Back Bay

By - 1/30/09 - 11:24 pm

Channel 5 reports on a record-setting year for the MBTA in 2008, but notes that ridership dipped in December, which T officials said was due to rising unemployment and dropping gas prices.

By - 1/30/09 - 12:21 pm
Bridge in ice

Saul Blumenthal captured an ice-encased Public Garden last night.

Copyright Saul Blumenthal.

By - 1/29/09 - 1:23 pm

Zach Hofer-Shall tweets:

45 minutes from Prudential to Park St. on the Green Line. MBTA - you are the worst. Ever.

By - 1/27/09 - 9:16 am

Kalim Saliba captured these two chillin' friends in the Public Garden yesterday.

Copyright Kalim Saliba. See your picture here: Tag it as universalhub or post it to the Universal Hub group on Flickr.

By - 1/26/09 - 1:08 pm

Finance Foodie reports that Cafeteria, the post-hip, ironically named Newbury Street restaurant, serves some really good food and some really bad food:

... The scallops were quite large and well seared, but had a slight hint of freezer burn. Last time I checked Boston was not landlocked, so obtaining fresh seafood should have been easy as pie. ...

By - 1/26/09 - 10:46 am
Keep off the snow

Sushiesque had no trouble complying with the request in the Public Garden.

Posted under these Creative Commons conditions.

By - 1/26/09 - 9:26 am

Thoughts: I'm not surprised to hear about this happening. Just like people investing at the top of the residential market, some investors are bound to be burnt. What I still don't understand is why some companies still pay the $60-100/sq. ft. to be in a building in the middle of a city. If your company has no need to be near a city, why pay... Read more

By - 1/23/09 - 9:57 pm
Bill Lee

Think "municipal finance" and Bill Lee probably won't be the first person to come to mind. But there he was today at the Massachusetts Municipal Association meeting at the Hynes, where Paul Keleher photographed him.

Posted under Creative Commons.

By - 1/22/09 - 12:36 pm

This special snowflake is today's installment for a couple of reasons. One, it's pretty ballsy to park across a crosswalk on Boylston Street. Two, our Masshole is possibly a cop (the badge was an enamel fraternal-order-of-police badge) and three, this story has a happy ending. Or at least, it would be nice to think so, except that ticket has a good chance... Read more

By - 1/21/09 - 3:32 pm

Showed a gun handle to a clerk, then fled with the smokes.

By - 1/20/09 - 5:05 pm

The chain dredged up the guy who played Charlie in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" - the 1971 version - to help hand out one-ride Charlie Cards at North, South and Back Bay stations between 7 and 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23.

One person will get a year's worth of free Dunkin' Donuts coffee and a pass good for a year's worth... Read more

By - 1/18/09 - 1:00 pm

A San Francisco woman who called police when she was robbed at gunpoint in her room at the Back Bay Sheraton last night wound up under arrest herself when she admitted she'd flown to Boston to have "sex in exchange for cash" with the two men who stuck her up, Boston Police report. Police say the women told officers she had a more successful... Read more

By - 1/15/09 - 7:44 pm

Last night amidst the Israel/Gaza protests in Copley Square were swarms of twentysomethngs clad in matching jackets hauling the ubiquitous messenger bags and binders, waving in the faces of passers-by and walking alongside them in vain attempts to snag some attention and cash. For what, I am not sure, which proves my dedication to ignoring people who try to befriend me on the street.

Normally... Read more

By - 1/15/09 - 8:54 am

NECN informs us of this fact:

... In the morning hours around Copley Square, only those who needed to be out and about actually were doing so. Runners who typically start their morning with an wakeup jog chose otherwise. There was very little hustle or bustle. ...

And, yes, of course they interviewed a couple of utility guys glad to be able to warm... Read more

By - 1/15/09 - 7:54 am

Be posts some video of a pro-Israel rally in Copley Square last night.

By - 1/13/09 - 12:05 pm
Charles at night

Saul Blumenthal took this cool photo the other night.

By - 1/12/09 - 12:34 pm

Warren Residential Group Blog Breaks news on Shreve Building:

Thoughts: That block of Boylston is awful looking the way it is. Retail is just about non-existent and the buildings are becoming dilapidated. Druker owns the building, the people of Back Bay don't. While I believe historic preservation is important for key buildings, buildings like this shouldn't have the right to the same protection. Developers... Read more

By - 1/10/09 - 7:24 pm

John Ford explains why people looking for condos from the Back Bay to the waterfront might need to pick up two real-estate guides these days. Has to do with local brokers opting out of one listing service.