Back Bay

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.

By - 5/9/12 - 2:05 pm

The Boston Licensing Board has long acquiesced to a Back Bay neighborhood group's request to only approve new liquor licenses in the neighborhood after an existing license holder shuts down or moves out.

No more, board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer said today.

"That's certainly not a practice I endorse," she said at a hearing on catering company's request to buy a Fairfield Street restaurant's liquor license for the affairs it hosts at the Boston Public Library main branch in Copley Square.

By - 5/8/12 - 11:57 am

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Power started coming back on.

The same substation where a transformer exploded in March shorted out today, darkening stores, offices and homes across the Back Bay again and causing traffic havoc as signals went dead.

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

Sob Story Guy

Neil the roaming UHub photographer was sitting down to dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen in the Pru last night when one of our Sob Story Guys launched into his spiel. "Set up shop in middle of crowd and launched into sob story," he reports, adding, "I tipped off the bartender and he went quietly when the manager bum rushed him."

By - 4/23/12 - 1:39 pm

The owner of the Breezeway, 153 Blue Hill Ave., goes before the Boston Licensing Board on May 2 for permission to sell his liquor license to a proposed Brazilian meat place in the Back Bay.

The move would leave Packy Connors as the only bar on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury and Mattapan. The Avenue Tavern in Mattapan Square shut in 2010.

By - 4/22/12 - 10:01 pm

Batman and Poison Ivy

Tim Mouradian took in Boston Comic-Con at the Hynes this weekend.

Copyright Tim Mouradian. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 4/17/12 - 10:01 am

Suspected bank robberThe FBI Bank Robbery Task Force reports the Sovereign Bank branch at

By - 4/17/12 - 12:00 am

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury) ran the Marathon today - and turned on the video on his phone for the last 200 yards.

Compare to then Mayor Ray Flynn in the 1984 Marathon.

By - 4/14/12 - 9:06 am

Jim Lokay at Channel 5 tweets the Best Buy at Newbury and Mass. Ave. is shut today and will re-open tomorrow only to liquidate its stock.

By - 4/12/12 - 5:30 pm

5:45 p.m. update: Service has resumed, Boylston all clear.

Harried Green Line riders are even more harried than usual this evening with the T shutting down the line between Park and Kenmore due to what Boston Police report is a "suspicious package" at Boylston station.

Riders were being urged to take the Orange Line or even commuter rail as an alternative.

By - 4/8/12 - 12:17 pm

On the B line, that starts somewhere between Copley and Hynes, Five Thousand Words a Day reports:

The change is far from gradual, yet you never notice it until you look up and see that the quite nuclear family from Rhode Island has been replaced by a conspicuous gaggle of 12-15 bros who have taken pre gaming to a new level.

Via Overheard on the B Line.

By - 4/6/12 - 7:25 pm

Firefighters responded to 70 St. Botolph St. for a manhole fire around 7:10 p.m. It was declared all out about ten minutes later.

By - 4/5/12 - 6:28 pm

Fox in repose.

Timothy LePage spotted this fox at the Christian Science Center today. You'd almost think there's an anime show in town or something (another view).

By - 4/4/12 - 2:32 pm

Fill 'er up.

Drew captured the beginnings of the annual return of the water to the Christian Science Center reflecting pool today.

By - 4/3/12 - 4:39 pm

Suspect in bank robbery. Boston Police report they are looking for a man who