Boston firefighters and police detectives are at Long Wharf, where a body was found in the water at the marina on the Columbus Park/Commercial Wharf side around 12:30 p.m.
Filene's, Jordan Marsh, Gilchrist's, even Woolworth, all names from downtown's past now. But don't forget R.H. Stearn's, at Tremont and Temple Place, which once rivaled Filene's and Jordan Marsh as a regional retailing company.
Its flagship ten-story building, finished in 1909, still stands at Tremont Street and Temple Place. Even the original metal awnings are still there - although somebody, for some reason, removed the... Read more
A nuptials-wantin' citizen complains:
Rampant inefficiency: to get a marriage license, you have to stand in a long line to get a form and then get back in line to submit. Turns a 30 minute process into an hour-long ordeal. Why isn't this available online? Hell - why isn't there a stack of forms on a table?... Read more
Jack Gately discusses Boston real-estate listings by neighborhood.
An 18-wheeler collided with a taxi on the Zakim northbound shortly after 5:30 a.m..
The cabbie, a 54-year-old Chelsea oman driving a Malden taxi, died, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The DA's office says State Police are investigating exactly how the truck, registered in Hartford, CT and driven by a 46-year-old man, crashed into the taxi.
Jim Porter inched his... Read more
A wide-awake citizen complains:
Music playing on the greenway carousel?? It's 3:15 am.
The Globe looks at the prospects that the downtown developer may finally be able to tear down the Aquarium garage and put up that tower he wants, now that Boston has a mayor who doesn't take offense at his existence.
A.P. Blake reminds us that on this day in 1924, the predecessor of the MBTA shut the trolley line between downtown and East Boston for 50 hours to convert it into what we now know as the Blue Line.
A group of seven descended on a man and woman walking in Downtown Crossing Friday night and stopped beating the man only when they heard police sirens approaching, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The attack came just two days after a group of 20 went on a robbery and beating spree downtown.
Three men - Ayanle Mohamed, 24, of Charlestown, Liban... Read more
Brian D'Amico watched commemorations on Boylston Street, including a changing of the guard at a marker for one of the two explosion sites.
Meanwhile, Tom Reiner watched and listened to ships in the harbor sound their horns after the afternoon's moment of silence.
Photos copyright Brian D'Amico and Tom Reiner, respectively.... Read more
Mass Transit reports the first of 40 new commuter-rail locomotives is scheduled to pull out of North Station at 10:30 a.m., as part of Train 213 on the Haverhill line.
The locomotives, built in Idaho, will replace locomotives with an average age of 35 to 40 years, providing more reliable service, less pollution and better fuel efficiency.... Read more
This morning, police evacuated a MassDOT building at 185 Kneeland St. after the discovery of a mysterious device. The BPD bomb squad blew it up, then found a second, similar device.
The Globe reports authorities didn't blow it up because a label on it identified it as a "high-voltage fuse" and discovered they had fallen out of a truck.
Not long after, Emma... Read more
Grand Canal, 57 Canal St., is defending itself against new allegations its bouncers beat up a would-be patron they didn't like.
This time, the bar is fighting back - saying it had nothing to do with the man having his head cracked open after he was turned away at closing time on March 16, at a hearing this morning before Patricia Malone, the city... Read more
JB Parrett noticed this juxtaposition of choices downtown the other night.
The Globe reports the city is looking to ramp up the waterfront from the North End to Fort Point Channel with better pedestrian paths, restaurants, art, new docks and more water taxi stops - and a repaired Northern Avenue Bridge re-opened to cars.
Rachel Paiste asks:
Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$