Back Bay

By - 1/3/17 - 10:51 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a Dorchester man's convictions for open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior at the Hynes Green Line stop in October, 2010 because prosecutors didn't present any witnesses to testify they were "shocked" or "alarmed" at the way he openly displayed his genitals, as required by Massachusetts public-decency laws. Read more.

By - 1/1/17 - 2:01 pm
Fireworks over Boston Common

David Parsons took in the 7 p.m. fireworks over Boston Common last night.

Leslee watched the light show on Trinity Church in Copley Square: Read more.

By - 12/31/16 - 11:19 am
Copley Plaza Hotel lit up for New Year's Eve

617Images shows us the Fairmont Copley Plaza last night while they were testing their New Year's Eve display.

By - 12/29/16 - 2:19 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com wonders if the real reason the current operators of First Night have shifted the midnight fireworks from Boston Harbor to Copley Square is not because it's cheaper but to try to build up a Boston version of Times Square:

Watch this year as the TV hosts interview the Copley attendees and count the suburbanites that will have come in to Copley, all decked out in a spectacularly crowded space. The Back Bay event will be instantly labeled a “success” because it will look good on television.

By - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By - 12/28/16 - 10:55 pm

Brookline Police report arresting a 32-year-old Duxbury man they say robbed numerous area businesses after gaining entrance by pretending to be there to fix their heating systems. Read more.

By - 12/27/16 - 12:46 pm
Hawk hurt at Back Bay

UPDATE: The Animal Rescue League came to take the hawk for evaluation and rehab.

Around 12:20 p.m., Matt Fede reported this apparently injured hawk was sitting outside Back Bay station, on the Dartmouth Street side, as police stood by awaiting somebody who could take care of it.

Maybe it's the one that flew into the station yesterday?

By - 12/26/16 - 9:34 am

What a strange tern of events: A hawk flew into Back Bay station this morning. Transit Police are keeping an eagle eye on it until the Animal Rescue League can come and get it out. On last report, it was perching on one of the wooden rafters at the top of the station; hopefully, it won't be overcome by diesel fumes.

By - 12/24/16 - 7:02 pm

Patty spotted this luminaria this evening on Maxfield Street in West Roxbury.

John Gage, meanwhile, took a walk through the Public Garden tonight: Read more.

By - 12/23/16 - 12:44 pm

A Green Line trolley that has left this mortal coil near Boylston is causing "moderate" delays, the T reports.

By - 12/22/16 - 9:19 am

Update, 9:50 a.m. Carl Stevens reports the items were a couple of bags of clothes. Streets reopened.

Dalton Street at Belvidere is currently shut as police investigate something there that shouldn't be there, in the area of the Sheraton. Scotia Street is also shut.

By - 12/21/16 - 10:01 pm

Boston Police are urging businesses downtown and in the Back Bay to be wary of a guy who shows up claiming he's there to work on the heating or AC systems - he could be a thief. Read more.

By - 12/21/16 - 9:22 am

Galen Moore seeks guidance on which neighborhood our patron saint's street is in.

By - 12/21/16 - 9:09 am

The Boston Women's March for America is organizing a march in Boston on Jan. 21 "in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation - among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities."

By - 12/20/16 - 11:37 am

Transit Police report a man in a hurry to get off the Orange Line at Back Bay yesterday afternoon will now have to make time in his busy schedule to answer a charge of assault and battery at Boston Municipal Court. Read more.

By - 12/17/16 - 4:13 pm

Jason Kaplan happened to be at Copley outbound around 1:20 p.m. J. Tammaro reports the fire was preceded by "a ton of sparks."

By - 12/12/16 - 11:40 am
Dogs in Boston Common

A fed-up citizen files a complaint that some dog owners took advantage of the season's first real snowfall to let their beasts go in the Public Garden.

By - 12/11/16 - 1:03 pm
Gas bags in search of gas leaks in the Back Bay

Bloated orange-bodied protesters (and svelter orange-haired City Councilor Matt O'Malley) joined Mothers Out Front to put tags near some of the natural-gas leaks in the Back Bay yesterday. O'Malley (Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury) says better National Grid fix the thousands of leaks that he says costs consumers $90 million a year than accept gas from the recently completed West Roxbury pipeline.