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By - 1/10/14 - 12:57 pm

Transit Police report they are searching for a guy in a red jacket who indecently assaulted a woman on a Green Line trolley around 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday between Government Center and Park Street.

He's described as white, apparently in his 40s, wearing a red knit winter hat, red jacket, blue jeans and dark gloves.... Read more

By - 1/9/14 - 7:49 am

An inbound Orange Line train lay down and died this morning at North Station. Jennifer, who was on the train, reports:

They said “train is out of service”, but not letting anyone off. WTF.

The driver then came by each car and opened one door to let riders exit.

A Green Line train headed to Cleveland Circle decided it like Park Street just fine... Read more

By - 1/7/14 - 8:17 am

People coming into Boston from the north are stuck sitting on trains just on the other side of the Charles River bridge thanks to signals that are refusing to signal.

Tom reports:

The MBTA is broken so I'm stuck on a commuter rail train where tensions are getting high... Please send backup and Starbucks.

The Green, Red and Orange lines have had the usual... Read more

By - 1/6/14 - 4:52 pm

Trains on the Worcester, Fairmount and Franklin lines have been cancelled this afternoon because of what MBCR says is "a shortage of equipment."

By - 1/4/14 - 9:13 pm
Flooded basement at 99 Bay State Rd. in Boston

Ladder floats in flooded basement of MIT frat on Bay State Road. Photo by BFD.

From downtown office towers to apartments across the city, Boston firefighters were kept busy tonight dealing with sprinkler systems failing under the onslaught of cold temperatures.

Firefighters went floor to floor in the 33-story 44 Federal St. tonight, ordering all unnecessary workers out of the building after they shut the entire building's sprinkler system due to a leak.

Around the same time, firefighters responded to... Read more

By - 1/3/14 - 5:57 pm
Loews evacuated in Boston

Loews wasn't catching fire, it was leaking water. Photo by Laura Kinson.

Cold-weary Bostonians seeking a little diversion at the Loews found themselves back out on a frigid Tremont Street late this afternoon when a pipe burst and the megaplex was evacuated.

Earlier, the Prudential Center mall developed an impromptu waterfall when a pipe burst. Chico's was ruined, Julie Loncich reports.

By - 1/3/14 - 5:47 pm

Because frozen switches mean nobody knows when they're getting home tonight.

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: MBCR reports the problem is fixed, but that commuters should expect "residual" delays.

By - 1/3/14 - 4:43 pm
Flooding at the end of Long Wharf

Normally, you can stand right at those bollards.

NorthendWaterfront.com posts photos of flooding along the waterfront today, including Long Wharf (above) and Columbus Park.

The sea level rise from Boston Harbor appeared worse than that seen during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 despite significantly less wave action. For example, today’s high tide showed a record level of water intrusion on the harborwalk at Christopher Columbus Park. Sea level rise and Boston’s rising tides

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By - 1/3/14 - 9:11 am
Summer Street in Boston in the snow and cold

State officials urged people to stay home this morning, and it seems like a lot of people heeded that.

Paul Villanova put on his warm clothes this morning to take photos of an empty Summer Street in Fort Point (above) and an equally empty and windswept Dewey Square:

By - 12/30/13 - 5:35 pm

A roving UHub reader just checked in from Downtown Crossing, where a dead train is causing all sorts of ire:

The ire at Downtown Crossing is so strong you could hang your parka on it. "Moderate delays" per automated announcement, but this crowd is overflowing from the platform to the stairs and hallways.

By - 12/28/13 - 12:08 pm

Joe Gravellese reports Planet Fitness has sold its Government Center outlet to some company called Rock'n Fitness.

Still open, same membership price, same hours, etc. ... They've already scraped off most of the logos etc. It looks weird in there.

And one of those things they scraped off was the large "No Judgement Zone" banner, which was forever getting judged, hard, by aficionados of... Read more

By - 12/27/13 - 10:13 pm

Turns out those conventioneers who had their credit-card info had one thing in common: They all ate or drank at pubs run by the Briar Group, whose outlets include the Harp, Solas, Ned Devine's, the Green Briar and Anthem. And that means some locals probably had their data nabbed as well.

In a statement tonight, the chain says:

Based on the initial results of

... Read more
By - 12/27/13 - 12:31 pm

Jordan Munson asks:

Best place in Chinatown (Boston) to grab a quick ramen lunch?

By - 12/26/13 - 4:10 pm

MassDOT has a site to explain the rehab work, which will be followed by 11 months of nighttime and off-hours work.

By - 12/26/13 - 10:49 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com posts a copy of a Suffolk Superior Court judge's ruling that a group of North End residents can continue their legal action against the BRA's proposal to turn the shelter at the end of Long Wharf into a restaurant.

The ruling requires state regulators - who had already approved the project - to consider new evidence that the National Park Service considers... Read more

By - 12/24/13 - 3:15 pm
Lobster claws on a Christmas tree

Some places celebrate Christmas with piles of lobster pots; James Hook & Co., though, has a tree decked out in lobster claws, as Adam Castiglioni shows us.

By - 12/22/13 - 10:35 pm
Looking down on Staniford Street

OK, OK, it's really Justin Porter stepping onto his fog-shrouded balcony and photographing firefighters packing up after an investigation tonight into what seemed at first like a fire at 150 Staniford St., but which turned out to be some guy grilling on his porch in that building.

By - 12/22/13 - 4:23 pm

Wanted. Surveillance photo from BPD.

UPDATE: Two arrests made.

Boston Police report a couple of guys have robbed or tried to rob six stores in the North End and nearby this weekend.

The men, one white, one black, sometimes show up together, but typically just one demands money while the other waits outside, police say.

Their spree started around 4 p.m. on Saturday when the white guy held... Read more

By - 12/21/13 - 11:38 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a recent BRA planning meeting at which an architect for the Hook family discussed how it would like to build some sort of tower on the current property - with the lobster place staying in the first floor.

By - 12/17/13 - 5:28 pm
Beverly Scott watches blinking lights

At the height of the storm, the T posted a photo of General Manager Beverly Scott watching the displays at the T's High Street command center.

That was just about when a train at Tufts Medical Center on the Orange Line decided it wanted a change of careers, stranding the same sort of commuters who got stuck when another Orange Line train died... Read more

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