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By adamg - 5/16/22 - 5:58 pm

Guy Fieri set up one of his restaurants in the old Masonic Building on Tremont at Boylston, you know, the one with the signs warning you about hollow sidewalks and the large old Mason's Lodge logo done in tile that's been there for decades. Guy Fieri thinks his mug, and his need for workers, is more important, though, so he's wheat-pasted a garish help-wanted ad right over it.

What the mosaic used to look like.

By adamg - 5/15/22 - 5:40 pm

VietnamPlus reports Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh visited the Omni Parker House on May 14. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/22 - 10:31 pm

Firefighters and EMS responded to Park Street station around 10:15 p.m. due to a person on the southbound tracks. He was quickly determined to be dead, and firefighters removed his body. Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/22 - 11:15 pm

The MBTA announced today that the Blue Line shutdown between Airport and Bowdoin has been extended until May 13 so workers can "complete additional work and finish scheduled work" in the tunnel. Expect delays on the alternative shuttle buses and ferries.

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By adamg - 5/6/22 - 10:53 am

Scott Van Voorhis tallies up the problems at Boston construction sites, following Wednesday's floor collapse at the old South Boston power plant: Six workers have died at construction sites in Boston, Cambridge and Newton over the past 14 months, including the death of a worker at the Government Center Garage demolition in March.

By adamg - 5/5/22 - 1:53 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today took no action on requests by the owners of Boston Chops on Washington Street in the South End to sell their liquor license to a proposed parmigiana-based restaurant in Copley Place - and to then transfer the liquor license from their closed Boston Chops on Temple Place downtown to the Washington Street restaurant - because of a lawsuit by their Temple Place landlord. 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 - 5/4/22 - 9:14 pm
May 4th message on Mass. roads: Scruffy nerd herders stop littering

Lori Henault spotted this message on signs on the turnpike in both Newton and downtown today, on Star Wars Day. Yes, it's a thing; Han needs to only toss his trash in approved garbage compactors.

By adamg - 5/3/22 - 9:46 pm
Protest march down Tremont Street

Adriana Lacy watched the large pro-abortion march down Tremont Street after a rally at the State House: Read more.

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 - 5/2/22 - 11:13 am
Shurtleff's flag

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the city of Boston was wrong in refusing to let a man run a flag featuring a cross up one of the three flagpoles over City Hall Plaza - not because he necessarily has a First Amendment right to let his religion flag fly but because the city had a lame policy for deciding what could and couldn't wave over the plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/22 - 9:39 am

WBZ reports five young teens who were harassing a mother and her child near the Earl of Sandwich beat up two Suffolk students who tried to intervene, around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The attackers were believed to be between 11 and 14.

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 - 4/27/22 - 4:58 pm

Update: Board rules all of the bars did what they could and should have and have taken steps to try to keep it from happening again, so no violations.

The Boston Licensing Board this week held hearings on four more possible cases involving tampered drinks given to women - one at a bar in an incident that was just a week after another possible drugging there. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/22 - 11:48 am
McCarthy

Update: License transfer approved.

The new owners of the Kinsale Irish Pub at Center Plaza say they're hoping to re-open in four to five weeks with pretty much the same look as before, but under the new name of the Dubliner. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/22 - 11:36 am
Frattaroli

Editor's note: Story corrected.

The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow on whether to formally allow North End restaurateur Philip Frattaroli formally take over as manager of the Boston Public Market's bar.

Frattaroli will oversee a bar that, like the overall market, specializes in craft beers and other drinks with New England origins.

By adamg - 4/27/22 - 9:50 am

CityLab talks to architects who are just so frickin' sick of brick that they are practically doubled over in joy over BU's new Jenga building on Comm. Ave. just outside Kenmore Square, Harvard's shiny new building in Allston "that evokes an M.C. Escher print" and HYM's sexily curved tower where the Government Center garage is coming down.

By adamg - 4/26/22 - 9:28 am

WGBH interviews Nick Shea, who has been offering $1 portraits on index cards to passersby on the Common since 2017.

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.

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