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By adamg - 4/28/21 - 11:28 am

A group of ten citizens - six of whom live in the same West End building - last week sued the Boston Landmarks Commission as part of a bid to save three buildings left over from the destruction of the West End that Mass. General wants to raze so it can build a 14-story clinical center along Cambridge Street. Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/21 - 9:58 am
Proposed new MGH building

The view from across Cambridge Street, by NBBJ.

Massachusetts General Hospital yesterday filed its latest plans for replacing several current buildings and a parking lot with a new two-wing building with 1 million square feet of new clinical space and patient rooms that could be more easily converted into ICU use in another pandemic - and which would include space for a headhouse, or entrance, for a possible Red/Blue Line station. Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/21 - 1:28 pm
Dogs posing for a photo on the Longfellow Bridge

The other day, Taylor came upon all these dogs posed in one of the Longfellow salt shakers (or is it one of the pepper shakers?) and just loved it.

And here is one of the photos the dog walker, Steven Watson, took (bonus shot of the pack in front of the Copley Square T stop, the fancy entrance).

By adamg - 3/30/21 - 9:27 pm
Kelly discusses murder at licensing board hearing

Hyatt Regency attorney William Kelley discusses murder during Zoom hearing.

Managers at the Hyatt Regency downtown and the Hotel Indigo near North Station say they did everything they could to cooperate with police arriving on scene to investigate two separate murders and that the deaths were completely unpredictable and not something they could have prevented. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/21 - 10:38 am
Proposed electronic billboard

Board says nope.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a billboard company's plan to stick a 24-hour electronic billboard on top of the Dunkin' Donuts on Causeway Street at Lancaster Street, across from the Tip O'Neill Building. Read more.

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By adamg - 3/26/21 - 10:17 am
Rendering of Live Long and Proper

Rendering of LLAP statue via Museum of Science.

The Museum of Science announced today - officially Leonard Nimoy Day in Boston - it's working with the family of the late actor on a 20-foot-tall, illuminated stainless-steel statue of the hand gesture he made famous in his role as Mr. Spock. Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/21 - 10:50 pm

A Hollis, NH man was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today on charges he stabbed his brother-in-law in a room at the Hotel Indigo on Friend Street during a shoving match between the victim and his sister - his alleged murderer's wife. the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 2/21/21 - 10:00 pm

Victim identifed as Christopher Kellar, 21, of Portsmouth, NH.

Boston Police report a man was fatally stabbed at the Hotel Indigo, 280 Friend St., around 11:25 p.m. on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 12/11/20 - 6:06 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Friend Street bar is the latest to go into hibernation, with the hope of re-opening at some point.

By adamg - 12/10/20 - 2:01 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the West End and Fenway Johnnie's have gone into hibernation for the winter.

By adamg - 11/9/20 - 6:46 pm

State Police report arresting two men wanted in Stoneham for shoe shoplifting and dragging a police officer with their car, after they couldn't decide where to go when they got into Leverett Circle this morning. Read more.

By bostonpads - 11/9/20 - 1:30 pm

The challenges faced by the Boston housing market have been well documented in 2020. The pandemic has caused massive shifts in urban population distribution in metropolitan areas all across the country, and Boston is no exception. It effectively took one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets and caused it to come to a grinding halt as apartment vacancies soar all over the city.

By adamg - 10/29/20 - 8:59 am

The Beacon Hill Times reports the city is looking at updating the Cambridge Street library and that part of the study includes adding housing units to the site. At a meeting last week, residents asked that whatever the final plans, they should keep the library's unique hexagonal reading room.

By adamg - 9/13/20 - 11:53 pm
Cops searching Friend Street

Looking for evidence on Friend Street. Photo by Joseph A. Rinaldi.

Around 11:15 p.m., a man apparently came out of the 222 Lounge at 222 Friend St., near Valenti Way, walked into the neighboring parking lot, fired a shot across the street, then fled in a car. No reports of anybody or anything getting hit.

By adamg - 8/31/20 - 1:01 pm

The Fours on Canal Street says good bye. Its Quincy and Norwell locations remain open.

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.

By adamg - 8/27/20 - 9:13 am

The Beacon Hill Times reports residents are hoping to convince Mass. General to save three buildings, one from 1884, that somehow survived the neighborhood's destruction in the 1950s only to face demolition as part of the hospital's $1-billion expansion plan.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 2:34 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that both Rustico, which had been around for 20 years and Popover King, which had been around for considerably less, have closed permanently.

By adamg - 8/12/20 - 4:38 pm

A disgusted citizen files a 311 complaint about conditions in the Nashua Street Park, which runs along the Charles River behind Nashua Street: Read more.

By adamg - 6/2/20 - 9:58 am
North Station guy

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy "relative to Malicious Destruction of MBTA Property incident," at the North Station Orange Line stop at the height of the smashing and looting Sunday night.

More specifically, police say, around 11:10 p.m., the guy: Read more.

By adamg - 5/16/20 - 9:54 pm

Boston Police report arresting a woman they say objected to the presence of officers on Friend Street, where she was enjoying some Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc with a companion around 6 p.m. on Thursday, so she began swearing at them and when that failed to get them move along, hurled one of her bottles of the wine at a cruiser, hitting one of the cops. Read more.

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