By - 7/13/15 - 6:26 pm
The old Felt club in downtown Boston

Felt in better days

The Boston Business Journal reports a developer has filed a preliminary plan with the BRA to stick 26 floors of residential space above the facade of the existing four-story building at 533 Washington St. that had housed nightclubs for more than 50 years until the state shut Felt in 2012.

The developer bought the building from the Baldekas family last year.

By - 7/13/15 - 12:37 pm
Putting down Astroturf in front of Boston City Hall

Shamus Moynihan watched workers putting down Astroturf on a 40x40 stretch of City Hall Plaza as part of Mayor Walsh's effort to make the normally barren brick wasteland more fun. Part of the effort also includes the plastic Adirondack chairs the city recently plunked down on the plaza.

By - 7/12/15 - 1:29 pm
Ship steering wheels

Views of the Northeast spent some time exploring the Tall Ships in Boston Harbor yesterday.

Copyright Views of the Northeast. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/12/15 - 10:29 am
Naked bicycle rider

OfficerInBoston watched the World Naked Bike Ride Boston edition go by last night.

Not everybody bicycled in complete deshabille, as Arturo Gossage shows us: Read more.

By - 7/11/15 - 9:33 am
Watching the sun set over downtown Boston from a bucket

Yesterday evening, Steve spotted a guy who knows how to watch the sunset over downtown Boston - from a bucket truck at the end of Bremen Street in East Boston.

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

By - 7/10/15 - 9:02 am
Haitian protest march that started in Government Center

Haitians march from Government Center to Park Square. Photo by Adam Castiglioni.

Area Haitians and Haitian-Americans protesting a plan by the Dominican Republic to expel tens of thousands of people who can't prove they're really Dominican marched yesterday from Government Center to the Dominican consulate - where they were met by area Dominicans and Dominican-Americans who think the plan is just fine. WBUR reports the two groups protested peacefully - and separated by police. Among the Haitian group: State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester), who is Haitian-American.

By - 7/10/15 - 8:39 am

The Herald reports city officials raided the Greatest Bar on Friend Street last night and threatened to shut it down today because of a long list of incidents over the past couple of years - including a brawl that ended with a worker getting stabbed.

By - 7/8/15 - 6:55 pm reports on a public meeting Tuesday over the future of the venerable marketplace - whose operators have already announced plans to rip out the current food stalls and replace them with fancy bistros and the like.

By - 7/8/15 - 6:38 pm

Around 4:30 p.m., people across the Financial District heard a loud boom. Those who happened to be on Federal Street in front of the Bank of America building, saw flames coming out of the rear tire well of an MBTA bus, followed quickly by the arrival of Boston firefighters, who doused the engine.

After they were done, T inspectors tried to figure out what had happened before the bus was towed away.

By - 7/2/15 - 8:52 am

Mike Deehan gives us a bird's-eye view of a John Birch Society protest thing in the State House that was ignored by pretty much everybody except him. One of the two organizers was, of course, the JBS's Boston point man, Harold Shurtleff of West Roxbury, who normally devotes his time to ensuring every public bulletin board in West Roxbury and Roslindale has fliers for the society's youth camp.

Bonus fun fact: The society was originally headquartered in our very own Belmont.

By - 7/2/15 - 8:40 am

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded at 3:49 a.m. to South Station for a fire in the ceiling above tracks 5 and 6: Read more.

By - 6/30/15 - 9:15 pm
Watching the US women's soccer team on City Hall Plaza

Matt Lowe was among those watching the US Women's National Team beat Germany tonight and advance to the final on a large screen on City Hall Plaza.

By - 6/30/15 - 5:59 pm

MBTA workers managed to snuff out the fire (another photo) before it got too large - and just as Boston firefighters were arriving - around 5:55 p.m., but they also had to shut off the power as a precaution.

By - 6/30/15 - 3:09 pm
View from the top of Millennium Tower

The other night, a roving UHub photographer managed to rove himself right up to the current top of the Millennium Tower under construction where Filene's used to be and shares some of the views from up there - in a building where at least one top-level condo is being marketed at $37 million.

The view towards Back Bay and the other towers put up by Millennium Partners - the Ritz Carlton down Washington Street: Read more.

By - 6/28/15 - 10:41 pm
Cardinal Sean O'Malley addresses crowd at Parkman Bandstand

Arturo Gossage took in the protest at the Parkman Bandstand today. Among the speakers: Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

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

By - 6/28/15 - 9:41 pm
Trolleys in Copley Square

The Boston City Archives recently posted a collection of photos of Boston street cars, including this photo of trolleys lined up in Copley Square for the School Boy Parade on June 6, 1937, and a photo of the scene on Tremont Street around 1895 - two years before the first subway tunnel in America opened underneath Tremont: Read more.

By - 6/27/15 - 12:18 pm
City Hall sign pointing to City Hall

What's not to love? 2012 photo.

ArchDaily interviews a trio of architects writing a book about the glory of 1960s and 1970s concrete architecture in Boston and why they prefer to call it "Heroic" rather than "Brutalist." For starters, not all concrete buildings are brutalist. Equally important, they say, all that concrete reflects an era in which city leaders managed to revitalize a city that had been somnolently declining for decades. Read more.

By - 6/26/15 - 11:37 pm
New retail space in Government Center station

Government Center retail space. Photo by MBTA.

Whether it will be another Dunkin' Donuts to replace the one that was almost directly underneath one of the two Dunkin' Donuts on the street, however, remains an open question. A T spokesman says a vendor has yet to be chosen for the space, although he adds whoever it turns out to be will be banned from selling popcorn.

The renovated junction for the Green and Blue lines is scheduled to open next year.

By - 6/26/15 - 10:20 pm
By - 6/25/15 - 1:37 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Wakefield man on charges he punched one of two people who wouldn't give him money, then stabbed the second. Read more.