Downtown

By - 5/21/16 - 9:46 am
No swings on the Rose Kennedy Greenway

ItalianInBoston was startled last night to notice the swinging seats on the Greenway near the North End were just gone. Read more.

By - 5/20/16 - 11:32 pm

A concerned citizen complains about the pedestrian crossing where Cambridge Street turns into Tremont downtown:

The walk signal here is chirping birds. The problem is that there are nests of real birds above the Center3Plaza signage. A walker can't differentiate between the chirping signal and the real birds. Someone's gonna get killed here.

By - 5/19/16 - 7:27 am

Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina says he sometimes gets frustrated with the otherwise beautiful view from Piers Park in East Boston: He can see the Seaport in South Boston, but knows the only way to get there by public transportation is via three subway lines and a bus. Read more.

By - 5/19/16 - 7:01 am
Workers moving Ben Franklin for repairs

This morning, Paul Nutting watched workers move Ben Franklin from the sidewalk he plunged to the other day outside Old City Hall to a truck that would whisk him away for some repairs. Read more.

By - 5/17/16 - 11:03 pm
Nigerians protesting outside Boston City Hall

As BPS students and parents protested program cuts near the Bill Russell statue, a smaller group of Nigerian expats and Nigerian-Americans were holding a protest of their own a bit closer to the Government Center T stop.

By - 5/17/16 - 11:11 am

The new Godfrey Hotel in Downtown Crossing had to send representatives to the Boston Licensing Board today to explain why a hotel guest was standing outside with a drink in his hand early one morning last month. Read more.

By - 5/17/16 - 7:58 am

David Bates reports a number of residents at Millennium Place have put their condos up for sale so they can move into the even swankier Millennium Tower down the street.

By - 5/16/16 - 1:02 pm

Boston Reddit reports on the demise of the statue of Ben Franklin in front of Old City Hall during yesterday's winds.

By - 5/14/16 - 4:01 pm
British Redcoats enjoying tea in downtown Boston

Craig Caplan captured some Redcoats having a little tea party outside David's Tea downtown this afternoon.

By - 5/14/16 - 6:52 am
MBTA workers repair busted switch near Park Street on the Green Line

Photo by MBTA.

The MBTA reports the Green Line should be back to normal this morning after a crew worked overnight to repair the balky switch that waylaid a trolley entering Park Street yesterday.

By - 5/13/16 - 11:16 pm

Boston Police report they are looking for a woman who held up the TD Bank branch at 24 Winter St. at knifepoint at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By - 5/13/16 - 9:32 am

The T is telling passengers to take the Orange Line for downtown points.

By - 5/12/16 - 7:02 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a community meeting about a proposed hotel on N. Washington Street that grew cries of opposition from a number of nearby residents - including an official of the condo board at Strada 234, who said the building is 60 feet too tall and would block some of his residents' views of the Custom House, which means it's worth suing over, if it comes to that.

By - 5/12/16 - 1:35 pm
Smoke from tunnel fire

Hotel billowing in the clear blue sky. Photo by Nat Tarbox.

UPDATE: Traffic is now blocked all over for miles.

Firefighters are in the O'Neill Tunnel battling a fire in a garbage truck that is sending smoke up through the ventilation shaft the InterContinental Hotel is built around. The hotel itself is not on fire.

By - 5/10/16 - 1:03 pm
Seaplane in Boston Harbor

The day after the Globe reported two companies want to start seaplane service to New York, Aidan noticed a seaplane just casually docked in Boston Harbor.

By - 5/9/16 - 11:34 am

Dan Hausle reports the Steaming Kettle on the edge of City Hall Plaza is being taken down today to repair the damage caused when a truck hit it.

By - 5/8/16 - 10:31 am

The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force reports it's looking for a guy who walked into the TD Bank branch at 24 Winter St. late Thursday afternoon and told a teller he needed money and he needed it fast.

He's described as being medium height, with a medium build.

Orange Line service was briefly held when police searched the Downtown Crossing station for him.

By - 5/7/16 - 10:53 am
Three options for the Northern Avenue bridge in Boston

Three of the options. See it larger.

The city of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects have posted entries in a design competition for what to do with the Northern Avenue Bridge, which has been closed to even pedestrians for the past year.

By - 5/6/16 - 1:09 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports plans for the restaurant space in the new Downtown Crossing hotel.

By - 5/5/16 - 12:33 pm

The T and Keolis say they're going to be doing a little "Fare is Fair" exhibit at South Station during the evening rush hour, in during which Keolis teams will be checking passengers for valid tickets before they get on trains on certain platforms. Read more.