Back Bay

By - 9/19/15 - 7:01 pm
Flowers on Marlborough Street in the Back Bay.

Katherine Larson enjoyed the flowers on Marlborough Street in the Back Bay today.

By - 9/18/15 - 12:55 pm

Sgt. Luke Taxter at D-4 attempts to calm a wary citzenry:

The drone flying above Copley Place is authorized by the FAA & BPD.

By - 9/18/15 - 12:29 pm
Floating head in the Public Garden Lagoon

A concerned citizen gets right to the point in a complaint filed at 8:52 this morning:

Floating heads in lagoon

Because, really, what more need be said, except maybe "why?"

By - 9/16/15 - 9:40 am
Masked man getting off an Orange Line train in Boston

Surveillance photo via TPD.

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UPDATED, 3:25 p.m. with Transit Police statement.

A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask was arrested today after allegedly threatening to blow up the Forest Hills-bound Orange Line train he was on this morning - a threat he couldn't actually carry out because he had no bomb - Transit Police report. Read more.

By - 9/13/15 - 4:50 pm

Scene in Back Bay. Photo by Paula Tennyson.

Cambridge Police report somebody was shot as the Caribbean parade wound down in Kendall Square this afternoon.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman from Roxbury, was shot in the leg but is expected to survive, police say. Read more.

By - 9/11/15 - 9:39 pm
Sunset on the Boston waterfront

Michael Ratty watched the sunset from the Seaport tonight.

Neil, meanwhile, was out on the water watching the sun go down over Boston: Read more.

By - 9/10/15 - 8:14 pm
Somebody doesn't like the inscriptions on the Good Will Hunting bench in Boston's Public Garden

So the Parks Department replaced a bunch of benches in the Public Garden this summer and now a concerned citizen is kvetching about Robin Williams fans marking up the replacement for the bench he and Matt Damon made famous:

PUBLIC GARDEN BENCH-new ugly graffiti from Robin Williams fans on this beautiful new bench! Please remove before more is added! The new bench is so nice!

By - 9/10/15 - 7:17 am
New barriers protect bicycle lane on Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay

City installed flexible barriers this morning. Photo by Greg Hum.

The Globe introduces us to Jonathan Fertig, who spent $40 buying potted plants and traffic cones to protect the new bike lane on Mass. Ave. at Beacon, in an example of "tactical urbanism." He's now raised more than $2,200 to add more barriers (meanwhile, the city, good to its word, installed its own mini barriers today).

Greg Hum shows us the difference: Read more.

By - 9/6/15 - 6:42 pm

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By - 9/2/15 - 5:43 pm
Bike on Storrow Drive

Jonathan Berks came upon what could have been an awful Storrowing involving a bike today.

By - 9/2/15 - 5:01 pm
Protected BMW

Runner Cait ran across this BMW protected with swim noodles in the Back Bay today.

By - 9/1/15 - 6:58 pm
Truck almost slams into Bridge on Storrow Drive

Jared Dobson can only utter a hearty "Tis the season!" as he waits to get by a moving van with a driver alert enough to stop before slamming into a Storrow footbridge shortly before 6:30 p.m., if not alert enough to pay attention to any of the "CARS ONLY" signs earlier on his journey. Read more.

Kevin, meanwhile, gives us the eye-in-the-sky view from the footbridge:

By - 9/1/15 - 12:06 pm

A Boston Municipal Court judge today ruled two men who traveled to a Boston Pokemon competition loaded for bear are enough of a potential danger to society that the can be held without bail for at least four months before they come to trial. Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 11:35 am
Gondola by the Back Bay Esplanade

Brad Kelly photographed a bucolic gondola scene by the Esplanade the other day.

Copyright Brad Kelly. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/1/15 - 10:52 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on renovations to Copley Place, one of two 1980's Boston malls designed to let suburbanites experience a taste of life in the city without actually having to interact with it (the other being the failed Lafayette Place downtown). The work is part of an overall mall upgrade that includes "upgraded escalators and glass handrails" and a 52-story residential tower.

By - 9/1/15 - 9:04 am
New lane markings at Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street in the Back Bay

Penny Cherubino at BostonZest shows us the newly re-striped intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street this morning.

Electronic signboards now warn motorists to "BE ALERT FOR CYCLISTS."

The intersection is where Anita Kurmann was struck and killed by a semi while bicycling earlier this month.

By - 8/31/15 - 8:27 pm
Tree down on Fairfield Street in the Back Bay

NotThatWeird reports a massive tree on Fairfield Street near Comm. Ave. came crashing to the ground tonight, blocking the road - after it got smashed into by the cab of a passing U-Haul.

By - 8/29/15 - 11:32 pm
Offensive window display in the Back Bay

See it larger (if you have smelling salts handy).

A shocked citizen was shocked to see that the window display for Sweet-N-Nasty on Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay, which specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates, was filled with the sorts of items one might expect to find in the window of a store that specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates.

"Totally offensive," was all the outraged citizen could muster before hitting submit on his or her 311 app and, no doubt, swooning to the ground.

By - 8/29/15 - 8:39 am

Repaving project Mass Ave and Beacon

After working overnight doing preparation work Thursday and Friday, crews are repaving Massachusetts Avenue from the intersection of Beacon Street to Marlborough Street today.

A construction worker told a detail police officer that they hoped to complete this part of the project today.

By - 8/28/15 - 9:01 pm
Truck helped off Storrow Drive by State Police

Maybe state officials should extend their river-road warnings to big-rig companies, too. Lenny Rove watched State Police get an 18-wheeler off Storrow Drive westbound after it failed to hit any bridges.

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