Back Bay

By - 9/10/15 - 7:17 am
New barriers protect bicycle lane on Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay

City installed flexible barriers this morning. Photo by Greg Hum.

The Globe introduces us to Jonathan Fertig, who spent $40 buying potted plants and traffic cones to protect the new bike lane on Mass. Ave. at Beacon, in an example of "tactical urbanism." He's now raised more than $2,200 to add more barriers (meanwhile, the city, good to its word, installed its own mini barriers today).

Greg Hum shows us the difference: Read more.

By - 9/6/15 - 6:42 pm

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By - 9/2/15 - 5:43 pm
Bike on Storrow Drive

Jonathan Berks came upon what could have been an awful Storrowing involving a bike today.

By - 9/2/15 - 5:01 pm
Protected BMW

Runner Cait ran across this BMW protected with swim noodles in the Back Bay today.

By - 9/1/15 - 6:58 pm
Truck almost slams into Bridge on Storrow Drive

Jared Dobson can only utter a hearty "Tis the season!" as he waits to get by a moving van with a driver alert enough to stop before slamming into a Storrow footbridge shortly before 6:30 p.m., if not alert enough to pay attention to any of the "CARS ONLY" signs earlier on his journey. Read more.

Kevin, meanwhile, gives us the eye-in-the-sky view from the footbridge:

By - 9/1/15 - 12:06 pm

A Boston Municipal Court judge today ruled two men who traveled to a Boston Pokemon competition loaded for bear are enough of a potential danger to society that the can be held without bail for at least four months before they come to trial. Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 11:35 am
Gondola by the Back Bay Esplanade

Brad Kelly photographed a bucolic gondola scene by the Esplanade the other day.

Copyright Brad Kelly. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/1/15 - 10:52 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on renovations to Copley Place, one of two 1980's Boston malls designed to let suburbanites experience a taste of life in the city without actually having to interact with it (the other being the failed Lafayette Place downtown). The work is part of an overall mall upgrade that includes "upgraded escalators and glass handrails" and a 52-story residential tower.

By - 9/1/15 - 9:04 am
New lane markings at Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street in the Back Bay

Penny Cherubino at BostonZest shows us the newly re-striped intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street this morning.

Electronic signboards now warn motorists to "BE ALERT FOR CYCLISTS."

The intersection is where Anita Kurmann was struck and killed by a semi while bicycling earlier this month.

By - 8/31/15 - 8:27 pm
Tree down on Fairfield Street in the Back Bay

NotThatWeird reports a massive tree on Fairfield Street near Comm. Ave. came crashing to the ground tonight, blocking the road - after it got smashed into by the cab of a passing U-Haul.

By - 8/29/15 - 11:32 pm
Offensive window display in the Back Bay

See it larger (if you have smelling salts handy).

A shocked citizen was shocked to see that the window display for Sweet-N-Nasty on Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay, which specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates, was filled with the sorts of items one might expect to find in the window of a store that specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates.

"Totally offensive," was all the outraged citizen could muster before hitting submit on his or her 311 app and, no doubt, swooning to the ground.

By - 8/29/15 - 8:39 am

Repaving project Mass Ave and Beacon

After working overnight doing preparation work Thursday and Friday, crews are repaving Massachusetts Avenue from the intersection of Beacon Street to Marlborough Street today.

A construction worker told a detail police officer that they hoped to complete this part of the project today.

By - 8/28/15 - 9:01 pm
Truck helped off Storrow Drive by State Police

Maybe state officials should extend their river-road warnings to big-rig companies, too. Lenny Rove watched State Police get an 18-wheeler off Storrow Drive westbound after it failed to hit any bridges.

By - 8/28/15 - 5:39 pm
Massachusetts Avenue suspicious package

The scene on Mass. Ave. Photo by Mario N.

Police have shut off traffic on Mass. Ave. between Huntington and Columbus due to a suspicious package at St. Botolph St. Fire crews and EMS on the way, just in case.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m. Roads being reopened. Patty reports it appeared to be a pink and blue suitcase.

By - 8/26/15 - 5:37 pm

Police officers found two dogs in two broiling cars on Boylston Street this afternoon. Just as they were calling in the Fire Department to open up the cars, one of the owners arrived. The other one, however, did not: Read more.

By - 8/26/15 - 3:21 pm

Sean Griffing, who co-owns Trade on Atlantic Avenue, is seeking city approval to open a new, high-end seafood place on Ring Road in the Prudential Center complex. Read more.

By - 8/24/15 - 12:12 pm

The Boston Courant reports (note: Link will take you to a photo of the Courant story, since the Courant is one of the few papers left in the US that does not have a Web site - on purpose, no less).

UPDATE: Conventures, which is running First Night, says there will be the traditional fireworks over Boston Harbor.

H/t Ron.

By - 8/24/15 - 11:27 am

A Boston Municipal Court judge this morning ordered James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, held without bail pending a Sept. 1 "dangerousness" hearing to determine whether they should be held without bail even longer on charges of illegal weapons and ammunition possession.

The ruling came at a hearing at which an assistant Suffolk County District Attorney said there was far more evidence of their danger to participants in a world Pokemon championship at the Hynes than the weapons-on-trunk Facebook page that had spread through social media yesterday. Read more.

By - 8/23/15 - 4:00 pm

Yeah, what? Boston Police report two Pokemon masters from Iowa seemed to be threatening to shoot up the Pokemon World Championships at the Hynes Convention Center but were foiled in part because Hynes security officers spotted the threat online. Read more.