Back Bay

By - 1/13/09 - 12:05 pm
Charles at night

Saul Blumenthal took this cool photo the other night.

By - 1/10/09 - 7:24 pm

John Ford explains why people looking for condos from the Back Bay to the waterfront might need to pick up two real-estate guides these days. Has to do with local brokers opting out of one listing service.

By - 1/8/09 - 4:10 pm won't have much to choose from. While Back Bay was formerly made up almost completely of single family homes, over the past 30 years this has dramatically changed. It started with landlords converting many of these into multi-family apartment homes and more recently with developers converting them to multi-unit luxury condos.

By - 1/8/09 - 3:43 pm

Four arrested on charges of trespassing and disturbing the peace at the Israeli consulate in Park Plaza this morning.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says all four were released on personal recognizance but ordered by a Boston Municipal Court judge to stay away from the consulate. They are due back in court on Feb. 9.

By - 1/5/09 - 9:28 am

No, not James Hook, they've been re-open for awhile now, albeit in trailers. Sam Baltrusis dishes on the Atlantic Fish Co., the Boylston Street restaurant gutted in a three-alarm fire in November.

By - 1/4/09 - 2:18 pm

Recession? Feh. The cost of deeded parking spaces went up last year in the sorts of Boston neighborhoods that have such things.

By - 1/4/09 - 1:50 pm

Preston, is that you?Boston Police report arresting Preston Jackson of Mattapan last night after a failed armed robbery at a Mass. Ave. candy/ice cream store. Jackson, 42, was wanted for a string of similar holdups in the Back Bay and Fenway over the past month.

Officers responding to a report of a holdup at Bon Bon, 197 Mass. Ave., around 8:30 last night quickly spotted a guy who looked like Jackson:

While handcuffing the suspect, officers observed the suspect drop a piece of paper to the ground. Upon recovering the paper, officers discovered that the piece of paper was, in fact, a hand written note. The note read as follows: "Give me the money quietly and no one will be shot."

Police explain how workers at the shop foiled Jackson's bid for money after he handed them his note:

At this point, store employees say they informed the suspect about the presence of in-store security cameras. Upon seeing the cameras, store employees say the suspect grabbed his note and exited the store.

Innocent, etc.

By - 1/4/09 - 11:25 am

Amy Kane reports on a day of shopping at the Prudential Center Mall, which included lunch, of course:

Lunch at Legal Sea Foods, where we were entertained by brown-eyed Chloe, age 3, sitting at the table next to us, who ate all her chowder and then stood up on her seat and danced.

That's the proper way to celebrate a good chowder.

By - 1/2/09 - 10:12 pm

Preston, is that you?Boston Police say they are looking for Preston Jackson, 42, of Mattapan, as the guy captured on video holding up a Brookline Avenue Starbucks on Dec. 29. Police say Jackson is also responsible for several other holdups along Newbury Street earlier in December. In all five cases, police say, Jackson passed a note to a clerk that said he had a gun and demanding money.

Police say he is 5'10" and weighs 200 pounds. He was last seen meandering up Brookline Avenue toward Kenmore Square.

Preston, is that you?

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/31/08 - 9:29 pm
Grand Procession

Katken photographed the Grand Procession down Boylston Street tonight.

16WadeSt photographed an ice sculpture in progress:


Paul Keleher also took in the sculptures:

By - 12/31/08 - 8:26 am

The Herald reports on the Starbucks bandit, says he is wanted for "a string of downtown robberies" on streets such as Newbury, Longwood and Brookline.

By - 12/30/08 - 4:00 pm

UPDATE: Preston Jackson arrested after similar holdup on Mass. Ave.

Holdup man in action at Starbucks on Brookline Avenue in the Fenway last night, via Boston Police:

Boston Police report they are looking for a man they say has held up several stores, most recently, the Starbucks at 172 Brookline Ave. last night:

... [T]the suspect approached the counter and handed an employee a note, the employee assumed the note was a coffee order and read note aloud to her colleague. The note read "Give me the money and no one gets shot". A second employee handed the suspect money from the register (unknown amount of US currency was taken).The suspect took the note back from the employee and fled on foot up Brookline Ave. towards Kenmore Sq. ...

Starbucks has put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Police say he's also wanted for four armed robberies along Newbury Street between Dec. 18 and Dec. 24.

By - 12/29/08 - 11:40 am

Scooterdude, the guy you see floating around Copley Square on a scooter powered by wind filling his plastic-bag sail, reports on conditions during a ride yesterday evening:

... The physical pressure of the strong winds combined with the visual of red lights flashing and the audio of the horns [from passing firetrucks] made for the perfect effect that everything had been choreographed and timed. I wasn't prepared for all of it at once nor could I seize the chance at what might have been the greatest 'surf' yet!

I was only able to grab hold of the wind-scooter and hold on tight so we both wouldn't be toppled over and capsize.

By - 12/29/08 - 8:50 am

Bostonhelopilot gives us the tour:

By - 12/21/08 - 5:24 pm

Jeffrey Marsh tweets:

Boylston Apple Store still closed. Apparently there was a underground fire/manhole cover explosion, knocked the power out on most the block

By - 12/20/08 - 6:57 pm

Boston Police report that two alleged out-of-town dolts got into a cab at Mass. Ave. and Marlborough Street around 2:40 this morning, punched the cabbie in the face, stole a bag with his personal papers, then sauntered over to Despina's Pizza on Mass. Ave. for a bite to eat - as the cabbie watched.

And that's where, police say, they found Ryan L. Walter, 23, of Somerville, and Timothy J. Butler, 24, of Concord, along with the cabbie's bag. Both were charged with unarmed robbery and assault and battery.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/16/08 - 10:16 am

Last week, Mass. High Tech told us about a Woburn company getting ready to test a flying car. Now they tell us about AeroCopter, headquartered on Newbury Street (!), which is busy designing:

[A] mono-tilt-rotor aircraft using a combination of magnetic levitation technology and a traditional propulsion system with the aim of providing a commuter-sized aircraft that can be employed for both consumer transportation and as an unmanned aerial vehicle for military applications.

Weird flying thing