Back Bay

By - 5/5/09 - 2:47 pm

United Way is organizing a pair of Boston flash mobs:

On June 6th at 1:30p and again on June 10th, scores of volunteers, all wearing Live United T-shirts (provided on the day) will meet at the same location in Boston and stand completely still for several minutes. To the outside viewer this "flash mob" of similarly dressed people frozen in place and holding signs about community needs will stand out as a memorable and unusual spectacle. By grabbing the public’s attention for several minutes, we can help raise awareness about people and agencies in our community who need help.

By - 5/2/09 - 7:09 pm

Brecht Palombo attended the auction for 441 Stuart St., an office building that sold for $37.5 million in 2004 with the expectation it would be converted into condos. It wasn't, and when the auctioneer started the bidding at $30 million, nobody offered until the price went way, way down.

By - 5/1/09 - 10:26 pm

Saul Blumenthal shows it's all a matter of perspective along the Esplanade.

Copyright Saul Blumenthal. Posted in the Universal Hub Flickr group.

By - 4/29/09 - 9:52 pm

Jen Stewart reports that when she and some coworkers were having dinner at Skipjack's tonight, they noticed Clarendon Street in front of the Hancock tower was being blocked off by police with sawhorses and police tape. Then they looked up and saw what looked like a window-washing platform about two-thirds of the way up. Could it be loose windows?

By - 4/29/09 - 4:27 pm

Yes, unbelievably, the fence around the park is gone. How many months was it there?

By - 4/27/09 - 9:57 pm

Penny Cherubino photographed Copley Society artists painting in the Public Garden on Sunday. Their works are now up for a silent auction, she writes.

By - 4/26/09 - 7:07 pm

Teddy Kokoros was there with a camera. And presumably somebody was there with lots of ice for the people wearing some of the long-sleeved garments.

By - 4/26/09 - 2:55 pm
Garden artist

Jen Stewart watched an artist in the Public Garden.

Copyright Jen Stewart.

By - 4/26/09 - 9:45 am

Sure, City Weekly is gone and the Globe newsroom is getting sliced in a million different ways and the whole paper could go poof next week, but none of that matters: Sarah Schweitzer is back on the Lifestyles of the Rich beat!

Today, she reports that the recession is even hitting people who shop on Newbury Street!

By - 4/24/09 - 10:33 pm

140 Newbury St., fire coming through the roof, reported around 10 p.m., Boston_Fireman tweets.

By - 4/24/09 - 8:29 pm

Brittni tweets she was on the Orange Line at Back Bay around 4:30 today when a door closed on the hand of some girl on the platform and then started moving:

She started to scream and was able to get her hand free. The train stopped for a moment right after that.

By - 4/24/09 - 4:39 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office released this statement from Carmen Guzman, mother of the woman found murdered at the Marriott, allegedly at the hands of Philip Markoff:

By - 4/20/09 - 6:23 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says Philip Markoff, 22, of Quincy, was today charged with the murder of Julissa Brisman at the Marriott and the attack a few days earlier on another woman at the Westin.

In a press conference with Davis, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley said authorities are looking for additional victims and urged anybody who'd been attacked after placing a Craigslist ad to contact police. He added:

Our top priority is holding Philip Markoff accountable. He's a predator.

Markoff, a second-year student at the Boston University School of Medicine, was stopped today around 4 p.m. on I-95 in Walpole. Conley said that in addition to old-fashioned police work, officials were able to trace IP numbers to specific physical locations. Boston Police had earlier released surveillance photos showing the suspect using a handheld device after allegedly murdering Brisman, who came up from New York City to offer massages advertised on Craigslist.

Markoff will be arraigned tomorrow in Boston Municipal Court for Brisman's murder and on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping for the April 10 incident at the Westin. Warwick, RI, police say a similar attack occurred two days after Brisman's murder in a Holiday Inn there.

Innocent, etc.

Last night at the Marriott
By - 4/18/09 - 11:13 am

This was originally a link to a cool photo of a pedestrian ramp on the Mass. Ave. bridge, but the photographer took the photo down. Oh, well, but it was cool.

By - 4/17/09 - 4:26 pm

And you don't want to risk the undertow out past the curb.

No swimming at Kenmore, either.

By - 4/15/09 - 5:11 pm
Last night at the Marriott

Surveillance image from the Marriott last night shows possible killer. Via BPD.

Boston Police report detectives are looking at whether whoever murdered a woman at the Marriott in Copley Square last night held up another woman at gunpoint at the nearby Westin early on April 10.

Police add that last night's victim, a New Yorker apparently in town to sell massage services advertised on Craigslist, died after a struggle. They are withholding her name until her next of kin can be notified.

By - 4/15/09 - 9:53 am

Looking for a robot that will clean your house and take care of the kids? It’s not going to happen anytime soon according to Tandy Trower, General Manager of Microsoft.

Trower, the founder of Microsoft’s robotics initiative, told a crowd of RoboBusiness Conference attendees this morning at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

“We have a lot of work to do in this area,” said Trower.

While there are great innovations in the robotics field, Trower said that many of these advances are still locked away in university labs and libraries.