in the World Cup. Although the vast majority of people were, of course, rooting for USA, there were a few Belgian fans scattered about, including these two right up at the front, shown during an anxious (for them) moment early on in the match.

This guy, however, was rooting for... Read more

By - 6/30/14 - 6:07 pm

Heat and the MBTA are two things you rarely want to see in the same sentence.

Remember those heat-related speed restrictions that were supposed to go away after the state bought the Worcester Line tracks? They didn't.

Down in the tunnels, the Green Line is melting in the dark:

Hell is a disabled #MBTA train underground, at rush hour, during the summer,

... Read more
By - 6/29/14 - 1:14 pm
Coddamn confusing?

A company in Washington state and Shreve, Crump and Low are battering each other with dueling legal claims over fish-shaped pitchers that make gurgling sounds.

GurglePot, which makes GurglePot Pitchers, sued Shreve's last December, accusing the chain of trying to illegally force it out of the gurgling-fish-pitcher market with an invalid trademark on its own line of Gurgling Cods. The suit was transferred... Read more

By - 6/29/14 - 11:49 am
Naked bike riders

Arturo Gossage was at the Parkman Bandstand last night, watching the start of the annual naked bike ride down Newbury and Mass. Ave. into Cambridge. Not all participants went full Monty.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 6/26/14 - 1:27 pm
Soccer fans at City Hall in Boston

Julie C. got a panoramic view of the fans watching the US/Germany match at City Hall Plaza today.

By - 6/26/14 - 9:09 am

After last night's meltdown at the Garden, Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, tweeted:

Just hearing the awful news abt tonight. Its a terrible thing, I rly hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families.

It might be a familiar refrain for the Swedish DJ at this point, since this sort of thing seems to happen at least once a... Read more

By - 6/25/14 - 4:53 pm
Proposed Chiofaro towers

Rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. See it larger.

Developer Don Chiofaro, whose efforts to replace the Aquarium garage with a $1-billion pair of towers were thwarted by archnemesis Tom Menino, today proposed a $1-billion pair of towers for the site.

In a presentation to the Municipal Harbor Plan Committee today, Chiofaro proposed a project with one tower reaching 600 feet hight, that would include three stories of restaurants and a supermarket,... Read more

By - 6/24/14 - 1:24 pm

Mayor Walsh announced today the city and the New England Revolution will host a World Cup viewing on City Hall Plaza on Thursday.

The party starts at 11:30 a.m., the match itself at noon.

By - 6/23/14 - 8:55 am
Solar-powered boat

Turlach MacDonagh puttered around Boston Harbor this weekend on our first solar-powered boat, the SunPlugged.

Copyright Turlach MacDonagh. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/20/14 - 4:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a one-day license suspension for Halftime Pizza, 115 Causeway St., for an incident before a Bruins/Canadiens playoff game in which a customer walked out with a partially filled cup of beer - just as a detective from the Boston Police licensing division was walking in.

Owner Rita Pasquale said the man was a Canadiens fan who was probably unaware... Read more

By - 6/20/14 - 3:08 pm
Government Center mural

An MBTA spokesman reports T staff today contacted artist Mary Beams, who painted a series of murals installed in the Government Center T stop in 1979, after somebody who heard about the search alerted the T that she now helps run a pie bakery and restaurant in Grand Marais, MN.

The T is demolishing the current station to make way for a new... Read more

By - 6/18/14 - 9:25 pm

A small track fire on the Green Line near Park Street tonight halted service and left some riders sitting on trains in tunnels.

At 8:36 p.m., Myron-Fletch Freeman tweeted:

Still trapped on Green Line train outside Government Center. And this city thinks it could host an Olympics .

That was more than 20 minutes after he first reported his trolley was stuck in the... Read more

By - 6/17/14 - 8:25 am

Around 8:20 a.m., Matt Karolian reported:

No movement. Police, fire and EMS trying to make their way to the vehicle(s).

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