Downtown

By - 9/27/11 - 6:33 am

The first "Boston General Assembly" of the effort to organize an Occupy Boston movement is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand on the Common.

Boston Police tweet they want to help:

We look forward 2 working w/ u 2 ensure a peaceful event which respects ur right 2 protest & maintains safety.

By - 9/25/11 - 10:11 pm

Maria Varmazis videoed the start of the annual Hub on Wheels race at City Hall Plaza today. Mystery Pill photographed the race underway:

By - 9/25/11 - 10:05 am

Although it would be cool to think BPD really meant it when it advised of "fun fire" today.

By - 9/24/11 - 11:49 pm

Some people are trying to make an Occupy Boston happen.

Via Blue Mass. Group.

By - 9/24/11 - 9:56 am

Boston Police advise that parts of Federal and Milk streets will be closed today for filming of "RIPD," a movie about a cop and his ghost partner (what, you thought it was about Rhode Island?) and that crews will be setting off what might just sound like guns and bombs.

By - 9/20/11 - 2:47 pm

Santos (l) and GuzmanSantos (l) and GuzmanBoston Police report arresting two men for an early Monday holdup of the 7-Eleven on State Street downtown.

By - 9/19/11 - 2:24 pm

WilkinsonA Fall River man was arrested Saturday on charges he took video of at least one man urinating in the men's room at the South Station bus terminal.

Kevin Wilkinson, 44, was caught red-handed with an iPod Nano with the streaming video of a man at a urinal, according to an MBTA Transit Police report. The arresting officer reported there were additional videos on the device, but that he stopped looking because the first video was enough.

The police report says officers approached Wilkinson around 1:20 p.m. after another man reported some guy seemed to be just standing there, videoing urinal users. The report says Wilkinson agreed to let the officers take a look at his cellphone and his Nano. The cellphone had a few photos of "what appeared to be consenting adult males in the nude," but the iPhone had video of what the officers recognized as the bus-terminal men's room and a man using it.

Wilkinson was charged with photographing, videotaping or electronically surveilling a partially nude or nude person.

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/19/11 - 1:01 pm

Could the BRA's sudden kissie-kissie with evil Hole overlord Vornado have anything to do with Vornado's part ownership of the group that wants to build a casino at Suffolk Downs - the one the mayor is betting on? Jason Schwartz assumes 2+2=4.

By - 9/19/11 - 11:38 am

Red Line service was briefly halted Saturday night when a man dropped onto the tracks at Park Street - just as a train was pulling into the station.

The train driver was able to stop the train before hitting him; he then got up and climbed up onto the center platform, with the help of a T worker. According to an MBTA Transit Police report:

By - 9/18/11 - 9:35 am

The Boston Foodie fills us in: We now hold the record for the world's largest cannoli - 12 feet and 300 pounds of rich, sugary goodness.

In order to replicate the tiny chocolate bits used in the typical cannoli, full-size Hersey's kisses were brought in. I also asked exactly how they filled the entire thing. The answer: holes were drilled along the top of the shell and the filling was piped in from there. This was like the Big Dig of pastry engineering!

By - 9/10/11 - 5:54 pm

Adam Weiss reports a T worker at State Street ordered him to put away his camera "because of 9/11."

Weiss adds it was one of the orange vests, not a T cop, and that he would have tried to explain the T's photo policy, but his train was pulling in.

By - 9/9/11 - 3:08 pm

LoJack reports MBTA Transit Police used the human version of its tracking system to find an East Boston teen with a predilection for wandering away from home and school to ride the rails underneath Boston.

The company says yesterday's safe return marks the first successful use of its SafetyNet Service since it was introduced in Boston in January:

By - 9/8/11 - 4:30 pm

The Herald reports the artsy-fartsy crowd thinks SoCa would be a better name for the area south of North Station, or as they're re-imagining it, SOuth of CAnal, which barely makes any sense because Canal's more or less a north/south road, and just, gah, look, if you're so in love with frickin' Manhattan, move there already. Or if it's too unironic for you, try some other neighborhood just dying for some frou-frou boutiques. Like Kings Highway or, I dunno, Passaic.

By - 9/8/11 - 7:50 am

The Herald reports the chain is now eying part of what's left of the old Filene's building. Of course, the question is whether Tornado, um, Vornado would want to sell.

By - 9/7/11 - 8:33 pm

Filene's Hole by Menino

Look what showed up at Downtown Crossing's best known negative space today. Who's the wise guy?

Copyright BostonUrbEx. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 8/30/11 - 10:24 am

Columbus Avenue slobsColumbus Avenue slobs.

It's as if we've been hit by a hurricane of slobbery. Citizens Connect this morning is just filled with reports of mounds of filth and vermin, including:

  • 774 Columbus Ave., Roxbury: "Every week, Residents of 772, 774, and 776 Columbus throw loose trash on the sidewalk. Makes it difficult for garbagemen to pick up everything, so there is usually lots of trash left behind. (worse than usual because many are probably moving on Sept 1)."
  • Huntington Ave., Mission Hill: "Student moving trash all up and down Huntington Ave from Brigham circle to S. Huntington corner."
  • 22 Batterymarch, downtown: "The sidewalk is stained and usually covered in rotting food, bird feces, feathers, avian flu, and pigeons."
  • Downtown Crossing Red Line platforms: "Dead cockroaches are littered all over." Ed question: Well, better than if they were still alive, no?
  • The strip mall on American Legion Highway in Roslindale: "Rubbish fiesta on Legion."
  • By - 8/29/11 - 10:42 am

    Drippy South Station

    Mikesssss braved the falling water at South Station yesterday.

    Copyright Mikesssss. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

    By - 8/27/11 - 8:04 pm

    The National Hurricane Center reports that Irene wind speed 30 stories up could be 20% higher than at sea level.