Back Bay

By - 2/19/12 - 9:02 pm

Boston Police report arresting a pair of Mass. College of Pharmacy students on charges they tried to fight their way into Whiskey's, 885 Boylston St., early Saturday.

Police say that around 12:15 a.m. the bar refused to let Ryan Powderly, 22, of Sandwich, and Alex Corbett, 23, because they were already drunk. When a detail officer told them to leave, police say, they began yelling at him, demanding to know if they realized whom he was dealing with and whether he had bullets in his gun.

By - 2/19/12 - 10:08 am

Inside 271 Dartmouth. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire on Dartmouth Street started when a hot coffeepot ignited a towel shortly after midnight.

The fire was confined to a single fifth-floor condo at 271 Dartmouth St., but other residences sustained significant smoke and water damage, the department reports. Residents who couldn't find another place to stay were able to stay warm in one of two MBTA buses kept running outside the BPL main library on Boylston Street. The Red Cross was called in to help 25 residents find alternate housing until repairs can be made.

By - 2/18/12 - 10:54 am


Sometimes life gets a little frenetic around here, as Photographynatalia (above, by the Pru) and misssalimoo (by Kenmore Square) show:

By - 2/18/12 - 12:17 am

Stanley Staco reports two guys with a gun stuck somebody up around 9:45 p.m. at Newbury and Exeter streets, then ran toward Arlington Street.

By - 2/17/12 - 2:13 pm

Callum Borchers interviews David Jacobs, publisher of the Boston Courant, on why he sees no need for a Web site.

By - 2/15/12 - 1:40 pm

Don't you just hate it when you come out and find a light pole's fallen on your car?

By - 2/13/12 - 7:19 pm


Several hundred people, including Mayor Menino, attended an MBTA service cut/fare hike meeting at the BPL in Copley Square tonight. Michael Ratty snapped a photo of one of the people wondering where Gov. Patrick was.

By - 2/13/12 - 7:46 am

Starts at 4:30 p.m. today, followed by one of the MBTA's don't-blame-us meetings at the BPL.

By - 2/12/12 - 1:25 pm

In case you haven't seen the sports section of the Globe today, Nestle, which makes Butterfingers, took out a fullpage ad to address what it's hash-tagging as Butterfingergate:

SORRY, but only 7,200 candy bars for city of 4.6 million people? That kind of completion percentage isn't going to cut it in Boston.

By - 2/10/12 - 7:56 am

The Globe and the Herald report on a plan for the Esplandade that calls for better access across Storrow Drive, a cafe next to the Hatch Shell, doing more with the Charles River dam and the Muddy River and just generally sprucing up the existing facilities after decades of neglect. Another idea would be a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel by the Museum of Science. Of course, this would take some money.

By - 2/3/12 - 4:56 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved requests from Red Lantern in the Back Bay, Kennedy's Midtown downtown and Down Ultra Lounge in the Financial District to let groups of customers drink from a bottle of liquor right on their table.

But bowing to the city's general distaste for bottle service, all three said customers would not actually be able to buy an entire bottle of liquor for the night.

By - 2/2/12 - 9:27 am

Firefighters, police and NStar workers are on scene on Massachusetts Avenue by the Berklee construction site, where a backhoe took out some underground power conduits around 9 a.m., causing a power outage that extends to Northeastern and Bay State Road. The backhoe operator was apparently injured, but not critically.

Roving UHub reporter Chelsea reports:

Saw flashes then puff of smoke at mass ave and belvedere

By - 1/31/12 - 8:18 am

Matt considers a new effort by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay to combat scrawls, stencils and band promotions, doesn't much think of trying to curb the flyers:

By - 1/28/12 - 10:52 am

Red Lantern on Stanhope Street and Kennedy's Midtown on Province Street - which are owned by the same group - go before the Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to serve entire bottles of booze to patrons at their tables.

The hearings could prove interesting - the licensing board has long taken a dim view of letting people have unfettered access to high-proof liquor.

By - 1/21/12 - 9:26 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist riffs on Bostonography's population density maps and ponders how much of Beacon Hill, the Back Bay and the North End approach Manhattan levels of density without anything approaching Manhattan-style building heights:

By - 1/21/12 - 12:25 pm

Mike Mac captured the scene on Storrow Drive yesterday.