Back Bay

By - 8/26/09 - 8:56 am

Robeno reports a water main break on Dartmouth Street between Boylston and Newbury, but adds crews managed to shut the water off quickly.

By - 8/24/09 - 12:47 pm

Boston Police report the man who had his head smashed in outside the 33 Club early Friday morning has died. Jose Alicea of Hyde Park was 22.

Police have charged 12 men found in a limo outside the club with assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injuries. The dozen men, all in red tuxedos at the time, were due to be arraigned today;... Read more

By - 8/24/09 - 9:45 am

Tom O'Keefe captures the scene from the 70-Smoot marker on the Mass. Ave. Bridge this morning.

By - 8/21/09 - 10:18 pm

UPDATE: The victim, Jose Alicea of Hyde Park, has died.

The second violent incident in less than a month outside Club 33, 33 Stanhope St., left one man in critical condition and 12 men under arrest early this morning, Boston Police report.

Police say officers found a 22-year-old man found with severe head trauma outside Club 33, around 2:25 this morning;... Read more

By - 8/21/09 - 11:53 am

The Prudential Center Tower at 800 Boylston Street is being evacuated due to a water leak, which has knocked out elevator service to the building.

A second alarm has been struck to bring in extra manpower to assist with the evacuation. Belvedere Street has been shut down, and several streets in the area are congested with equipment and evacuees.

By - 8/20/09 - 9:38 pm

Penny Cherubino provides an account of August efforts by the Charles River Cleanup Boat.

By - 8/20/09 - 10:58 am

Rob Sama reports that recent changes to Storrow Drive westbound at the Fenway/Kenmore exits have turned the road into "a veritable parking lot during rush hours." He posts a copy of a letter to his state rep.

By - 8/17/09 - 7:48 am

Newbury Line is all about new stuff on Newbury Street:

... The purpose of this blog is to keep the public updated with the latest news from The Newbury Line, its retailers, and Newbury Street in general. Despite the belief of The Boston Globe, the death of Newbury Street has been greatly exaggerated. Our retailers will use this blog to present offers only available

... Read more
By - 8/15/09 - 7:56 pm

Boston Police report that Solstice, 168 Newbury St., was held up at noon today by three men:

According to the victim, one of the suspects displayed a silver-colored firearm. During the course of the robbery, while no money was taken, the victim says several pairs of sunglasses were.

The three men are described as black. The gunman was further described as slim, about... Read more

By - 8/14/09 - 12:25 pm

The Boston Public Library has posted photos of its collection of old Boston matchbook covers, including this one from the landmark hotel. What other things did the hotel used to offer guests?

Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 8/11/09 - 1:22 pm

Back Bay station in 1976, before the el was taken down and before Copley Place.

From this collection of photos from the days when the Penn Central still existed and still ran passenger trains in New England.

Via Cosmo Catalano.... Read more

By - 8/10/09 - 8:51 am

The Herald reports on incident early on Friday at Boylston and Hereford streets.... Read more

By - 8/7/09 - 7:49 am

Around 1:30 a.m., taken out with serious leg injuries, Boston Fireman tweets.

That came several hours after a woman was found unconscious on the commuter-rail tracks near South Station.

By - 8/3/09 - 12:01 pm

The first grant by Awesome Foundation (NOT a subsidiary of the Human Fund), will pay for a giant hammock on Boston Common, Mass. High Tech reports.

Hansy Better, an architecture professor at RISD, got the $1,000 grant to design and install the hammock - which will offer free rides to the public - assuming the city Parks Department gives a permit.

By - 8/1/09 - 9:16 pm

Mike Mennonno notes somebody was recently critically injured by a rotted-out tree limb that fell from a tree in Central Parks and that the DCR has been ignoring him for more than two years when he calls to complain about dead trees along the Charles River bike path. He posts photos from a copse of tree corpses:

... As I rode by this morning

... Read more
By - 7/31/09 - 6:28 pm

A Hyde Park man was arraigned today on charges he tried to end an argument involving his friend outside the 33 Restaurant and Lounge on Stanhope Street by pulling out a gun and firing it at least six times.

The friend, also from Hyde Park, was also charged in connection with the 2 a.m. incident, which ended with the pair being arrested after... Read more

By - 7/27/09 - 3:38 pm

Boston Police tweet the bomb squad is about to make short work of a suitcase left on the fire escape outside somebody's rear window, at 130 Mass. Ave.

Ed. suspicious note: Seems like a lot of these calls come in from that same basic location. Berklee kids: What are we, your mothers? Start picking up after yourselves.

By - 7/27/09 - 12:43 pm

They'll all be occupied by scooters whose drivers are part of a "scoot-up" to protest the change in their RMV status - which could lead to them being fined if they park on sidewalks.

By - 7/26/09 - 9:58 am

Chris Devers was at the concert last night. Beth Peardon was there, too.