Back Bay

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

By - 11/12/14 - 10:13 am
Prudential in the fog in Boston

Earlier, we saw the Hancock above the fog. Tomo forwards this photo by co-worker Heidi Sullivan of the reverse view: The Pru as seen from the 47th floor of the Hancock tower.

By - 11/12/14 - 8:10 am
Hancock tower in the fog

Jared, who happened to be up at 6:13 a.m., took a screen capture of the Blue Hill Observatory's east cam atop the Prudential tower.

Also see:
The Pru from the Hancock.
Back Bay from the air.... Read more

By - 11/10/14 - 10:04 am
Kiss on the Charles River Esplanade

JB Parrett captured more than just the sunset on the Esplanade yesterday evening.

By - 11/9/14 - 12:35 pm

Green Line service turned into a complete oxymoron this morning when a trolley died. The T rolled in substitute buses between Kenmore and Park. At 11 a.m., Zach Tucker tweeted:

3 dark trolleys sitting at Copley IB, no MBTA CSA's anywhere to explain to clueless tourists.

UPDATE: At 1 p.m., the T announced resumption of normal service, but, naturally, with residual delays.... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 1:01 pm

A DCR worker discovered a man's body in the Muddy River in the area of the Bowker overpass around 10 a.m. today, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

A tentative identification has been made based on a missing-person's report, the DA's office says, adding foul play does not appear to have been involved.

It's the same general location where bodies were found in ... Read more

By - 11/4/14 - 8:03 am

A one-hour tour of Boston by and for people who live in Madrid. It's all in Spanish, but even if you don't speak it, you can look at the pictures. My favorite part was when the local host, a native Spaniard now in Boston, and the interviewer jaywalk across Dartmouth from the park to the library and the interviewer expresses some fear and the host... Read more

By - 11/2/14 - 4:15 pm

Shortly after 4 p.m., Boston and Cambridge firefighters and Boston and State police began rushing to the Mass. Ave. Bridge on a report of a sailboat tipping over in the wind and dumping somebody in the water. Just as firefighters were about to begin their "tech rescue," however, the person managed to get back in the boat and make his way to shore on the... Read more

By - 10/31/14 - 7:55 am
Green Line refugees on the Orange Line at Back Bay

Back Bay: Orange Line now reporting delays due to all the Green Line refugees. Photo by Alexander Zafris.

One of those dreaded "track issues" means no service at all between Arlington and Haymarket. Use the Orange Line, the T advises, and pray it doesn't die, too.

Jason Greeley reported at 8:20:

Broken rail at Boylston, no shuttle, stuck for half an hour in a tunnel.

UPDATE, 8:49 a.m.: And now the entire E line is dead and the T is advising that... Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 4:57 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to grant a license to a proposed outlet of a French Italian-style gelato chain on Newbury Street.

Amorino, 249 Newbury St., off Fairfield, would be the company's third eatery in the US - and its first in Boston. According to its philosophy, Amorino uses only the eggs of free-range chickens and "the highest-grade whole milk" in its... Read more

By - 10/28/14 - 5:53 pm
Johnson

Transit Police report arresting Robert Johnson, 49, of Jamaica Plain, in connection with a failed robbery attempt last night inside Back Bay station

According to police, his victim, a 62-year-old woman, had just gotten off a 39 bus around 11:25 p.m. when Johnson asked her for some money. When she declined, police say:

Johnson followed her into the station eventually standing in front of

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By - 10/28/14 - 3:56 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on a couple of brothers who have created an app that lets you arrange for dry cleaning over your phone - you set the date and time and somebody comes and picks up your clothes, then returns them when they're done, at least in downtown, the Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the North End.... Read more

By - 10/26/14 - 12:21 pm
Bystanders wonder what's up on Newbury Street in the Back Bay

Bystanders wonder what's up. Photo by Lindsey B.

UPDATE, 12:43 p.m.: Package no longer deemed suspicious, Newbury re-opened to pedestrians, with cars to be allowed back soon.

Newbury Street is shut between Dartmouth and Exeter as police on scene await the arrival of the bomb squad to deal with a suspicious package.

By - 10/25/14 - 1:26 pm
Protest march on Newbury Street

Protesters against police violence, organized by Black Lives Matter, marched down Newbury Street at lunchtime, then congregated in the middle of the intersection of Newbury and Mass. Ave. briefly before heading down Mass. Ave. to Boylston Street.

More on Denis Reynoso.

By - 10/20/14 - 11:39 am

Transit Police provide a couple examples of alleged dumbassery at two of our major transit hubs:

Shortly after 2 a.m. today, police - and firefighters - responded to South Station because somebody had activated a fire alarm there. Transit Police report officers found Marwin Maurin, 22, of Revere, standing by a closed Red Line entrance:

Maurin informed the officers he set off the fire

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By - 10/17/14 - 10:37 am
Painters in a Back Bay alley

The other day, Phil spotted all these painters doing a class project in the alley behind Old South between Dartmouth and Exeter.

Copyright Phil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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