Back Bay

By - 4/15/14 - 6:19 pm
Changing of the guard on Boylston Street

Brian D'Amico watched commemorations on Boylston Street, including a changing of the guard at a marker for one of the two explosion sites.

Meanwhile, Tom Reiner watched and listened to ships in the harbor sound their horns after the afternoon's moment of silence.

Harbor horns

Photos copyright Brian D'Amico and Tom Reiner, respectively.... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 8:12 am
Tags at the Boston Public Library

The BPL's main library in Copley Square currently has an exhibit (in the old, McKim wing) of memorials left by runners and visitors after the Marathon last year. At the end of your walk are several budding trees - and blank tags on which you can write a new message.

At the Old North Church in the North End, you'll find another collection of tags... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 7:41 am

The Globe assembled dozens of people who had something to do with the Marathon for a large photo.

By - 4/13/14 - 10:32 am
Inside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square

Photographynatalia stitched together a panorama of the steps inside the McKim wing of the BPL in Copley Square.

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

By - 4/13/14 - 10:12 am
Window replacement on the Hancock building

Stevil watched workers replace a window on the seventh floor of the Hancock tower yesterday:

The scaffold lowers down tracks that are part of the building to one floor above the opening. Then the window which is attached to the yellow disc (blending in with the reflection) traverses to the left and they install it.

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

By - 4/13/14 - 9:28 am

The Globe's David Abel interviews the Richard family on their day before 2:50 p.m. last April 15 - and their lives since:

Abel says:

The hardest story I've ever written, especially as a new dad and someone on the finish line that day.

... Read more
By - 4/12/14 - 6:18 pm
Two Boylston Street buildings

Goofus is a blight on the neighborhood. Gallant is a classic building.

Goofus lets vandals throw ladders through his windows and tag up his walls. Gallant has his windows washed regularly and has spotless walls.

Goofus is marked off limits to firefighters. Gallant welcomes firefighters.

Goofus eats babies when their parents aren't looking. Gallant saves errant puppies from traffic.... Read more

By - 4/12/14 - 6:02 pm
William Evans discusses Marathon preparation

William Evans discusses Marathon preparation at City Hall.

Boston officials today outlined some of their security measures for the April 21 Marathon that include road closings, more cameras and police and more cots and emergency personnel for the larger number of runners expected.

"Our goal is to make it a safe family day," Police Commissioner William Evans said. "I'm very confident we're going to have a great day."

Evans said that, unlike at... Read more

By - 4/12/14 - 9:03 am
At the Boston Marathon finish line

Tyler was among the thousands who headed to Boylston Street this morning for a Sports Illustrated cover to mark the anniversary of the Marathon bombings.

Dear World has some powerful photos and video of survivors of the bombings posing on the finish line.

By - 4/11/14 - 5:03 pm
Truck on Storrow Drive

Neil had plenty of time to photograph the truck whose driver was too stupid to comprehend the CARS ONLY signs but smart enough at least to avoid plowing into the Silber Way pedestrian bridge eastbound, shortly before 5 p.m.

Dan Ryan notes it was a Budget rental truck, wonders how Labor day snuck up on us like that.... Read more

By - 4/11/14 - 1:40 pm

Tasty Burger thinks there's a market for a burger bar that also serves up beer and wine in the diesel-filled confines of Back Bay station.

The local chain goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission to buy the beer and wine license of the defunct Parlor Pizza in West Roxbury for a proposed restaurant that would also feature 30 patio seats on... Read more

By - 4/11/14 - 6:46 am
Marathon finish line

Italian in Boston watched workers erecting the scaffolding across the Marathon finish line overnight.

By - 4/10/14 - 7:34 am

Lorianne recounts a Saturday night in the Back Bay that included strolling around, paying homage at 298 Beacon and a concert by an Indian musician at Symphony Hall:

“We are Boston,” those gold and blue banners proclaimed, and on Sunday night, it felt like loving Boston was one and the same as loving the whole wide world.

... Read more
By - 4/8/14 - 8:46 am

Transit Police report arresting a Salem man on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a trolley at Copley Friday afternoon.

According to police:

At approximately 1:20pm a female reported the following to Transit Police: as she was travlling on an outbound Green Line trolley she was Indecently Assaulted by an unknown male as the train departed Copley MBTA station.

Frentz Joseph, 32,... Read more

By - 4/7/14 - 7:32 am
Prudential building lit up for fallen firefighters

Last night, Brian D'Amico captured the Prudential tower lit up in Boston Fire Department colors in honor of Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 4/7/14 - 7:27 am
Greek girls

Stevil took in the Greek Independence Day parade on Boylston Street yesterday.

Arturo Gossage also watched the parade.

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

By - 4/4/14 - 11:07 pm

Not long after fire and law-enforcement officials finished a press conference in which they blamed welding sparks for the fatal Beacon Street fire but declined to say much about the welders themselves, Michele McPhee, currently at ABC News, reported:

Sources said that the investigators believe the welders were aware of the fire and did not call 911 or alert anyone occupying the building

... Read more
By - 4/4/14 - 11:02 am

Fire and law-enforcement officials said today that the fire at 298 Beacon St. that killed two firefighters was likely caused by welders installing an iron hand rail in the rear of the neighboring 296 Beacon.

"We do not believe the fire was intentionally set," Boston Fire Commissioner John Hasson said at a press conference today with Police Commissioner William Evans and Ed Zabin, who... Read more

By - 4/4/14 - 9:04 am

A report by researchers at the Harvard Kennedy and Law schools analyzes the way Boston-area emergency officials reacted after the bombs went off on Boylston Street and concludes that while decades of training and coordination by local police agencies in dealing with large events with the Marathon, coupled with some luck, minimized the death toll and helped organize the search for the Tsarnaevs, an attitude... Read more

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