Back Bay

By - 9/2/09 - 9:15 am

This time at Hynes/ICA, the MBTA reports (which direction, though?).

By - 9/1/09 - 10:08 pm
New building

What a pigeon flying high over the Public Garden would see.

Developer Ron Druker has hired a new architect, who's made changes to the exterior design of his proposed nine-story, $120-million building at Boylston and Arlington streets, but the structure still has the same basic dimensions and doesn't really look all that much different, so it doesn't need to go through a new city review process, members of the Boston Civic Design Commission told nearby residents and preservationists tonight.

By - 8/31/09 - 1:41 pm

Boston Biker reports there's a meeting at 6 p.m. today (yes, today) at the BPL main branch in Copley Square - and that, as you might expect, Back Bay doyens and doyennes will oppose the plan.

By - 8/30/09 - 2:04 pm

Local 718 tweets the gas leaked out of a chiller in the hotel basement and spread through the hotel's air-conditioning system, shortly before 2 p.m.

Freon is non-toxic, but can cause problems if breathed in in large quantities.

Ed. note: Local 718's feed makes three Twitter feeds related to Boston fire happenings - there's also the official department feed and the feed run by a Boston firefighter.

By - 8/26/09 - 8:56 am

Robeno reports a water main break on Dartmouth Street between Boylston and Newbury, but adds crews managed to shut the water off quickly.

By - 8/24/09 - 12:47 pm

Boston Police report the man who had his head smashed in outside the 33 Club early Friday morning has died. Jose Alicea of Hyde Park was 22.

Police have charged 12 men found in a limo outside the club with assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injuries. The dozen men, all in red tuxedos at the time, were due to be arraigned today; police say they are working with the Suffolk County District Attorney's office on possible new charges now that Alicea has died.

By - 8/24/09 - 9:45 am

Tom O'Keefe captures the scene from the 70-Smoot marker on the Mass. Ave. Bridge this morning.

By - 8/21/09 - 10:18 pm

UPDATE: The victim, Jose Alicea of Hyde Park, has died.

The second violent incident in less than a month outside Club 33, 33 Stanhope St., left one man in critical condition and 12 men under arrest early this morning, Boston Police report.

By - 8/21/09 - 11:53 am

The Prudential Center Tower at 800 Boylston Street is being evacuated due to a water leak, which has knocked out elevator service to the building.

A second alarm has been struck to bring in extra manpower to assist with the evacuation. Belvedere Street has been shut down, and several streets in the area are congested with equipment and evacuees.

By - 8/20/09 - 9:38 pm

Penny Cherubino provides an account of August efforts by the Charles River Cleanup Boat.

By - 8/20/09 - 10:58 am

Rob Sama reports that recent changes to Storrow Drive westbound at the Fenway/Kenmore exits have turned the road into "a veritable parking lot during rush hours." He posts a copy of a letter to his state rep.

By - 8/17/09 - 7:48 am

Newbury Line is all about new stuff on Newbury Street:

... The purpose of this blog is to keep the public updated with the latest news from The Newbury Line, its retailers, and Newbury Street in general. Despite the belief of The Boston Globe, the death of Newbury Street has been greatly exaggerated. Our retailers will use this blog to present offers only available to blog readers. ...

Don't worry, though, the blog is not afraid to take a stand: They are staunchly opposed to more nail salons on Newbury Street:

... To the owner's of 170 Newbury Street (Everyone say this together) WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? ...

Via Beantown Bloggery.

By - 8/15/09 - 7:56 pm

Boston Police report that Solstice, 168 Newbury St., was held up at noon today by three men:

According to the victim, one of the suspects displayed a silver-colored firearm. During the course of the robbery, while no money was taken, the victim says several pairs of sunglasses were.

The three men are described as black. The gunman was further described as slim, about 6 feet tall, 25-35 and missing a front tooth. He wore a gray hat, white T-shirt, dark jeans and dark sneakers.

Anybody who knows about a skinny gap-toothed black guy sporting new shades should contact detectives at (617) 343-4683, or the anonymous tips line at 1-800-494-TIPS.

By - 8/14/09 - 12:25 pm

The Boston Public Library has posted photos of its collection of old Boston matchbook covers, including this one from the landmark hotel. What other things did the hotel used to offer guests?

Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 8/11/09 - 1:22 pm

Back Bay station in 1976, before the el was taken down and before Copley Place.

From this collection of photos from the days when the Penn Central still existed and still ran passenger trains in New England.

Via Cosmo Catalano.

By - 8/10/09 - 8:51 am

The Herald reports on incident early on Friday at Boylston and Hereford streets.

By - 8/7/09 - 7:49 am

Around 1:30 a.m., taken out with serious leg injuries, Boston Fireman tweets.

That came several hours after a woman was found unconscious on the commuter-rail tracks near South Station.

By - 8/3/09 - 12:01 pm

The first grant by Awesome Foundation (NOT a subsidiary of the Human Fund), will pay for a giant hammock on Boston Common, Mass. High Tech reports.

Hansy Better, an architecture professor at RISD, got the $1,000 grant to design and install the hammock - which will offer free rides to the public - assuming the city Parks Department gives a permit.