By - 4/21/16 - 11:48 pm
Blackout at Back Bay station on the Orange Line

The lights went out at Tufts and Back Bay on the Orange Line this rush hour, slowing trains as riders stumbled in the dark. At least, as Joe Growhowski shows us, Back Bay had some natural light coming in from one end.

By - 4/20/16 - 12:39 pm

For years now, city officials have resisted letting liquor stores add nips, half pints and pints to their stock because the sort of people who buy them are the sort to just toss them on the ground nearby when they're done. A Leather District market currently banned from selling the smaller bottles, though, says its customers are different and is asking the Boston Licensing Board to let it sell liquor in volumes as small as a half pint. Read more.

By - 4/13/16 - 11:44 am

Sagarino's, 111 South St., could have a tough sale next week when it asks the Boston Licensing Board to remove a condition from its liquor license that bars it from selling "pints, half pints, nips or single cans." Read more.

By - 4/12/16 - 9:32 pm has the results for the First Suffolk and Middlesex race. There are no Republicans running in the May 10 final - for the right to serve until this November's election.

By - 4/5/16 - 4:04 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today held its third hearing in less than a month on two incidents at Savvor Restaurant and Lounge at which patrons took out their anger at other people by stabbing them.

In both cases, the Lincoln Street restaurant says it's not to blame: Read more.

By - 4/2/16 - 10:41 pm

Around 10 p.m. at Washington and Beach streets. In addition to his skull mask, the robber wore a black hoodie.

By - 3/31/16 - 10:16 pm

Stanley Staco reports two people were stabbed around 9:10 p.m. at Beach and Lincoln streets.

By - 3/30/16 - 8:18 am

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Adam Cheung says goodbye to Chinatown activist Henry Yee, who died earlier this month. He also shows the ceremonial burning of the lion's head after the service.

By - 3/24/16 - 3:41 pm

Sampan reports developers recently showed residents plans for a hotel at 15 Harrison Ave. at Beach Street with 126 rooms and 6 suites. The hotel would not have a kitchen or restaurant, as a way of encouraging guests to explore the neighborhood.

At the other end of Chinatown, a different set of developers have BRA approval for a hotel with tiny rooms at Tremont and Stuart streets.

By - 3/20/16 - 11:57 pm

Bostonese reports that Henry Yee, a founder and longtime leader of the Chinatown Residents Association, died Saturday.

Like the mailman, whether sun or rain, sleet or snow, you could always find Mr. Yee trudging the path to the State House to lobby for the bilingual ballot, to City Hall to register concerns about luxury development, or marching through East Boston and Chelsea on May Day to stand up for all immigrant workers’ rights, regardless of ethnicity or immigration status.

By - 3/16/16 - 4:50 pm

Does anyone know how much will cost a taxi or other option to Boston Logan International Airport from Courtyard Marriott Tremont?

By - 3/14/16 - 8:25 am

BuzzFeed looks at gentrification in Chinatown through through the lens of two sisters forced out of their apartment.

Meanwhile, a City Council committee holds a hearing at 4 p.m. today on a proposed "just-cause eviction" ordinance that would require landlords to state reasons for evictions - and mediation for large rent increases. The hearing will be in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.

By - 3/14/16 - 7:20 am

It's the dreaded "severe" delays into town from Forest Hills due to a train that mistook Chinatown for the Pearly Gates this morning. Oh, but wait, what's this? Yes, trains from Oak Grove into downtown aren't coming, either.

By - 3/12/16 - 11:15 am

At the corner of Stuart Street and Tremont Street, in 2013 there was a Panera's Bread which could still be there today, 2016.

In the 1970s to the early 1980s, there was a barroom/strip joint which was part of the Combat Zone at Stuart and Tremont Street. It was a unique location in the Combat Zone as it was some 2 blocks away from the main area of what was called the Combat Zone. I am trying to recall the name of this the Combat Zone barroom.
Long time memory versus short time memory is funny as you get older. I can not recall all of what i did yesterday, but i have a video memory of what that Stuart/Tremont Street barroom in the 70s looked like inside like it was this morning i went in. There was also a barroom on the second floor but they did not advertise on the outside. But i can not recall the name of the business.

By - 3/10/16 - 4:29 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted today to continue a hearing on a January incident at Savvor on Lincoln Street until April 5, to give the place's management a chance to explain just what happened - and why they're not at fault. Read more.

By - 3/8/16 - 11:48 am

UPDATE: Hearing continued to April 5.

Two men trying to sneak their drinks out of Savvor on Lincoln Street at closing time on Jan. 16 didn't count on an off-dury security person hanging out at the employee door they tried to use. When he told them to leave the drinks inside, one held him while the other stabbed him repeatedly, a BPD sergeant and the bouncer told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing this morning. Read more.

By - 3/7/16 - 9:59 am
Two cars on fire on Lagrange Street in Chinatown

Tyler Sanborn looked down around 9:45 a.m. to see two cars on fire in a parking lot on Lagrange Street in Chinatown.

By - 3/3/16 - 12:48 pm
Ghostbusters scene shot in Boston Chinatown?

Chinatown losing phone service due to slime in the switching station at Harrison and Essex.

The Ghostbusters trailer is out, and, sure, it opens with scenes of Manhattan, but we all know better, right?

Take, for example, the scene that shows one of the protagonists thrown out a window of the second floor of a Chinese restaurant that's really Kaze Shabu Shabu, also at Harrison and Essex (note the addition of a couple of Manhattan water tanks and what appears to be the New York City Municipal Building): Read more.

By - 2/28/16 - 11:02 am
Graffiti: Make America hate again

ItalianInBoston spotted this graffiti (well, it would be hard not to) on Knapp Street in Chinatown last night.

By - 2/25/16 - 7:12 pm

Boston Police are hoping to catch a guy without all his teeth before he holds up another downtown pedestrian at the point of his 12-inch kitchen knife. Read more.