Downtown

By - 9/14/16 - 9:49 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the BRA's latest court wranglings to try to put a restaurant in the kiosk at the tip of Long Wharf.

Authority lawyers were in federal appeals court in Boston last week arguing why a US District Court judge was wrong to rule last year that the BRA should knock it off already now that paper documents amazingly reappeared that showed the structure was always intended to be part of a public park, not a commercial structure available for lease.

By - 9/13/16 - 12:31 pm
171 Tremont St. proposal in Boston

You'll hardly even notice it - the last brown building on the right.

The Swiss owners of a runty little office building at 171 Tremont St., across from the movie theater and the Common have filed revised re-do plans with the BRA that call for construction of a 13-story building that would have just 12 condos - one to each floor above the lobby.

In a cover letter, the Dabbah family of Switzerland tells the BRA: Read more.

By - 9/12/16 - 3:48 pm

On Wednesday, the Boston Licensing Board hears the first 14 requests it has for the five "unrestricted" liquor licenses that became available Sept. 1 and which holders can borrow against and then resell. Read more.

By - 9/12/16 - 7:42 am

A train is so dead between Braintree and Quincy Adams that the T is now running shuttle buses. On the Green Line, meanwhile, an E trolley has expired at Government Center.

By - 9/9/16 - 6:36 pm
H&M going out of business

Craig Caplan notes the impending demise of H&M in Downtown Crossing. Can't be a coincidence it happened not all that long after Primark's arrival, no?

By - 9/8/16 - 8:48 pm
Fog over downtown Boston

Jami watched the fog barrel in over downtown Boston late this afternoon. Read more.

By - 9/7/16 - 3:08 pm
City Hall Plaza in winter

Rendering of the plaza in the winter.

Mayor Walsh's office announced today the city has signed a formal deal with Delaware North's Boston Garden Development Corp. to bring more life to the giant brick field that surrounds City Hall on three sides - starting with shaded picnic benches and more pop-up beer gardens on the plaza, and including winter ice skating. Read more.

By - 9/7/16 - 2:29 pm

Ari Ofsevit takes a look at the state's shelved plans to extend the Blue Line 1,300 feet to Charles/MGH and explains how the state screwed up all the cost estimates by proposing ridiculous construction techniques just because they don't feel like building the thing.

By - 9/7/16 - 9:10 am
Weird electronic sign on the Zakim Bridge

MassDOT is up to its Boston English-lovin' ways again, this time to urge college roommates to learn fire escape routes from their dorm rooms, as Sharon McAuliffe shows us this morning.

Earlier:
Use yah blinkah.

By - 9/5/16 - 9:51 pm

Boston Police report a woman was sexually attacked as she walked on the Greenway near State Street, towards the carousel, around 4:10 a.m.

The suspect was either white or Hispanic, in his 40s or 50s, about 5'5" with a scruffy face and thin. He wore a dark Bruins jersey and a baseball hat.

By - 9/3/16 - 8:51 pm

It's fireworks to celebrate Boston Harbor or Labor Day or just our ability to shoot giant explosives into the air.

By - 9/2/16 - 7:45 pm
Wating for new Jordan sneakers in Downtown Crossing

Some people wait in ridiculous lines for Apple products, or Black Friday specials at Best Buy. And some people, as Jed Hresko found around 6 p.m. in Downtown Crossing, are willing to wait overnight for Jordan 1 sneakers, which go on sale at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

By - 9/1/16 - 9:12 am
First trolley to go through the Tremont Street subway

Shortly before 6 a.m. on Sept. 1, 1897, this car moved out of a car barn and towards Park Street, where it would officially open North America's first subway service. It was not late.

Photo from the Boston City Archives. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 8/31/16 - 10:10 am
Benjamin Franklin statute put back at Boston's Old City Hall

WalkBoston reports Ben Franklin's looking pretty good for a 310-year-old guy who got knocked to the ground in a wind storm back in May.

By - 8/30/16 - 5:20 pm

This just in from inside BPD:

This evening a Hollywood production company, Wheelman PSC, LLC will be test firing prop weapons on Federal Street at Franklin St. We will arrive at 7:30pm and will be finished with in one hour. I will temporarily shut down traffic on Federal Street during the simulated gunfire. I will also make an "on air" announcement before we proceed. Please share this with the community partners in the financial district. Thank you

Titanium Cranium reports her apartment manager has forwarded a similar message.

Wheelman PSC is listed as the company behind Wheelman, a thriller involving a failed bank robber who can't trust anyone - except his 14-year-old daughter, natch. But they weren't originally scheduled to start filming here until Sept. 12.

By - 8/30/16 - 9:15 am
Franklin Street with more space for pedestrians

City planners are looking at widening the sidewalks at Franklin and Arch streets to create a new plaza. This morning, the Boston Transportation Department blocked off part of the street and set out some free coffee so people could look at possible designs for the plaza while traffic engineers scrutinized the impact on car traffic.

Anita Lauricella took a stroll around the temporary plaza.

By - 8/28/16 - 7:55 pm

J. Nathan Matias watched artillery fired on the Common this evening to welcome what Rob McDougall reports are various governors and other people in town for some sort of confab - more specifically, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. Read more.

By - 8/28/16 - 11:00 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com informs us about the return of the Battle of the Barges fireworks display on Sept. 3, over the harbor.