Back Bay

By - 10/17/09 - 11:09 am

Oh, wait, you can't, because they're already dead! A Boston zombie march starts around 3 p.m. today in Copley Square.

By - 10/13/09 - 5:11 pm

Wicked Local previews Tom Brady's $10.9-million pied-a-terre in the Back Bay, now up for sale.

By - 10/11/09 - 5:40 pm

Georgy Cohen reports on her 4.7-mile stroll from Back Bay to Forest Hills yesterday:

... The most interesting thing about the Southwest Corridor, for me, is how it is such a good example of urban evolution. It was originally the location of Stony Brook, a main water conduit for industry in the area. It then became the elevated Orange Line, and was then intended to become a highway before the community rallied against that. Then it was reclaimed by the community as a green space, closely tethered in purpose to the transit system it runs alongside. It also showcases a lot of vestigial features of the city, like the leftover Green Line signage and tracks at Forest Hills from the long-"postponed" E line. It’s a living history lesson. ...

By - 10/5/09 - 8:45 am

Boston Biker posts photos from yesterday's Tweed Ride.

By - 10/3/09 - 7:33 pm

Penny Cherubino photographs a musician performing in the street in the Back Bay. Literally. Like, in a crosswalk.

By - 10/1/09 - 8:29 am

Tammy reports she would have loved Cafeteria even if it weren't for the two spiced bourbons that got her buzzed. Take the roasted organic chicken:

... IT WAS AMAZING. I even ate every single ounce of skin that bird was covered in. I haven't eaten chicken skin in years and years. It was so fricken delcious, I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. ...

Ed note: If they open a second location, they could call it Dining Hall. Also, oh, look, today only: $40 worth of Cafeteria food for just $20.

By - 10/1/09 - 7:54 am

Dead trolley at Boylston causing problems.

By - 9/30/09 - 9:54 am

Berklee College of Music has filed a federal lawsuit against a Florida man who sells online music education programs to colleges across the country.

By - 9/24/09 - 1:54 pm

Andrew Heining reports the following via his Twitter feed: A Good Samaritan spotted a guy breaking a window at 9 Comm. Ave. in the Back Bay early this afternoon, ran at him - then after him. He chased the alleged burglar for over a mile through the Esplanade and the Public Garden. At one point, the guy attempted to slash the man with a screwdriver. Police caught up with the racing duo at Exeter and Newbury and put the alleged would-be burglar under arrest.

Photo of the Samaritan.

By - 9/24/09 - 7:52 am

Ben Ostrander tweets that around 7:40 this morning:

Saw a tourist with a crappy point & shoot stopped by T employee at Back Bay & told she couldn't do that.

As Ostrander notes, that fall under the category of "Not True." The MBTA's posted photo policy says non-commercial photography is OK - the main limitations are you can't use a flash or tripod and you have to provide ID if requested by a T cop or official.

By - 9/17/09 - 11:32 pm

State agricultural-resources worker scans Public Garden tree for beetle signs as a Channel 4 cameraman records the action.

Experts from the state Department of Agricultural Resources gave volunteers a lesson in spotting signs of Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation this afternoon - then led the first ever survey of trees in the Public Garden for signs of the tree-killing pests.

By - 9/17/09 - 10:45 am

On the inbound side at Boylston. Expect, as they say, delays.

By - 9/16/09 - 9:23 am

Watch where you walk these days, or you might be inadvertently immortalized on film, as Kevin James and a few dozen of his closest friends film "The Zookeeper" in the Public Garden and Back Bay (via Hub on Location), and Ben Affleck and his sweetie Jennifer Garner draw crowds and snarl the snarled traffic in Harvard Square while filming "The Town" (via

By - 9/14/09 - 6:04 pm

Mick T. was walking toward Kenmore from the Back Bay yesterday when he turned onto Charlesgate West and came upon a blazing coupe:

The car starting rolling slowly and moved about 5 feet then stopped,
then rolled slowly a few more feet, then stop and then inch forward again until it was rolling along into the intersection.

Posted under this Creative Commons license in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/9/09 - 8:40 am

Newsweek explains why the building churns through owners even as its value collapses, and what that means for the state of American commercial real estate (hint: it's not good):

... The saga of the Hancock Tower may seem like a classic case of how, when you're using lots of debt, the difference between genius and idiocy can be a matter of luck and timing. Highly leveraged bull-market traders always get caught out when there's a swift correction. But among property magnates, Lawlor was merely the first—and he wasn't doing anything the lions of the industry weren't. ...

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.