Back Bay

By - 2/16/16 - 11:45 am

UPDATE: Barney Fannings has gotten the OK to reopen.

ISD inspectors have shut several restaurants after their sprinkler pipes burst, flooding their kitchens with water and, in some cases, shutting off their water altogether, over the past three days. The tally so far:

Barney Fannings, 99 Broad St., downtown
Boston Beer Garden, 732 Broadway, South Boston
Upper Crust, 683 Tremont St., South End
Viga, 291 Devonshire St., downtown
Whiskey's Steakhouse, 885 Boylston St., Back Bay

By - 2/13/16 - 7:16 pm
Frozen on the Charles River Esplanade

We're going to assume JB Parrett was bundled up for his walk along the Esplanade on the Charles this afternoon.

By - 2/9/16 - 11:35 am
Lost guitar

Boston Police are seeking the public's help to find a guitar that looks like the one above:

It is an Eric Johnson Fender Stratocaster which was last seen in the possession of its owner early Saturday morning, February 6, 2016, in the area of the Fens or Back Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Boston Police Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

By - 2/6/16 - 11:34 am
Boston Courant to go out of business

In a front-page message to readers this week, Boston Courant owners David Jacobs and Gen Tracy say they lost a wrongful-termination lawsuit by a former employee and that: Read more.

By - 2/5/16 - 6:03 pm
Boston skyline after snowstorm

Mark Pijanowski marveled at the sunset around 4:56 p.m. today.

By - 2/5/16 - 12:51 pm
Pipe work on Charles Street in Boston

For the past few days, workers have been doing something with a large pipe under Charles Street and into the Public Garden. Manish Sinha gives us a view of the work in the snow today.

By - 2/3/16 - 5:47 pm
Rabbit on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay

Deborah Elizabeth Finn reports spotting an urban bun in the tiny front yard of a home on Commonwealth Avenue between Hereford and Mass. Ave. today.

ABC Haskins, meanwhile, spotted a rabbit right outside 1 Ashburton Place today.

A Beacon Hill bunny last fall.

By - 1/30/16 - 10:31 pm
January crocus in Boston's Back Bay

Penny Cherubino reports both snowdrops and daffodils were coming up in a front yard on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay today.

By - 1/27/16 - 11:53 pm

A Weymouth man who worked in the IT department at John Hancock Financial Services was arraigned today on charges he used his access to a storage room to steal more than $100,000 worth of laptops over several months, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 1/27/16 - 9:32 pm

Old South Church reports a man was found dead on a step on the Dartmouth Street side of the church this morning:

Rev. John Edgerton remained with the body to keep vigil as the ambulance was called, throughout the time the police and medical examiner were present, and until the body was removed.

We learned that his name was Michael and that he was 57 years of age.

Old South Church is working with Ecclesia Ministries - common cathedral on an outdoor memorial service at the site.

By - 1/27/16 - 9:50 am
Graffitti on the front of the BPL in Copley Square

Zik is among the many outraged to see graffiti scrawled all along the Dartmouth Street side of the Copley Square library this morning.

By - 1/26/16 - 2:33 pm

Boston Police report arresting an Orlando man they say reacted to being told he couldn't leave the Taj Hotel with a drink by smashing his glass in the lobby, then going outside and firing a round from the gun he was, of course, packing. Read more.

By - 1/24/16 - 8:51 am
Snow-covered statue on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall in the Back Bay

Steve555B walked along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall last night.

Copyright Steve555B. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 1/23/16 - 5:31 pm
Snow falling on the Public Garden bridge

Rachel took a walk through the Public Garden late this afternoon.

Around the same time, Michael Ratty on the other side of Charles Street, walking through the Common: Read more.

By - 1/18/16 - 10:41 am
Snowy George Washington statue in Boston's Public Garden

Nick Cosky went for a walk around the Public Garden this morning. He also captured a snowy scene near the Custom House.

By - 1/17/16 - 1:20 pm
Bad truck on Newbury Street

Adam Castiglioni reports Newbury Street was shut to traffic between Hereford and Mass. Ave. at noontime, apparently to let crews clean up whatever this truck dumped or leaked on the road.

By - 1/15/16 - 8:59 pm
By - 1/15/16 - 7:24 am
Guy on a paddleboard on the Charles River in winter

Nick Cosky reports:

I froze just watching this guy on the Charles last night. Anyone know him?