Back Bay

By - 6/9/15 - 10:45 pm
Piano on wheels in Copley Square

Nilesh Gandhi reports this guy wheeled into Copley Square tonight with a piano hitched to his bike, unhitched the piano and started playing classical and jazz.

By - 6/9/15 - 12:07 pm

In a city full of college students, in a world full of increasingly realistic fake licenses, restaurants and bars face a never ending battle to keep the pre-21 set from getting drinks. A Japanese restaurant on Newbury Street vows to try a new solution: Suing the families of the four teens who got it hauled before the Boston Licensing Board for serving underage drinkers. Read more.

By - 6/8/15 - 8:59 am

Transit Police report arresting a Rhode Island man on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident Saturday night by the commuter-rail ticket booths at Back Bay station. Read more.

By - 6/6/15 - 10:07 am

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., a truck driver seemed to figure he felt more like a car driver this morning and didn't realize that wasn't the case he suddenly found himself unable to get under the footbridge just before the Kenmore/Fenway exits westbound, as hkergrrl shows us.

State Police arrived not long after and shut the road in both directions to get the fool thing off the road, after helping the driver to unwedge the truck and turn it around, as Jack Loughran observed: Read more.

By - 6/5/15 - 2:38 pm

City Councilor Steve Murphy said today he has postponed a planned hearing Monday on the Boston Public Library's handling of valuable prints and other items, not because two of those items, worth an estimated $630,000, turned up misfiled rather than stolen, but because he does not want to "compromise the integrity" of federal and city investigations into "the whereabouts of library valuables." Read More

By - 6/5/15 - 8:59 am

Transit Police report arresting a Woburn man after he was spotted piggybacking behind another person at the Back Bay Orange Line stop around 2:20 p.m. yesterday.

Police were initially just going to write Timothy Chapman, 35, a citation for fare evasion, but then arrested him after discovering there was a warrant for his arrest on motor-vehicle violations out of Concord District Court. Police say:

During booking Chapman was found to be in possession of nearly 7,000 dollars in US Currency. Yes that's correct, he evaded a $2.10 fare while in possession of nearly 7 thousand dollars and had a warrant for his arrest. Hmmmmmmm.

Innocent, etc.

By - 6/5/15 - 8:42 am
Proposed infill of plaza at 500 Boylston St. in the Back Bay

Architect's rendering: Why is the woman in the foreground just walking down Boylston?

The owner of the 500 Boylston St. tower made famous by Boston Legal has filed renderings of the proposed "infilling" of the curved plaza it says few people use because it's too dark and windswept and too close to the more pleasing Copley Square. Read more.

By - 6/4/15 - 4:02 pm
Found prints at the Boston Public Library

Amy Ryan, BPL Conservation Officer Lauren Schott and the prints.

The Boston Public Library reported this afternoon an employee found the two prints that had gone missing more than a year ago. They weren't stolen, they were just misfiled.

The Rembrandt and Dürer were found together in Row 14B, Bay 3 on Shelf 2, approximately 80 feet from where the items should have been filed. Fourteen staff members searched 180,000 of the print stack’s 320,000 items (including 200,000 prints and drawings in the Print Collection and 120,000 chromolithographs), totaling 38 rows of the 60 rows of print stacks, or about 60% of the inventory. Nine offices, work rooms, and reading rooms had also been searched. The Durer and Rembrandt have been refiled.

Suddenly outgoing BPL President Amy Ryan announced the find not long after at-large City Councilor Steve Murphy called for all of the library trustees to quit immediately.

By - 6/3/15 - 11:06 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Pru food court closes forever on June 25 so that it can undergo a yearlong transformation into an Eataly, which sounds sort of like the old Marché Mövenpick that used to be at the Pru, only a lot larger and more Italiany.

By - 6/1/15 - 4:08 pm

Somebody carries a confederate battle flag every year in the parade. Anybody know why?

By - 5/30/15 - 11:13 pm

State Police have released this sketch following an incident on Storrow Drive inbound around 6 a.m. yesterday. Read more.

By - 5/29/15 - 8:55 pm
Sunset over the Back Bay as seen from the South End

A roving UHub photographer enjoyed the sunset over the Back Bay from the Ink Block in the South End tonight.

By - 5/26/15 - 8:00 am

Cambridge Day talks to Clover CEO Ayr Muir about the experiences of running a 24-hour restaurant in Central Square (all good, he says) and reveals that, in addition to the Newbury Street cafe now under construction, Clover is also scouting locations in Copley Square.

By - 5/25/15 - 8:28 am
The stolen donation boot

The boot and its base before the theft. Photo by BFD.

WCVB reports somebody put some work into stealing the boot, outside Engine 33 and Ladder 15 on Boylston Street - it weighs more than 50 pounds and was bolted to the ground.

By - 5/21/15 - 9:48 pm
Sunset over Milton

MadTy watched the sun go down over Milton Landing this evening.

Vanessa Kuo watched the sunset from Boston Common: Read more.

By - 5/21/15 - 9:41 am

The Herald reports the keeper of special collections at the BPL in Copley Square has been put on leave as police and now the FBI investigate the disappearance of two valuable prints from the library.

By - 5/20/15 - 9:42 am

Crews from "Chasing Life," an ABC Family series about "April, an ambitious young journalist" newly diagnosed with cancer, are in the Back Bay today doing filming type stuff. They'll be shooting some shots in the Copley T stop, too.

By - 5/20/15 - 6:11 am

The Herald reports on the disappearance of a Rembrandt etching and a Durer engraving.

By - 5/19/15 - 2:21 pm

The Boston Licensing Board recently granted the owner of an Ontario sushi restaurant permission to move into the space occupied by a homegrown sushi place on Newbury Street.

Wabora Sushi can operate under a temporary Boston license until it receives final approval from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission to serve beer and wine at 254 Newbury St., where it will use the license it's buying from Ikura Sushi at the same location.

By - 5/19/15 - 1:20 pm

Boston Police report an early rising homeless man with a penchant for print got a different kind of ink on his hands last week: The kind they use down at D-4 for fingerprints. Read more.

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