Back Bay

By - 7/14/15 - 5:33 pm
Jumping into the Charles River off the Esplanade

There were ropes and floats marking off the swimming area. Out in the river, a DCR patrol boat kept watch to make sure other craft stayed well away. Lifeguards on the dock and in kayaks stood and sat at the ready. And shortly after 3:30 p.m., the first band of swimmers, from kids to retirees, began jumping into the Charles River from a dock on the river side of the lagoon.

The Charles River Conservancy's first CitySplash let people sign up for time in the Charles River which, as we all know, used to be pretty dirty, but which has gotten cleaner over the years. Read more.

By - 7/14/15 - 2:57 pm
Sketch of the Esplanade rapist

Alejandro Done, 46, of the South End, will face charges for at least six rapes and sexual assaults dating to 2006 - but investigators say they are looking at his connection to additional attacks. Read more.

By - 7/14/15 - 11:38 am

Charlene McBride asks:

Any decent kid-friendly restaurants near Back Bay, Downtown or the North End?

By - 7/14/15 - 11:18 am
Muskrat on the banks of the Charles River in Boston

Mooshrimp reported spotting several muskrats along the Esplanade yesterday, including this fellow by Exeter Street.

By - 7/9/15 - 6:03 pm
Storrowed truck

A Cardi's truck driver with a possible reading deficit missed storrowing by inches this morning, jamming up traffic, Tim reports.

By - 7/7/15 - 1:39 pm

A combative Boston College senior who smelled of liquor but had the strength that may have come from another substance required several security and police officers to get him into a cruiser at the school's annual commencement ball at the Sheraton Boston on May 15, according to testimony at a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning. Read more.

By - 7/5/15 - 10:17 pm
Buses backing up on Berkeley

Lenny Rowe reports a convoy of seven Indian Trails buses was headed straight for a storrowing tonight. Fortunately for the passengers, however, the drivers of the two buses that actually close enough to Storrow to realize the doom that awaited them stopped in time and managed to back up on Berkeley. Unfortunately for all the other drivers in the area, that caused a backup.

By - 7/4/15 - 11:18 pm
Boston fireworks over the Charles River

617 Images had a good view of the fireworks tonight.

Phil R. also watched the fireworks from across the river: Read more.

By - 7/4/15 - 8:16 pm
King and

King (l) and Ellis. Photos by Lawrence PD.

Cambridge and Lawrence Police report the arrest of two adults and two teens for an armed-robbery spree early yesterday that started in Brookline and Boston, moved to Cambridge and then ended in Lawrence, where police managed to catch them. Read more.

By - 7/1/15 - 3:16 pm

The Herald reports TJ Maxx will be moving into the space where the Best Buy (and before that, the record store) used to be.

By - 7/1/15 - 11:33 am

The Boston Licensing Board said today it will hold off any action on a proposed liquor license for a Friendly Toast on Stanhope Street today because the manager proposed for the restaurant is a New Hampshire resident, and Massachusetts regulations require all managers of restaurants with liquor licenses to live in state. Read more.

By - 6/30/15 - 11:01 pm

I may be wrong but I think New Jersey has the same no parking in front of hydrant laws. I watch them park this car on Marlborough St and just walk away. At first I thought they would be quick (still not cool) but an hour later they came back to check on the car and left again!

By - 6/28/15 - 9:41 pm
Trolleys in Copley Square

The Boston City Archives recently posted a collection of photos of Boston street cars, including this photo of trolleys lined up in Copley Square for the School Boy Parade on June 6, 1937, and a photo of the scene on Tremont Street around 1895 - two years before the first subway tunnel in America opened underneath Tremont: Read more.

By - 6/26/15 - 6:58 pm
Pride flags at BPL

Sup3rmark shows us the main library in Copley Square today.

By - 6/25/15 - 10:11 am
William Ellery Channing with sunglasses

Kathleen O'Donnell spotted William Ellery Channing sporting some new shades this morning at his usual perch at the Public Garden entrance at Arlington and Boylston streets.

By - 6/25/15 - 7:57 am

The Friendly Toast, which has an outlet in Kendall Square, wants to move into space being vacated by a Mexican restaurant at 76 Stanhope St. Read more.

By - 6/24/15 - 6:38 pm

Luke's Lobster, which runs lobster-roll places in Manhattan and Brooklyn, is poised to open its first Boston outlet, at 77 Exeter St. Read more.

By - 6/22/15 - 8:27 am

The Globe gets an advance look at a report that tears into the Boston Public Library for the disarray of its valuable print collection.

By - 6/21/15 - 5:18 pm
Fog over Boston Harbor islands

Eileen Murphy spent some time today watching the fast changing weather over Boston Harbor. One moment fog, then the skies brightened: Read more.