Back Bay

By - 5/18/14 - 6:17 pm

Authorities are trying to figure out the identity of a man in his 20s whose body was removed from the Charles River near the Community Boating boathouse this afternoon.

"The death does not appear suspicious at this time, but the facts and circumstances remain under investigation," a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding investigators are checking with local colleges.... Read more

By - 5/18/14 - 6:13 pm
Love lock in the Public Garden

Boston Strolls spotted a love lock permanently affixed to the Public Garden bridge (or at least until somebody from the parks department arrives with a bolt cutter), wonders when this became a thing in the Public Garden. Until now, local love locks had been confined to the bridge over the turnpike at Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street.... Read more

By - 5/17/14 - 5:46 pm

Mister John asks:

Where can I find some neat graduation cards around Newbury St? Trident surprisingly failed me. Preferably locally made.

By - 5/16/14 - 2:11 pm

Boston Magazine reports a woman plunged into the pit at Back Bay Tuesday night and was safely returned to the platform by fellow riders.

The same basic thing happened at Mass. Ave. last night.

By - 5/15/14 - 8:24 pm

Sunglass Hut, 86 Newbury St., was held up around 8:15 p.m. by a man who showed a clerk a knife - and then walked out with a single pair of sunglasses.

He's described as black, mid-40s, about 5'6" and 160 lbs. He wore a gray sweatshirt and was last seen sauntering towards Boylston Street holding a brown paper bag.

By - 5/14/14 - 4:44 pm
Steaming manhole

Photo by Jeff Cutler.

Apparently a manhole outside 505 Boylston St., just past Clarendon, has been steaming all week, giving passersby a strong whiff of something awful. But today, it started steaming even more than usual, and firefighters, at first thinking they were dealing with a flaming manhole, doused the thing with liberal amounts of water. They summoned NStar, whose hole it is, to the scene; before an... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 9:49 pm
Feeding the ducks in the Public Garden

A concerned citizen complains:

I don't want to be a wet blanket, but every evening when I walk through the Public Garden between 5 and 6, I see this gentleman feeding the geese and ducks, in spite of the fact that such feeding is not allowed - I would normally let it go, but he feeds them practically every night, and he feeds them

... Read more
By - 5/13/14 - 8:27 am

The Tech reports the ban applies even to frats in Cambridge as the Interfraternity Council tries to get Boston to lift what is essentially a ban on all parties at MIT dorms on account of that student falling four stories through a skylight at an illegal roof-deck party. The council kinda needs to try to get the ban lifted by September, when the... Read more

By - 5/12/14 - 6:43 am
Little duckling in the Public Garden

Stevil took in the Make Way for Ducklings parade in the Public Garden yesterday.

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

By - 5/10/14 - 5:17 pm

No doubt this scrawl on a traffic-control box on Boylston Street at Arlington Street makes sense to somebody.

By - 5/10/14 - 8:31 am

Head over to ArchBoston for a discussion about an entrance to what used to be the Mass. Ave. trolley stop that workers uncovered the other day - then promptly filled right back in. With some photos of when the station was a trolley hub (more photos).... Read more

By - 5/9/14 - 1:22 pm

Craig Fitzgerald revisits May 9, 1989, when a postal worker at the South Boston postal annex murdered his ex-wife with an AK-47, then commandeered a Cessna at Beverly Airport and headed for Boston, which he buzzed for nearly three hours as he took shots at the Pru, Newbury Street and Kenmore Square.

By - 5/9/14 - 7:59 am
Tulip on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay

Leslee spotted a tulip on Commonwealth Avenue near Fairfield that wasn't going to let the construction debris dumped on top of it stop it from blooming.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 5/7/14 - 3:43 pm

Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas Horgan ruled today that Kevin "Kayvon" Edson is competent enough to assist in his own trial, following a mental-health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospitals, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Edson is charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, disturbing a public assembly, possession or use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat for an incident... Read more

By - 5/7/14 - 3:28 pm

City councilors began work today on a zoning change that would allow art galleries to open in areas such as Newbury Street, where, technically, they are currently prohibited.

City Councilor Josh Zakim (Back Bay) said he was amazed to learn recently that ISD rejected a request by Pucker Gallery, 171 Newbury St., to move to 240 Newbury St. because of the prohibition.

The... Read more

By - 5/3/14 - 7:28 pm
Victorian picnic in the Public Garden

Stevil reports the Public Garden was full of unusual sights today, including the Victorian picnic above, acrobats and a Hindu wedding.

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 5/2/14 - 8:01 pm

JB Parrett took another walk along the Charles this evening.

By - 5/1/14 - 12:06 pm
Charles River on a rainy day

JB Parrett looked down the Charles on a rainy May Day.

By - 5/1/14 - 8:26 am

The Boston Business Journal reports rents in Boston's tonier sections are falling as new luxo-apartments come onto the market.

By - 4/29/14 - 1:44 pm

The Newbury Street bar will shut this fall, the Herald reports.

Landlord Joseph Cimino was forced to sell after running into financial problems renovating a neighboring building.

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