Back Bay

By - 12/16/14 - 11:04 am
Swan in the lagoon by the Back Bay Esplanade

JB Parrett walked along the water at the Esplanade Lagoon yesterday.

By - 12/12/14 - 7:35 pm
Flipped car on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston

Tom Reiner photographed the car that flipped on the turnpike under Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street around 7 p.m. He reports there didn't seem to be any injuries.

By - 12/12/14 - 11:48 am

Boston Police report they had some help arresting a Mattapan man for breaking and entering at a Back Bay apartment - from the tenant, who police say watched the guy ransack her Comm. Ave. apartment via a camera she had running.

Officers enroute were informed the resident of the apartment was watching the suspect inside her apartment via a live camera and giving a

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By - 12/10/14 - 4:47 pm
Dark trolley station in Boston

A shame there's no Twitter-controlled Christmas trees at Hynes station, because that might lighten the place up a bit now that the regular lights have failed, as Derrick shows us.

Above ground, meanwhile, traffic lights have gone on strike in the area of South Station.... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 6:44 pm
Haymarket station on the Green Line in the rain

Just add some chlorine and welcome to Haymarket wading pool. Photo by Dave Fox.

Even as the rain supposedly nears the end of its increasingly annoying reign, the waters just keep piling up. From T stations to Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown and Circuit Drive in Franklin Park, which police shut due to flooding to Roslindale Square, which lost power, Bostonians have had enough, enough to slap anybody who might chirpily say "at least it's not snow!" Yeah, that... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 6:12 pm

A Green Line inspector could be in hot water for an incident on the Green Line this morning in which a door panel on a trolley suddenly fell off the train, a spokesman says:

A Green Line inspector is facing disciplinary action for failing to ensure that the trolley door was secured in the closed position before the train proceeded to Park St. Because of

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By - 12/7/14 - 12:39 pm
Concert for Change

New England Conservatory students will play in a concert on Saturday to benefit the Friends of Boston’s Homeless and The Women's Lunch Place and the people displaced from programs on Long Island when its bridge was shut in October.

Although money won't be turned down, "donations of new underwear, socks, and travel-sized toiletries will be accepted to support the work of the Friends... Read more

By - 12/6/14 - 6:24 pm
Santa in a Speedo

Arturo Gossage took plenty of photos at the annual SS run through the Back Bay today.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/6/14 - 1:05 pm
Bicycles on Boylston Street in the Back Bay

A concerned citizen does some bike counting outside the Apple Store on Boylston Street:

If there's a place bike racks are needed it's here ! Bikes attached all over the place! Maybe you can get Apple to make a large art piece for a bike rack! I'm counting 10 bikes locked to everything except bike racks!

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By - 12/6/14 - 12:00 pm

The Herald reports on the battle between the BPL board of trustees, who think it's dandy to decorate the main library with Christmas wreathes, and a Back Bay resident who wants to supplement the wreathes with a menorah.

The mayor, who appoints library trustees, has decided it's "not his place" to try to convince them otherwise.

Good ol' Joe Fitzgerald, who for years wrote... Read more

By - 12/4/14 - 11:06 pm

Good thing Boston has more than one paramedic unit: Boston EMS Incidents reports that when a report of a person suffering a heart attack in the Prudential Center food court came in around 10:30 p.m., the Paramedic 1 unit stationed on Purchase Street was dispatched to the scene - but couldn't even get out of its bay due to the large traffic jam caused... Read more

By - 11/26/14 - 9:40 am

State Police report 51 people were arrested at three locations during last night's wending Ferguson protest march, which made its way from one highway ramp to another in what turned out to be vain attempts to block a highway.

Some 33 people were arrested on or near the Mass. Ave. Connector, where protesters first tried to walk onto I-93 south; 17 in Dewey... Read more

By - 11/25/14 - 8:45 pm
Arrest being made near South Station

Some cops make arrest while others block protesters in Dewey Sq. Photo by Conqy.

A Ferguson protest in Dudley Square turned into a march of people that kept getting thwarted by Boston and State Police to shut one of the highways running through Boston.

The action started at the Southeast Expressway southbound at the Mass. Ave. connector, where protesters were mostly blocked - although they shut down the connector, police kept them off the Expressway.

The march then headed... Read more

By - 11/24/14 - 10:27 pm
Men in trees on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston

Leslee watched tree guys doing tree stuff on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall today.

Posted under this Creative Commons license in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/21/14 - 9:02 am

Matt Soleyn reports that around 8:50 a.m., a bus from Fairfield University was about a half-mile before the Fenway exit inbound:

Trying to backup on Storrow Drive East in rush hour. At least it didn't hit an overpass.

By - 11/21/14 - 8:51 am

At 8:29 a.m., the MBTA tweeted:

#GreenLine: All branches: Moderate eastbound delays due to power issue.

In response to somebody's query about what exactly "moderate" means when he's been sitting on a trolley that hasn't moved in ten minutes, the T added:

Yes, we describe a "moderate" delay as a major disruption in service.

At 8:54, Andrea reported:

According to my

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By - 11/20/14 - 4:01 pm

This is a little after the fact, but I haven't seen it on UHub or anywhere else: Amtrak has closed its ticket office at Back Bay station. While the official notice doesn't say why, railfans have heard that it's because the T has been unable to improve the ventilation of those ever-present diesel fumes (a topic mentioned over and over and... Read more

By - 11/19/14 - 7:48 am

Michael Ford, 66, of Cambridge could get five years in federal prison when sentenced on an identity-theft charge related to the 2008 theft and sale of a 17th-century diary from Old South Church.

In a guilty plea on Monday, Ford acknowledged that he used somebody else's driver's license to cash a $750 check from a Harvard Square bookstore for James Hull's diary, the US Attorney's... Read more

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