Back Bay

By - 9/3/16 - 8:33 am

Boston Police report arresting two men on drug charges and one on gun charges after an incident Thursday evening inside the Public Garden. Read more.

By - 9/2/16 - 5:22 pm
Peeled back truck on Soldiers Field Road

Drivers on the river roads seem intent to make up for last year's absence of good storrowings over Labor Day weekend. James Sappenfield spotted a spectacularly storrowed truck on Soldiers Field Road inbound by the Harvard Business School around noon.

A rental-truck driver brought Storrow Drive inbound to a halt around 4 p.m. with another storrowing that left his truck looking like an occult hand had had some fun with a giant can opener. Read more.

By - 8/27/16 - 4:39 pm

Some things don't change much in Boston, as you'll see in this intro to an episode of the old Martin Milner vehicle, if you can dig it.

Bikeyface notes the episode was directed by Elliot Silverstein, who got local boy Leonard Nimoy his start in acting.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 8/23/16 - 2:47 pm

Many of the buildings sit on wooden pilings that only rot when exposed to dry conditions. The Beacon Hill Times reports on nascent concern in the area about the pilings.

By - 8/22/16 - 9:05 am
Tree down in Concord

Concord Police posted this photo of a blocked street at 4:27 a.m.

UPDATED, 11:55 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports a tornado briefly touched down in Concord early this morning: Read more.

By - 8/21/16 - 9:33 pm

The Globe today posted a photo from 1955 by Boston-based photographer Ted Polumbaum showing guys jumping into the Charles River - from the far side of the then "modernized" Storrow Drive, which had become part of the river.

Also see a more bucolic Embankment Road in 1929.

By - 8/20/16 - 7:19 pm
Flugtag flier in Boston

People competed today to see how far they could get with handmade contraptions they propelled off a two-story Red Bull Flugtag tower along the Esplanade today

Tamas K-L shows us one of the entries. Photographynatalia posted lots of photos, including one of a plunging Red Line car: Read more.

By - 8/20/16 - 10:09 am
Taha Hamid

Transit Police report Taha Hamid, 28, of Dorchester, walked into the women's room at Back Bay station around 10:30 a.m. yesterday, pulled his pants down and then relived himself in a sink.

When she objected, police say, he retorted, "This is a man's bathroom now!" Read more.

By - 8/18/16 - 5:28 pm
Ryder truck stuck on Storrow Drive

Alex Carlson reports drivers stuck on Storrow Drive inbound can think the yutz who at least had the good graces not to storrow himself just past Cambridge Street but who is now trying to back his Ryder truck.

By - 8/18/16 - 1:59 pm

WHDH reports Boston Police have stepped up patrols in the Back Bay due to reports of a guy in a white pickup cruising around and looking into people's windows.

A Back Bay resident provides some details, and an explanation for the warning signs somebody's posted along Marlborough Street: Read more.

By - 8/16/16 - 1:00 pm
Trump supporter in Copley Square

This Dedham resident says he's been coming up to Copley Square since May to show his support for the Republican nominee. He says most people ignore him, some take his photo, some give him the finger and a few wave. As we spoke, a woman in her 30s came up to him with a big smile, exclaimed "I'm going to vote for Trump, too!" "Tell your husband!" he exhorted her, then started yelling to passersby, as the Opera Singer Guy continued to belt out a song about 40 feet away: "A million-dollar woman! We've got a million-dollar woman right here!"

By - 8/16/16 - 9:58 am
Sunrise over the Boston Public Garden Lagoon

Damaskin was up early enough this morning to watch the sunrise over the Public Garden lagoon.

By - 8/12/16 - 3:13 pm

Sweetgreen reports its Boylston Street outlet passed a health re-inspection and re-opened this afternoon after being shut on Tuesday for a variety of violations.

In a statement, Sweetgreen President and CEO Karen Kelley said: Read more.

By - 8/12/16 - 12:30 pm

Avanti Salon, 20 Newbury St., is suing the owner of Avani Aveda Salon, 75 Newbury St. for trademark violations, saying the newer place's name is deliberately confusing. Read more.

By - 8/10/16 - 10:44 am

A Boston health inspector yesterday shut Sweetgreen, 659 Boylston St., for a variety of violations, including keeping food at the wrong temperatures and workers not doing enough to keep the food they touch clean. Read more.

By - 8/9/16 - 9:49 pm

After slicing open the Union Oyster House, a Globe reviewer tears down Top of the Hub - in what has become the Globe style of fitting as many written amuse-bouches as possible:

I’d read enthusiastic reviews of the creme brûlée, and hoped it would turn the mood. Unfortunately, the brulée tended more eggy than creamy without a hint of vanilla, and was disappointingly runny under an anemic burnt top. I’m not sure when confectioners’ sugar was last considered a culinary flourish, considering that it comes in a $3 box at Star Market, but someone in the kitchen thought a couple shakes would look nice. Unfortunately, much of it went up my nose when I took the first bite.

When's the review of Durgin-Park?

By - 8/9/16 - 11:03 am

Two Boston Police detectives walking down Newbury Street the evening of July 4th say they knew right away the guy sipping a Corona on a restaurant patio was underage - because they'd busted him for the same thing at Fenway Park in April. Read more.

By - 8/8/16 - 9:03 pm

So on one Sunday in August, when all the masters of the universe are down on the Vineyard or the Cape or the Hamptons or anywhere but here, Boston shut Newbury Street for a few hours so people could just amble up and down the street.

Many pearls were clutched and no doubt quills angrily put to paper by some merchants, such as the executive director of the Newbury Street League as quoted by the Globe:

Read more.

By - 8/7/16 - 1:23 pm
Hula hooping on Newbury Street in the Back Bay

Ron Newman meandered down Newbury Street, from which cars are banned today. Read more.