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By adamg - 5/21/22 - 4:54 pm

Boston Police report arresting a 15-year-old in Downtown Crossing yesterday afternoon after the kid allegedly tried to end a fight between his crew and another group first by shaking up a can of soda and opening it up on them, throwing the can at them and then whipping out a folding knife and unfolding it in their direction. Read more

By adamg - 5/21/22 - 11:10 am
Seized fireworks

Seized, unexploded device. Photo by BPD.

Boston Police report four teens were arrested yesterday on charges they shot off fireworks at Summer and Arch streets and on Washington Street near Milk Street yesterday afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/22 - 11:02 am
Tremont and Park streets in 1843

In 1843, William Sharp created this lithograph of a Boston street scene, specifically, Tremont Street, looking past the Park Street Church and Boston Common on the right.

From the BPL arts department. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 5/2/22 - 9:08 pm

Two young teens were ordered held in lieu of bail at their arraignments today in connection with a series of attacks in Downtown Crossing and Roxbury and on the Common, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/22 - 1:20 pm

Matt Shearer at WBZ (the newsradio one, not the TV one), brings us along for a tour: Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/22 - 5:12 pm

Live Boston reports a homeless man who apparently fell asleep with a lit cigarette on Washington Street across from Macy's downtown, set himself on fire around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday. First responders found the man running down the street engulfed in flames. They put out the fire and rushed him to a nearby hospital for burn treatment.

By adamg - 4/8/22 - 3:32 pm

Associated Press reports Jody Kipnis and Todd Ruderman yesterday bought 125 Tremont St., a three-story building across from Park Street, with plans to turn the building into a Holocaust museum, which would be separate from the Holocaust Memorial along Union Street near Faneuil Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/22 - 3:02 pm

Transit Police have released a photo of a guy they say went up to a woman with a phone in her hands, grabbed it and then hurled it onto the tracks on the southbound side of the Red Line at Downtown Crossing, around 11 p.m. on March 20. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/22 - 2:25 pm
Pay phone down on Summer Street outside Macy's

Garrett Quinn came across this sad sight today: Two of the last working pay phones in all of Boston, knocked to the ground on Summer Street in front of Macy's in Downtown Crossing. Quinn, a grizzled old-school reporter, says he picked up the receiver on the top side to see if it was still working: He says he got a busy signal.

By adamg - 3/4/22 - 10:05 am

Transit Police report that Jaquan Rowell, 29, who was stabbed on an Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing around 10 p.m. on Feb. 7, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/22 - 9:49 pm

Rosemarie Sansone, who in 1977 became only the third woman elected to the Boston City Council, died Monday - less than a week after retiring as CEO of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District. Read more.

By adamg - 2/2/22 - 10:06 pm
Rendering of proposed hotel

Rendering by RODE Architects.

City Realty filed plans today to open a new downtown hotel by adding nine stories to what is now a run-down 19th-century office building next to the entrance to the Orpheum Theatre. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/22 - 10:42 pm
Bubier in 1971 and 2020

Bubier in his 1971 high-school yearbook and in a 2020 photo for the Sex Offender Registry Board.

John Bubier, long familiar to people downtown and elsewhere in the Boston area for his outstretched arms and "Do you have any spaaaare change?" requests, died Jan. 11 at 68. Read more.

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

Transit Police report arresting three of six or seven teens they say threw a man against a wall and punched him repeatedly after he took offense to getting head in the head with projectiles from their Nerf guns, around 7 p.m. on Monday. Read more.

By adamg - 12/20/21 - 4:34 pm
Wanted for robbery and assault and battery

Surveillance photo by TPD.

Surveillance photo of attack

Transit Police report they are looking for two men they say robbed one man and stomped a second in the Downtown Crossing station concourse around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Read more.

By adamg - 11/29/21 - 3:42 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Boston man they say took out a knife and threatened to stab another rider on the Ashmont branch in a dispute over the man's mask this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 11/24/21 - 3:04 pm
Turkey in Downtown Boston

Patrick McMahon spotted the turkey wandering around Downtown Crossing this morning.

By adamg - 11/10/21 - 9:37 pm

Police found the victim, stabbed in the back and shoulder, at Winter and Tremont streets around 9:30 p.m., although he was stabbed on Bromfield Street, midway between Washington and Tremont streets.

By adamg - 11/9/21 - 10:08 am
Mowing at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen watched a city mower doing the fall trim around the hill at the center of Millennium Park in West Roxbury. Although the top of the hill consists mainly of heavily manicured soccer fields, the sides are allowed to grow wild - but not too wild, to block the growth of any trees or other plants whose roots might puncture the liner.

Meanwhile, up in Downtown Crossing, crews were doing their annual post-time-change emptying of planters: Read more.

By adamg - 11/8/21 - 10:52 am
Rendering of new Bromfield Street

Rendering of new Bromfield Street by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Arrowstreet.

The New York company that owns the former Payless building at Bromfield and Washington streets in Downtown Crossing now says, in a filing with the BPDA last week, it expects to begin 28 months of construction on a new 22-story office tower there in the second half of 2022. Read more.

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