Back Bay

By - 6/7/12 - 2:28 pm

Big storm

Anne of No Gables took this picture of impending doom out the window of her office in the Hancock building this afternoon.

By - 6/6/12 - 8:18 pm

Beep beep

Mike Mac took this photo of a truck backing up on Storrow Drive this evening because, you know, those warning signs at the onramps are so easy to miss.

By - 6/5/12 - 10:00 pm

Baby giant baby heads

Our own Stevil brings us this photo of the replicas of the MFA giant baby heads now on sale at Circle Furniture in the Back Bay. Just imagine these on your coffee table, staring at you. It'd be like that Twilight Zone episode with Telly Savalas and the talking doll. Times three.

By - 6/4/12 - 7:19 am

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

By - 5/30/12 - 5:13 pm


This squirrel kind of stood out in the Public Garden today. Wonder if any local drugstores have noticed boxes of hair dye looking as if they'd been chewed ...

By - 5/27/12 - 8:34 pm

Juan Boria reports a guy sauntered through Copley Square this afternoon without a stitch on. Yes, pics and it did happen:

By - 5/26/12 - 2:42 pm

Penny Cherubino reports an epidemic of walkers and joggers using bicycle lanes instead of sidewalks, for no good reason she can fathom:

Is it payback for the bikes on the sidewalks?

Is it an adventuresome streak that hopes to play chicken with a two-wheeler?

By - 5/25/12 - 2:12 pm

Somebody (or somebody's pet/child) trampled some allium in the Public Garden.

By - 5/24/12 - 9:56 am

Inside the apartment. Photo by BFD.Inside the apartment. Photo by BFD.

By - 5/24/12 - 9:51 am

The Globe reports the chain is looking at the old Filene's Basement location on Boylston Street for a Nordstrom Rack.

By - 5/19/12 - 6:47 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist is mad that his neighborhood is getting another damn cupcake outlet, when residents can't even buy a loaf of fresh bread.

By - 5/18/12 - 12:58 pm

The road will be narrowed to just one lane (and St. Germain will be shut completely) from 7 p.m. tonight through Sunday so that contractors can install a ginormous crane to help build that new Berklee building.

By - 5/16/12 - 2:04 pm

A sad day in Copley Square today as 20 London Plane trees are being cut down.


The affected trees are located throughout the park and average eight-inches dbh (diameter at breast height). All specimens are dead or dying due to canker stain fungal infection. Other tree species in the park are not affected by the disease.

By - 5/13/12 - 5:31 pm

Boston Police report two heavily inebriated pals got into a fight at a bachelor party at the Marriott in Copley Square around 3 a.m. that sent one of them to Tufts Medical Centerended with life threatening injuries.

Police say the victim, 27, appeared to have the upper hand in the fight when his friend evened things up by grabbing a beer bottle and smashing him in the head with it.

By - 5/11/12 - 2:07 pm

An irked citizen exhorts the parks department to take a gander at what's going on in the Public Garden:

Public Garden needs more park rangers monitoring park. Over past 3 days people have been allowing their dogs to swim in the pond chasing the ducks and swans.

By - 5/10/12 - 4:00 pm

PaganMBTA Transit Police report that even after two shots of pepper spray yesterday afternoon, a Chelsea man collared for trying to steal an Orange Line rider's phones managed to flee an officer - who managed to catch up with him and finally subdue him on a commuter-rail platform with his baton.

Police say an officer on routine patrol inside Back Bay station noticed two men holding down a third just inside the fare gates to the Orange Line around 6:40 p.m. According to a police report, one told the officer the man had tried to steal his phone down on the platform but that he and another Orange Line rider grabbed the guy, later identified as Jonathan Pagan, 20, and marched him upstairs in search of police.

Police say that after hearing their stories, the officer told Pagan he was under arrest. According to his report:

By - 5/9/12 - 6:39 pm

Channel 4 reports the mayor's not happy with the latest blackout in the Back Bay and nearby areas.

By - 5/9/12 - 4:35 pm

The state reports on a data deal with Google in which about two dozen T stops will show up on Google Maps for Android and show you some of the innards of those stations, such as where to sit and where to get an escalator. Sadly, however, the maps do not show you the locations of underwear vending machines or Dunkin' Donuts, thus ruling out the possibility of plotting the quickets route from buying underwear to grabbing a medium regulah at Back Bay.

By - 5/9/12 - 2:18 pm

City officials who were quick today to support a waterfront restaurant's plans for a patio open until midnight were equally quick to reject a Boylston Street restaurant's plans for a patio open until midnight - even though another restaurant just a few doors down already has a patio open until midnight.

The mayor's office and city councilors Steve Murphy, Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley all endorsed a proposal by the Boston Harbor Hotel to build a patio for up to 64 patrons on its southern side - its second - with weather-appropriate hours of 11 a.m. to midnight.