Back Bay

By - 11/19/15 - 7:55 am
Stuck truck on Storrow Drive

Good Lord! Shawn the roving UHub photographer wasn't roving very much around 6:40 a.m. when he took this photo of a blessed truck on everybody's favorite river road, the one with all the "CARS ONLY" signs at the entrance ramps:

When Storrow is bumper to bumper at 6:30 in the morning, you know there’s a truck.

By - 11/13/15 - 11:58 pm
Prudential building lit in colors of French flag

The Pru joined the Lenox Hotel in lighting up in blue, white and red tonight, as Justin Minggan Wei shows us.

Jonathan Berk reports the colors at the top of the Pru went to the French colors around 11:50 p.m.:

Pru in French colors
By - 11/13/15 - 10:16 pm
Lenox Hotel lit in tricoleur for Paris

617 Images captured the French tricolor atop the Lenox Hotel on Boylston Street tonight.

By - 11/13/15 - 5:47 pm

WHDH reports you can expect to see more police outside the French consulate on St. James Avenue after the attacks in Paris.

In a statement, Boston Police say:

The Boston Regional Intelligence Center continues to monitor the situation in Paris and is working closely with federal and local law enforcement. As of now there is no credible threat to Boston; however, we are encouraging officers to remain vigilant as they conduct their patrols. Additional law enforcement resources have been deployed throughout the city.

State Police say they've bolstered around the State House and increased their vigilance at Logan Airport, although they add "there is no intelligence that suggests specific threats to Massachusetts."

EDITOR'S NOTE: I've closed comments on this post because it's clearly difficult for people to discuss this calmly or, in some cases, rationally.

Boston is Charlie.

By - 11/13/15 - 3:32 pm
Storm over the Back Bay and South Boston

Around 1:45 p.m. at Castle Island.

The view across Pleasure Bay towards the Kennedy Library was equally dramatic: Read more.

By - 11/12/15 - 6:13 pm
Stuck truck in the Back Bay

Kim photographed the truck that got stuck on St. James Street at Berkeley shortly after 5:10 p.m.

Rob, on foot, watched the scene for awhile, reports:

He finally made the reverse angle park into loading dock. There was applause.

By - 11/10/15 - 3:18 pm

BPL trustees today agreed to rent space in the renovated Johnston building to WGBH, which will build a news bureau and studio, and the library's existing cafeteria operator, which will build a new cafe.

A tentative contract calls for WGBH to build an 800-square-foot bureau and anchor desk, where library visitors will be able to watch WGBH news people talk into microphones.

Also, BPL says: Read more.

By - 11/9/15 - 7:13 am

WBZ reports an outbound trolley died in the tunnel near Copley around 1:30 p.m. yesterday, forcing riders to be evacuated back to the station and bollixing up service for everybody else.

By - 11/6/15 - 4:49 pm

Tweet Cheeks reports from the Back Bay City Sports: They've only marked stuff down 10%. Ditto at the Downtown Crossing outlet, MG reports. Savvy going-out-of-business-sales fans know the deep discounts don't start the first day - and even when they do, be wary, because liquidation pros sometimes mark stuff up first so they don't lose out that much when they mark it down.

By - 11/5/15 - 6:06 pm
Santa Clauses in a speedboat at the Back Bay Esplanade

Katia was on the Esplanade this evening when three Santas in a camo gun boat came roaring by. Nobody better mess with Santas in speedboats.

By - 10/30/15 - 6:01 pm
Setting sun on Stuart Street in Boston

Karen Kast-McBridge was on Stuart Street in front of the Transportation Building at just the right moment to catch the setting sun today.

By - 10/25/15 - 1:36 pm

Michael Griffin sent his drone up.

By - 10/18/15 - 11:05 am

A concerned citizen complains about the situation on Clarendon near Back Bay station:

For the past 3 hours there has been a vague ringing tone in the Back Bay/ South End border near the Back Bay Station/ Mass Pike, but the source is unclear. Please investigate. It can be heard for several blocks around the neighborhood.

By - 10/15/15 - 11:30 am

Quality Mart on Mass. Ave. at Beacon Street reports it was held up this morning by this guy - and is asking anybody who sees him to contact Boston Police.

By - 10/15/15 - 9:39 am

Have a happy, haunted Halloween!

Image: The Ghost in the Library. McKim building, Copley Square. Photograph by Stephen Bastide, 2014.

By - 10/13/15 - 9:14 am
Fogged in in Boston's Back Bay

Kathleen O'Donnell looked up this morning, but couldn't see very far.