Back Bay

By - 4/12/16 - 9:32 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com has the results for the First Suffolk and Middlesex race. There are no Republicans running in the May 10 final - for the right to serve until this November's election.

By - 4/12/16 - 6:03 pm
Beyaztas

Transit Police report the arrest of Mehmet Beyaztas, 27, on charges he followed a woman onto a Green Line trolley at Symphony, then unzipped his pants and began some self-tugging, around 5:20 a.m. on April 4. Read more.

By - 4/12/16 - 5:37 pm
Crowded Back Bay station on the Orange Line

Back Bay smushing. Photo by Neal Gaffey.

It's "severe" delays on the Florida Sunshine line thanks to a dead train at Jackson Square.

By - 4/12/16 - 3:56 pm

From the MassDOT blog:

The MBTA expects thousands of extra riders for the 2016 Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 18.

Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from the Marathon and are advised to check T-Alerts for the most up-to-date service information on the day of the race.

By - 4/12/16 - 7:54 am
Seal on a dock in the Charles River

Dr. Ed spotted a seal just lounging on a dock in the Charles River this morning, probably the same one DCR reported by the locks yesterday morning: Read more.

By - 4/8/16 - 4:38 pm

A 45-year-old Harvard man jumped off the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge shortly before noon. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:

Troopers were able to bring the man from the water into a State Police vessel and transport him to a nearby dock, from where he was taken to Boston Medical Center. Based on the facts and circumstances available thus far, the incident does not appear to be the result of criminal conduct and the man is expected to survive.

By - 4/7/16 - 11:33 am
Dog statue in the Back Bay

Ryan Ruel ran across this dog statue on Commonwealth Avenue near Berkeley in the Back Bay yesterday.

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

By - 4/4/16 - 1:32 pm

Boston Pride reports it's rescinded an offer to Anthony Imperioso to be a marshal of the June 11 parade after it turned out he'd posted stuff on Facebook that some might consider racist and classist. Read more.

By - 4/3/16 - 10:31 pm
Truck stuck on Storrow Drive

Keenan Langlois reports that tonight he saw his first near-storrowing.

By - 4/3/16 - 3:36 pm
Snowman in the Public Garden

Joel Pettigrew ran across this snowman and what's left of his companion this afternoon in the Public Garden. More snow is, of course, forecast for tomorrow.

By - 3/31/16 - 5:40 pm

Emily Rooney reports wind has knocked stuff off the top of the First Baptist Church, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, some of which crashed into cars parked below. Police have the intersection taped off, awaiting the arrival of a building inspector.

By - 3/30/16 - 10:26 am
New insided of Back Bay station

In addition to showing the new towers it wants to build above Back Bay station, Boston Properties' BRA filing also shows several renderings of what a revamped station would look like.

They show a station that retains the unique wooden arches that hold up the roof. Gone, at least from the rendering, though, is the haze that now often fills the station, in particular, the Amtrak/commuter-rail ticket and waiting area - Boston Properties is promising a fix to the station's diesel-smog problem. Read more.

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.