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By adamg - 12/30/22 - 3:04 pm
Hockey fans outside Boston City Hall

The Fort Pointer reports that with such nice weather, local hockey fans massed for a City Hall Plaza even in advance of the games at Fenway Park - and stood in a line the wrapped around the Government Center T stop to get in.

By adamg - 11/18/22 - 9:57 pm
New slide at City Hall Plaza

Adam Castiglioni attended the official re-opening of City Hall Plaza, which features $95 million in "kinder brutalism," including a new playground with what might be the longest slide in the city.

Matt Conti also posted photos of the revamped plaza.

By adamg - 11/9/22 - 10:07 am

The city of Boston yesterday formally agreed to pay $2.125 million to the lawyers for Hal Shurtleff, the former West Roxbury man who won the right to fly his "Christian" flag over City Hall Plaza for a couple of hours in August. Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/22 - 9:24 pm

Hal Shurtleff, the former John Birch organizer who used to live in West Roxbury, is scheduled to arrive at City Hall Plaza with a "Christian" flag the city agreed to let him fly over City Hall Plaza for a couple of hours starting at 11 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/22 - 6:29 pm

Hal Shurtleff, who sued Boston for the right to fly what he claims is a Christian flag over City Hall - and won in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court - will get to unfurl his banner over City Hall Plaza for two hours on Aug. 3 under a settlement reached with city attorneys. Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/22 - 11:13 am
Shurtleff's flag

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the city of Boston was wrong in refusing to let a man run a flag featuring a cross up one of the three flagpoles over City Hall Plaza - not because he necessarily has a First Amendment right to let his religion flag fly but because the city had a lame policy for deciding what could and couldn't wave over the plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/22 - 1:09 pm

Update: Both approved.

Boston could soon be awash in places to hit your putts without worrying about the weather: With one indoor simulated golf "course" already planned for West Broadway in South Boston, companies are now proposing two more: A similar full-swing facility across from City Hall, where the wax museum used to be, and a mini-golf range in a new space in the Seaport. Read more.

By adamg - 12/27/21 - 9:22 pm
Rabbit on City Hall Plaza

Glenn Whidden spotted this rabbit on City Hall Plaza this evening.

By adamg - 11/29/21 - 8:54 am

Don't you just hate it when you're driving and make a wrong turn and next thing you know you're going down the stairs next to City Hall?

Earlier:
The time somebody drove all the way down to Congress Street.

By adamg - 11/24/21 - 5:28 pm
Turkey at Government Center MBTA station

Adam Castiglioni spotted this turkey inside the Government Center T station this afternoon.

H/t Ruth Zakarin.

By adamg - 11/23/21 - 10:07 am

The Department of Justice says federal courts in Boston goofed in upholding the city of Boston's decision to bar an ex-Bircher who used to live in West Roxbury from flying what he considers a "Christian" flag from one of the three flagpoles in front of City Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/21 - 4:32 pm
Shurtleff's flag

Shurtleff's flag.

Politico reports the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Hal Shurtleff's case that he has a right to use a city-owned flagpole to get his Christianity on. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 10:11 pm
Christian flag in question

The flag in question.

For the second time in 18 months, a federal appeals court in Boston has told Hal Shurtleff that he has no right to raise a flag with a large cross on it over City Hall Plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/20 - 10:38 pm
Work begins to re-do City Hall Plaza, starting at former fountain location

Work underway, and promptly uncovers part of old fountain. Photo by Marc Ebuña.

Mayor Walsh announced today that work began this weekend on a $70-million overhaul of City Hall Plaza that will include lots of trees, a playground, outdoor art and performance spaces and a long waterfall starting near where the original plaza once had a fountain that had to be turned off because it kept leaking on the Green Line underneath it. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/20 - 4:36 pm
Empty wax museum

A waxy-pallored Leonardo DiCaprio no longer stares at the few pedestrians who still make their way across City Hall Plaza: Neal G. reports the wax museum where the Planet Fitness used to be, across from City Hall, has packed up and gone in this Covid-19-decimated era.

By adamg - 4/6/20 - 7:15 pm
Red Auerbach and Bill Russell wearing masks

Both Red Auerbach and, across Cambridge Street, Bill Russell, were observing Boston's new outside masks policy today, Greg Cook discovered. Mayors Curley and White are also now masked.

By adamg - 3/21/20 - 10:47 pm

Scenery of Boston during the Novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic Saturday 3/21/2020

So a videographer walked through the Common, the Public Garden and downtown today.

By adamg - 2/4/20 - 7:16 pm

A federal judge today tossed Hal Shurtleff's suit alleging religious discrimination because city officials wouldn't let him fly an explicitly Christian flag from one of the three flagpoles that rise over City Hall Plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/20 - 3:10 pm

King Tut - SNL

Seems we're getting one of those traveling displays of stuff from King Tut's tomb, Boston Magazine explains.

By adamg - 9/20/19 - 2:17 pm
Sign: I'll show up for school when you grow up

Thousands of high-school students and more than a few adults from across the Boston area jammed City Hall Plaza today as part of global climate-strike protests. Read more.

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