Paula Tennyson shares what she saw on her roof deck at Mass. Ave. and Comm. Ave. this afternoon.
WFXT, meanwhile, reports the reason the driver couldn't open the doors all at once was because the train was not fully in the station - and that the T is sending him to reeducation because he should have gotten on the PA and told riders he was going to have to open each door individually.
Passengers on an outbound Orange Line train busted out windows when the train filled with smoke and the doors wouldn't open shortly before 5 p.m.
WBZ reports three people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
The train driver reported a "pop" and some sparks as his train entered the station; possibly due to a motor sparking and setting trash on the tracks on fire. Read more.
The BPL Johnson building Then & Now 1912-2016
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The Boston Architectural College Library shows us the changes.
The Boston Sun reports the Back Bay Architectural Commission rejected dormers proposed for 197 Commonwealth Ave. after a neighbor complained their location would let people stare at her as she sat on her toilet.
The commission, which has a say in all building exterior work in the Back Bay historic district, however, did approve a company's plan for wireless-Internet antennas on 19 light poles in the neighborhood, after determining it did not have standards for historic wireless antennas in the neighborhood.
Cambridge and MIT Police are looking for two guys they say are responsible for a number of car thefts and break-ins in Cambridge, Boston and Somerville. Read more.
Boston firefighters rushed to 228 Newbury St. around 6:20 p.m. for what turned into a two-alarm fire.
The Boston Fire Department estimates damage to the four-story brownstone at $900,000 and that the cause of the fire, which started on the first floor, is under investigation. No injuries were reported.
A concerned citizen files a complaint about the erhu guy by the Public Garden bridge who plays his erhu through an amplifier:
Hello I am wondering if it is possible to find a way to have this busker turn down the volume. It's incredibly loud and ruins a walk through the public garden.I asked him nicely.He does not speak English. I don't mind buskers but people should still be able to walk through that beautiful setting without being assaulted by overly loud music. I'm not sure if the man has a permit or if one is required. But his instrument is loud enough on its own - it does not need an amplifier. I don't want to ruin anyone's day but hoping there's a way to address this.I walk through the public garden twice a day and the noise ruins the experience.
Johnmcboston spotted an enthusiastic reader at the Boston Book Festival in Copley Square today.
The Santander Bank branch at 575 Boylston St. was held up around 2:40 p.m. by a black man, mid-30s, 5'8" and 180 lbs., in a tan cap. He showed a note, said he had a gun, but didn't show one, stuffed the cash in his pants, then ran down Boylston Street towards Dartmouth Street.
The branch was also held up last month.
The T had to halt Orange Line service in both directions at Back Bay around 2:10 p.m. when a man went for a walk on the tracks towards Tufts. Transit Police officers found the wayward soul and escorted him to a waiting cruiser for a ride down to TPD headquarters for a little booking action.
Not because he's Zoolander handsome or anything, but because police helpfully shut down the Mass. Ave. Bridge from Boston into Cambridge this morning so he could film a scene there for a movie.
Richard Auffrey notes Eataly plans to hire 600 workers in an already tight market for its mega-place where the old Pru food court used to be, and how they'll find and, more important, retain all those workers after looking at a job site's comments on the New York Eataly.
David Harris notes the advantage of having a Smart Car in the city (note that the perpendicular Smart Car is right in front of a behemoth Mini Cooper).
Boston Police are focusing on a guy they say keeps robbing eyeglass stores in the Back Bay. On Sept. 13, police report, he made off with $1,500 worth of frames from the Sunglass Hut in Copley Place.
If you eye him, contact Det. Kevin McGill at 617-343-4683.