Back Bay

By - 9/24/09 - 1:54 pm

Andrew Heining reports the following via his Twitter feed: A Good Samaritan spotted a guy breaking a window at 9 Comm. Ave. in the Back Bay early this afternoon, ran at him - then after him. He chased the alleged burglar for over a mile through the Esplanade and the Public Garden. At one point, the guy attempted to slash the man with... Read more

By - 9/24/09 - 7:52 am

Ben Ostrander tweets that around 7:40 this morning:

Saw a tourist with a crappy point & shoot stopped by T employee at Back Bay & told she couldn't do that.

As Ostrander notes, that fall under the category of "Not True." The MBTA's posted photo policy says non-commercial photography is OK - the main limitations are you can't use a flash or tripod... Read more

By - 9/17/09 - 11:32 pm

State agricultural-resources worker scans Public Garden tree for beetle signs as a Channel 4 cameraman records the action.

Experts from the state Department of Agricultural Resources gave volunteers a lesson in spotting signs of Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation this afternoon - then led the first ever survey of trees in the Public Garden for signs of... Read more

By - 9/17/09 - 10:45 am

On the inbound side at Boylston. Expect, as they say, delays.

By - 9/16/09 - 9:23 am

Watch where you walk these days, or you might be inadvertently immortalized on film, as Kevin James and a few dozen of his closest friends film "The Zookeeper" in the Public Garden and Back Bay (via Hub on Location), and Ben Affleck and his sweetie Jennifer Garner draw crowds and snarl the snarled traffic in Harvard Square while filming "The Town" (via... Read more

By - 9/14/09 - 6:04 pm

Mick T. was walking toward Kenmore from the Back Bay yesterday when he turned onto Charlesgate West and came upon a blazing coupe:

The car starting rolling slowly and moved about 5 feet then stopped,
then rolled slowly a few more feet, then stop and then inch forward again until it was rolling

... Read more
By - 9/9/09 - 8:40 am

Newsweek explains why the building churns through owners even as its value collapses, and what that means for the state of American commercial real estate (hint: it's not good):

... The saga of the Hancock Tower may seem like a classic case of how, when you're using lots of debt, the difference between genius and idiocy can be a matter of luck and timing.

... Read more
By - 9/2/09 - 9:15 am

This time at Hynes/ICA, the MBTA reports (which direction, though?).

By - 9/1/09 - 10:08 pm
New building

What a pigeon flying high over the Public Garden would see.

Developer Ron Druker has hired a new architect, who's made changes to the exterior design of his proposed nine-story, $120-million building at Boylston and Arlington streets, but the structure still has the same basic dimensions and doesn't really look all that much different, so it... Read more

By - 8/31/09 - 1:41 pm

Boston Biker reports there's a meeting at 6 p.m. today (yes, today) at the BPL main branch in Copley Square - and that, as you might expect, Back Bay doyens and doyennes will oppose the plan.

By - 8/30/09 - 2:04 pm

Local 718 tweets the gas leaked out of a chiller in the hotel basement and spread through the hotel's air-conditioning system, shortly before 2 p.m.

Freon is non-toxic, but can cause problems if breathed in in large quantities.

Ed. note: Local 718's feed makes three Twitter feeds related to Boston fire happenings - there's also the official department feed and ... Read more

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.