Downtown

By - 5/18/18 - 2:13 pm

Adam Castiglioni watched Old Ironsides on its voyage to Castle Island and back. Read more.

By - 5/17/18 - 9:49 pm

The BPDA board today approved Millennium Partners' plans for a $1.3-billion, mixed-use, 55-story tower at Winthrop Square that will include some $160 million in payments to the city based on how well condos in the upper floors sell.

The tower will be built on the site of a recently demolished city parking garage; the purchase payments, which will include specific funds for several city parks (more details in the comments below), are in addition to the taxes the building will generate.

By - 5/17/18 - 5:51 pm

A 16-year-old was arrested yesterday for a May 2 shooting on Washington Street that left Temple Place shut at rush hour, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report. Read more.

By - 5/17/18 - 2:34 pm
Dead dinosaur

Travel New England spotted this dino in trouble near Faneuil Hall Marketplace today, wondered if it collapsed from heat stroke or got hit by a car.

By - 5/16/18 - 2:21 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man they say carjacked a car downtown yesterday, then drove it to Savin Hill - where he was arrested with the victim's wallet and three plastic bags containing a brown substance believed to be heroin. Read more.

By - 5/16/18 - 11:14 am

Boston Magazine reports Keytar Bear is out of commission for the next couple of months due to a broken ankle and foot suffered in a motorcycle accident - he hit a patch of sand left over from the winter on Rte. 146 (which runs between Worcester and Providence) and spun out.

By - 5/15/18 - 9:17 pm
Purple skies over downtown Boston

Gvoysey the roving UHub photographer couldn't help but notice the purple sky over downtown Boston tonight.

By - 5/14/18 - 1:30 pm
Delgado

Transit Police report arresting a Cambridge woman they say punched a driver in the face when he wouldn't let her off in the middle of the street yesterday afternoon.

Read more.

By - 5/11/18 - 8:53 am

The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 20 minutes in either direction on the Orange Line due to a train with "a mechanical problem causing smoke at Downtown Crossing."

By - 5/10/18 - 10:17 pm
Honoring Paul Revere

Church bells across Boston rang 83 times at noon today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Paul Revere (at age 83) in 1818.

Michael Kerpan attended the ceremonies for Revere this morning at the Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street. Kim was there as well: Read more.

By - 5/8/18 - 3:34 pm
Waving chicken on the Greenway

Workers yesterday mounted the old Fontaine's waving chicken on the Greenway, along with a couple of the other signs planned for a summer-long neon exhibit between State and India streets. The neon is yet to come.

By - 5/8/18 - 7:30 am

Curtis is a homeless man who is often seen on Congress St, near the Metro cafe. Haven't seen him lately, and was wondering if anyone knew anything. I hope he's all right.

By - 5/7/18 - 12:31 pm
Fontaine's sign and sign for the European

The Rose Kennedy Greenway has started installing a series of eight old Boston-area neon signs between India and State streets. Read more.

By - 5/7/18 - 8:40 am

BostInno reports on the opening of the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab near North Station. It's a military "start-up" aimed at shortening the time it takes to build software to help run planes and stuff, and hopes to ramp up to 300 employees.

By - 5/5/18 - 10:25 pm
Saxophone player at Long Wharf

Max Grinnell listened to Steve Sharp play at Long Wharf this morning:

"Max, tell them to come out and don't B flat".

By - 5/4/18 - 3:21 pm

DD808 looked down and spotted tons of pugs in the courtyard of Old City Hall on School Street this afternoon.

By - 5/4/18 - 8:39 am
Boston firefighters at Downtown Crossing

Boston firefighters, not waiting for the next Oak Grove train. Photo by Amelia Mulligan.

Around 7 a.m., tracks on the Orange Line burst into flames at Downtown Crossing, creating delays of up to 30 minutes as power was shut to let Boston firefighters do what they do best.

By - 5/3/18 - 12:34 pm
Proposed el system for downtown Boston

Proposed el system for downtown Boston. See it larger.

In 1892, a state commission developed a series of plans to deal with the complete gridlock that downtown Boston had become. It proposed banning vehicles not making deliveries from downtown streets during business hours, reducing the number of grade crossings for the numerous railroad serving Boston, constructing a trolley tunnel under Tremont Street and the Common, and creating a 13.4-mile elevated rapid-transit system serving downtown and nearby neighborhoods and suburbs. Read more.

By - 5/2/18 - 5:23 pm
Temple Place shut

Normally bustling street shut. Photo by Felicity Lingle.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Washington Street near Temple Place. The victim managed to walk up Temple Street, about a third of the way towards Tremont, before falling to the sidewalk, where police found him.