Downtown

By - 7/17/18 - 2:11 pm
Storm rolls into Boston

Tamas K-L has a good seat to watch the storm over the Custom House and the rest of downtown Boston. Jami Delia, too: Read more.

By - 7/16/18 - 10:00 pm

Police found a man on Tremont Street at Park Street with fresh slice wounds to the hand he said were inflected by another man armed with a machete, around 9:35 p.m., possibly on Temple Place.

By - 7/16/18 - 10:48 am
Kids in Greenway fountain

Stephen Beyer captured some kids cooling off in the fountain on the Rose Kennedy Greenway last night.

Copyright Stephen Beyer. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/13/18 - 3:23 pm

Alex Goldstein forwards the news that Mel Stiller, who has long led Friday-night singalongs at Jacob Wirth, will be playing at Faneuil Hall Marketplace until the restaurant recovers from water damage from a June 10 fire a couple floors up.

Stiller will play on an outdoor piano near Durgin Park and J.J. Donovan's, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on four straight Fridays, starting on July 20.

By - 7/4/18 - 4:33 pm
USS Constitution in Boston Harbor

Matt Frank was among the many people who watched Old Ironsides on its stately cruise from the Charlestown Navy Yard to Castle Island and back again today. Read more.

By - 7/4/18 - 10:59 am
Minuteman picking up a Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee

Huzzah! David Finnerty ran across this Minuteman picking up an iced coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts near Faneuil Hall this sweltering Independence Day.

By - 7/4/18 - 10:24 am
Reading the Declaration of Independence in Boston

The first ever reading in Boston. Image from the National Archives.

On the afternoon of July 18, 1776, Col. Thomas Crafts walked out onto the balcony of what was then called Town House and read a declaration that had been signed by representatives of the 13 colonies two weeks earlier in Philadelphia. Read more.

By - 7/3/18 - 12:07 pm

The National Park Service has just canceled its afternoon Freedom Trail tours:

Please join us in the air conditioned Great Hall of Faneuil Hall for talks every 1/2 hour until 4:30. Stay cool!

By - 7/3/18 - 11:49 am
Sideway T sign in Downtown Crossing

Kara Solomon shows us how workers took a T sign for a whirl while working on the new AT&T store in Downtown Crossing.

By - 7/3/18 - 11:38 am
City Hall Plaza with a fountain in 1973

The National Archives has a collection of photos, taken in 1973, of the waterfall and fountain that once gurgled on City Hall Plaza, in a sunken area off Cambridge Street, near the JFK federal building. Read more.

By - 7/3/18 - 9:56 am
Proposed new City Hall Plaza

The mayor's office says it finally has a plan to permanently convert the vast field of bricks outside City Hall into a place that can support even more festivals and become a place where people will want to come for more than just special events, but that the work to achieve the seemingly impossible will require it to cancel the annual winter festival that had brought hundreds of thousands of people to the plaza over the past two winters, and don't you dare think the timing might have had to do with increasing friction between the city, the festival's operator and its subcontractors. Read more.

By - 7/1/18 - 1:49 pm

The woman who got her leg trapped between an Orange Line train and the platform at Massachusetts Avenue yesterday afternoon had a bit of luck - another passenger had just seen a video of people freeing a man in a similar predicament in Australia by pushing the train just enough to get him out, and directed other passengers to give a good push. Read more.

By - 6/30/18 - 10:25 pm
Fireworks over Boston Harbor

Adam Balsam took in tonight's fireworks over Boston Harbor from Commercial Wharf. Read more.

By - 6/30/18 - 3:21 pm
Protesting immigration policies at City Hall Plaza in Boston

Tens of thousands of Bostonians braved the heat and humidity today to rally at City Hall Plaza and on Boston Common to support immigrant families, especially the ones locked up and separated under the policies of the Trump administration. Read more.

By - 6/30/18 - 3:06 pm
Mennonites

Members of the Mendon Mennonite Church gathered on the grass near the Brewer Fountain today to belt out some gospel songs.

By - 6/29/18 - 9:58 pm

And that was only part of the horror at Massachusetts Avenue station during rush hour:

By - 6/29/18 - 12:39 pm

The US Attorney's office reports Thomas Nee, 47, was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison today for five Boston bank robberies last year that netted him all of $8,209. Read more.

By - 6/27/18 - 3:54 pm
230 Congress St.

Ladders up. Photos by Rus Lodi.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 230 Congress St. around 12:45 p.m. for an apparent chemical release that forced the evacuation of the building, sent three firefighters to the hospital for observation and turned downtown into a traffic nightmare. Read more.

By - 6/22/18 - 6:09 pm
Boston Fire Department at Downtown Crossing Macy's

Firefighters responded to the eighth and seventh floors of 1 Summer Street in Downtown Crossing late this afternoon where rooms containing uninterruptible power supplies and large batteries at Markley Group's data center began filling with arc'ing and smoke and then water when the sprinklers went off. Read more.