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By adamg - 9/6/19 - 9:55 am

Emerson Today recounts the history of the landmark building at Boylston and Tremont streets - and tells us who Little was.

Historian Walter Muir Whitehill said the Little Building was “the most glamorous office building of the era of World War I.” It was later dubbed the “The City Under One Roof,” as it housed 600 offices, 37 stores, a post office, a restaurant, and underground passageways connecting to the Boylston Street T station and the neighboring Majestic and Plymouth theaters.

By adamg - 8/29/19 - 11:49 am
Tactical plaza nearing completion on Harrison Avenue at Essex Street in Chinatown

Brad Squirrels photographed a new "tactical plaza" about to open on Essex Street at Harrison Avenue in Chinatown. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/19 - 9:44 am

Richard Auffrey recounts the life of Ruby Foo, who was likely Chinatown's first woman restaurant owner - and who adopted the baby in a famous photo of the aftermath of a Japanese attack on Shanghai in 1937.

By adamg - 7/23/19 - 11:49 pm

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England, which owns the Tai Tung Village apartment complex on Harrison Avenue, told the BPDA this week it will soon file plans for a six-story, 85-unit apartment building on what is now a parking lot at the complex. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/19 - 1:08 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that New Dong Khanh on Harrison Avenue is closing after 32 years.

By adamg - 7/22/19 - 11:51 am
Text of bill that would prohibit young women from entering Chinese restaurants unless accompanied by an older man

It was, looking back, not one of the prouder moments in Massachusetts history: In 1910, the state House of Representatives approved a bill to bar women and girls under 21 from Chinese restaurants, unless accompanied by an older, non-Chinese man, to curb the alleged opium-powered menace to white womanhood posed by crafty "Orientals." Read more.

By damaskin - 7/17/19 - 7:29 am
By adamg - 7/16/19 - 1:19 pm

A consortium of two non-profit groups and two developers today filed a formal notification that they will soon file detailed plans to replace the parking lot next to the Tufts garage on Tremont Street with new affordable housing units, hotel space, an extension of the parking garage and space that could become the permanent home of a Chinatown branch of the Boston Public Library. Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/19 - 12:22 pm

Boston Police report officers who stopped a Dorchester man who'd been parked in front of a hydrant in Chinatown last night ended up charging him for the loaded, stolen gun and the "six individual clear plastic bags containing marijuana" they found in his car. Read more.

By adamg - 7/9/19 - 8:05 am

WBUR interviews Joseph Bagley, the Boston city archaeologist, who begins a dig in Chinatown, where he hopes to learn more about the city's early Chinese and Syrian communities.

By adamg - 7/5/19 - 10:35 am

Richard Auffrey does some research, concludes the restaurant usually cited as the first probably wasn't, and introduces us to a Chinese band leader who may have opened the first, but then closed it because he liked touring with his band more.

By adamg - 6/10/19 - 10:21 pm

The man was sliced near the ear, the woman was knocked to the ground, around 10:15 p.m. at 185 Harrison Ave., near Nassau Street. Injuries not considered life threatening. Police have blocked off Harrison for an investigation.

By damaskin - 6/10/19 - 6:54 am

The tower crane for the Little Building construction project will be dismantled the weekend of June 15th and June 16th, weather permitting. The crane removal will require closing Boylston Street
from South Charles to Tremont Street for vehicular traffic only. This work will start on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 1:00 AM through Sunday, June 16, 2019, until 4:00 PM.

If there is inclement weather, the take down of the crane will occur on the following weekend of Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 with the same time frame listed above.

By adamg - 6/9/19 - 9:14 am
Proposed 125 Lincoln St.

Architect's rendering of proposed 125 Lincoln St.

Oxford Properties Group of Toronto has filed detailed plans for replacing the garage - and the Hei La Moon restaurant - at 125 Lincoln St. in the Leather District with a 24-story, 625,000-square-foot office building that would include some ground-floor retail space and construction of an "all-season indoor/outdoor space available for public gathering and community functions and events." Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/19 - 9:14 am

Sampan takes a look at the issue of Chinatown immigrant parents who, faced with "economic strains, language barriers and other pressures of resettlement" send their young children to live with relatives back in China, sometimes for several years. Read more.

By adamg - 6/5/19 - 11:04 am
Old Jacob Wirth

No more piano singalongs: Two restaurant operators are seeking to lease the old Jacob Wirth on Stuart Street and turn it into a more modern sports bar named JW's Sports Bar and Restaurant. Read more.

By adamg - 5/24/19 - 1:36 pm

China Pearl, 9 Tyler St., got a formal warning yesterday not to allow any more pot-infused meals, at least not while such things are still banned in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 5/22/19 - 10:25 am

WBUR runs down the proposals, which, in addition to a new elementary school in East Boston include a new building for the Quincy Upper School in Chinatown.

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