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By adamg - 12/29/20 - 3:07 pm

WBUR reports workers today removed that Park Square statue that, however, well intentioned it may have been when first cast, is still a statue of a half-naked Black man on his knees in front of a white man. It'll be put in a warehouse somewhere as the city figures out what to do with it - and what to replace it with.

By adamg - 12/18/20 - 11:00 am
What would you put on this statue pedestal

What would you put on this Park Square pedestal? Boston wants to know.

Boston Public Arts Director Karin Goodfellow reports the city hopes to remove that "Emancipation" statue in Park Square and stick it in storage somewhere really soon.

By adamg - 9/29/20 - 12:44 pm
Soyturk and Joyce

Soyturk apologizes; Joyce explains need for action.

Salt Bae is leaving Boston soon and that should end the crowds of celebrity hounds who'd turned Arlington Street in Park Square into a potential superspreader spot in the eight days his steak place was open before the city shut it down, Salt Bae's local lawyer and two of his sub-Baes told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/20 - 9:56 pm
Closed notice in door of Nusr-et

Salt Bar's joint is closed for now, on city orders.

Boston licensing officials ordered the Nusr-et steak place in Park Square shut less than a week after it opened, for violations of city and state Covid-19 and fire regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 8/28/20 - 3:24 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the chain saw no pandemic point in re-opening a restaurant with no patio space and with the collapse of business from nearby hotels and a lease running out in a few months in a building whose owner wants to redevelop the space.

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By adamg - 6/30/20 - 9:01 pm

Greg Cook has the details of the vote to remove the statue that shows Lincoln standing over a half-naked now former slave.

By adamg - 6/11/20 - 9:00 pm

The statue has been in Park Square since the 1870s. Source.

As long as white people are getting woke, they need to do something about that cringe-worthy statue sort of hidden away in Park Square that shows a benevolent Lincoln waving away slavery on top of a half-naked black man on his knees - like get Mayor Walsh to stick the thing in a warehouse somewhere, Tory Bullock exclaims: Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/20 - 9:16 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Fleming's Steakhouse in Park Square has closed permanently.

By adamg - 9/11/18 - 1:27 pm
New Motor Mart Garage

The owners of the Motor Mart Garage in Park Square - once the largest auto garage in the world, with a helipad on top - have filed their formal plans for sticking a 20-story residential tower atop it. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/18 - 9:10 pm

The owner of the Motor Mart garage in Park Square will be seeking city permission to add 17 stories of residential units to the structure. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/18 - 1:27 pm
Furries evacuated from Boston hotel

CarCarll captured the scene outside the Park Plaza around 11:30 a.m., when fire alarms went off, forcing the evacuation of guests and attendees at the annual Anthro New England furry convention.

By adamg - 12/11/17 - 8:22 am

The Boston Sun reports a developer is looking at extending the Motor Mart garage on Stuart Street upwards by building a residential tower on top, probably ending any possibility of a helipad there.

By adamg - 1/17/17 - 12:09 pm

A birthday celebration in a function room at a Park Plaza pub ended in a brawl when an unwanted drunk guy who kept returning grabbed a female guest he had somehow convinced to dance with him, police detectives told the Boston Licensing Board this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 1/4/16 - 1:09 pm

Starbucks goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to change the shuttered Melting Pot fondue place in the Park Plaza Hotel into a, well, Starbucks.

Park Plaza guests who now want the Starbucks experience have to walk a full two-tenths of a mile to the Starbucks in the Transportation Building. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/15 - 11:25 am
Labor Day parade in Boston in 1920

The 1920 Labor Day parade in Park Square, as photographed by Leslie Jones.

From the Boston Public Library's Leslie Jones collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 8/12/15 - 10:39 am

Michael Schlow told the Boston Licensing Board this morning he's hoping for a September opening for his Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar at 91 Park Plaza - where he closed his Via Matta Italian restaurant this spring after 13 years. Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/15 - 9:02 am
Haitian protest march that started in Government Center

Haitians march from Government Center to Park Square. Photo by Adam Castiglioni.

Area Haitians and Haitian-Americans protesting a plan by the Dominican Republic to expel tens of thousands of people who can't prove they're really Dominican marched yesterday from Government Center to the Dominican consulate - where they were met by area Dominicans and Dominican-Americans who think the plan is just fine. WBUR reports the two groups protested peacefully - and separated by police. Among the Haitian group: State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester), who is Haitian-American.

By adamg - 6/15/15 - 3:22 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports McCormick & Schmick has shut down.

By adamg - 3/9/15 - 4:04 pm

Rise is announcing it will shut for good at the end of April.

As many of you know, our lease expired several years ago and we have been open since on borrowed time.

It’s been an amazing run of over 16 years which is rare in the club business and even rarer for a club that never served a drop of alcohol. ...

I know I speak for the entire RISE staff (past and present) when I say how much we all appreciate each and every one of you who come and dance and socialize in the wee hours of the night in the sleepy town called Boston.

By adamg - 12/18/14 - 6:35 am

The Globe reports state officials are working on a plan to empty the Transportation Building in Park Square and build a new transportation complex as part of the Tremont Crossing mixed-use development across the street from Boston Police headquarters on Tremont Street. The move would jump start that project and free up the Park Square building for redevelopment.

The BRA has a vaguely worded item related to the proposal on its agenda for this afternoon's board meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in its ninth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

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