By - 7/28/11 - 10:46 am

Whole lot of bikes

Dan K photographed City Hall Plaza full of new bikes awaiting the formal launch of the Hubway bike-rental network today.

By - 7/26/11 - 8:28 pm

A perplexed visitor inquires:

About 15 or so years ago, I was in Boston, maybe by the Aquarium, and noticed a statue in the harbor, kind of on the wall at the edge, of a sailor climbing out of the water. As the tide comes in, the body (statue) is covered and at high tide all you see is a hand reaching up. Do you have any idea what this, where this is, or if it even exists?

By - 7/26/11 - 1:36 pm

Diaz A homeless man was arrested in the pedestrian tunnel between the Orange and Blue lines at State Street last night after a chase that began on an Orange Line train, MBTA Transit Police report.

According to a police report, Francisco Hernandez Diaz, of no particular address, took off his black leather belt on an inbound Orange Line train at State Street and began swinging it over his head and screaming, around 8:30 p.m., Monday.

As passengers swarmed out of the train to get away from him, a T inspector boarded the car. Hernandez took a swing at her with his belt, then stopped and undid his pants to expose himself to her. At that point, she fled as well, just as a police officer arrived on the platform, the report continues.

By - 7/25/11 - 2:39 pm

Boston Police tweet the Sovereign Bank branch at 125 Summer St. was held up by a white guy, 5'7" - 5'8", 160 to 170 lbs., in a blue shirt and white hat, who fled on foot.

The branch was also robbed in April, 2010.

By - 7/24/11 - 5:24 pm

Boston Police report a Stoneham man wanted for punching out somebody at a State Street club early this morning pulled a knife on a cop who was trying to question him - and then his female pal jumped on the cop's back.

Jonathan Colleran, 29, will be arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest. Jenna Ciampa, 27, will be arraigned on a charge of assault and battery on a police officer.

According to police, the two stormed out of the unnamed club around 1:45 a.m.

By - 7/24/11 - 9:21 am

The Globe gets a copy of an engineer's report on continuing water problems in the tunnels, such as a design flaw that's leading to cracks that let in water. Will require expensive repairs, natch.

By - 7/23/11 - 3:01 pm

Last chapter at Borders

Matthew I. framed the scene at the Downtown Crossing Borders yesterday.

Copyright Matthew I. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/22/11 - 9:31 am

Soon, no more comfy chairs. Photo by John Keith.Soon, no more comfy chairs. Photo by John Keith. More photos.

By - 7/20/11 - 1:42 pm

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.

By - 7/19/11 - 10:00 am

Sidewalk Segways

A vigilantly annoyed citizen complains about Segways on the sidewalk on Court Street. The Mayor's Hotline responds:

BPD and BTD currently working on newly passed ordinance.

By - 7/18/11 - 4:58 pm

Chain announces plans to liquidate; means 11,000 employees, including those in Downtown Crossing, will soon be out of jobs:

Subject to the Court's approval, under the proposal, liquidation is expected to commence for some stores and facilities as soon as Friday, July 22, with a phased rollout of the program which is expected to conclude by the end of September.

By - 7/16/11 - 9:20 pm


MBTA Transit Police report they are looking for a black male, a Hispanic male and a white female on charges they attacked a man because of his sexual orientation on a State Street Orange Line platform around 10 p.m. on July 10:

The victim was on the northbound platform when an unidentified male # 2 shoved him onto a train as the doors opened because of the victim's sexual orientation. The unidentified male # 2 as well as the individual depicted as # 1 directed several homophobic slurs at the victim after shoving him. The suspects depicted above along with an unidentified female companion, boarded an Orange Line train at State Street Station with the victim and continued to harass him about his sexual orientation. The suspects then fled the train at Haymarket Station.

If caught, they'll be charged with assault and battery and civil-rights violations.

By - 7/16/11 - 5:32 pm

Larcenous lady Larcenous ladyBoston Police report they are looking for a purse-stealing woman floating through offices in the Back Bay, the South End and downtown, stealing handbags that aren't attached to their owners:

In one incident, on Monday, June 6, 2011, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) took a report from a victim who stated that her credit card had been stolen from her work place at 150 Federal Street. The card was subsequently used, on the same day, to make purchases at a Target store.

If you know a lady who loots, contact A-1 detectives at 617-343-4248 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 7/15/11 - 2:03 pm

Hyatt trailer

A concerned citizen says enough's enough and it's time to move the trailer that's been sitting outside the Downtown Crossing Hyatt on Avenue de Lafayette for ages:

By - 7/14/11 - 9:21 pm

The entire chain is now on the brink of liquidation after the collapse of a financing effort, the Wall Street Journal reports.

By - 7/13/11 - 9:56 am

The Globe reports Chipotle plans to take over the vacant first floor of the Old Corner Bookstore. The Globe reports that in the 1950s, a pizza place occupied the same space.

By - 7/11/11 - 8:01 am

WBZ reports the Bill Russell statue will be built in City Hall Plaza, just up the steps from the Red Auerbach statue in Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

By - 7/5/11 - 9:29 am

The Globe reports that Brightcove, which offers a platform for online video, will be moving from its current Kendall Square space to new offices at 280 Congress St.

By - 7/3/11 - 7:46 pm


At one point, His Majesty's commander here had his soldiers point their bayonets at the colonists assembled outside the Old State House and take a stop forward to see if the cowards would move back. They did. At another point, he led the assembled throng in a chant of "Penobscot," figuring they really wouldn't know why. It worked.

By - 7/3/11 - 6:59 pm

Pineapple climbing

Chowdafest wasn't the only thing going on on City Hall Plaza today. Kids got the chance to climb up a "wall" in the shape of a giant pineapple.