Back Bay

By - 12/26/15 - 4:57 pm
Cherry tree blossom in Boston's Public Garden

Like a lot of other people, we spent some time near the bridge over the Public Garden Lagoon today just marveling at the blooming cherry tree.

A tree in the Arnold Arboretum was also in full bloom.

By - 12/25/15 - 7:45 pm
Pheasant in the Back Bay

MC Slim JB spotted this pheasant by the Loews Hotel on Berkeley Street today.

By - 12/23/15 - 9:20 am

On Monday, the mayor's office announced the city would be showing the Winter Classic Bruins hockey game on a big screen in Copley Square.

But the Globe reports that NBC/Comcast has blocked the outdoor viewing because it owns the exclusive rights to the telecast and it's not going to let a bunch of people just watch it in a park.

Also: Petition to let Rene Rancourt sing the national anthem.

By - 12/19/15 - 6:43 pm
Pre Christmas Tree in the Back Bay

A concerned citizen reports on a poor unloved Christmas tree just lying on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall:

Perfectly good Christmas Tree left on Comm. Ave Mall @ Hereford St. Been there over 12 hours. Its about a 9 footer. It was probably too big for someone's apartment and they just ditched it.

By - 12/17/15 - 9:53 pm
Boston Public Library all lit up for the holidays

Louise Miller watched the changing display on the Dartmouth Street side of the Copley Square main library tonight.

Sophia enjoyed the show: Read more.

By - 12/15/15 - 8:13 am
Livingstone

State Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay) announced last night he's running for the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex senate seat being vacated by Anthony Petruccelli.

His announcement came only hours after neighboring state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) announced he wasn't going to run for the seat. Read more.

By - 12/14/15 - 9:00 am

T workers managed to dispose of the carcass of a trolley that died at Cleveland Circle earlier this morning, but now there are signal issues at Copley jamming up the works.

By - 12/12/15 - 7:17 pm

617Images reports the annual SSRun raised $97,000 for Play Ball Boston from Lir in the Back Bay back to Lir.

Arturo Gossage took lots of photos as well.

By - 12/10/15 - 5:25 pm
Santa on the Charles River at sunset

Nick McNulty captured this scene at Community Boating on the Charles River this afternoon.

By - 12/8/15 - 7:15 pm

You've heard of Hawk Technology Systems, right? After all, they hold the patent on displaying videos on a PC and then storing them. Or, at least, they claim they do. Or did, until the patent expired last year. In any case, the company, which has filed 171 patent-infringement lawsuits since 2012 this week sued Berklee College for not paying it royalties for displaying and storing videos. Read more.

By - 12/5/15 - 5:01 pm

A concerned citizen posts a photo of what's left of his Audi Q5 on Marlborough Street in the Back Bay, asks the city to please, for the love of God, do something before the rest of his car disappears in a burp of rattus digestion.

On Beacon Hill, too.

By - 12/5/15 - 1:13 pm
The George Washington statue in Boston's Public Garden at night
By - 12/4/15 - 3:16 pm

WBZ reports it was among the maps stolen more than 10 years ago by notorious map thief E. Forbes Smiley.

By - 12/3/15 - 5:02 pm
White squirrel in the Public Garden

Not this squirrel, spotted by PatrickWBP in the Public Garden today.

By - 12/3/15 - 4:40 pm

UPDATE, 10 a.m. Bhaiwala has set her report to "friends only."

UPDATE, 8:35 a.m.: A Transit Police spokesman says: "We have attempted to reach out to her but have not, as of this correspondence, received a reply."

Zahra Bhaiwala, who is studying health economics at the Harvard School of Public Health, reports she was on her way from class to work on the Green Line today when the trolley entered Copley and some guy she says had been eyeing her since Longwood started yelling that she had a bomb in the black bag she was carrying:

"Copley is next! That’s the best place for them to do an attack!” Followed by “Women are doing it too now, don’t you see the news?”

4 or 5 angry men had now gathered around me and I showed them my Harvard and Genzyme IDs and opened up the bag to show them my computers. They nodded their heads and backed away slowly. No one in the car said anything to the man, who refused to come with me to the MBTA office and also refused to apologize. None of the 5 men apologized either, which is more upsetting.

By - 12/3/15 - 9:07 am
Dempsey's in Hyde Park

Disappearing Dempsey's?

A Hyde Park bar so little known outside the neighborhood it has only one brief Yelp review wants to sell its liquor license to the upcoming Eataly going in where the Pru food court used to be. Read more.

By - 12/1/15 - 9:53 am
Truck stuck on Storrow Drive

DevNullToYou was among the stuck on Storrow inbound this morning.