Back Bay

By - 12/5/15 - 1:13 pm
The George Washington statue in Boston's Public Garden at night
By - 12/4/15 - 3:16 pm

WBZ reports it was among the maps stolen more than 10 years ago by notorious map thief E. Forbes Smiley.

By - 12/3/15 - 5:02 pm
White squirrel in the Public Garden

Not this squirrel, spotted by PatrickWBP in the Public Garden today.

By - 12/3/15 - 4:40 pm

UPDATE, 10 a.m. Bhaiwala has set her report to "friends only."

UPDATE, 8:35 a.m.: A Transit Police spokesman says: "We have attempted to reach out to her but have not, as of this correspondence, received a reply."

Zahra Bhaiwala, who is studying health economics at the Harvard School of Public Health, reports she was on her way from class to work on the Green Line today when the trolley entered Copley and some guy she says had been eyeing her since Longwood started yelling that she had a bomb in the black bag she was carrying:

"Copley is next! That’s the best place for them to do an attack!” Followed by “Women are doing it too now, don’t you see the news?”

4 or 5 angry men had now gathered around me and I showed them my Harvard and Genzyme IDs and opened up the bag to show them my computers. They nodded their heads and backed away slowly. No one in the car said anything to the man, who refused to come with me to the MBTA office and also refused to apologize. None of the 5 men apologized either, which is more upsetting.

By - 12/3/15 - 9:07 am
Dempsey's in Hyde Park

Disappearing Dempsey's?

A Hyde Park bar so little known outside the neighborhood it has only one brief Yelp review wants to sell its liquor license to the upcoming Eataly going in where the Pru food court used to be. Read more.

By - 12/1/15 - 9:53 am
Truck stuck on Storrow Drive

DevNullToYou was among the stuck on Storrow inbound this morning.

By - 11/27/15 - 8:19 pm

Boston Police report they are investigating an incident outside Storyville on Exeter Street early Thursday that apparently ended with Philadelphia 76ers' center Jahlil Okafor showing his boxing chops are better than his basketball skills. Read more.

By - 11/23/15 - 4:34 pm
Old cars in front of Boston's Hancock building

Filming of Ben Affleck's 1920s-era movie shifted to Copley Square this week. IHM spotted these old cars in front of the Hancock.

They were probably there for a scene in front of the Copley Plaza, as Sara Brooks shows us: Read more.

By - 11/23/15 - 1:10 pm

Or filming for Ben Affleck movie in Copley Square today.

By - 11/21/15 - 2:29 pm
Cranksgiving in Copley Square

Greg Hum was among those who biked to Copley Square for the second Cranksgiving ride to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank, Red Cross, and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

By - 11/20/15 - 4:33 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on the sale of 500 Boylston and 222 Berkeley, notes:

The deal to acquire 500 Boylston and 222 Berkeley comes at frothy time in Greater Boston commercial real estate market.

By - 11/19/15 - 7:55 am
Stuck truck on Storrow Drive

Good Lord! Shawn the roving UHub photographer wasn't roving very much around 6:40 a.m. when he took this photo of a blessed truck on everybody's favorite river road, the one with all the "CARS ONLY" signs at the entrance ramps:

When Storrow is bumper to bumper at 6:30 in the morning, you know there’s a truck.

By - 11/13/15 - 11:58 pm
Prudential building lit in colors of French flag

The Pru joined the Lenox Hotel in lighting up in blue, white and red tonight, as Justin Minggan Wei shows us.

Jonathan Berk reports the colors at the top of the Pru went to the French colors around 11:50 p.m.:

Pru in French colors
By - 11/13/15 - 10:16 pm
Lenox Hotel lit in tricoleur for Paris

617 Images captured the French tricolor atop the Lenox Hotel on Boylston Street tonight.

By - 11/13/15 - 5:47 pm

WHDH reports you can expect to see more police outside the French consulate on St. James Avenue after the attacks in Paris.

In a statement, Boston Police say:

The Boston Regional Intelligence Center continues to monitor the situation in Paris and is working closely with federal and local law enforcement. As of now there is no credible threat to Boston; however, we are encouraging officers to remain vigilant as they conduct their patrols. Additional law enforcement resources have been deployed throughout the city.

State Police say they've bolstered around the State House and increased their vigilance at Logan Airport, although they add "there is no intelligence that suggests specific threats to Massachusetts."

EDITOR'S NOTE: I've closed comments on this post because it's clearly difficult for people to discuss this calmly or, in some cases, rationally.

Earlier:
Boston is Charlie.

By - 11/13/15 - 3:32 pm
Storm over the Back Bay and South Boston

Around 1:45 p.m. at Castle Island.

The view across Pleasure Bay towards the Kennedy Library was equally dramatic: Read more.

By - 11/12/15 - 6:13 pm
Stuck truck in the Back Bay

Kim photographed the truck that got stuck on St. James Street at Berkeley shortly after 5:10 p.m.

Rob, on foot, watched the scene for awhile, reports:

He finally made the reverse angle park into loading dock. There was applause.

By - 11/10/15 - 3:18 pm

BPL trustees today agreed to rent space in the renovated Johnston building to WGBH, which will build a news bureau and studio, and the library's existing cafeteria operator, which will build a new cafe.

A tentative contract calls for WGBH to build an 800-square-foot bureau and anchor desk, where library visitors will be able to watch WGBH news people talk into microphones.

Also, BPL says: Read more.

By - 11/9/15 - 7:13 am

WBZ reports an outbound trolley died in the tunnel near Copley around 1:30 p.m. yesterday, forcing riders to be evacuated back to the station and bollixing up service for everybody else.