Back Bay

By - 4/14/15 - 5:48 pm
Boylston Street living-wage protest

Protesters marching in support of a $15 minimum wage in Massachusetts are marching down Boylston Street and in the Chinatown area this rush hour.

Before they got to Boylston, the Back Bay protesters shut down Huntington at Mass. Ave., as URNotInvisible shows us:

$15 minimum wage protest on Huntington Avenue at Massachusetts Avenue
By - 4/11/15 - 9:21 pm
Spring volleyball at Carson Beach in South Boston

Across the city today, winter-weary Bostonians shed their coats, or, at least, unzipped them a bit as they marveled at temperatures that approached 60.

On Carson Beach in South Boston, Eileen Murphy watched a game of volleyball (a brisk wind aided the windsurfers in Pleasure Bay).

In the Public Garden, as 617 Images shows us, a couple actually had a picnic:

By - 4/10/15 - 4:50 pm

There was a larger version of this memorial around (I've only seen it in photos) as well as this smaller version which is or was usually out on Boylston St. Does anyone know who takes care of it--I understand that it's taken in at night. It hasn't been around in a while.

By - 4/9/15 - 7:37 am

WBUR explains what happens after yesterday's verdict in the Tsarnaev case.

Kevin Cullen wonders:

Do we, or in this case the jurors acting as our surrogates, serve justice and honor the memory of Tsarnaev’s victims more by killing him or by putting him in prison for the rest of his sorry life?

By - 4/8/15 - 2:13 pm

On all 30 counts. Adam Reilly is livetweeting the Tsarnaev verdict.

By - 4/6/15 - 10:24 am

UPDATE, 10:49 a.m. Suspicious bag no longer suspicious, roads re-opened.

The bomb squad is on the way to Dartmouth Street and Stuart Street to investigate a duffle bag just sitting on the sidewalk.

Dartmouth is shut at Columbus, State Police have been asked to block the Back Bay ramp from the turnpike.

By - 4/5/15 - 11:02 am
Canadian copter over the Back Bay

Weissy wondered why a Canadian-flagged helicopter was flying low over the Back Bay this morning - Advance scout for the long feared Canadian invasion?

James H. sets our fears of incoming Dudley Do-Rights to rest: Our very own US Coast Guard is running some exercises with their counterparts from the Great White North.

By - 4/4/15 - 5:41 pm
Pikachu in Boston's Prudential Center

The kidlet and I made our annual trek to the Pru to check out the costumes for Anime Boston. As always, it didn't disappoint, except for maybe the fact there were no Tron characters.

Thousands of costumed con goers flitted through both the Hynes and the Pru, where they mixed with bemused tourists and a few little kids, who found themselves watching an impromptu parade.

By - 4/4/15 - 1:13 pm
League of Legends cosplayers at the Prudential Center in Boston

The John Lee is photographing Anime Boston folks at the Pru today, including this pair of League of Legends cosplayers.

By - 4/3/15 - 11:43 pm
Firetrucks and police cruisers outside Back Bay station

The scene outside Back Bay station. Photo by Jennifer Covey.

Firefighters responded to Back Bay station around 11 p.m. for what turned out to be a small trash fire on Track 7.

Meanwhile, Transit Police went in search of somebody spotted traipsing down the tracks around the same time.

By - 4/3/15 - 9:51 am
Reformed ice on the Charles River

For the past couple of days, people have been working to break up the ice in the Charles River basin. As Michele Connors shows us, the ice was all stuck together again this morning.

By - 3/31/15 - 8:23 am

The prosecution rested yesterday after its final witness against Dzokhar Tsarnaev, a medical examiner, detailed what happened to Martin Richard. Now Tsarnaev's lawyers try to save his life by building a case that he was just a little puppy dog following his brother's lead.

By - 3/30/15 - 11:19 pm
Space for lease in the BPL main library in Copley Square

J. Patience was startled by the retail-lease sign on the side of the new wing of the under-renovation BPL main library in Copley Square.

Earlier this month, BPL trustees issued an RFP for companies interested in leasing the space, at the corner of Boylston and Exeter in the under-renovation Johnson wing.

By - 3/29/15 - 3:26 pm
Human tiger on the Esplanade

Enoch Pratt spotted this chimera on the Esplanade today, goes: "Why?" to which we, of course, reply: "Why not?"

By - 3/26/15 - 6:09 pm
Mist above the Charles River

Mix ice, snow, rain and temperatures in the 50s and you get mist rising from the Charles and the Lagoon, as Adam Shutes shows us.

By - 3/23/15 - 8:53 am

Seems a trolley breathed its last around 8:30 a.m. near Park Street and gummed everything up. Caitlin Drown reports:

It's taken almost 20 mins going from Hynes to just past Arlington.

By - 3/21/15 - 1:31 pm
Dead Green Line trolleys at Park Street

Pining for the fjords at Park Street. Photo by Colin Steele.

Shortly before noon at Arlington, now riders between Kenmore and Haymarket get to enjoy above-ground scenery in shuttle buses.

By - 3/20/15 - 10:25 am
Flowers in the Back Bay

Christopher Ryan spotted a bit of spring in a bare patch in the Back Bay on this first day of spring.

By - 3/17/15 - 6:52 pm
Clarendon Street shut at the Hancock Building in Boston

Clarendon shut. Photo by Teddy Kokoros.

A cracked window on the 35th floor of the Hancock Building around 5:30 p.m. prompted authorities to close Clarendon until the window could be secured. The street was re-opened about an hour later.

Earlier at the Hancock.