Back Bay

By - 5/18/16 - 11:38 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to give a food-serving license to Digg Inn, a proposed new feed station for Boston's growing herd of locavore veggie grazers, at 557 Boylston St., between Dartmouth and Clarendon.

"Hopefully, this will be the first of many," Digg Inn attorney Andrew Upton told the board at a hearing this morning. Read more.

By - 5/13/16 - 7:31 am

State public-health officials have released the itinerary of a European visitor to the Boston area earlier this month and say anybody who might have been in the same area at the same time as this person might want to check with their health-care provider because that person came down with measles.

The locations include the Cambridgeside Galleria on the afternoon of May 1, the 1 bus that morning and the Green Line later that afternoon and the Star Market at the Pru and the Nespresso on Newbury Street on the afternoon of May 4. Read more.

By - 5/12/16 - 6:27 am
Car on its side on Storrow Drive

Tom Altmann came upon this scene on the outbound side of Storrow Drive around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday near the Kenmore exit.

By - 5/10/16 - 12:15 pm
Former home of Daisy Buchanan's in Boston

Still being renovated after all these years.

The owner of Daisy Buchanan's on Newbury Street assured the Boston Licensing Board today he plans to re-open the watering hole - just in a smaller space and with a more limited menu. Read more.

By - 5/7/16 - 8:37 pm
Oliver Smoot in parade on the Massachusetts Avenue bridge

Oliver Smoot, the man who became a unit of measurement, was back in town today to serve as grand marshal of the 100th anniversary of MIT's moving day - the celebration of the school's moving from the Back Bay to Cambridge.

RoadTrip New England snapped him as he rode past the markers bearing his name on the bridge.

Curt Nickish caught him being measured to make sure he still had an ear (the bridge being, of course, 364.4 smoots long, plus or minus an ear): Read more.

By - 5/6/16 - 9:58 pm
See-thru truck with lots of dots

We hadn't seen or heard about Chicken Man since shortly after the 2013 Marathon.

But the other night, Tom McLaughlin posted this photo of a truck that sure looked like Chicken Man's, only now covered in dots and no longer sporting a large LED readout featuring the words "Chicken Man" or some inspirational saying. Read more.

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.