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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…

Real Estate

115 Salem St. Applies For Coffee Shop

Giovanni Grimaldi and his son presented their plans to open a coffee shop at 115 Salem St during the North End/Waterfront Resident’s Asssociation (NEWRA) Zoning, Licensing & Construction (ZLC) committee meeting on Tuesday, June 23. This is the location that was formerly Dave’s Curtains. For now, no alcohol license is being requested for the shop Read More…

Community Transportation

Greenway/Downtown Transportation Agenda

The presentation slides from the fourth meeting of the Greenway District Planning Study have been posted on the GDPS page of the BRA’s website. There are 23 powerpoint slides that cover the Transportation Department’s initiatives for downtown and along the Greenway’s linear parks. The meeting is also the subject of a series of article posts Read More…

Community Health & Environment Transportation

Bicycling Around the Greenway

This is the second 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. Bicycling programs are receiving more attention as a much needed part of Boston’s transportation future. In typical mayoral fashion, Menino has made this one Read More…

Community Health & Environment Real Estate Transportation

BTD Presents for Greenway Study

This is the first 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 Boston Transportation Department was on stage Monday night as part of a series of public meetings for the Greenway District Planning Study. Vineet Gupta presented goals of the department that not only apply to the Greenway, but also to the larger City transportation system.

Real Estate Transportation

SS Direct Connect Bus Moving Ahead

Federal stimulus funding of $2.5 million is pushing ahead the South Station Direct Connect. The project will connect the two pieces of the Silver Line from Downtown Crossing to South Station via a dedicated bus lane. At the June 19th Move Mass meeting, MBTA officials indicated that they have not given up on Phase 3, Read More…


Greenway Fountains & Plantings Update

The fountains in the North End/Waterfront area of the Greenway continue to be plagued by operational problems and it appears several sections will have a delayed start-up or won’t be working at all this season. A recent email from Nancy Brennan, Executive Director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, highlighted a number of operational issues. Read More…

Police & Fire

New Neighborhood Crime Reports System

We have added a new page, called Crime Reports, to give residents easy access to a new service rolled out this week by the Boston Police and Utah-based web company For your convenience, we have added it directly on this website accessible through the top navigation bar. Crime data is uploaded each night by Read More…

Arts & Culture Event Notices

Tall Ships Reaches Agreement With City

The organizers of Sail Boston and the City/State have come to an agreement that will allow the Tall Ships to sail and dock in Boston Harbor as planned on July 8th through July 13th. Public access to the ships will be free, although the parade of ships and two fireworks displays have been canceled. The Read More…


Fairmont Donates to Eliot School

Neighborhood residents and this blog have been rightfully critical of many of the Fairmont Battery Wharf’s recent applications for late night alcohol service at over 160 outdoor patio seats and a valet license on Commercial Street. With a pending entertainment license, this strain might continue for a while longer. However, I wanted to post a Read More…


Aaron Wins Again

North End Democrat Aaron Michlewitz overwhelmingly took the win in Tuesday’s Special Election for 3rd Suffolk District State Representative. Turnout was very light with just 2717 votes and Michlewitz receiving over 80% against South End Independent John Keith and Beacon Hill Republican David Trumbull. Aaron Michlewitz (D) 2190  votes    80.60% David Trumbull (R)       120  Read More…

Arts & Culture Community

Dan Nuzzo Receives Award From FOCCP

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park recently honored Dan Nuzzo with an award for his untiring efforts over the years, as President of FOCCP. The adjacent picture shows Dan receiving the award from Meghan Dennenberg, Membership Chair. For more information on the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, see their website at Thanks to Meredith Read More…