Back Bay

By - 6/2/14 - 12:35 pm

The Eastern Bank branch at 155 Dartmouth St. was held up around 12:15 p.m. by a man who showed a note, but no gun.

He's described as being in his mid 20s, 5'6" to 5'8" with very short hair with just a touch of gray, a light goatee - and very large ears. He was wearing an over-sized, purplish L.L. Bean sweatshirt, white sneakers and... Read more

By - 6/2/14 - 8:38 am
Ironing board on Fieldler Footbridge

Teddy Kokoros notes the presence of an ironing board on the Fiedler Footbridge

By - 5/31/14 - 11:51 pm
Ladder 15 in the Back Bay

Ladder 15 among the BFD trucks looking for source of smoke. Photo by Chris Sasso.

Shortly after 11 p.m., people from North Cambridge and Porter Square to the Fenway, the Back Bay and Roxbury began reporting a strong burning smell. Fire departments in both cities started getting calls; people on the street began asking cops on the beat what that smell was.

Although fire officials suspected the smell was from the Hanscom plane crash around 9:40 p.m.,... Read more

By - 5/30/14 - 8:55 am
Swans in the Public Garden

Boston Mahk photographed Romeo and Juliet in the Public Garden this morning.

By - 5/30/14 - 8:47 am
Old crash at Newbury and Berkeley in the Back Bay

The caption for the original Leslie Jones photo from Jan. 29, 1937 reads:

Auto driven by Richard Kent turns over at Newbury and Berkeley.

One of the things you notice as you browse the 900+ photos in the BPL's collection of Leslie Jones auto-accident photos is how many of them have these large crowds of people right on top of the wrecked cars. In... Read more

By - 5/28/14 - 12:53 pm
Lost giraffe

Marcin Kunicki reports he found this giraffe near Community Boating on the Esplanade, hopes somebody knows whose it is.

By - 5/27/14 - 10:38 am

Angela Wang reports DPW workers wielding bolt cutters are roaming the Back Bay this morning, cutting bicycles away from meters and taking them away to that place where bad bicycles go.

By - 5/24/14 - 2:43 pm

State Police report a woman walking by the lagoon around 2:50 a.m. was pushed to the ground by a man, who was then chased off by several passersby.

She was taken to Mass. General for treatment of minor injuries.

The man is described as white or Hispanic, bald, about 5'7" or 5'8" tall.

The suspect in a still unsolved series of attacks along the... Read more

By - 5/23/14 - 1:07 pm
Car fire on Storrow Drive

Thomas Ozbolt photographed the car at the height of the fire, around 12:45 p.m. on the wesbound side between Arlington and Berkeley.

By - 5/23/14 - 9:46 am

No, not Globe Direct, but Restoration Hardware, which has mailed out 17-pound bundles of catalogs to people in Boston's tonier neighborhoods, i.e., not the sort of places you'd think would be sullied by Globe Direct circulars.

H/t EL Connolly.... Read more

By - 5/22/14 - 9:01 am
Faux NYPD cruiser in Copley Square

There's an odd sight in Copley Square this morning: A film crew shooting something involving a supposed NYPD cruiser.

No, has nothing to do with "Black Mass." Stefani Vieira, who took the photo, reports it's a German film crew making their own movie in which Boston stands in for the more-expensive-to-shoot-in New York.

She says they're also using the BPL as a stand-in... Read more

By - 5/20/14 - 8:28 am

At 8:20 a.m., Anna McCarter tweeted:

VERY disabled Green Line D train between Kenmore and Hynes.

By - 5/18/14 - 6:17 pm

Authorities are trying to figure out the identity of a man in his 20s whose body was removed from the Charles River near the Community Boating boathouse this afternoon.

"The death does not appear suspicious at this time, but the facts and circumstances remain under investigation," a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding investigators are checking with local colleges.... Read more

By - 5/18/14 - 6:13 pm
Love lock in the Public Garden

Boston Strolls spotted a love lock permanently affixed to the Public Garden bridge (or at least until somebody from the parks department arrives with a bolt cutter), wonders when this became a thing in the Public Garden. Until now, local love locks had been confined to the bridge over the turnpike at Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street.... Read more

By - 5/17/14 - 5:46 pm

Mister John asks:

Where can I find some neat graduation cards around Newbury St? Trident surprisingly failed me. Preferably locally made.

By - 5/16/14 - 2:11 pm

Boston Magazine reports a woman plunged into the pit at Back Bay Tuesday night and was safely returned to the platform by fellow riders.

The same basic thing happened at Mass. Ave. last night.

By - 5/15/14 - 8:24 pm

Sunglass Hut, 86 Newbury St., was held up around 8:15 p.m. by a man who showed a clerk a knife - and then walked out with a single pair of sunglasses.

He's described as black, mid-40s, about 5'6" and 160 lbs. He wore a gray sweatshirt and was last seen sauntering towards Boylston Street holding a brown paper bag.

By - 5/14/14 - 4:44 pm
Steaming manhole

Photo by Jeff Cutler.

Apparently a manhole outside 505 Boylston St., just past Clarendon, has been steaming all week, giving passersby a strong whiff of something awful. But today, it started steaming even more than usual, and firefighters, at first thinking they were dealing with a flaming manhole, doused the thing with liberal amounts of water. They summoned NStar, whose hole it is, to the scene; before an... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 9:49 pm
Feeding the ducks in the Public Garden

A concerned citizen complains:

I don't want to be a wet blanket, but every evening when I walk through the Public Garden between 5 and 6, I see this gentleman feeding the geese and ducks, in spite of the fact that such feeding is not allowed - I would normally let it go, but he feeds them practically every night, and he feeds them

... Read more
By - 5/13/14 - 8:27 am

The Tech reports the ban applies even to frats in Cambridge as the Interfraternity Council tries to get Boston to lift what is essentially a ban on all parties at MIT dorms on account of that student falling four stories through a skylight at an illegal roof-deck party. The council kinda needs to try to get the ban lifted by September, when the... Read more

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