Downtown

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.

By - 5/2/18 - 1:44 pm

A Long Island marketing firm called Spark451 is suing a Boston marketing firm called Agency 451 for trademark infringement. Read more.

By - 4/30/18 - 11:49 am

Despite the extremely variable weather yesterday, the event seemed reasonably well intended. As usual, a lot of interesting food, vendors, performers and attendees.

Some photos -- maybe Facebook will let you see this album. Maybe not. One never can tell with Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.16427038...

I haven't figured out how to share these in a manner other than via Facebook, sorry. :-(

By - 4/30/18 - 8:59 am
Army Howitzers being fired on the Common

Annual ka-booming on the Common (photo from 2016).

A California man who claims he suffered permanent ear damage from one of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company's annual June artillery barrages on the Common wants $20 million in recompense - half from the historic group and half from the National Guard. Read more.

By - 4/29/18 - 1:11 pm

La bibliotequetress reports:

Oh, no! Went to beloved Boston Shawarma on Washington St for my ritual Sunday work lunch & it's closed! Sign in window says lease ran out 4/25. That means 2 empty storefronts side by side--landlord plans?

By - 4/25/18 - 1:00 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a proposal to create a "business improvement district," in which property owners along the Rose Kennedy Greenway could be levied fees to help support the linear park. Read more.

By - 4/23/18 - 1:59 pm
Two turkeys tryig to enter the JFK Federal Building

Casey couldn't help but snort while passing by the JFK Federal Building today.

By - 4/21/18 - 9:32 pm

Boston Police report a man, 36, was found stabbed outside 205 Portland St. around 7 p.m. Nearby officers - recent graduates of the BPD academy - quickly applied a tourniquet to his upper leg to keep him from bleeding out before EMTs could arrive, police say.

On April 10, a man was stabbed to death on Causeway Street.

By - 4/20/18 - 3:17 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Hyannis man after, they say, he robbed the TD Bank branch at 24 Winter St. in Downtown Crossing yesterday evening - and then stuck around the area. Read more.

By - 4/19/18 - 12:36 pm
Soggy Boylston Street

Extra soggy Boylston Street. Photo by New England Fire Photography.

Boylston Street between Tremont and Washington streets is shut until BWSC workers can repair a water-main break caused when some Eversource workers inadvertently punctured the main. The water is flowing towards Washington Street.

By - 4/19/18 - 10:22 am
New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. manhole cover on Essex Street in Chinatown

For the most part, Boston's history is best viewed when looking around or up. But sometimes, it pays to look down: Places such as downtown, the North End and Chinatown are filled with remnants of our commercial past, in the form of manhole covers. Read more.