By - 9/15/14 - 10:12 am

Tim Murphy gives us a look at Packards Corner in the 1940s, when you could still take a trolley from downtown to Watertown Square, back in pre-MBTA days.

Imagine how bad this area would be today if there were still no traffic lights?!

By - 9/11/14 - 5:23 pm

Handy tips for BU students from the MBTA. We eagerly await the tips for Orange Line riders.

By - 9/9/14 - 9:53 pm

Outbound, just past Harvard Avenue, around 9:40 p.m. Comm. Ave. outbound is shut between Harvard Avenue and Allston Street for the investigation.

By - 9/5/14 - 11:54 am

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and the Allston/Brighton CDC are helping to collect funds and clothing for people burned out of their homes in Wednesday's nine-alarm fire on Harvard Terrace.

The coalition has set up a fund for monetary donations. You can donate online (mark that the donation is for Harvard Terrace families) or at

Helping Families of Harvard Terrace Fire
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By - 9/4/14 - 8:30 pm

Lizzie Raze spotted the dots around 8:20 p.m. So did Doug G. Both, of course, want answers, and here at Answer Central, well, we have no clue.

Chris wonders: Space hipsters?

The Maltz suggests: could be an RC Drone.

Doug G., however, doubts that theory: Seemed too high up. They looked like they were over Brookline, maybe JP.

But the... Read more

By - 9/3/14 - 6:22 pm

Massive fire in an apartment building at Commonwealth Ave and Harvard Street in Allston this afternoon. Surrounding streets blocked off.

By - 9/3/14 - 6:14 pm
Fire on Harvard Terrace, Allston

Photo by Dan Esdale. Video by Neil Tuli:

A large fire ripped through two six-unit apartment buildings on Harvard Terrace, off Harvard Avenue and behind Brighton Avenue. By 6:25, the fire had gone to five alarms; by 6:50 p.m. to seven alarms. Fire commanders initially ordered firefighters off the roof, then, as the fire progressed, out of the more heavily engaged building.

Shortly after the seventh alarm was struck, firefighters were ordered out... Read more

By - 9/3/14 - 12:18 pm

A resident of Greylock Road in Allston reports her roommate was still at home this morning when she saw her bedroom screen up and a guy on the other side about to climb in.

Guy claimed he thought no one lived there. Even still, he demanded her laptop - which was sitting on her bed. The resident says the roommate refused and managed to... Read more

By - 9/2/14 - 7:41 pm
Golden sunset along Commonwealth Avenue

Greg Hum captured the post-storm sun along Comm. Ave.

By - 9/1/14 - 9:13 am
Used piano in Allston

On this fine Allston Christmas, Andrea Crossan came across this used piano on Islington Terrace that needs just a bit of work.

By - 8/31/14 - 7:37 pm

Boston Police report they are investigating a sexual attack around 1:25 a.m. in the area of Pratt and Ashford streets - an area filling with BU students.

Upon arrival, a female victim reported to officers, she was approached from behind by a male suspect and sexually assaulted. The victim further stated she screamed and the suspect attempted to silence her with his hand. As

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By - 8/31/14 - 3:14 pm
A joyous Allston Christmas

Somebody put out the welcome mat for returning students on Comm. Ave.

We made our annual Allston Christmas trek up to Allston and Brighton today. And while we possibly missed out on the most joyous part of the season (that would be tomorrow, of course), there was still plenty to see - including some guys throwing a couch off a second-floor porch on an Allston Street side street (it bounced).

Comm. Ave. couch fort:

By - 8/30/14 - 2:37 pm
Quint Avenue in Allston

A concerned citizen reported this situation on Quint Avenue around 2:25 p.m.

By - 8/30/14 - 1:43 pm

Bryon Wells used aggregate data on leases that start Sept. 1 to create a heat map of where you can expect peak Allston Christmas pickings this weekend.

Bostonography also generated an Allston Christmas heat map that, one suspects, is just as accurate, even if not based on lease data.... Read more

By - 8/29/14 - 11:06 pm

The truck got stuck sometime before 11 p.m. Police shut the road between Comm. Ave. and Linden Street until it was freed.

By - 8/29/14 - 6:29 pm
Students on the Green Line in Boston

Ari Baronofsky observed migratory students on the Green Line this afternoon:

Dear students, welcome to the MBTA, now please step away from the doors and move into the %+*£ train!

By - 8/27/14 - 10:08 am

Lin Dolin and Lauren report seeing signs on Rte. 2 and on ramps heading to 93 and Storrow warning drivers of rental trucks to stay off Storrow Drive.

By - 8/26/14 - 3:49 pm

Roxbury, MA – It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled “Candid Conversations”. During this series,... Read more

By - 8/19/14 - 9:37 am

Genesio Cassimiro, 51, of Allston, was arrested last night on Gardner Street on a charge of being a peeping Tom, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Officials are investigating whether he's the same alleged creep captured on video at a Brighton apartment last week, the DA's office says.

Innocent, etc.... Read more