Back Bay

By - 1/19/17 - 10:22 am
Protest against higher fees to park in the Back Bay

Somebody's going around the Back Bay taping protests to parking meters against the meter increase that went into effect on Jan. 3 as an experiment in demand pricing for parking. Scott Kennedy took the photo before he removed the tape on this meter and three others.

By - 1/19/17 - 9:46 am

Boston-based IDG announced today it's being purchased by China Oceanwide Holdings Group, a banking and financial concern with some media holdings. Read more.

By - 1/18/17 - 11:16 am
Street urchins in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By - 1/18/17 - 10:35 am

The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to let George Vinal and Angelo Stamos buy the Crossroads Irish Pub, 495 Beacon St. and turn it into a "neighborhood dining concept" called St. Locale. Read more.

By - 1/17/17 - 12:09 pm

A birthday celebration in a function room at a Park Plaza pub ended in a brawl when an unwanted drunk guy who kept returning grabbed a female guest he had somehow convinced to dance with him, police detectives told the Boston Licensing Board this morning. Read more.

By - 1/15/17 - 4:14 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Brookline man they say had a gun in his backpack while lifting about $400 worth of stuff from Lord & Taylor yesterday afternoon. Read more.

By - 1/13/17 - 11:22 am
Elm tree in the Back Bay with Dutch elm disease

Farewell note is at bottom of the tree.

Newton paused to read the sad goodbye from Boe the Elm Tree on Marlborough Street at Fairfield this morning. Boe is 135. Read more.

By - 1/12/17 - 10:22 am
Stuck truck at Storrow Drive overpass

If only that bridge were 12'1" instead of just 12', he might have made it. Instead the driver of this storrowed box truck now has to explain to the state troopers why he ignored the CARS ONLY signs, in a classic Storrow Drive tableau captured by Raymond the roving UHub photographer at 9:06 this morning.

By - 1/11/17 - 3:28 pm
Pale squirrel in the Boston Public Garden

With temps in the 50s today, tons of squirrels emerged from wherever they hide in the winter, scampering all over the Common and the Public Garden in search of sustenance. The luckier ones clustered around one particular tree in the Public Garden, where one guy was tossing food at them. And this white squirrel stood out from the rest. Read more.

By - 1/11/17 - 2:36 pm
Unusual cracks in the Public Garden Lagoon in Boston

Either somebody was tossing a lot of rocks in the Public Garden Lagoon to get these unusual patterns all over the surface or the water is developing a giant consciousness.

By - 1/7/17 - 5:41 pm
Walking dog on Commonwealth Avenue Mall in the Back Bay

Tamas K-L wasn't the only one out on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall today.

Michele B watched an intrepid kid ski down New Haven Street in West Roxbury: Read more.

By - 1/5/17 - 6:39 pm
Towers proposed for Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street

Weiner Ventures this week filed formal plans with the BPDA for two towers - one 39 stories - of apartments and condos on air rights over the turnpike along Boylston Street across Dalton Street from the Hynes. Read more

By - 1/4/17 - 3:44 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man they say was having too much fun with himself in the Back Bay men's room yesterday morning. Read more.

By - 1/3/17 - 2:04 pm

Boston's experiments in demand-based parking prices begins today.

Meanwhile, the default speed limit on Boston roads (so parkways, interstates not included) drops from 30 to 25 mph on Jan. 9.

By - 1/3/17 - 10:51 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a Dorchester man's convictions for open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior at the Hynes Green Line stop in October, 2010 because prosecutors didn't present any witnesses to testify they were "shocked" or "alarmed" at the way he openly displayed his genitals, as required by Massachusetts public-decency laws. Read more.

By - 1/1/17 - 2:01 pm
Fireworks over Boston Common

David Parsons took in the 7 p.m. fireworks over Boston Common last night.

Leslee watched the light show on Trinity Church in Copley Square: Read more.

By - 12/31/16 - 11:19 am
Copley Plaza Hotel lit up for New Year's Eve

617Images shows us the Fairmont Copley Plaza last night while they were testing their New Year's Eve display.

By - 12/29/16 - 2:19 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com wonders if the real reason the current operators of First Night have shifted the midnight fireworks from Boston Harbor to Copley Square is not because it's cheaper but to try to build up a Boston version of Times Square:

Watch this year as the TV hosts interview the Copley attendees and count the suburbanites that will have come in to Copley, all decked out in a spectacularly crowded space. The Back Bay event will be instantly labeled a “success” because it will look good on television.

By - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.