Downtown

By - 3/5/16 - 9:05 am

Elvis Jocol Lara reports on an incident at last night's game between the Celtics and the Knicks, who have a player from Spain: Read more.

By - 3/4/16 - 4:28 pm

The Globe reports the Suffolk board of trustees has hired Raskey Baerlein, which firms often hire to handle PR crises, to replace Regan Communications, which firms often hire to handle PR crises, such as the one involving Regan and the ouster of the school's latest president.

By - 3/3/16 - 2:42 pm

Mayor Walsh's office announced today it's chosen Delaware North's Boston Garden Development Corp. - currently building a new mixed-use tower at North Station - to transform City Hall Plaza into more than just a vast field of bricks with occasional concerts and food festivals. Read more.

By - 3/3/16 - 1:12 pm

Emerson College today announced plans to turn the building between the old Alley and the theater on Boylston Street into a new student dining center - to go along with the 18-story dorm the college is building there.

That's good news for fans of the old Colonial, which the college had initially looked at as space for a new student center/feeding facility. Read more.

By - 3/3/16 - 12:01 pm
2009 collapsed crane in downtown Boston.

The crane after it tipped over. Photo by ChinatownKicks.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a nearly $10-million verdict for the death of James Williamson when the boom-lift crane from which he was inspecting a the roof of a Suffolk University building downtown tipped over, hurtling him into the wall of a neighboring building. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 10:37 pm
Crowded Blue Line station at State Street

Jordan Frias found himself in a rush-hour-like crowd at State Street around 10 p.m., 15 minutes or so after a train switched to the Pearly Gates track at Maverick.

By - 3/2/16 - 3:16 pm
Missing stuffed bunny rabbit

Vodkanaut reports somebody dropped this bun today outside Tossed Boston in Post Office Square.

Earlier:
A girl and her bun reunited for the holidays.

By - 3/1/16 - 4:39 pm
Two suspects in downtown stickups in Boston

Guy on left wanted; guy on right arrested.

Boston Police report arresting Jose Manuel Lopez on charges he was sticking up pedestrians at knifepoint in recent weeks downtown. Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 10:53 pm
Interesting sky over downtown Boston

Erica Mattison looked up this afternoon (about 45 minutes before somebody in the South End was nearly blinded by the setting sun reflecting off the other side of the tower).

By - 2/29/16 - 6:42 pm
Millennium Tower

Marc Choquette gives us a taste of his new afternoon ritual at his office at 500 Harrison Ave. in the South End: Having his retinas fried to a cinder by the blinding light reflected off Millennium Tower.

By - 2/25/16 - 1:40 pm

The Fort Point Boston Blog reports on efforts by the Boston Preservation Alliance, The Friends of the Northern Avenue Bridge and the Fort Point Neighborhood Association to make sure the now unusable bridge is eventually restored. Read more.

By - 2/25/16 - 8:33 am

Some sort of power problem at Back Bay means the T is urging people headed for downtown points to use the Green Line instead. Meanwhile, The Management reports:

Stuck at Aquarium and i can't even see the penguins. Blue Line delay due to "signal problem" at Orient Heights.

By - 2/23/16 - 10:10 am
Peering down a hatch near the Charles River at North Station

Peering down a gap on the North Station side of the river. Photo by Margaret Phan.

UPDATE: The Globe reports police have video that appears to show Marr falling into the river.

A Boston Police dive team and other searchers have returned to the Charles River near North Station, where crews searched last week for evidence related to the disappearance of Zachary Marr, last seen outside the Bell in Hand and the Boston Public Market on Feb. 13. Read more.

By - 2/22/16 - 4:13 pm

RoadTrip New England met him in Liberty Square.

By - 2/22/16 - 8:38 am
Protesting winter in Boston

Bcole took in a protest against winter outside South Station this morning.

By - 2/21/16 - 1:47 pm
South Station in Boston before 1930

South Station and what little there was of the Boston skyline in 1930. See it larger.

On New Year's Day, 1899, the first train steamed out of what was then called South Central Station at Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street. Built to replace the four other train terminals south of downtown, the station was physically one of the largest in the world - and for decades served more passengers than any other station in the US. It had 26 platforms, apartments for railroad workers, 45 bathrooms with automatically flushing toilets and a separate women's waiting room with lounge and rocking chairs and cribs.

News photographer Leslie Jones chronicled the station's life in the middle of the 20th century, when trains were the dominant mode of transportation and the station went from Atlantic Avenue to Dorchester Avenue along Fort Point Channel. Here are some of his photos. Read more.

By - 2/20/16 - 11:26 am
Levers and interlocking board at South Station's old Tower 1

Some of the levers that used to control the switches at South Station. See it larger.

Thursday's South Station meltdown proved to be the fault of a computerized track-switching system in a building called Tower 1 (and seems Amtrak still is unsure what happened).

Today, Tower 1 is a shed, basically, but it once was an actual three-story tower in the middle of all the tracks funneling towards South Station. Installed in 1899, it handled the more than 700 trains that once came into and left what was once the busiest train station in the country, using hand-cranked levers to control pneumatic tubes that changed the
settings of switches in the station's large "interlocking," where trains could be guided from one set of tracks to another. Read more.

By - 2/19/16 - 11:09 am
Illuminated Government Center station in Boston

The T reports Government Center is still on track to re-open late next month, after two years of renovations.

The T adds the lights are programmable and multi-colored, which could lead to interesting possibilities for concerts and performances on City Hall Plaza.

By - 2/19/16 - 9:06 am

Dave, a Worcester Line rider with an interest in trains, begins to break down what happened with the trains into and out of South Station yesterday: It all involves an Amtrak computer room, called Tower 1 from the days when it was an actual tower with men who moved actual levers to switch trains.

By - 2/19/16 - 7:38 am

Word from Keolis came around 5:40 a.m.

Now about the problems on the Fitchburg and Lowell lines into North Station ...