Founder of NorthEndWaterfront.com, hyperlocal community "news & views" serving Boston's North End, Waterfront and Downtown. Also, photographer at MattConti.com and editor of NorthEndBoston.com.
Police & Fire

Weekly Boston Police Log – July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009 – Weekly Boston Police Journal Log Noted Incidents: B&E Res. 06/27/09 12:55am Fulton st. resident reports unk. person entered through a bedroom window and removed numerous pieces of jewelry and fled the residence. Det’s to follow up incident. Willful & Malicious Destruction of property 06/27/09 2:41am Male suspect arrested inside of a Read More…

Real Estate

North End Groups Send Joint Letter on Parcel 9

In an expression of neighborhood unity, three North End neighborhood groups submitted a joint comment letter regarding the proposals for Parcel 9 (Haymarket/Blackstone St.). Input was coordinated by the North End Central Artery Advisory Committee (NECAAC) along with participation from the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) and the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). Based on Read More…

Real Estate Transportation

Gov’t Ctr Garage IAG Mtg #5 – Height & Parking

Height remains a key issue for the Government Center Redevelopment project even though parking was the designated topic at the fifth meeting of the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) held on June 24th at City Hall. Before the parking discussion began, Raymond Property Company, the developer, used blocks to review some of the “massing” variations discussed Read More…

Community

North End Spray Pool Receives Renovation

As many of the kids know already, the spray pool in front of the Mirabella Pool was recently renovated with new padding and painting. It looks great! Now, if only the sun would cooperate. I noticed this sign posted which appears to credit the renovation: “Emilie Pugliano Trust Fund (1924-2002). This site has been preserved Read More…

Community Real Estate

BRA’s Greenway Study – Where’s it Going?

With four of the six public meetings for the Greenway District Planning Study (GDPS) now completed, should we start getting worried where this is heading? The goals of Boston’s transportation grid are certainly a worthwhile subject as discussed in the last meeting, but it gave little sense where Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) officials are leaning Read More…

Community Transportation

Parking Freeze To Be Reviewed

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the issues discussed at the June 22, 2009 public meeting for the Greenway District Planning Study with a focus on transportation. The City currently has a parking freeze at 35,000 public spaces set by the Boston Environment Department to moderate emissions within Boston. However, the Read More…

Real Estate

12 Unity St Headhouse -> Penthouse

George Collins and Tara Shea of 12 Unity Street have applied for zoning relief to replace an existing roof headhouse with a new deck and penthouse room. The headhouse was likely used for pigeons in the distant past, but has fallen into disrepair. The owners purchased the building out of foreclosure and have been renovating Read More…

Community Real Estate

NEWRA Opposes Harbor Garage Proposal

In a special meeting, the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) approved a letter to public officials that “strongly opposes the project.” NEWRA believes “the project is too massive and totally out-of-scale for this waterfront site.” After a line-by-line editing of the 5-page letter, NEWRA members overwhelmingly approved the letter which will be available for submittal Read More…

Health & Environment

Hull St Added to Street Cleaning Program

At the request of North End residents, Hull Street is being added to the North End Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program. The entire length of Hull Street, from Commercial Street to Salem Street, is now scheduled to be cleaned on Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. The odd side of Hull Street will be cleaned on Read More…

Community Health & Environment Transportation

Electric Car Plug-In Stations & Kiosks

This is the third in a series of articles on the issues discussed at the June 22, 2009 public meeting for the Greenway District Planning Study with a focus on transportation. A major priority of the BTD is to start installing electric car plug-in stations with new garages having 2 for every 50 spaces. Extending Read More…

Real Estate

5 N. Hudson St Applies for Deck Zoning Relief

Chad Wolfson of 5 N. Hudson St in the North End filed for zoning relief to construct a raised deck at the rear of the residential building’s first-floor unit where he lives with his wife and 2 children. At NEWRA’s ZLC committee meeting, Wolfson indicated that he has the approval of all abutters including the Read More…