Back Bay

By - 5/5/16 - 5:33 pm
JetBlue pigeons in Back Bay station on the Orange Line

As CB shows us, one of the JetBlue pigeon ads that have taken over Back Bay on the Orange Line could only have been designed by somebody who knows about the problem the T has with pigeons down there.

By - 5/5/16 - 2:10 pm

Shortly after 2 p.m., the Santander Bank branch at 61 Arlington St. was held up by a black man in a black puffy coat with gray accents. He was about 30.

By - 5/4/16 - 2:00 pm

The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force reports it's looking for two guys who held up the TD Bank branch at 533 Boylston St. on Monday. Read more.

By - 5/3/16 - 1:15 pm
Steaming car on Boylston Street in the Back Bay

Because there's a steam-belching manhole there and inevitably somebody will take a look at your car, become convinced it's about to burst into flames and call 911, which will bring the Fire Department, which will check, see that it is, in fact, just the manhole, and then depart - until somebody else calls 911.

By - 5/3/16 - 1:10 pm
Ducks in the Public Garden

As if you needed more proof ducks can't read. Seen at lunchtime in the Public Garden - where I had one squirrel and one sparrow come after me when they thought I was reaching for food instead of my camera.

By - 5/2/16 - 6:10 pm

Severe delays on the Green Line, the T advises.

By - 4/29/16 - 12:20 pm
Wreck caused by stolen car on Storrow Drive

After the crash. Photo by State Police.

UPDATED with more details from State Police.

Storrow Drive outbound by the Esplanade became mess shortly after 11:25 a.m. due to a pileup caused by two 17-year-olds from Brighton in a stolen car who proved unable to drive very well.

State Police report that after smashing into four cars, the two men inside jumped out and tried to escape by swimming in the Charles. They failed at that as well, however, and are now in custody.

By - 4/28/16 - 2:26 pm
Fens on fire

Flaming Fens. Photo by Amanda McNeil.

The reeds right behind the Boston Fire Department's dispatch center are burning like there's no tomorrow.

The Fens last caught on fire last Friday.

Right behind the Victory Gardens (photo by Andrew Ferreira): Read more.

By - 4/28/16 - 11:37 am
Abercrombie and Fitch sweatshirt found on body

State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office hope somebody recognizes the faded Abercrombie & Fitch sweatshirt worn by the roughly 60-year-old man whose body was found in the Charles River off the Esplanade on March 10. Read more.

By - 4/26/16 - 12:44 pm

Kevin Williams, 40, of Waltham, was arraigned today on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer for an incident yesterday at the main BPL library in Copley Square, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 4/25/16 - 12:11 pm

One of the officers suffered a leg injury during the incident, around noon in the McKim wing.

By - 4/25/16 - 10:28 am

Shortly after 10 a.m., State Police reported a truck driver heading out of town on Storrow Drive managed to smash his truck into the Bowker overpass, and now his truck is stuck there.

Cruisers enroute. Expect delays.

Photos of poor truck lying in fetal position.

By - 4/25/16 - 7:51 am

The Bay State Banner, which serves Boston's black community, is blasting the new Boston Guardian for using a name with historic significance for Boston-area blacks:

Is our history so unimportant that they would take this name to serve Back Bay residents?? Melvin Miller didn't even use the name when he founded the Banner as the legacy of the Guardian. We have a front page of the Guardian framed on the wall of our office. This is beyond disrespectful.

By - 4/25/16 - 6:30 am
Residents wait for all clear at 770 Boylston St. in the Back Bay

Residents wait for all clear. Photo by BFD.

Several feet of garbage at the bottom of a trash chute at 770 Boylston St. ignited overnight, starting a two-alarm fire that sent some residents into the chill night air. Read more.

By - 4/23/16 - 12:48 pm
Big chair in front of MIT fraternity in the Back Bay

How else to explain the size of the lawn chair in front of the fraternity's house on Beacon Street in the Back Bay?

By - 4/22/16 - 10:04 am
Boston Guardian

Back Bay and South End residents woke up to a new weekly newspaper today, as Mr. Goodmorning shows us. If it reminds you of the old Boston Courant, that's because the owners, named only as "area residents" in an intro note, have hired David Jacobs and Gen Tracy to run it. The couple, of course, shut their paper in February after losing a wrongful-termination lawsuit by an ad manager who couldn't meet his quotas after the Courant shelved the Web site he had been hired to sell ads for.

By - 4/21/16 - 11:48 pm
Blackout at Back Bay station on the Orange Line

The lights went out at Tufts and Back Bay on the Orange Line this rush hour, slowing trains as riders stumbled in the dark. At least, as Joe Growhowski shows us, Back Bay had some natural light coming in from one end.

By - 4/20/16 - 7:34 am

From his room in the Tufts Medical Center ICU, Ari Ofsevit tells the Globe he doesn't remember being carried across the Marathon finish line by two other runners, let alone any of the efforts by medics, doctors and nurses to keep him alive.

By - 4/19/16 - 11:07 am

"Fan behavior could not have been better," Boston Police report.