Back Bay

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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By - 9/23/13 - 1:12 pm

Shortly before 1 p.m. in the area of Ring Road by the Pru. In the pursuit, he dropped both the purse and the knife.

Katie reports:

Tons of people running to catch someone ... Great to see a bunch of guys running after robber.

He's described as white, 5'8" to 5'10" with close-cropped hair and wearing black, knee-length shorts, white sneakers and a black... Read more

By - 9/20/13 - 1:45 pm

Updated with police statement.

Boston Police report CVS stores on Boylston Street in Copley Square, Mass. Ave., Tremont Street, Charles Street and Cambridge Street were evacuated this afternoon after a man and said he would blow up a bomb unless he got money.

No bombs were found and no money was offered.

Police add that they are investigating where the calls are connected to... Read more

By - 9/20/13 - 7:42 am

A particularly grumpy citizen complains about the people waiting outside the Apple Store this morning to buy the newest iPhone:

There is an encampment of over-privileged, unwashed, hipster morons sleeping outside 815 Boylston Street. Don't these people need a permit or something? Please evacuate these turds from our streets. Their pretentiousness is wafting all through the neighborhood.

Matt notes the kvetcher filed... Read more

By - 9/18/13 - 4:08 pm
Traffic cone at Back Bay Orange Line station

I was waiting for a Forest Hills train this afternoon when a guy coming through the tunnel from Copley Place approached the bars on one side of the fare gates. He reached through the bars, grabbed the cone, maneuvered it upwards until he had it in hand, then dropped it down over one of the fare gates, which triggered the electric eye to open the... Read more

By - 9/18/13 - 7:46 am

No mask, no fake beard, no nylons over the face, no nothing. The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force reports this guy walked into the People's United Bank branch at 86 Massachusetts Ave. around 8:10 a.m. on Monday and simply demanded money.

After getting an unspecified amount of money, he left on foot. He's described as about 5'5", slim, with some dark hair with... Read more

By - 9/13/13 - 6:22 am

The BRA has approved a 58-story hotel and condo project on the edge of the Christian Science Center at Belvidere and Dalton, the Globe reports.