Downtown

By - 4/21/19 - 11:41 am
Shrubs and statue of Kevin White at Faneuil Hall

An annoyed citizen can't believe how nice shade trees were replaced by stubby little shrubs in front of Faneuil Hall and so filed a 311 complaint about it: Read more.

By - 4/20/19 - 12:52 pm
Firefighters getting ready to go on tracks

Firefighters getting ready to get on the tracks. Photo by Skyqrose.

Skyqrose was among the Red Line passengers evacuated from South Station shortly after noon when an woman wound up under an outbound train coming into the station. Read more.

By - 4/20/19 - 10:58 am

NBC Boston reports two men were stabbed around 2:30 a.m. on Summer Street in front of Macy's. One suffered minor injuries, the other is now in the hospital with critical injuries.

By - 4/17/19 - 9:19 am
Government Center garage getting taken apart

Patrick McMahon watched some of the demolition work at the Government Center Garage, much of which is making way for the Bulfinch Crossing tower thing:

It's a little sad that you won't be able to rent an unfamiliar car to drive the spiral of hell anymore!

By - 4/12/19 - 9:52 am

The BPDA board yesterday approved the Abbey Group's plan to turn long vacant storefront space along Washington Street into offices for a state agency, after the company said the move could help it rent out space between that and Macy's for the sort of retail uses that Downtown Crossing is known for. Read more.

By - 4/11/19 - 9:15 am

Steve Timmins reports:

Another morning rush hour and the escalator at the TD Garden end of the underground walkway is out of service AGAIN. People backing up into the CR waiting area waiting to use the too narrow stairway. Who approved this mess of an inadequate design?

The tunnel opened in January.

By - 4/10/19 - 8:14 pm

The BPDA board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a plan to turn the long vacant storefronts of the failed Lafayette Mall along Washington Street into office space for the state Department of Industrial Accidents. Read more.

By - 4/8/19 - 9:09 am

New England Folklore recounts the life of Ann Hibbins, a 17th-century Bostonian whose downfall began when she complained about what she thought was shoddy work by a carpenter on her home. One thing led to another, and in 1655 she was convicted of witchcraft. The General Court, on which her husband had served before his own death (from natural causes), upheld the conviction and she was hanged on Boston Common on June 19, 1656.

By - 4/5/19 - 8:39 am

The MBTA reports Orange Line service is back to normal after delays caused by a train at Downtown Crossing with doors that just wouldn't work.

By - 4/2/19 - 10:05 pm
Bloodmobile on High Street

A roving UHub photographer spotted a bloodmobile today parked outside Society on High on High Street - where crews had to spend a fair amount of time on Sunday blasting away all the blood from a brawl that left four men stabbed and bleeding all over the sidewalk early Sunday.

By - 3/31/19 - 10:22 am
Scene outside Society on High

Society taped off. Photo by KMV.

WCVB reports four people were stabbed at Society on High, 99 High St., shortly after 1 a.m. Read more.

By - 3/30/19 - 6:49 pm
People and dog rowing in Boston Harbor

Hood Will Hunting spotted some people and a dog out for a little row around Boston Harbor this afternoon.

By - 3/28/19 - 8:03 pm

A federal court today reinstated extortion charges against two City Hall officials who allegedly leaned on the company that runs the Boston Calling festival to hire members of a particular union. Read more.

By - 3/28/19 - 1:02 pm
Downtown housing stats from the BPDA showing large growth over past decades

Downtown's population increased 54% between 2010 and 2017 - to 17,581 - according to a profile of the neighborhood released yesterday by the BPDA, which says the number of residents should continue to increase as the more than 2,100 new housing units approved by the city between 2014 and 2018 are completed. Read more.

By - 3/28/19 - 10:54 am
New look of Winthrop Square without Burns

At a Boston Civic Design Commission meeting on Tuesday, Millennium Partners showed off its plans for a re-done Winthrop Square in front of its skyscraper there, in which an oval water fountain replaces the statue of Robert Burns and his faithful companion, Luath, which the company will pay to move back to its original home in the Back Bay Fens. Read more.

By - 3/22/19 - 9:38 pm
Flooded Long Wharf

As has become usual during nor'easters, Long Wharf flooded this afternoon. Human, Actual Size surveyed the briny deep where people normally walk. Read more.

By - 3/21/19 - 10:07 pm

Grace Hightower's soon-to-be-ex husband Robert De Niro is kinda going through some sh*t. His "Goodfellas" co-star Ray Liotta got a guest voice spot on "SpongeBob SquarePants" and he didn't. Some deranged former male stripper sent him some very crazy fan mail. Someone buy De Niro a drink...and you can do just that with this Broadway World promotion commemorating A Bronx Tale: The Musical coming to Boston:

By - 3/19/19 - 10:29 pm

A large contingent of Boston firefighters went down into the Downtown Crossing T stop to investigate an odor of smoke near the CharlieCard store around 10 p.m. They returned to the surface and their firehouses after determining the odor to be the remains of a heavy pot-smoking session, but not a fire.

By - 3/19/19 - 11:06 am

A woman who was apparently angry at the world in general and at the staff at Sissy K's in particular early one January morning opened up the bar manager's forehead with a single punch due to the large ring she was wearing, police and the manager told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing this morning. Read more.