Downtown

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By - 2/12/15 - 12:20 pm
Two Dunkin' Donuts iced coffees

Snow piled higher than we can see? Giant icicles raining down on us? Temperatures plunging to negative numbers and another Nor'easter about to explode above us? Hah! This is Boston and we laugh in the face of that kind of alleged adversity and then we go out and get our iced coffees, dammit! And make 'em large!

Lori Magno captured the moment aboard an elevator at 33 Arch St. this lunchtime.

By - 2/11/15 - 2:08 pm
Boat at Lincoln and Summer streets in Boston

We needed this. After days of life in Ice Station Zebra, we've all gotten cranky and surly.

So what better thing to lift our moods, if even for a moment, than something so out of the ordinary, so completely ludicrous as a yacht stuck on a snowbank in the middle of downtown Boston?

By - 2/10/15 - 8:23 pm
Boy being rescued from Fort Point Channel

Man pulls boy out of the frigid water.

A passerby who heard the screams of boys playing behind the Intercontinental Hotel rushed down a dock to rescue their playmate, who had fallen into the frigid waters of Fort Point Channel this afternoon.

Tez Garcia, who was nearby taking pictures of the frozen harbor at the time, forwarded photos of the dramatic rescue, which happened around 3:30 p.m.

The kids, who had been playing by themselves on sleds on a mound of snow that ended right at the water a few feet away from the water-taxi dock, start looking for the missing boy - and screaming for help:

By - 2/9/15 - 9:40 pm

Here's London mayor Boris Johnson with some random chap on the Red Line today:

By - 2/9/15 - 5:05 pm
Boris Johnson on the Greenway

Mayor Boris Johnson of London, that is, in town to promote business or something, and loving the idea of depressing highways. That's him on the left.

By - 2/6/15 - 5:39 pm
Buses in a row in Brighton

KWAPT shows us the non-moving bus traffic on Washington Street in Brighton, where a bus and a cab may have tried to occupy the same space at the same time. Traffic elsewhere is marginally better, except possibly in Kenmore Square, where the stop lights have taken the night off.

Atlantic Avenue by Summer is also a morass of non-movingness, as Cybah noticed out his office window:

By - 2/5/15 - 6:43 pm

With particularly frigid temps expected, the MBTA says riders should brace for subway delays tomorrow.

For tomorrow, sub-zero conditions and wind chills as low as minus 20 will likely affect aging trains’ propulsion systems. While the MBTA will work hard to provide regular weekday service, customers are strongly encouraged to stay updated on delays and service interruptions via mbta.com or on twitter @mbta.

By - 2/5/15 - 9:22 am

The Boston Fire Department ordered Purchase Street between Congress and Summer shut around 9:15 a.m. so workers could remove large icicles from buildings before they fall and impale somebody.

UPDATE: In removing icicles from 51 High St., which also fronts Purchase, firefighters discovered loose parapets. ISD requested to the scene.

By - 2/5/15 - 8:27 am

WBZ reports on the punishment agreed to by the guy who did a flip over the tracks at Park Street in December.

By - 2/4/15 - 12:29 pm

A Dunkin' Donuts franchisee goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission to crank up the coffee machines at 330 Washington St.

By - 2/3/15 - 5:52 pm
Blue Line delays

Tim Lawrence reported around 5:45 p.m. that the arrival board at State Street was a lying liar - the Blue Line outbound has severe delays.

By - 2/3/15 - 3:48 pm
Bad traffic on Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown

Cram and jam on inbound Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown. Photo by Tucc06.

Because it's sounding like downtown and surrounding areas are at gridlock right now - and it can't possibly be because of people heading to the Beanpot, can it?

Jaci reports:

Two lanes are trying to exit at Charles MGH off Storrow. Those two lanes are not moving.

Ashley Steriti adds:

Revere to Back Bay via car. 75 minutes and still in the tunnel. Can't even see the light of Storrow Drive yet

By - 2/3/15 - 10:33 am

The Globe's Andrew Ryan reports police officers will be instructed to order down anyone they see atop a snow pile during tomorrow's Patriots victory parade.

By - 2/2/15 - 5:27 pm

Too much snow on the ground, too much cold, the Mayor says:

Due to today's bad weather and the worsening forecast for tonight, the New England Patriots and the City of Boston have made the mutual decision to postpone the victory parade until Wednesday, February 4 at 11 a.m.

By - 2/2/15 - 4:48 pm
Red Line panorama

Red Line riders going nowhere. See it larger. Photo by David.

Whitney Rudin checks in from Park Street:

At Park St they are saying they are attempting to push a redline train up the hill at MGH. Telling all to find other ways home

Devon McGettrick reports:

Been waiting at Central for 60 min.

By - 2/1/15 - 10:50 pm
Patriots fans head to Boston Common

With police keeping people out of Kenmore Square who weren't there before the end of the game, fans who just want to be part of something big are streaming towards the Parkman Bandstand.

Chris in Boston captured a large crowd on its way there.

UPDATE, 11:40 p.m. People began leaving the bandstand around 11:25 and started heading towards Kenmore Square. Some people began throwing ice chunks on Boylston Street; one car had its windshield shattered at Boylston and Ring Road.

By - 2/1/15 - 2:32 pm
Firefighters at Downtown Crossing

Firefighters on their way down. Photo by Jonathan Ng.

Down on the Red Line tracks at Downtown Crossing around 2:15 p.m., quickly put out and probably due to the fact that we're all slobs who throw things on the tracks all the time, or something.

By - 2/1/15 - 2:19 pm
Snowdecahedrons in Dewey Square

TrueNE_79 spottted these snowdecahedrons in Dewey Square this morning.

Could they be the work of Dan Sternof Beyer, who sculpted the forms in Porter Square and elsewhere back in 2011? Well, Beyer is a member of New American Art, a collaborative interested in "beautiful, interactive public art," and just take a look at what they posted yesterday on their Tumblr site.

By - 1/31/15 - 2:37 pm

A Dorchester teen who allegedly pulled a knife on somebody at the South Station bus terminal last night tried to make like an egg and beat it when the law arrived.

He failed, Transit Police report.

The long arm of the law reached out and grabbed Eddie Divas, 18, cuffed him and charged him with assault by means of a dangerous weapon - a knife - Transit Police say.

Innocent, etc.

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