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By adamg - 4/19/21 - 4:11 pm
Partially collapsed North End wall

The Boston Fire Department reports the outer chimney wall of a four-story residential building at 8 Baldwin Pl. in the North End collapsed this afternoon. No injuries reported, but four people were displaced.

North End residents have not had the best of luck with chimneys.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 12:17 pm

The Beacon Hill Times reports on the historic site's re-opening after 13 months of being closed due to Covid-19.

By adamg - 4/8/21 - 9:08 am

J. L. Bell has a series of articles up on Owen Richards, one of His Majesty's customs agents, who was tarred and feathered on May 18, 1770 for seizing a schooner for smuggling - and then paraded around town for four hours:

A court filing in January 1771 stated he “lost his Cloaths, Money, and Papers to the Amount of near £20 st[erling]. And in order to satiate their abandoned Brutality, they set fire to the Feathers as they stuck in the Tar, upon his naked back.”

By adamg - 4/6/21 - 10:13 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Giacomo's, 355 Hanover St., to add tables with a total of 20 more seats on the second floor, and by Forcella in North Square to expand into a neighboring space and add 12 seats. Read more.

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By adamg - 4/1/21 - 9:20 am

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy announced yesterday it's hired Chris Cook as its new executive director. Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 10:58 am
No break in barriers between outdoor patios along Hanover Street

Some North Enders have been grumbling for weeks about the loss of parking spaces along Hanover Street as restaurants ready their pandemic-inspired outdoor patios for their official opening tomorrow. One fuming citizen filed a 311 complaint this morning abut the way some of the barriers just don't stop: Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/21 - 8:10 pm

Although the mayor's office announced yesterday that Boston restaurants could begin serving at tables set up on public sidewalks and parking spaces on March 22, the Boston Licensing Board announced today that North End restaurants will have to wait until April 1. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/21 - 11:30 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that My Cousin's Place, 396 Hanover St. in the North End, is no more.

By adamg - 2/27/21 - 10:19 am

The Boston Licensing Board this week ordered a one-day shutdown for Rabia's on Salem Street after BPD detectives found too many people inside on Feb. 20. Read more.

By adamg - 2/23/21 - 11:43 am
Proposed 25 Atlantic Ave. residential building

Rendering by MGF Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a five-story, six-unit residential building on the triangular lot where Commercial Street ends at Atlantic Avenue in the North End. Read more.

By adamg - 2/12/21 - 9:29 pm
Proposed hotel on Cross Street

Rendering by the Architectural Team.

William Caulder's 6M Development of the North End today filed plans for a five-story, 134-room boutique hotel with two restaurants along Cross Street, next to where Goody Glover's used to be before it was replaced by a Chase Bank branch. Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/21 - 9:27 am

North End Stories presents : Episode 8 “Polcari’s Coffee Shop”

A chart with Bobby Eustace at Polcari's about coffee and a lot more.

By adamg - 1/26/21 - 9:45 pm
Bernie in Christopher Columbus Park

Why, yes, you can now buy a life-sized cardboard cutout of Bernie Sanders in his mittens and folding chair. Adam Balsam got his today, just in time to let Bernie enjoy his Vermont-made jacket while touring a snowy North End.

By adamg - 1/7/21 - 10:29 am

Clery's, Brownstone and Mamma Maria the latest to decide to just try again when it gets warmer, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.

By adamg - 1/6/21 - 10:39 am

Boston Restaurant Talk provides the roundup of the latest restaurants to announce Covid-19-related winter shutdowns, including Terramia in the North End.

By adamg - 1/2/21 - 1:55 pm
Silvestri partying in Naples, FL on New Year's Eve

From Silvestri's Facebook videos.

Christian Silvestri, whose Rabia's on Salem Street got a warning from the Boston Licensing Board last week about unmasked servers and too many people at tables, celebrated New Year's Eve at a Naples, FL cigar bar - where he set aside some time to yell about Florida freedom: Read more.

By adamg - 12/28/20 - 2:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today notified the owners of Rabia's on Salem Street they better cut it out with the maskless servers, the more than six people crowded at tables, the wandering violinists popping in to play for diners. Read more.

By adamg - 12/22/20 - 11:52 am
Sidewalk vs. road in Franklin Park

Franklin Park road clear to asphalt; sidewalk, clear to ice.

Concerned citizens are filing 311 complaints about unplowed sidewalks, several days after the storm, such as this sidewalk through Franklin Park, next to a meticulously plowed road, and this stretch between the harbor and another clear road on Atlantic Avenue in the North End: Read more.

By adamg - 12/21/20 - 11:43 am

City of Boston Licensing Board - Emergency LPI Hearing - 12-21-20

The Boston Licensing Board this morning told the manager and lawyer for Rabia's, 73 Salem St., that if they can't keep the North End's pair of wandering violinists out and if servers keep serving diners after 9:30 p.m. and won't wear masks, the place should just shut down. Read more.

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