Back Bay

By - 3/12/14 - 12:11 am

Boston Police report arresting Naomi Charles, 26, of Dorchester on a charge of assault with intent to murder for last week's double stabbing on Hereford Street.

By - 3/9/14 - 6:16 pm

Poster advertising Nick Varano's new steak place in the Park Plaza. Guess he's not too concerned about how many women patrons he'll get - or about his spelling.

The photo of the poster is by Charles Draghi, who knows something about the restaurant business himself and who has some choice comments about the poster in the comments under the photo.

UPDATE, Monday morning:... Read more

By - 3/9/14 - 6:03 pm
Ice buildup on the Charles River

John McLachlan walked along the Charles yesterday, noted the puddling caused by warming temperatures, but also the unusual ice floes pushed up onto shore. The river today.

Brad Kelly, meanwhile, noted a possible sign of spring: Whiskey Priest poking its head up above one of the snow piles along the South Boston waterfront.

By - 3/7/14 - 3:21 pm

Hereford crime scene. Photo by Flea.

Two people were stabbed around 2:30 p.m. at 66 Hereford St. Both were taken to local hospitals.

Police are looking for three suspects, all black, all young, all thin: A woman, 5'7" with blue-dyed hair, in a black coat; another woman, about 5'6" in a pink and gray knit hat and a long beige coat; and a man, 5'11" to 6' in a black... Read more

By - 3/7/14 - 9:10 am

The Globe reports MassDOT and State Police will be experimenting with lane closures in the Pru tunnel this weekend as they get ready for a series of lane closures later this month and next month so workers can remove the tunnel's ceiling.

The ceiling was originally put in place to protect the girders that hold up the Pru and the convention center should... Read more

By - 3/6/14 - 4:18 pm
People walking across the Charles River

Greg Hum looked out his window this afternoon to see two people walking across the Charles.

By - 3/4/14 - 3:49 pm

Several city councilors say they're not opposed to medical marijuana but that Southampton Street is just the wrong place for one of the two dispensaries provisionally approved by the state because it's already in the middle of an area with large methadone clinics, a jail, trash-transfer facilities and the BU biolab.

And at a hearing today, councilors expressed major disappointment in state officials, none... Read more

By - 3/4/14 - 1:37 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today warned the lawyer for the fancy home-furnishing chain that if it doesn't start serving the wine and beer for which it won a license at its Back Bay store last year, it could have that license taken away.

Restoration Hardware lawyer Howard Wayne told the board it's been unable to win ISD approval for the kitchen, restrooms and other facilities... Read more

By - 2/28/14 - 5:31 pm

Todd Glaskin asks:

Need a recommendation for a good dinner place tomorrow within walking distance to Berklee Performance Center.

By - 2/27/14 - 8:47 pm
Steam venting near Huntington Avenue in Boston

Brian D'Amico watched the steam venting from a manhole on West Newton at Huntington Avenue this afternoon. Police closed West Newton while workers tried to beat back the steam.

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

By - 2/27/14 - 6:18 pm

Hynes is being evacuated due to a smoking train.

This comes an hour or so after an inbound Red Line train breathed its last at Broadway, creating what the T acknowledged were "severe" delays.

By - 2/27/14 - 4:16 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury St., permission to stay open until midnight.

Michael Lemanski, general manager of one of Boston's dwindling number of bookstores, said customers had been asking for an extra hour of time in which to enjoy the literary alternative to a traditional bar or pub.

He told the board at a hearing Wednesday the revenue... Read more

By - 2/24/14 - 3:59 pm

The Citizens Bank branch, on Boylston at Arlington, was robbed around 3:50 p.m., by a white man, about 5'6" and wearing a multicolored scarf in which blue and gray predominated. He also wore a greenish-gray jacket. He showed a black handgun.

By - 2/24/14 - 12:50 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports b.good has closed on Newbury.

By - 2/22/14 - 4:51 pm
Venezuelan protest at the Massachusetts State House

Brian D'Amico watched protesters call for human rights in Venezuela on the steps of the State House this afternoon, after a march from Copley Square.

By - 2/20/14 - 4:34 pm

On the outbound side. Police have put up some cones to try to warn off motorists until the DPW can fill those holes.

Meanwhile, the Burlington Mall is shut down due to a car-eating sinkhole.

By - 2/18/14 - 11:06 am

Usually I can walk by the Midtown Hotel* without a glance, but today it struck me -- how is this sinfully out-of-place eyesore still standing?

I've gotta think the real estate it occupies -- almost a full block of Huntington at Mass. Ave, at the crossroads of the Back Bay and the South End -- is worth gazillions. Over the years, they must... Read more

By - 2/17/14 - 9:36 am
Relaxing on the banks of the Charles River

Ryan Ruel captured a couple of folks enjoying the lazy, hazy days of winter by the Esplanade yesterday.

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

By - 2/16/14 - 2:34 pm
Pom poms on the Boston Common

Stevil photographed a pom-pom tree on the Common today:

There were some scattered on the ground and the pom poms in the tree didn't seem to have snow on them - so I'm wondering if these were put up this morning. Has anyone seen these before?

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

By - 2/16/14 - 12:00 am

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters were dispatched to the Mass. Ave. Bridge around 11:35 p.m. when somebody noticed a person on the ice on the Charles.

Mission accomplished:

Person is tethered with a rope and is now walking off of the frozen river to shore. ... Unknown why person was on the ice. Police to investigate.

... Read more

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