Back Bay

By - 7/15/12 - 7:39 pm


Smoke was seen billowing off the roof of a building located on Commonwealth Avenue, this afternoon. Twitterer @alertnewengland reported that a rooftop air conditioning unit (presumably, not a window unit, but the condenser) had caught fire.

By - 7/14/12 - 8:56 pm

Why, yes, that was a limo driving down Stuart Street this evening with an anatomically correct naked blow-up man perched on the sunroof:

By - 7/13/12 - 10:14 am

Grazing herd on Huntington.Grazing herd on Huntington.

You're making quick, purposeful strides on your way to an important meeting or assignation or whatever, when you have to stop short because of a slow-moving herd of tourist right in front of you. You get ready to zip around them, when blam: You have to stop again because another lumbering herd of tourist is coming at you head on from the other direction. You're trapped: You have to wait for the two herds to slowly shuffle past (and hope they don't get helplessly entangled).

It's especially acute on Boylston and Newbury streets, but a frustrated citizen complains about the tourist resting grounds on Huntington Avenue by the Pru:

The Duck Tours departing from Huntington Ave are no doubt extremely popular but there needs to be some effort to keep the sidewalks clear by seating those waiting. It's like trying to walk through a packed bar sometimes.

By - 7/12/12 - 4:42 pm

Reflecting sailing

Late this morning, a guy was sailing this remote-controlled boat in the Christian Science Center. Little kids who got near the water would be greeted with a vist from the boat - although if they tried to grab it, he'd make it beat a hasty retreat.

By - 7/12/12 - 11:45 am

A Proper Bostonian spots and photographs the mystery Tesla roadster of Beacon Hill:

[I]t's a very rare, very quiet, all-electric sportscar for people who like to go sneaking around at high speeds without being heard.

Down in one of the hollows that surrounds Beacon Hill, Penny Cherubino spots and photographs the mystery generic crapster of the Back Bay, so filled with stuff the driver can barely squeeze in.

By - 7/11/12 - 10:07 pm

It's like the return of, only colder. Uber, the online taxi dispatching concern, is launching an app to summon an ice-cream truck to your locale - assuming your locale is the Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill, North End, Financial District, Seaport or South Boston - between noon and 6 p.m.

You'll have to buy a minimum of five ice-cream things - your credit-card will be dinged a minimum of $12.

By - 7/10/12 - 8:17 am

WBZ reports somebody walked along eight blocks of a Back Bay alley, keying dozens of cars sometime late Sunday or early Monday.

By - 7/9/12 - 12:19 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist chronicles the adventures of the mama duck for whom park workers built special housing in the Public Garden.

By - 7/8/12 - 3:25 pm

Iguana love

Leslee watched some guy on Newbury Street yesterday show off his iguana to some young ladies - some of whom decided to give it a feel.

By - 7/5/12 - 8:59 am

Fireworks over the Charles

Myron Freeman watched the fireworks in the rain last night.

More photos:

By - 7/4/12 - 10:12 pm

Real fireworks in the skyPhoto of some real fireworks by Tmccool.

By - 6/29/12 - 12:20 pm

I can't wait to see what CBS has cooked up for the Boston fireworks this July Fourth. How are they going to top last year's augmented reality? Only thing is, they're just going to start in at 10 p.m., so this year people westa Worcester will be deprived of most of the Pops concert, although they will get Jennifer Hudson. Outrage?

By - 6/25/12 - 10:13 pm

Around 9:50 p.m., Dan Fitzgerald tweeted:

Anyone else see the naked man biking down Dartmouth St? That's one way I could solve issue of getting home in this weather via bike. Hmm.

Fitzgerald then responded to our query as to whether the bicyclist was a bear:

He was not a bear, that I can confirm. He was also wearing a helmet.

By - 6/22/12 - 10:51 am

The Boston Business Journal reports city officials are considering leasing 150,000 square feet on three floors of the Johnson building (the newer one) to retailers - and that they are looking at changes to the building's exterior to make it more Apple Store-ish. Nordstrom at the BPL, anyone? Ooh, what about a Barnes and Noble?

In a tweet, BPL replies:

By - 6/18/12 - 3:28 pm

Motorcycle remains

State Police are investigating a crash on the Mass. Ave. Bridge around 2:30 p.m. that left a motorcyclist dead.

State Police released few details except that the motorcycle rider was a 20-year-old man who was pronounced dead at the scene and that driver of the SUV is being treated for "emotional distress."

Doug, who took this photo, said the SUV "had major front damage and airbag deployment."

Another view from the WBZ helicopter.

The driver of a Boston-bound 1 bus eventually executed a U-turn to get back to Cambridge:

By - 6/18/12 - 8:52 am

The Boston Foodie reports people stood in line for two hours on Saturday for the opening of a new cupcake joint on Newbury Street:

By - 6/18/12 - 8:38 am

Hawk in the Back Bay

Jesse Haley noticed this hawk perched at Boylston and Arlington this morning, "attracting tourists and scattering squirrels."