Back Bay

By - 3/29/16 - 5:44 pm
Proposed tower at Back Bay train station in Boston

Boston Properties today submitted its plans for redeveloping Back Bay station, centering on a tower that would not look like any other tower in the city.

In a filing with the BRA, the company is proposing "a holistic and transformative transit-oriented redevelopment" for the Back Bay/South End Gateway Project that would include a 26-story office building, 600 residential units in two separate buildings - one 34 stories, the other 28 - and new retail and restaurant space. The company has air rights from the state to build atop the garage, station, train tracks and turnpike. Read more.

By - 3/29/16 - 9:33 am
Turkeys on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay

Judith Rust spotted her first Back Bay turkeys this morning, on Comm. Ave. Patty reports seeing them strutting down Mass. Ave. - and that nobody ran them over. Joe Dunne photographed them on Marlborough Street.

By - 3/28/16 - 8:22 am
Woman walking on the street in the rain in old Boston

The info with this Leslie Jones photo doesn't say where or even exactly when it was taken, but it kind of feels like Boylston Street in the late 1930s or early 1940s, no?

From the BPL Leslie Jones collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 3/28/16 - 1:45 am

I've seen "anhinga" or cormorant birds sun their wings in Florida (link).

But I've never seen one in Boston. Today I saw this one on the Charles. It landed on this mooring ball and sat gently flapping its wings for at least several minutes that I watched. Anyone know what it is?

By - 3/27/16 - 8:49 pm

Paula Tennyson captured the flames at Comm. Ave. and Mass. Ave. around 8:30 p.m.

Tennyson also captured what was left of the car: Read more.

By - 3/27/16 - 4:03 pm
Fishing in the Charles River

JB Parrett watched a couple people fishing in the Charles River.

By - 3/27/16 - 11:43 am
Dalmation at Engine 33 in the Back Bay

Jimmy Ellis spotted this fire dog standing guard at Engine 33 on Boylston Street this morning.

By - 3/21/16 - 8:26 am
Snow in Boston

TCC reports:

In Boston, teaching preschoolers about Spring is confusing.

Kathleen O'Donnell woke up to spring with snow in the Public Garden: Read more.

By - 3/19/16 - 7:23 pm
Smashed car on Beacon Street at Exeter in the Back Bay

Beacon Street scene. Photo via Boston 311.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Beacon Street at Exeter, Stanley Staco reports. The driver got out, jumped into a BMW X5 that sped off towards Storrow Drive.

WBZ reports the driver was drag racing another vehicle when he jumped the curb and hit the pedestrian. Read more.

By - 3/19/16 - 12:41 pm

UPDATE: The T announced the resumption of service at 4:50 p.m.

An inbound D train derailed between Hynes and Copley Square. Brian Campbell reports a friend called to say she's now covered in soot after something began burning and passengers had to walk through the tunnel to Copley:

She was on an inbound train and evacuated in the tunnel between Hynes and Copley, they exited at Copley.

The T is now running buses instead of trolleys between Park Street and Kenmore Square.

By - 3/18/16 - 9:17 pm
Two buses, two cars in Huntington Avenue crash

Matthew shows us the "horrific multi-car, multi-bus accident" on Huntington Avenue in front of the Star Market and the Marriott around 8.15 p.m.

WFXT reports the charter bus hit several cars before crashing into the MBTA bus. Injuries, but all minor.

By - 3/18/16 - 5:41 pm
Rainbow over Boston Harbor

Neil was among those who enjoyed the rainbow (or in some cases, rainbows) after the rain squall that moved through around 4:45 p.m. - heralding the polar front that sets us up for Sunday's nor'easter. He had a front-row seat overlooking the Boston Fish Pier and the harbor.

More photos of the squall and the rainbow action, with bonus hail video from the Back Bay (and now with photos from the second rainbow round around 6:30 p.m.):

By - 3/18/16 - 8:52 am

Boston City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley has put together an animation that shows how Boylston Street in Copley Square has been built up over the millennia:

By - 3/17/16 - 5:39 pm
Dead train at Copley

Dead train at Copley and some of the passengers kicked off it. Photo by Victoria.

A Green Line trolley simply had too much to drink on St. Patrick's Day and passed out at Copley Square outbound. At 5:35 p.m., Kelsea Hanks reported:

Don't try to go outbound anywhere on the MBTA Green Line. Nothing has moved past Copley in over 30 min.

By - 3/17/16 - 5:15 pm
Rainbow over Boston area

Jan spotted a rainbow shortly before 5 p.m. from the 49th floor of the Hancock building.

By - 3/17/16 - 5:07 pm

Brian D'Amico reports bursts of wind shortly before 5 p.m. helped capsize a number of sailboats near the Mass. Ave. Bridge. All the dunked people were fished out of the river by first responders.

By - 3/17/16 - 3:13 pm
Keytar Bear on St. Patrick's Day in Copley Square in the Back Bay

MBCrowley gives us a little St. Patrick's Day/Keytar Bear selfie in Copley Square.

By - 3/10/16 - 1:14 pm
Activity on the Charles River

Activity on the Charles. Photo by Slottedpig.

Along the Esplanade around 12:30 p.m. near the Hatch Shell.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

Preliminary evidence including clothing and other factors suggests that the body is not that of a young man from Harvard, MA, previously reported missing. Identification efforts are under way and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death.

By - 3/10/16 - 8:51 am
Burned hose at 298 Beacon St. in the Back Bay

Where the hose burned through. From the BFD report.

Federal and local officials today released reports on the 2014 fire that killed two firefighters trapped in the basement with a hose that had been burned through, leaving them with no water. Read more.