Back Bay

By - 1/23/15 - 11:00 am
Proposed Olympic beach volleyball stadium on Boston Common.

That's Charles Street on the left. See it larger.

Plans released by Boston 2024 show most of the Common and a significant portion of the Public Garden - including the Make Way for Ducklings statues - off limits to the public during the Olympics. Construction of a 16,000-seat beach-volleyball stadium and related structures, meanwhile, would shut the ball fields and other parts of the Common for months before the games.

The plans also show... Read more

By - 1/23/15 - 9:37 am
Central Square crush on the MBTA Red Line

Bill Palin shows us the scene at Central Square around 9:30 a.m., as passengers wonder if they'll ever get to their destinations due to a train that went to its final destination at Harvard Square.

Coupled with a dead trolley on the Green Line, the Orange Line problems and inexplicably overpacked Blue Line trains, it was a rare superfecta on the T... Read more

By - 1/23/15 - 5:27 am

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In think teach transform Molly Richard writes:

"The debate around Boston hosting the Olympics has many asking, “What makes a world-class city?”

Boston2024, the private entity that bid Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, would like us to think a world-class city emerges from the benefits incurred by Olympic host cities. However, in a public meeting last... Read more

By - 1/22/15 - 10:07 pm
Charles River sunset

JB Parrett watched the sun go down from the Esplanade tonight.

By - 1/19/15 - 6:07 pm
Marchers on Arlington Street

Hundreds of people peacefully marched around the Common and Public Garden this afternoon before marching up Beacon Street for a protest in front of the State House.

Some photos:

Black Lives Matter protest in Boston
Black Lives Matter protest on Boylston Street

Athel photographed... Read more

By - 1/17/15 - 6:27 pm
Closed Trader Joe's on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, due to fire

Titanium Cranium noticed this sign in the window of the Boylston Street Trader Joe's about a small fire yesterday.

By - 1/16/15 - 9:03 am
Wacky car on Marlborough Street

We haven't gotten that much snow this year, but somebody in the Back Bay didn't let that stop them this morning, as Nicky Enriquez shows us.

By - 1/14/15 - 9:59 pm
Dalton Street builidng in the Christian Science center

Architect's rendering.

WBUR reports on this evening's formal groundbreaking for a 61-story, triangular tower that will feature the city's second Four Seasons Hotel and luxury condos on Dalton Street at the Christian Science Center.

By - 1/14/15 - 5:41 pm

Police report that thanks to a tip from an informant, officers had the Citizens Bank branch at Boylston and Dartmouth streets staked out yesterday afternoon when Miguel Morales of Dorchester showed up with apparent criminal intent.

Officers continued surveillance on the suspect, and at approximately 12:25 PM, officers observed the suspect cover his face with a scarf and walk back and forth in front

... Read more
By - 1/13/15 - 11:36 pm
Woman wanted by Boston Police

Boston Police have released photos of a woman they say might have something to do with the wave of wallet grabs in Newbury Street and Boylston Street restaurants over the past year - in particular, Stephanie's on Newbury and Joe's American Grill.

She's described as white, 30 to 40, 5'6" or 5'7" with a heavy build and long, brown hair.

The photos come... Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 12:36 pm

UPDATE: Photos released of woman who might have used some of the credit cards in the stolen wallets.

Boston Police think they're closing in on a woman they say has been lifting wallets out of purses in Newbury Street and Boylston Street restaurants for the past year.

Det. Daniel MacDonald told the Boston Licensing Board said the woman goes into a restaurant at lunchtime,... Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 12:06 pm

A woman swearing like a sailor, the man who insulted her and the glass of wine she threw in response earned Papa Razzi, 157 Newbury St., a formal hearing before the Boston Licensing Board today.

According to both police and the restaurant manager who tried to quell the commotion around 9:10 p.m. on Dec. 3, a woman was loudly swearing about something around 9 p.m.... Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 7:50 am
Mess on Storrow Drive in Boston

Storrow Drive around 7:25 a.m. Photo by Scott Lovejoy.

At least a couple crashes turned Storrow Drive into a parking lot this morning, with one major crash at the BU Bridge shutting Storrow westbound altogether.

Photo of the crash.

By - 1/12/15 - 3:13 pm

UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office requested $10,000 bail for each. Boston Municipal Court Judge Judge Catherine K. Byrne released them on personal recognizance.

Boston Police report arresting three men on charges they knocked a woman down on Beacon Street early Saturday and made off with the purse they wrenched from her arm.

According to police, the victim was walking home shortly before... Read more

By - 1/9/15 - 11:13 am

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will hold an informal memorial from noon to 1:30 p.m.

This peaceful gathering is intended to celebrate the works of Charlie Hebdo journalists and cartoonists and honor the victims of Wednesday's shootings. We will provide coffee and a place to feel united in diversity.

By - 1/9/15 - 12:04 am
Man wanted for indecent assault and battery

Boston Police report a woman walking down Huntington Avenue by W. Newton Street was "approached from behind by a male and indecently assaulted." The man then ran toward the Southwest Corridor Park.

He's described as black, with bulging eyes, 25-30 and about 6' with a medium build.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-343-4400 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or... Read more

By - 1/7/15 - 7:37 pm
Boston is Charlie

At 6 p.m., about 75 French citizens in Boston and supporters gathered at the French consulate on St. James Avenue for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and to declare their support for the free expression of ideas.

By - 1/7/15 - 3:21 pm

Members of the French community in Boston will hold a vigil starting at 5:45 p.m. at the French consulate, 31 St. James Ave., to honor the memory of the 12 people slain at the offices of Charlie Hebdo today and to support free speech.... Read more

By - 1/6/15 - 11:14 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a large monetary verdict against a member of the Demoulas clan, her husband and their attorney - who wound up disbarred in the long-running Demoulas family saga - over their efforts to force a Brandeis professor and his wife out of their Back Bay condo so they could convert the entire building into a single residence.

Although the court... Read more

By - 1/6/15 - 8:33 am
Proposed development over the Massachusetts Turnpike in the Back Bay.

Serpentine project planned.

The state has picked a Miami developer for a $330-million mixed-use project atop the turnpike at Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street.

The Peebles Corp. proposed a a 373,000-square-foot development with 85 apartmentsl and 88 condos, a 156-key hotel, 26,000 square feet of retail space, and 138 parking spaces, in an 11-story building.

The plan also calls for a revamp of Hynes station, including new ADA-compliant... Read more

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