Back Bay

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.

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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

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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

By - 4/3/14 - 11:19 am

Ed. note: I'm still not 100% convinced this is not a left-over April Fool's joke. But I learned about it through an ad in my Facebook news feed last night, and who actually spends money on a prank?

Bridj says it's getting up to launch an alternative to the T that will feature limo buses with plush seats, "an attendant who can provide you... Read more

By - 4/2/14 - 11:44 pm
Poe statue

Photo by Stefanie Rocknak.


The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston says it's raised enough money for a statue of Edgar Allan Poe - and a giant raven - at Boylston Street and Charles Street South, and will unveil it at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The foundation needed $225,000 to pay for Stefanie Rocknak's statue and upkeep. It reports a $10,000 grant from the Lynch Foundation got... Read more

By - 4/2/14 - 5:47 pm
Abandoned bag in Copley Square

Bit of unwanted excitement in Copley Square shortly after 5 p.m., when somebody discovered a backpack just sitting there on St. James in front of Trinity Church.

Police taped off the area to await the arrival of the bomb squad, which soon after determined the backpack was, in fact, just a backpack.

By - 4/2/14 - 11:16 am
Fox in the Back Bay

Adrienne reports spotting this fox in a yard on the outbound side of Comm. Ave. near Mass. Ave. this morning.

For the record I did not ask it ANYTHING.

By - 3/30/14 - 7:24 pm
Flowers on Boylston Street

Brian D'Amico paused outside the Engine 33/Ladder 15 fire house on Boylston Street today.

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

By - 3/29/14 - 5:47 pm

Veteran Boston photojournalist Stanley Forman was on the way home from a workday that had started at 3:30 a.m. when he heard a call for somebody trapped on a fourth-floor balcony. He recounts what happened next - including listening to what he said was the worst fire radio call he'd ever heard.

By - 3/29/14 - 1:00 pm

Cone Communications has set up a new fundraising effort to support the Walsh Kennedy Memorial Fund:

33 to 33 is a call-to-action to honor the memory of Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy's service with Engine 33 through a simple act of giving in cooperation with the Boston Firefighter’s Union.

Bostonians and others can donate $33 to the Walsh Kennedy Memorial Fund, established by the

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