Back Bay

By - 3/26/14 - 2:56 pm
Beacon Street fire.

Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: WBZ reports two of the firefighters have died.

298 Beacon St. Nine alarms. Firefighters from Engine 33 were trapped without water. Three taken out with injuries, one in critical condition.

Prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are now on scene, standard procedure when a victim has life-threatening injuries.

At one point, commanders ordered all firefighters out of the four-story brownstone,... Read more

By - 3/25/14 - 8:50 am
After 35 years, Steve's Greek Cuisine on Newbury Street closes

Bettlebrox noticed the sign in the window of Steve's Greek Cuisine, 316 Newbury St. According to their Facebook page, the Newbury Street location shut forever on Sunday, although they still have a stand inside Quincy Market.

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

By - 3/23/14 - 10:31 am
Turnpike lanes in Boston

Brian D'Amico photographed the lane restrictions on the turnpike headed toward the Pru Tunnel yesterday.

MassDOT will be restricting lanes in the tunnel the weekends of March 28, April 4 and April 25 to allow for removal of an old and no longer needed noise-buffering ceiling in the tunnel.

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 6:48 pm
Empty Chacarero

The kidlet and I headed to the Pru today to check out the costumes on people attending Anime Boston. Naturally, we headed to the food court first, which was packed, except in front of Chacarero.

The costumes did not disappoint.

Wings
Bow

Sometimes, we had... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:04 am

Narrowing the Pru Tunnel down to one lane for ceiling removal is doing a major number on traffic on the turnpike today. At 9:20 a.m, Evan Allen tweeted:

Avoid the pike westbound out of Boston! It is not moving at all.

By - 3/21/14 - 12:50 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a person was found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft at 31 St. James Ave. shortly after 10 a.m.

WHDH reports the man tried to jump from a stuck elevator to the basement level, but missed and fell into the sub-basement.... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 12:36 pm
Overturned truck on Prudential exit ramp.

Truck turns turtle. Photo by State Police.

Around noon, State Police reported:

Route 90 east,Cement truck has rolled over on Exit22 ramp.Damage to tunnel walls.Cement and diesel fuel leaking. Exit closed.

MassDOT reports no structural damage to the tunnel but that the exit will be closed indefinitely as crews remove the remains of the truck, fuel and cement.

MassDOT was planning on restricting traffic in the main tunnel to just one... Read more

By - 3/21/14 - 9:35 am
Anime Boston on the Green Line

Anime Boston has arrived at the Hynes. Matt Karolian, who took this photo, reports:

This guy's face sums up all my feels as a commuter this morning with Anime Boston in town.

By - 3/20/14 - 3:28 pm

Boston Metro reports Massport is starting a shuttle between Logan, Copley Square and the Hynes Convention Center. The shuttle, partly in reaction to the closing of the Government Center T stop, will be free to people with an MBTA pass, $5 for everybody else.

By - 3/19/14 - 12:42 pm
Big truck on Storrow Drive

Alex Jones captured the noontime scene on Storrow Drive outbound, notes that at least the driver was alert enough to avoid getting storrowed by an overpass.

By - 3/18/14 - 8:34 pm
Sunset on the Charles

JB Parrett walked along the Charles around 7 p.m.:

Nearly spring in Boston. Light at 7pm and a nearly ice-free Charles.

By - 3/13/14 - 9:32 am

Boston's Mobile Food Truck Committee (yes, of course the city has a Mobile Food Truck Committee) has approved a pilot project in which food trucks can keep serving food until midnight in designated areas in Copley Square and at Boston University East and Northeastern on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Mayor Walsh says that if the pilot proves successful, he'd want to look at expanding it... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 9:59 pm

Boston Police report arresting Tyler Butler, 20, of Brockton, for the double stabbing on Hereford Street last Friday.

Butler faces charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Naomi Charles of Dorchester was arrested yesterday.

Innocent, etc.... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 12:11 am

Boston Police report arresting Naomi Charles, 26, of Dorchester on a charge of assault with intent to murder for last week's double stabbing on Hereford Street.

By - 3/9/14 - 6:16 pm

Poster advertising Nick Varano's new steak place in the Park Plaza. Guess he's not too concerned about how many women patrons he'll get - or about his spelling.

The photo of the poster is by Charles Draghi, who knows something about the restaurant business himself and who has some choice comments about the poster in the comments under the photo.

UPDATE, Monday morning:... Read more

By - 3/9/14 - 6:03 pm
Ice buildup on the Charles River

John McLachlan walked along the Charles yesterday, noted the puddling caused by warming temperatures, but also the unusual ice floes pushed up onto shore. The river today.

Brad Kelly, meanwhile, noted a possible sign of spring: Whiskey Priest poking its head up above one of the snow piles along the South Boston waterfront.

By - 3/7/14 - 3:21 pm

Hereford crime scene. Photo by Flea.

Two people were stabbed around 2:30 p.m. at 66 Hereford St. Both were taken to local hospitals.

Police are looking for three suspects, all black, all young, all thin: A woman, 5'7" with blue-dyed hair, in a black coat; another woman, about 5'6" in a pink and gray knit hat and a long beige coat; and a man, 5'11" to 6' in a black... Read more

By - 3/7/14 - 9:10 am

The Globe reports MassDOT and State Police will be experimenting with lane closures in the Pru tunnel this weekend as they get ready for a series of lane closures later this month and next month so workers can remove the tunnel's ceiling.

The ceiling was originally put in place to protect the girders that hold up the Pru and the convention center should... Read more

By - 3/6/14 - 4:18 pm
People walking across the Charles River

Greg Hum looked out his window this afternoon to see two people walking across the Charles.

By - 3/4/14 - 3:49 pm

Several city councilors say they're not opposed to medical marijuana but that Southampton Street is just the wrong place for one of the two dispensaries provisionally approved by the state because it's already in the middle of an area with large methadone clinics, a jail, trash-transfer facilities and the BU biolab.

And at a hearing today, councilors expressed major disappointment in state officials, none... Read more

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