Back Bay

By - 9/3/11 - 11:39 am

Channel 7 gets the scoop (may take a second or two to load):

H/t Eighthman.

By - 9/1/11 - 10:51 am

As of 10 a.m., at any rate. New England Roadways reports it will be keeping a close eye on the bridges and will alert us should anybody win the Storrow Pool; remains confident that metal will hit concrete at some point:

It's just a matter of time.

By - 9/1/11 - 10:48 am

The Boston institution is shutting down at the end of the year:

We take consolation in knowing that our gowns will live in the memories of our customers.

The Globe reports owner David's Bridal is shutting the shop to devote all of its attention to its eponymous - and less pricey - chain.

By - 8/31/11 - 10:32 am

A $350,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant will let the Boston Public Library and MIT mount a traveling exhibition of the work of Rafael Guastavino, whose "thoughtful design of public spaces transformed American architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:"

Guastavino and his family invented a colorful tiling that is lightweight, attractive, fireproof, and virtually indestructible. Excellent examples of his work grace buildings in 40 states. Examples include the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the United Stated Supreme Court Building, and the Nebraska State Capitol. Guastavino used his extraordinary gift to elevate public spaces including transportation centers, government centers, libraries, and churches.

The exhibition will first open at the BPL main branch in Copley Square - which was the site of Guastavino's first major work in the U.S.

UPDATE: Thanks to commenters for noting the photo I posted from the McKim building was not of one of the ones Guastavino designed. See if you can spot his work in this collection of McKim construction photos.

By - 8/31/11 - 9:33 am

Public Garden after Irene

Morgan Terrinoni took a walk around the Public Garden the other day.

Copyright Morgan Terrinoni. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 8/24/11 - 5:16 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports a bat found on the sidewalk in front of 244 Clarendon St. yesterday afternoon has tested positive for rabies. Anybody who might have had direct contact with the bat should contact both the commission - at 617-534-5611 - and a doctor.

The commission says Animal Control officers responded to multiple calls from the neighborhood - and that it has two possible reports of somebody being bitten by the bat.

By - 8/19/11 - 3:29 pm

Storm rakes the Back Bay. Photo by Drew.Storm rakes the Back Bay. Photo by Drew.

An astonished Government Center worker e-mailed about the hail around 3:30 p.m. To be more exact, he wrote:


At least one hailstone the size of a golf ball came down on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing - look at the size of that thing at the end of this video.

Elsewhere, reports poured in end-of-days torrents and pea-sized hail from the Fenway to Chinatown.

A state trooper and police dog were in a cruiser hit by lightning on Perimeter Road at Logan Airport. Both are reported OK, however.

A tree came down on Dartmouth Street near Warren in the South End.

Copley Square in the stormGround-eye view of the storm, from the BPL main library. Photo by Penny Cherubino.

Ed. note: No hail here on the Roslindale/Hyde Park frontier, but tons of thunder and lightning.

By - 8/18/11 - 4:42 pm

A Boston man charged with holding up a Beacon Hill bank yesterday had two getaway cars at the ready for his escape - which he interrupted to pay off his bill at a Back Bay hotel, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Patrick Cannon, 54, who was out on parole for bank robbery, was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of masked and armed robbery. Municipal Court Judge Edward Redd imposed bail of $750,000.

By - 8/15/11 - 12:36 pm

WardBoston Police report arresting a disgruntled and allegedly soused New Hampshire man at the Marriott Copley Place around 2:20 a.m., Sunday:

On arrival, officers spoke to hotel security who stated that the suspect, who was being detained, entered a kitchen inside the hotel and proceeded to smash dishes, glasses, coffee cups and saucers, essentially anything he could get his hands on. Officers entered the kitchen and observed the remnants of broken dishes, glasses, coffee cups and saucers strewn about the floor.

When asked to explain the damage, the suspect apologized and stated that his temper got the best of him. While talking to the suspect, offices were able to detect an odor of alcohol emanating from the suspect. The hotel estimates that approximately $10,000 worth of damage was done to the glassware.

At that point, it was a bit late for an apology, police say, so officers arrested Daniel Ward of Nashua on a charge of willful and malicious destruction of property.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Ward was not a guest at the hotel, but said he was angry at some people he was trying to get away from at that point. The DA's office reports he was released on personal recognizance and was ordered to return to court on Oct. 24.

Ed. note: Click on the link in the first paragraph for the best illustration you will probably ever seen on a crime report.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/14/11 - 1:12 pm

State Police are investigating an incident early this morning in which a woman was sexually assaulted and then thrown into the Charles River near Massachusetts Avenue, State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Authorities say they do not yet know if the attack is linked to a series of other sexual attacks in recent years along the Esplanade - or to a non-sexual attack in the same area in June in which a woman was also thrown in the river.

By - 8/12/11 - 6:01 pm

Sgt. Robert Mulvey contemplates some of the bottles seized at Vlora, at Tuesday hearing. Sgt. Robert Mulvey contemplates some of the bottles seized at Vlora, at Tuesday hearing.

The Boston Licensing Board says the nature of the booze seized from Vlora was as clear as some of the bottles it came in: It was hard liquor, which the Albanian place on Boylston Street is not allowed to sell.

By - 8/9/11 - 11:46 am

Murati-Ferrer with vodka Murati Ferrer with seized vodka.

The owner of an Albanian restaurant on Boylston Street says the whiskey, bourbon, rum and vodka bottles seized by police during a July 1 inspection are really cordials it's allowed to sell.

A skeptical Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what to do about the alcohol seized from Vlora - some of which may contain herbs or other ingredients that might make it liqueurs rather than hard stuff. It will also have to decide whether it buys the restaurant's argument that a DJ is not a DJ if he doesn't have turntables - Vlora is not licensed for DJs - and whether the fact the place had roughly 50 more patrons than allowed by its occupancy permit is merely a technical violation rather than a potential safety hazard.

By - 8/9/11 - 8:24 am

A 22-year-old Needham man died around 1:20 a.m. when he was ejected from an SUV on the westbound side of Storrow Drive near the Bowker Overpass, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The driver of the GMC Sierra, also 22 and from Needham, was also ejected from the vehicle. He is in the ICU at Beth Israel Hospital with life-threatening injuries, the DA's office reports.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

By - 8/4/11 - 1:43 pm

The TD Bank branch at 535 Boylston St. was held up around 1:30 p.m. by a suspect police described as a white male, about 5'6" with a slim build and wearing a fitted red-and-blue baseball cap.

By - 8/2/11 - 11:32 am

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted today to restore Sunday hours at the main library for October through May.

Trustees had earlier voted to shutter the main library on Sundays due to an anticipated $350,000 cut in state funding; instead, the current state budget includes level funding for the BPL.

The library will be open 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, starting Oct. 2, with the exception of holiday weekends.

By - 7/30/11 - 12:39 pm

Penny Cherubino spots a car with 13 1/4 Back Bay residential parking stickers on the back window.

Props to Punterjoe for the headline.

By - 7/25/11 - 2:46 pm

A Jamaica Plain man with two drunk-driving convictions was charged with a third OUI offense after he allegedly disregarded a "No Turn on Red" sign in the Back Bay and hit and dragged a bicyclist in the crosswalk - then hit a cop as he was pulling over - the District Attorney's office reports.

Neither the bicyclist nor the Boston police officer were seriously hurt in the July 21 incident, the DA's office says.

According to prosecutors, Vinodkumar Patel, 58, was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon north on Mass. Ave. around 5 p.m.:

By - 7/22/11 - 11:12 am

Or, at the least, make sure they have a hand free to keep their skirt down, due to a dramatic wind-tunnel effect, the Accidental Fiddler reports.

By - 7/20/11 - 1:42 pm

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.