Back Bay

By - 3/22/09 - 2:02 pm

Lolita Parker Jr. finds a crocus locus in Boston.

By - 3/22/09 - 8:38 am

The Globe reports Boston Police closed off a section of sidewalk at Clarendon and Stuart yesterday when "an injured red-tailed hawk touched down, possibly after flying into the side of the Prudential Center." With cool photo of the hawk shaking it off and taking flight.

By - 3/19/09 - 10:07 am

Scooterdude (the guy you see sailing around Copley Square on the wind-powered scooter) reports yesterday was a great day for sailing - aside from the two spills caused by a collapsing sail:

... The gusts were sustained but also in the correct direction. For long rides and skillful maneuvers there’s nothing that can beat a strong westerly flow from the Tower, across the front

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By - 3/18/09 - 7:55 am

A group of volunteers trying to show you the importance of clean drinking water will be painting a three-mile-long blue line down Boylston and Newbury streets today. They're promoting the Tap Project, which attempts to bring clean water to folks around the world not fortunate enough to be served by the MWRA, by getting restaurant goers to donate money for UNICEF water projects.... Read more

By - 3/18/09 - 7:45 am

Michael Paulson reports that Old South Church is readying its huge organ for a performance on Saturday - its first since December, when the church stopped using it for fears its booming sound could further damage a wall cracked by construction of an elevator shaft at the Copley Square T stop. Paulson's post has some cool video and photos of the organ being... Read more

By - 3/14/09 - 10:57 am

Penny Cherubino provides the proof, from a walk around the Back Bay (including one showing early signs of spring cleaning).

Also see Lolita Parker Jr.'s Seven days in Boston in March.

By - 3/13/09 - 2:48 pm

John Ford discusses a Boston Courant article (not online since the Courant quaintly refuses to acknowledge the InterWeb's existence) in which Tom Menino proposes the idea of shutting off car traffic on select days in July and August.

By - 3/3/09 - 11:08 am
Moody Lagoon

Iceburns took this moody shot of the Lagoon after yesterday's snow.

Copyright, Iceburns.

By - 3/3/09 - 9:48 am

Mats Tolander posts photos from yesterday's "unimpressive" nor'easter, including one of an 18-wheeler whose driver suddenly realized he wasn't going to make it out of the tunnel from I-93 to Storrow Drive in one piece and so stopped just in time - but after he blew by the "NO TRUCKS" sign.

By - 3/1/09 - 1:27 pm

Boston Police report busting up a soiree at Wheeler's Cafe and Ice Cream Bar on Mass. Ave. around 12:50 this morning after officers discovered members of the under-21 set consuming "beer and shots of alcohol:"

Officers observed the windows of the store to be "blacked out" for they were covered with sheets of black nylon, giving the illusion that the store was closed.

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By - 2/27/09 - 7:47 pm

Wicked Local Brookline posts a copy of a T note about a meeting of an MBTA citizen advisory group meeting on ways to improve 39 service on March 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Library, 433 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain.

By - 2/26/09 - 2:51 pm

Penny Cherubino gets the scoop on plans for a Thursday farmers' market, which would be in addition to the existing Tuesday and Friday markets down the street in Copley Square.

By - 2/23/09 - 5:03 pm

Boston Police charge that when workers at the Other Side Cafe on Newbury Street objected to a man tagging up the men's room and asked him to leave, he picked up a pint glass and threw it against a wall. A struggle ensued and one worker was hurt heaving him out.

Isaac S. White, 28, of Jamaica Plain was charged with malicious destruction of... Read more

By - 2/20/09 - 6:21 pm

And Chris Faraone is fairly grumpy about it:

... When it became too painful to proceed I stepped across Boylston Street for the afterparty at McGreevy's, where I met a gaggle of nice ladies that failed to find a dress. Their sentiments reflected mine: boorish bargain pillaging is no way to buy an outfit that will be photographed and placed on your mantle until

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By - 2/18/09 - 4:32 pm

Preston, is that you? Preston Jackson of Mattapan, who allegedly kept robbing stores even after video of him was featured prominently on local TV stations, was today indicted on enough armed-robbery counts to send him away for life if convicted, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

When finally arrested on Jan. 3... Read more

By - 2/15/09 - 10:54 pm
Cracked up Charles

RDA photographed the path of an icebreaker through the Charles River basin the other day.

Used under this Creative Commons license.

By - 2/15/09 - 12:35 pm

A man died around 4 a.m. today when his car apparently hit a barrier at the Copley Square exit on the eastbound side, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

The driver, 23, was alone in the car. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin; State Police accident investigators continue to look for a cause of the accident. Channel 4... Read more

By - 2/15/09 - 12:00 pm

Steve Garfield reports he was on an Orange Line train last night that broke down just before Back Bay and had to be pushed into the station by another train.

King Tooth in action (you can skip to around 2:30):

By - 2/12/09 - 5:52 am

MetaBoston points us to this interesting video, which shows an animation of e. coli blooms moving through the Charles River basin (make sure your sound is on for full effect):

The animation is by Ferdi Hellweger, a Northeastern civil and environment engineering professor who... Read more