Back Bay

By - 2/18/14 - 11:06 am

Usually I can walk by the Midtown Hotel* without a glance, but today it struck me -- how is this sinfully out-of-place eyesore still standing?

I've gotta think the real estate it occupies -- almost a full block of Huntington at Mass. Ave, at the crossroads of the Back Bay and the South End -- is worth gazillions. Over the years, they must... Read more

By - 2/17/14 - 9:36 am
Relaxing on the banks of the Charles River

Ryan Ruel captured a couple of folks enjoying the lazy, hazy days of winter by the Esplanade yesterday.

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

By - 2/16/14 - 2:34 pm
Pom poms on the Boston Common

Stevil photographed a pom-pom tree on the Common today:

There were some scattered on the ground and the pom poms in the tree didn't seem to have snow on them - so I'm wondering if these were put up this morning. Has anyone seen these before?

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 2/16/14 - 12:00 am

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters were dispatched to the Mass. Ave. Bridge around 11:35 p.m. when somebody noticed a person on the ice on the Charles.

Mission accomplished:

Person is tethered with a rope and is now walking off of the frozen river to shore. ... Unknown why person was on the ice. Police to investigate.

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By - 2/12/14 - 4:01 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the bank holding the mortgage on the long-shuttered Ciao Bella property at 240 Newbury St. has scheduled a foreclosure auction for the property.

Joseph Cimino, who says he's been renovating the building since 2011, recently told the Boston Licensing Board he had a tentative agreement with Suitsupply, which wants to lease the space for a men's clothing store... Read more

By - 2/12/14 - 1:21 pm

The Boston City Council today called for a hearing on the medical-marijuana dispensaries the state recently approved for Boylston Street in the Back Bay and Southampton Street on the South End/Roxbury line.

Councilor Steve Murphy (at large), who submitted a letter of "non opposition" to the general idea of dispensaries was blunt: "I was lied to" by the operators of the proposed Boylston Street... Read more

By - 2/11/14 - 11:52 pm
Commonwealth Avenue igloo

Bettlebrox ran across this igloo on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

Posted under this Creative Commons license. Tagged on Flickr as universahub.

By - 2/11/14 - 7:32 am
Shirley Temple on the Public Garden bridge

The BPL has a collection of Leslie Jones photos of Shirley Temple's visit to Boston in July, 1938, including her walk through the Public Garden, where she took a Swan Boat ride.

As you can imagine, she was crowded pretty much everywhere she went:

Crowds waiting for Shirley Temple

Although the photos all show... Read more

By - 2/7/14 - 8:04 pm

Around 6 p.m, BMR reports.

By - 2/7/14 - 9:11 am

A Redditor recounts an incident at Copley Plaza yesterday:

I was still indoors finishing a text when I herd a ton of shouting so I look up above and see a group of people screaming and pointing towards me! That's when I noticed a young man, possibly mid-20's sprinting towards me and without even thinking I bolted towards him as he ran passed me

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By - 2/6/14 - 12:04 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy who "indecently assaulted two female patrons" on an inbound E train between Longwood and Copley around 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Tips to 617-222-1050; text anonymous tips to 873873.

By - 2/5/14 - 5:15 pm
Snowman in Boston

Enoch Pratt photographed a big snowman at Comm. Ave. and Hereford today.

By - 2/4/14 - 7:49 am

A grease fire broke out in the kitchen of the Burger King at 553 Boylston St. around 7:30 a.m., spreading to the second floor via a vent. At 7:45, the fire went to two alarms.

The Boston Fire Department estimates damage at $100,000; says there were no injuries.

By - 2/3/14 - 9:20 am
Williams

Transit Police report arresting a man who was flaunting what he had early this morning on a platform at Back Bay station - and then charging him for failing to register as a Level 3 sex offender.

Police report officers went down to the platform around 12:30 a.m. on a report of "a man exposing himself and committing a lewd act."

Daniel Williams,... Read more

By - 2/2/14 - 4:06 pm
Copley Square tortoise

An aggrieved citizen reports:

Broken Park bench in Copley Square is off its anchor and has been moved in front of the turtle statue - depriving people of a photo opportunity with the statue.

By - 2/1/14 - 2:44 pm
Massachusetts Avenue fire

UPDATE: The Boston Fire Department blames a smoker:

Fire Investigators state the cause of the 7 alarm fire was the careless disposal of smoking material, 5th floor rear apt

A fire that broke out around 2:15 p.m. at 31 Massachusetts Avenue went to seven alarms and injured two firefighters.

The Boston Fire Department reports 35 residents were made homeless but that none were... Read more

By - 1/31/14 - 12:53 pm

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today gave provisional approval to medical-marijuana dispensaries at 364 Boylston St. and 70 Southampton St.

The non-profit operators of the two proposed dispensaries hope to be in operation by this fall.

Good Chemistry of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of a Denver concern, will operate the Boylston Street facility, selling products based on marijuana grown in a warehouse in... Read more

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