Back Bay

By - 10/23/13 - 6:44 am

The Globe reports Boston officials have banned big gatherings at MIT Greek houses, mainly due to that kid falling through a skylight at one fraternity.

By - 10/22/13 - 6:49 pm
Sunset over the Back Bay

Look one way this afternoon and you got a brillant sunset, as shown in this photo by the Mayor's Office above and by Rocio Lluch, below:


Look the other way and you got an rainbow, as Rohan Krishna shows:

By - 10/22/13 - 2:24 pm

UPDATE: Service came back on shortly after 4 p.m.

Matt Robbins reports:

Verizon data conduit damaged last night at 800 Boylston. Major outage for downtown Boston

800 Boylston is the Prudential Center. One frustrated network administrator says the outage is going on 15+ hours:

Affecting hundreds of companies in Boston and Cambridge. Worst outage I've seen in 7 years of working in

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By - 10/18/13 - 7:13 am
Three-car crash at Berkeley and Stuart in Boston

Teddy Kokoros photographed part of the aftermath of a three-car smashup at Berkeley and Stuart streets in the Back Bay around 7 a.m.

One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Andrea Estey was also on scene:

By - 10/17/13 - 7:57 pm
Traffic light

An annoyed citizen files a complaint from Mass. Ave. near Berklee:

Could this lamppost have been installed in a less convenient place? Doubtful.

The city agrees, replying:

The boston transportation department is working with the berkeley school of music contractor to relocate this traffic signal which was not approved in the field by btd.

Ed. question: What do local institutions have against... Read more

By - 10/17/13 - 8:44 am
Public Garden in Boston at night

Arturo Gossage walked around the Public Garden the other night.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 10/17/13 - 8:19 am

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund wants the two remaining candidates to pull a Walczak and do something to protect the city from rising seas.

Connolly yesterday called for a law-enforcement track at Madison Park High School that would include law-enforcement related classes and BPD internships - and the return of a post-high-school cadet program that was eliminated in 2010:

The law enforcement

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By - 10/16/13 - 8:10 am

A fed-up citizen complains about all the "Not Art" stencils that have been showing up all over the place in recent months in general and about the "Not Art" stencil on an electrical box on Berkeley in particular.

By - 10/13/13 - 12:06 pm
Sun rises over Boston

Bonney watched the sun come up this morning from the Liberty Hotel.

By - 10/9/13 - 9:11 am

The Globe reports a local foundation says the local tradition will not die on its watch.

First Night Boston, the organization, folded in June.

By - 10/8/13 - 9:49 am
Boylston shut

Boylston shut. Photo by Janice Dominguez.

The bomb squad was called in this morning to deal with a suspicious suitcase found under a mailbox on Boylston between Arlington and Berkeley.

By - 10/7/13 - 6:57 pm

Bianca spotted some scullers on the Charles as storm clouds moved in and the NWS issued a severe-thunderstorm watch.

By - 10/7/13 - 9:49 am
Truck sardine-canned on Storrow Drive

Court spotted a freshly Storrowed truck on the ramp to the Fenway from the outbound side this morning.

The company in question, FriendBox, makes boxes, so that's one boxed-in box box truck. They're based in Danvers, so you'd think they'd have heard about those quaint Storrow Drive height restrictions.

Update: Phelan Canney shows us that parting is such sweet storrow:

By - 10/3/13 - 1:30 pm

For the second time in ten days, bystanders didn't just watch a woman get mugged - they chased after her attackers.

Boston Police report officers on patrol spotted a man being chased across the Common around 7:40 p.m. yesterday. Their professional curiosity aroused, they then watched as a male pursuer tackled the fleeing man. Based on interviews, police say:

One of the male suspects

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By - 10/1/13 - 9:27 pm
Newbury Street in Boston

Brad Kelly spotted a woman doing some un-window shopping on Newbury Street the other day.

Copyright Brad Kelly. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 10/1/13 - 11:29 am

Maya Jonas-Silver alerts us that with the Library of Congress now shut, the BPL is the largest accessible library system in the U.S. (and Harvard moves up to second).

Also, for what it's worth, many of the sites on the Freedom Trail, including the Old State House, remain open. Old Ironsides and the Bunker Hill Monument, however, are closed for the duration.... Read more

By - 9/30/13 - 6:20 pm

A circuit breaker broke inside the Louis Vuitton store in Copley Place around 6 p.m., bringing firefighters racing to the mall and sending customers fleeing, at least until firefighters had the power cut and said a mall-wide evacuation wasn't necessary.

By - 9/25/13 - 1:21 pm

Boston Police report they are looking for a man who attacked women in four separate incidents last night and this morning.

The attacks started around 10:13 p.m. yesterday, when a woman walking on Dartmouth Street was groped in the crosswalk at Beacon:

She stated as she was crossing the street the suspect stated "Do you know what time it is"? she replied, "It's ten

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