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By adamg - 11/23/20 - 9:59 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Villa Mexico on Water Street has closed, but hopes to re-open on Jan. 11.

By adamg - 11/21/20 - 9:40 pm
Sunset over Boston Harbor and downtown Boston

Matt Frank watched the sunset over downtown and Boston Harbor from East Boston this evening.

By adamg - 11/20/20 - 12:12 pm
Nova Scotia tree on Boston Common

The mayor's office released this photo of our annual gift tree from Nova Scotia safely arriving on Boston Common this morning. It'll officially be lit up on Dec. 3, come hell, high water or tree pattern baldness. Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/20 - 11:30 am
Storrowed backhoe

State Police report the Callahan Tunnel remained shut even after a crew unwedged the backhoe whose trailer driver managed to get it stuck at the entrance so an engineer can make sure the cramming and jamming didn't damage the tunnel. Read more.

By adamg - 11/18/20 - 10:53 am

But the merchants of Faneuil Hall Marketplace urge you to shop there anyway - they could really use the business.

Nova Scotia's annual Christmas tree gift to Boston, however, is on its way.

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By adamg - 11/17/20 - 12:38 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals today rejected a company's plans to convert 21 apartments at 103-111 Arch St. into executive suites after elected officials and a neighborhood residents association said the proposal would be an end run around the city's short-term rental restrictions and efforts to increase the amount of housing stock available for Bostonians. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/20 - 4:10 pm
Custom House clock tower

Jessica Kent looked up today and discovered there's no time like the present, or any time at all, really, on any of the sides of the Custom House clock. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/20 - 3:13 pm
King Tide at Long Wharf

Adam Castiglioni took a walk down to Long Wharf today - just not all the way to the end, since it was covered by water in a king tiday.

Meanwhile, down in Dorchester, Morrissey Boulevard was completely flooded: Read more.

By adamg - 11/14/20 - 5:03 pm

The Green Line isn't running between Copley and Government Center because the T has to inspect the tunnel under Tremont Street to make sure some work by a utility crew above the tunnel didn't do any damage to what is, of course, the country's oldest subway tunnel.

By adamg - 11/14/20 - 12:17 pm

Boston Police report arresting Fitsum Teklehaimanot, 28, of Chelsea, on three counts of indecent assault and battery for incidents Friday in Downtown Crossing. Read more.

By adamg - 11/13/20 - 9:31 am

If you remember these sounds, you probably remember Zoom Telephonics, one of the early leaders in dial-up modems. Turns out the company's still around and headquartered on Franklin Street, although it now sells cable modems, which don't make any sounds, under the Motorola name. And it's expanding: It announced yesterday it's buying an Internet-of-things vendor for $30 million.

By adamg - 11/12/20 - 10:26 am

The Boston Business Journal reports the BPDA is telling Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. of New York it wants the $2.1 million the company owes in back taxes and it wants it now. The company, which leases the marketplace from the city, and the BPDA and the mayor have clashed in recent months over what the city says is the company's refusal to help marketplace tenants weather the pandemic.

By adamg - 11/9/20 - 9:16 pm
New Fort Point art installation under way

The Fort Pointer captured artist Zy Baer at work on what will soon be Fort Point Channel's latest art installation, Polarity, which will show a future in which the channel floods and rises until only the upper floor and copper cornice of a building remains above water. 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 - 11/9/20 - 11:31 am
People waiting to make phone calls in a downtown Boston subway stop

Waiting to make a call at a downtown subway stop. Source.

Around 5:20 p.m. on Nov. 9, 1965, Boston blinked out as a quickly spreading blackout that started with a failed relay on a transmission line in upstate New York just five minutes earlier cascaded across the Northeast. Lights, radios and TVs went out, subway trains slowed and stopped. Read more.

By adamg - 11/8/20 - 4:47 pm
Wanted man

Boston Police have released a photo of a man they say forced a woman from Bromfield Street in Downtown Crossing through the Common and into the Public Garden, near Charles and Beacon streets, where he raped her, around 2 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 11/6/20 - 1:36 pm

SKW Partners today said it will file plans to replace the current James Hook seafood outlet on Atlantic Avenue with a 305-foot-tall hotel. Read more.

By adamg - 11/6/20 - 12:10 pm

Richard Auffrey introduces us to a Chinese teenager known only as Chou, who signed on with a Boston sea captain, who brought him back to Boston in 1796. Two years later, Chou fell to his death from the mast of the captain's ship. He's buried in the Central Burying Ground.

By adamg - 11/2/20 - 1:30 pm
Shuttered Marshalls in Downtown Crossing

Roman Lilligren wandered the empty, boarded-up Washington Street in Downtown Crossing in advance of Election Day. Read more.

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