Back Bay

By - 1/1/14 - 4:11 pm

Boston Police report a generally peaceful First Night in the Back Bay and downtown, with four exceptions:

A guy from Upton was arrested at the Boylston Street Uno's around 6:20 p.m., when, upset at the restaurant's bag checking, declared he had "bombs" in his bag and then, when told by arriving Boston officers to stop making an ass out of himself or he'd be... Read more

By - 12/31/13 - 11:38 pm
Lit up Prudential

Brian D'Amico ambled around the Back Bay and the Common during First Night tonight.

Fireworks over the Common

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By - 12/31/13 - 4:48 pm
First Night ice sculpture

Leslee watched a First Night ice sculptor at work at the Prudential Center last night.

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

By - 12/30/13 - 8:59 pm

Boston Police report they are looking for a small armory of weapons stolen out of a car parked at Belvidere and Dalton streets yesterday evening.

The victim stated that when he returned to his motor vehicle, he had observed the passenger’s rear window damaged and his glove compartment open.

The victim stated to officers that after a day of shooting at an

... Read more
By - 12/28/13 - 12:32 pm
Downed Christmas trees in the Back Bay

A concerned citizen complains about whichever Back Bay residents moved so quickly onto the next big holiday that they had to ditch their Christmas trees in Public Alley 432 early on Friday.

By - 12/27/13 - 10:13 pm

Turns out those conventioneers who had their credit-card info had one thing in common: They all ate or drank at pubs run by the Briar Group, whose outlets include the Harp, Solas, Ned Devine's, the Green Briar and Anthem. And that means some locals probably had their data nabbed as well.

In a statement tonight, the chain says:

Based on the initial results of

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By - 12/27/13 - 5:04 pm

Around 2:15 p.m. As on Dec. 21, no actual bomb was found.

By - 12/26/13 - 4:01 pm
Martin Richard memorial

Arturo Gossage reports a couple of impromptu Marathon memorials were put up at the finish line yesterday, including one for Martin Richard.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/24/13 - 3:08 pm

Brian D'Amico reports Boston firefighters responded to 400 Boylston St. around 2 p.m. for what turned out to be a small fire inside a boarded-up area in the rear of the mostly boarded up, windows-smashed in hulk of a once glamorous building that now houses part of the Tannery and which is prominently marked with a red-and-white X to let firefighters know that... Read more

By - 12/24/13 - 9:51 am

A collection of photos and reports of storrowed or almost storrowed trucks and buses on our river roads this year. Normally, these are just a chance to laugh at illiterates behind the wheel, but this year, of course, saw a bus crash on Soldiers Field Road that sent 33 people to the hospital.

The Year in Storrowing: 2013... Read more

By - 12/23/13 - 2:12 pm

Boston Police report a man walking down Belvidere Street around midnight was accosted by a guy who asked him for money and then, when rejected, stabbed the man in the elbow and took money and personal documents.

The victim made his way to Hemenway Street in the Fenway, where he called 911. He was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital and is expected... Read more

By - 12/21/13 - 7:43 pm

Boston Police report at 7:35 p.m.

Nothing found. Area deemed safe & sound.

By - 12/19/13 - 6:45 am

The state shut the eastbound Storrow tunnel this morning due to flooding.

By - 12/18/13 - 1:25 pm

Let's hope he doesn't find the giant shrimp, at least, for the shrimp's sake.

H/t Sarah J. Galvez.

By - 12/14/13 - 4:32 pm
Guy in a Speedo on Boylston Street in Boston

Arturo Gossage watched the annual SSRun through the Back Bay today, including this guy in a football helmet.

But, wait, is that other guy wearing a menurkey on his head?


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By - 12/9/13 - 5:29 pm
Firetrucks at Trinity Church

Fire response to Trinity Church. Photo by Sarah Pakstis.

Firefighters determined the source of smoke inside Trinity Church in Copley Square around 5:15 p.m. was an overheated motor in the ceiling above a first-floor restroom. Power was shut, ending the problem, although traffic around Copley Square remained clogged.

By - 12/5/13 - 6:10 pm

Boston Police are looking for two men and a woman for some expensive shoplifting around 5 p.m. at the Akris Boutique, 16 Newbury St.

All three were in their 50s and spoke with a European, possibly Russian, accent.

One man was 6'2" and wore a long navy-blue pea coat, navy-blue pants and a navy-blue tie. Another man wore glasses and had a mustache. He was... Read more

By - 12/4/13 - 12:18 pm

UPDATE: Licensing Board ordered a four-day suspension: Three for serving the minors, one for owner Joseph Cimino's actions during the police investigation. Cimino can appeal to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

It was bad enough, police say, that they caught four underage Northeastern students inside Daisy Buchanan's with Bud Lights. Even worse was that owner Joseph Cimino tried to keep them from questioning one... Read more