As an industrial and warehouse district, the areas along Fort Point Channel and the harbor have had more than their share of fires over the decades. The Boston Public Library has posted a number of South Boston fire photos by Leslie Jones, including this four-alarm blaze at the National Wool warehouse on Congress Street in 1913 (above) and a six-alarm fire in 1915:
Updated, 10 a.m.
A fire reported at 4:29 a.m. at 327-333 Summer St. went to 8 alarms. Firefighters found heavy fire on several floors of the five-story brick building; they were ordered to evacuate around 5:05 a.m., the Boston Fire Department reports.
The five-story former warehouse, the upper floors of which were being converted from artists' studios into office space, brought firefighters... Read more
No doubt there's a perfectly good explanation for this afternoon's six-story geyser on A Street at Congress that doesn't involve a burst water main or an attack by Lord Nemo on the surface people. Photograph by Upstatement.
Robbie Waters provides another view of the eponymous event.
UPDATE: No, it's just a water-main break. The city advises that A Street is closed from... Read more
Roving photographer DGA reports some Fort Point yarnbombers (spiderweb bombers?) have outfitted the rickety and long closed stairs at A Street up to Summer Street for the upcoming holiday. At least, we hope that's what happened; we'd hate to think of the spider that would have made those webs.
The possible non-opening would not be good news for English because three weeks ago, his lawyer told the Boston Licensing Board he was hoping to sell the license for his long closed Kingfish Hall to Batali, which would... Read more
The Herald reports the owner of a Fort Point condo is facing fines because his condo association objects to the American flag in his window:
Trustee Sean McGrail said the board was merely responding to a resident’s complaint about the flag, which breaks condo rules banning colored curtains.... Read more
Seth Greenberg, who gave us Mistral, is planning a similar restaurant on Melcher Street in Fort Point.
Greenberg told the Boston Licensing Board today he hopes to open an "upscale modern French bistro" called Bastile Kitchen/Chalet this September in a building now under construction at 49 Melcher St.
The $2-million venture will feature a 230-seat main dining room and a 70-seat area for private functions.... Read more
Grub Street Boston reports Fort Point is getting a gourmet shop that promises to have the largest cheese counter anywhere near downtown.
A Fort Point resident is seeking liquor and food-serving licenses to open a wine bar in the Channel Center Street building where he lives.
Brian Bresnahan's lawyer, Diane Modica, told the Boston Licensing Board today his proposed Internal Matter, 35 Channel Center Street, would give the area's burgeoning population of residents and workers a place to hang out after work and "have a glass of... Read more
Boston Restaurant Talk gets some details on Ming Tsai's proposed Blue Dragon restaurant.
Fort Point Blog provides the proof.
The sign welcoming you to Fort Point is one of the last things you see before you cross the Summer Street bridge from Fort Point into downtown (the other side of the sign says "Welcome to South Boston").... Read more
The Fort Point Pier opened today:
With its broad floating dock having a planked deck surface only 12.5" inches above the waterline, generous in cleats and other potential tie-up points, Fort Point Pier is perfectly suited as a FREE, public launch point to Boston Harbor for kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board (SUP),... Read more
Boston Police are investigating why a woman fell to her death down a shaft in a Summer Street building tonight.
The Boston Fire Department, which initially responded to a call for a person down a shaft at 281 Summer St., said their search was at first hampered because the roof was dark and the building has more than one shaft. After more than an... Read more