Downtown

By - 4/28/14 - 1:04 pm
Floating plants in Fort Point Channel

Fort Point Arts Community gives us a look at the newest art installation in Fort Point Channel: Tropical Fort Point by Peter Agoos:

The struggle for quality public open space in the neighborhood and the likelihood of climate change-induced rising sea levels are the conceptual parents of Tropical Fort Point. Inspired in part by seeing the Sudbury River at spring flood turning the

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By - 4/28/14 - 9:49 am

Transit Police report charging a Hub man with shtupping himself on a Red Line train last night while making lewd comments to two women sitting across from him.

More specifically, Richard Johnson, 48, of Boston, "had his penis out of his pants and was masturbating/fondling himself," police say, adding he got off at Downtown Crossing.

Johnson is scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal... Read more

By - 4/26/14 - 2:38 pm
Guys pouring cement

Workers this morning began pouring 6,000 cubic yards of concrete for a slab at the bottom of what will become the 50-story Millennium Tower where Filene's used to be in Downtown Crossing.

Suffolk Construction, overseeing the work, says the concrete project - which is slated to include deliveries from 600 trucks over 36 hours - will result in the largest "single pour" concrete slab in... Read more

By - 4/25/14 - 9:42 pm
Remembrance for the Armenian genocide in Boston

Matt Conti photographed the Armenian genocide remembrance on the Greenway today.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 4/25/14 - 9:15 am
Turkey at South Station

Ami Chitwood spotted the gobbler this morning, wonders if it was trying to hop on the 705 to Framingham.

By - 4/24/14 - 1:28 pm

Just to switch things up a bit, a Red Line train died in the middle of the day, at South Station, leading to what the T describes as "severe" delays. At 1:22 p.m., Flea reported:

30 minutes and I haven't made it from Wollaston to North Quincy yet.

JosieGL updates:

There was a disabled train then a disgruntled moron who started walking on

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By - 4/24/14 - 10:21 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports it is still working to confirm the identify of the body removed from Boston Harbor yesterday - as well as awaiting an autopsy by the medical examiner.

By - 4/24/14 - 8:29 am
Turkey on Boylston Street

Jenny Musch spotted this turkey trying to peck her way into M. Steinert and Sons on Boylston Street early this morning.

By - 4/24/14 - 7:51 am

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy, who, they say, indecently assaulted two women on April 8.

First, around 3:35, he touched a woman at Park Street around 3:35 p.m. He then got on an outbound trolley and did the same thing to another woman as she exited the train at Arlington.

He's in his 50s and wore a black knit cap,... Read more

By - 4/23/14 - 12:42 pm
Scene on Long Wharf

Long Wharf scene. Photo by Kevin Flight.

UPDATE: Body identified as that of Eric Munsell.

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.

Long Wharf is near where Eric Munsell of the North End was last seen in February.... Read more

By - 4/23/14 - 11:09 am
R.H. Stearns in downtown Boston

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

By - 4/23/14 - 9:37 am

The Boston Business Journal reports that Primark will be leasing four floors in the renovated Filene's building in Downtown Crossing.

Also planned for the project: A Roche Bros.

By - 4/22/14 - 1:23 pm

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?

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By - 4/22/14 - 1:09 pm

Jack Gately discusses Boston real-estate listings by neighborhood.

By - 4/22/14 - 10:42 am
Snow in Fort Point

The Fort Pointer shows us the snow that still remains today at the USPS lot on Fort Point Channel.

See also: the Natick Mall snow pile.

Of course, back in the day, winter harvests were big business in these parts.... Read more

By - 4/21/14 - 7:05 am
Truck fire on the Zakim bridge

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

By - 4/19/14 - 10:01 am

A wide-awake citizen complains:

Music playing on the greenway carousel?? It's 3:15 am.

By - 4/18/14 - 10:02 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.

By - 4/18/14 - 9:24 am
Trolley at Devonshire Street in Boston

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.

The Boston Street Railway Association posted this photo of one of the old trolleys at Devonshire (late renamed State).... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 6:56 pm

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

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