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On the Cheap: Banh Mi House

A newcomer to our city's unfortunately anemic banh mi scene, Banh Mi House is located in the urban hellscape we call Downtown Crossing, tucked into a small, difficult-to-find quasi food court.
Knockout sandwiches where you'd least expect them
By LUKE PYENSON  |  February 08, 2013

Photos: Occupy Boston protesters rally with unions, veterans, and more

Occupy  Boston protesters march alongside Veterans for Peace, as well as other activist groups such as Jobs with Justice and the AFL-CIO, at Downtown Crossing on October 13, 2011.
Downtown Crossing | October 13, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2011
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Skate of the union

The malt angels from Pabst Blue Ribbon were on hand to fuel us up, and to hook up sweat bands that, incidentally, would come in handy to absorb the blood.
Pissed pedaling
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011

Photos: One Night in Boston 2011

STUFF Magazine presents photos taken in Boston's streets over eight hours on the night of July 15, 2011; here are a few of our favorites.
Fifteen photographers. Eight hours.
By STUFF BOSTON  |  August 12, 2011

Freak show

A hooker, an axe murderer, two white supremacists, and a little girl with pigtails are discussing their differences on air.
UNregular Radio gives a voice to the strange, the crass, and the stoned — you know, you
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2011

Slideshow: Video game heroes run amok Boston

The Laser Orgy awards ceremony got a little out of control, and we followed our red carpet video game stars as they ran amok in Boston.
Video game characters take over the Hub
By BUDDY DUNCAN AND K. BONAMI  |  December 03, 2010


Photos: Best Music Week at Downtown Crossing, Night Two

 "Blog Night" with Kingsley Flood and John Shade, live at Downtown Crossing
 "Blog Night" with Kingsley Flood and John Shade, live at Downtown Crossing, June 9, 2010
By LINDSEY PAYSON  |  June 11, 2010

Photos: Best Music Week at Downtown Crossing, Night One

"Psych Night" with Needy Visions, Hands and Knees, and Thick Shakes at Downtown Crossing
"Psych Night" with Needy Visions, Hands and Knees, and Thick Shakes at Downtown Crossing | June 9, 2010
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  June 11, 2010

BEST MUSIC WEEK: John Shade, Kingsley Flood, and Magic Magic at 5 pm in Downtown Crossing

The countdown to the Phoenix's annual, reader-voted BEST MUSIC POLL is just about over. To find out who won, check online and in the fishwrap...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 09, 2010

Legacy act

What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
Mean Creek look forward to a long road
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 05, 2010

Walk for AIDS: 25 years(1)

Starting at 7:30 this Sunday morning, tens of thousands of walkers, runners, and volunteers will begin gathering by the Hatch Shell on the Boston side of the Charles River Esplanade.
Join in this Sunday. Despite significant progress, many challenges remain.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 04, 2010

The Phoenix presents "Best Music Week"

/!\ UPDATE /!\ | Predictions of inclement weather have prompted a venue change -- Thursday's Mean Creak/Mystery Roar/Bearstronaut concert has moved to Revolution Rock Bar...
By webteam  |  June 01, 2010


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Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010
The Phoenix and WFNX present "Downtown Crossing Block Parties"

The Phoenix and WFNX present "Downtown Crossing Block Parties"

If you're looking for a spot to get your post-work drink on this summer, you oughta check out the "Downtown Crossing Block Parties." The Phoenix...
By Ian Sands  |  May 18, 2010

New magazine tells Boston’s war stories

It’s not too surprising that Kung-Fu Video owners James Bennett and Aaron Crawford are venturing into another retail niche that is largely considered commercially destitute.
Crime Journal Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010


A walk on the wild side

Everyone looks so weary in Howard Yezerski Gallery's gritty documentary photos of Boston's dear departed Combat Zone from 1969 to 1978. The year's still young, but this glimpse into our past from Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman may be one
The Combat Zone, plus burlesque, drag, cross-dressing, and the avant-garde
By GREG COOK  |  February 19, 2010

10 least romantic places in greater Boston

If you're in a relationship, Valentine's Day is reasonably okay — as greeting-card-company-manufactured holidays go.
Plenty of options for lonely hearts this Valentine's Day
By MEG MUCKENHOUPT  |  February 12, 2010

Menino's promise

Boston's political tribes checked their traditional hostilities at the door this week when they trooped into Faneuil Hall for the inauguration of Mayor Thomas Menino, who took the oath to serve an unprecedented fifth term.
Realizing his pledge of flexibility is the key to Boston's future success
By EDITORIAL  |  January 08, 2010

2009: The year in dining

This was an unusual food year for me, in that the recession did not have the expected effect on the local dining scene.
My year in food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 25, 2009

Tilting at Windows

Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous wit
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009


Boston rat rampage

Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar wou
Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009

Menino, again

At a time when Americans are racked by anxiety about the uncertain future of a weak economy, Boston voters handily returned Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to an unprecedented fifth term.
Plus: Latino gains, same-sex defeat, and a buzz for pot
By EDITORIAL  |  November 06, 2009
Rat Tales (if this week's cover story ain't nasty enough for ya)

Rat Tales (if this week's cover story ain't nasty enough for ya)

 In his unparalleled exposé on the plight of urban vermin and those of us who live among them, Rats author Robert Sullivan describes one scene...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 05, 2009


There are many reasons to silently mourn the closing of Filene's in Downtown Crossing, but I know I vociferously wailed at the accompanying evictions of several worthy take-out restaurants that operated at the famed department store's sidewalk level.
An old friend in new digs still slings an outstanding gyros sandwich
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 18, 2009

Menino's junked mail

Two years ago, when I wrote a column griping about the Boston media's apathy-inducing disinterest in city politics, Boston Globe metro editor Brian McGrory told me his paper had given the lackluster 2007 elections as much coverage as they deserved, b
The Globe ratchets up the intensity in Boston's mayoral race. Plus, the Times Co. gets some love from the Globe newsroom and BU books blowhard Bill O'Reilly.
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 18, 2009


Tiananmen 2.0?

The presidential election stolen from Mir Hossein Mousavi was not really an election at all. It was a sham, an elaborate beauty contest produced by the Islamist theocracy that holds the real power in Iran. The mullahs pick the candidates and the outcome.
The Iranian uprising; plus, Yoon disses the BRA
By EDITORIAL  |  June 19, 2009

CVS gripes reach the State House

Change to Win (CtW) is no longer a mere pest buzzing in the ear of CVS management.
Retail Details
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 15, 2009

Crossing fingers

When Red Sox World Series trophies need buffing, third-generation Downtown Crossing silversmith Mike Davis gets the phone call.
A long-time Downtown Crossing shopkeeper sees the neighborhood’s silver lining
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 10, 2009

Get sprung

Between the packages that turn up on my Jamaica Plain doorstep and the envelopes that stuff my Phoenix mailbox, I have enough music to start a mixtape spot in Downtown Crossing.
A bumpin' crop of spring hip-hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 18, 2009