Allston

By - 4/15/14 - 4:02 pm

Mt. Washington Bank, 181 Brighton Ave., held up around 3:50 p.m. by a white guy in a white Red Sox sweatshirt with red trim, wearing glasses and a black hat. He waved a black handgun at tellers as he demanded money. He may have run towards Cambridge Street.

By - 4/11/14 - 2:46 pm

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A diverse group of residents, commuters, transportation advocates, business owners, and elected officials packed a standing-room only Jackson Mann Community Center last night for the first MassDOT public meeting of the Mass Pike Interchange Improvement Project.

The $260 million project proposes to straighten the Mass Pike between Harvard Ave in Allston and BU's Nickerson Field, remove aging concrete support structures, and... Read more

By - 4/3/14 - 3:41 pm

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April 10 is the first public meeting on the Mass Pike Realignment -- a $260 million project to straighten the Pike in Allston. This will be a great project for drivers going through Allston. We need your help to make sure it's a great project for those of us living, walking, running and cycling in Allston.

Together, let's make this more... Read more

By - 3/31/14 - 7:59 pm
Packards Corner MBTA tracks

After just 45 years, the T has disconnected the last vestige of the A Line from the B Line at Packards Corner. Steve Burns photographed the new switchless curve where trolleys could formerly head towards Watertown.

By - 3/28/14 - 10:11 am

BU Today reports BU is going to start checking IDs on people boarding university buses, so no more free alternative transportation for people with no school affiliation.

By - 3/28/14 - 10:06 am

BostInno reports a Starbucks is coming to Allston. Granted, the LEED-certified, fancy-new-apartments side of Allston, rather than the gritter end where somebody re-opened a closed cafe to keep Starbucks out, but still.

People seeking a Starbucks-free existence will still be able to travel to Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park and Mattapan.... Read more

By - 3/23/14 - 12:24 pm
Car fire on Storrow Drive

Robert Vellela photographed a car fire on Storrow Drive around 9:30 a.m. (another view).

By - 3/22/14 - 11:50 am
Hawk on Commonwealth Avenue

Roving UHub photographer Lauren Reemsnyder captured the scene this morning as somebody blocked traffic on Comm. Ave. near Allston Street to keep a hawk from getting flattened - because hawks don't know you're supposed to cross at the green, not in-between.

UPDATE: Reemsnyder reports:

I don't know how he ended up on the street, but animal control came by and took him away a

... Read more
By - 3/20/14 - 4:42 pm

Large numbers of BPD officers descended on the Esplanade and the BU Bridge shortly after 4 p.m., when a 911 caller reported a man in camouflage running around near the bridge with a rifle. Cambridge Police sent some officers to their side of the bridge as well.

In fact, it turned out there was a whole troop of men running around the Esplanade with rifles... Read more

By - 3/15/14 - 3:32 pm
Grand Junction over the Charles River

Ed Hatfield photographed the empty trackbed that now makes up half of the Grand Junction train bridge over the Charles River - the only train connection between north and south track networks east of Worcester county

Copyright Ed Hatfield. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/10/14 - 5:32 pm

If you thought you could avoid the problems on the C and D lines caused by derailment-induced bustitution by hopping on a B train, great idea - except that everybody else was thinking that, too.

Around 5:30, Teagan Rae reported:

It's insane. Three B Lines in a row completely packed.

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By - 3/6/14 - 5:20 am

Sarah asks:

Are there any good gelato spots in Allston?

By - 3/4/14 - 8:12 am

City inspectors shut Bonchon Chicken, 123 Brighton Ave. last Wednesday after finding a host of violations, most notably, a dripping sewage line in a kitchen ceiling and improper pickling and storage of cabbage and radishes, both of which were the sort of thing that could easily spread food-borne microbes:

There is a smell of sewage in the basement and a waste line in the

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By - 3/2/14 - 11:29 pm

The Daily Free Press reports on the temporary punishment meted out to Zeta Beta Tau on Linden Street in Allston.

By - 3/2/14 - 4:45 pm
trash fire in Allston

Walking Bostonian watched firefighters quickly douse flaming trash at Harvard and Brighton avenues this afternoon, reports they were met with a cacaphony of blaring horns from drivers incensed at being delayed on their normally speedy journeys through the intersection.

By - 2/27/14 - 4:24 pm

Sweet Kingdom, which plans to sell only "healthy" desserts made of fruits and light sugar, won approval today to stay open until 2 a.m. at 145 Harvard Ave.

At a hearing Wednesday, Boston Licensing Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer expressed surprise that a dessert place would seek to stay open that late.

Manager Yu Dong and attorney Christopher Coleman, however, said they're counting on... Read more

By - 2/24/14 - 7:14 am

Turns out the Allston couple scared of lobsters are real.

C, who makes up half the couple, posted the above video of her husband's attempts to cook the seabeasts (finally: in the pot). She reports this morning:

We received them as gifts. Personally, I knew up front I was scared of them but then I found out my husband was also scared

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By - 2/23/14 - 5:14 pm
Lobsters in a pot

This is just so insane it might actually be true: An ad that popped up on Boston Craigslist yesterday sounded a scream for help, along with several photos of the menacing black bag:

HELP!!! LOBSTERS ARE SCARING US!!!! (Allston )

My husband and I have a few lobsters but we're both VERY scared of them. They're ugly and scary looking. They're in that bag,

... Read more
By - 2/21/14 - 6:29 pm
Bus on Storrow Drive

Roving UHub photographer Adam Schnabel wasn't roving all that quickly around 5:55 p.m. today, thanks to the driver of the bus who at least managed not to get storrowed on the BU Bridge just up ahead.

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