Downtown

By - 11/5/14 - 3:03 pm
MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott in new hybrid bus

Scott tries out the driver's seat.

MBTA officials today showed off the first of 60 diesel-hybrid buses that they say will save money on fuel - and give T police real-time surveillance of bus riders.

Around 11:30 a.m., T General Manager Beverly Scott arrived at Haymarket station, where the bus - which still had that new-bus smell - awaited her inspection. She glowingly looked at the new seats - some configured... Read more

By - 11/3/14 - 5:09 pm

So this train pulls into State Street and the doors just won't open, to the point where people start banging on the doors, which, of course, does nothing to make them work. The T finally managed to unload that train somehow, but now it's reporting "severe" delays on the Citrus Line.

By - 11/3/14 - 7:38 am
Fire in skyscraper on Summer Street in Boston

Firefighters on Summer Street. Photo by Jennifer.

Firefighters raced to 3 Summer St., across from Macy's, around 7:30 a.m. for a transformer fire on the 21st floor.

UPDATE: By 7:45 a.m., firefighters were starting to leave after the fire was put out and smoke dissipated. A city electrical inspector and an NStar technician were on their way up.

By - 11/2/14 - 12:02 pm
Waiting outside Faneuil Hall to pay respects to Tom Menino

Road Trip New England captured people waiting by the statue of Mayor White for their turn to pay their final respects to Mayor Menino inside Faneuil Hall this morning. Faneuil Hall will remain open until there are no more people left.

By - 10/31/14 - 6:46 pm

An Allston man faces drunk-driving charges after police found him and his car on the tracks at North Station early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Matthias Grenon, 22, somehow got on the commuter-rail tracks near the train-repair facility in Somerville, then headed inbound on the tracks without slipping off until he pulled into the station around 2:20 a.m., the DA's office... Read more

By - 10/31/14 - 4:45 pm

Boston Magazine reports on the arrests following a vicious attack outside Faneuil Hall earlier this week.

By - 10/31/14 - 2:48 pm
Downtown Crossing memorial to Tom Menino

Ben Heyman paused to take a look at the makeshift memorial to Tom Menino at the heart of Downtown Crossing this afternoon.

By - 10/31/14 - 7:55 am
Green Line refugees on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Back Bay: Orange Line now reporting delays due to all the Green Line refugees. Photo by Alexander Zafris.

One of those dreaded "track issues" means no service at all between Arlington and Haymarket. Use the Orange Line, the T advises, and pray it doesn't die, too.

Jason Greeley reported at 8:20:

Broken rail at Boylston, no shuttle, stuck for half an hour in a tunnel.

UPDATE, 8:49 a.m.: And now the entire E line is dead and the T is advising that... Read more

By - 10/30/14 - 9:52 pm

Starting at 10 a.m., according to his family. The mayor's office in City Hall overlooks Faneuil Hall.

A funeral mass the next day at Most Precious Blood Parish in Hyde Park will be private.

By - 10/29/14 - 10:33 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Crumbs is opening an outlet that will feature not only cupcakes, but pushup cupcakes in a tube and some mutant bagel/croissant thing.

By - 10/29/14 - 5:40 pm

Updated with information from Transit Police.

Transit Police report a man pulled out from under a southbound Orange Line train at Haymarket this evening has died.

The man was conscious and talking to firefighters as they extricated him around 6:15 p.m. about 35 minutes after he was hit by the train. The man, white and apparently in his 40s, was rushed to Mass. General,... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 8:15 am
Sunrise over the Zakim Bridge in Boston

JB Parrett caught the sunrise over the Zakim and the Garden this morning.

By - 10/29/14 - 8:11 am

Our favorite fuzzy musician reports on an incident last night in front of Faneuil Hall:

There was another attack by 2 guys and a girl this time this time they tried to stab me with a knife and they stole from me lm not upset because I realize god gives us problems in order to make us stronger these are the few dollars that

... Read more
By - 10/28/14 - 3:56 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on a couple of brothers who have created an app that lets you arrange for dry cleaning over your phone - you set the date and time and somebody comes and picks up your clothes, then returns them when they're done, at least in downtown, the Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the North End.... Read more

By - 10/28/14 - 1:37 pm

At a hearing this morning, a lawyer for Sweetwater Cafe and a Boston Police detective agreed the detective was holding a photo of a woman with a beer bottle in one hand. But was she still in the area in the Boylston Place Alley designated for the cafe's patio area or just outside it?

Attorney Dennis Quilty said the woman was obviously under the awning... Read more

By - 10/28/14 - 7:28 am

The Globe reports the family owners of James Hook & Co. are looking to replace their current seaside digs on Atlantic Avenue with a 22-story residential tower - and space for them to keep selling lobsters and other seafood in a new restaurant.

The Herald reports on parking concerns from the Municipal Harbor Plan Advisory Committee.... Read more

By - 10/26/14 - 6:54 pm
Costumed scooter riders in downtown Boston

Phil was on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing yesterday when one of those packs of minibike riders came by, but this time dressed for the season.

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

By - 10/25/14 - 8:50 am

Freeze Don't Shoot holds a rally starting at noon at the Brewer Fountain on the Common to protest the death of family dogs by police conducting raids and searches. The group is seeking better training for police on how to deal with dogs short of just shooting them to death:

Our dogs are being shot as a result of wrong addresses, invasion of our

... Read more
By - 10/25/14 - 8:22 am

Trish Fontanilla asks:

Great breakfast places 10 mins or less from South Station for 10+ people? Is that possible?

By - 10/25/14 - 4:54 am

Somebody was stabbed around 1:30 a.m. in the alley at 266 Friend St., Stanley Staco reports.

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