Back Bay

By - 4/13/09 - 12:02 pm

The MBTA informs us of a renewed push on its "See something, say something" campaign tomorrow morning:

At dozens of stations around the nation's fifth busiest public transportation system, MBTA Transit Police will be joined by bus, subway, and Commuter Rail personnel in talking with customers and distributing tens of thousands of the MBTA's Transit Watch pamphlets that encourage people to report:

An unaccompanied bag or package in a remote area
Any passengers behaving oddly
A group operating in an orchestrated or rehearsed manner
Suspicious odors, fluids, or other substances

By - 4/13/09 - 8:50 am

Danielle Bremner, 27, of Queens, is due in court this morning on 34 graffiti charges related to incidents last year in the Back Bay.

Also due in court today: Mr. Obey himself, on new charges brought by Boston Police.

Both are due for arrival in separate courtrooms in Boston Municipal Court, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Bremner is charged with spray-painting "Utah" between January and June of last year on Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth, Exeter, Fairfield, Gloucester and Newbury streets, the DA's office says. She's also wanted on a previous case involving graffiti at the Orient Heights Blue Line stop.

She and her boyfriend face charges around the world for their graffiti:

The Queens couple had reportedly fled to Europe for three months, "where they dined, partied - and tagged their way through 10 or so countries." So their legal problems aren't just in the city, allegedly France seeks to prosecute them.

Bremner was arrested on the Boston charges in October.

Innocent, etc.

By - 4/11/09 - 10:01 am

Aaron posts a Boston-themed music video that is, um, interesting. Possibly not something to have on your screen while HR people are present.

By - 4/10/09 - 8:46 am

Channel 4 reports on a 12:30 a.m. holdup in a guest's room at the Westin in Copley Square.

By - 4/9/09 - 3:54 pm
Bomb Squad

Chris Devers was there.

Boston Police tweet the bomb squad scrambled to respond to a report of a suspicious package at the Bank of America branch at 133 Massachusetts Ave. around 3 p.m.

Hmm, Bank of America? Branch in college neighborhood? Could it be another dummy?

By - 4/7/09 - 6:38 pm

Last week it was the alleged bank robber hailing a cab as part of his escape plan. Today, Boston Police report nabbing a would-be cat burglar who tried the same thing after a Back Bay man chased him out of his 199 Beacon St. building around 11 a.m. Might have worked, except:

The taxi driver informed officers that the suspect jumped into his cab and stated, "Just go". The driver went on to state that he already had a fare in the backseat at the time. The driver exited his vehicle for the suspect entering his cab alarmed him.

John Maloney, 54, of Brookline, was charged with breaking and entering a dwelling house during the day.

Innocent, etc.

By - 4/2/09 - 2:34 pm

Joel Brown is giving away a pair of tickets to Exsultemus's performance of Telemann's St. John Passion at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the First Lutheran Church of Boston.

By - 4/1/09 - 12:19 pm

Because of its expansion through annexation and land reclamation, and because of the vast differences in size between its neighborhoods, making a web-ready neighborhood map of Boston is extremely difficult. Most online neighborhood maps currently available are simple line drawings or text paste-overs.

By - 3/31/09 - 9:18 am

Highly motivated seller, plenty of charm make this Back Bay cutie a once-in-lifetime steal.

By - 3/26/09 - 8:30 pm

A couple days ago, a hawk flew into the Hancock building. The Urban Paramedic talks to one of the EMTs who responded:

... According to the witnesses, it knocked itself unconscious. By the time we got there, though, it was sitting up and looking around. This other lady said she'd seen a program about hawks on the Discovery Channel, and that they'll remain calm if you cover them with a blanket. That's why the cop had called us--he wanted us to cover it with a blanket. But I'm looking at this bird, and it's about two feet tall, and it looks angry, so I didn't want anything to do with it. I gave the blanket to the cop. If the woman wanted to walk up to this enormous bird and drape it on him, I told him, then she should go right ahead. ...

By - 3/22/09 - 2:02 pm

Lolita Parker Jr. finds a crocus locus in Boston.

By - 3/22/09 - 8:38 am

The Globe reports Boston Police closed off a section of sidewalk at Clarendon and Stuart yesterday when "an injured red-tailed hawk touched down, possibly after flying into the side of the Prudential Center." With cool photo of the hawk shaking it off and taking flight.

By - 3/19/09 - 10:07 am

Scooterdude (the guy you see sailing around Copley Square on the wind-powered scooter) reports yesterday was a great day for sailing - aside from the two spills caused by a collapsing sail:

... The gusts were sustained but also in the correct direction. For long rides and skillful maneuvers there’s nothing that can beat a strong westerly flow from the Tower, across the front of the church and then down Boylston St. ...

By - 3/18/09 - 7:55 am

A group of volunteers trying to show you the importance of clean drinking water will be painting a three-mile-long blue line down Boylston and Newbury streets today. They're promoting the Tap Project, which attempts to bring clean water to folks around the world not fortunate enough to be served by the MWRA, by getting restaurant goers to donate money for UNICEF water projects.

Organizers say the paint is actually based on a chalk compound that will disappear by month's end.

By - 3/18/09 - 7:45 am

Michael Paulson reports that Old South Church is readying its huge organ for a performance on Saturday - its first since December, when the church stopped using it for fears its booming sound could further damage a wall cracked by construction of an elevator shaft at the Copley Square T stop. Paulson's post has some cool video and photos of the organ being tuned.

By - 3/14/09 - 10:57 am

Penny Cherubino provides the proof, from a walk around the Back Bay (including one showing early signs of spring cleaning).

Also see Lolita Parker Jr.'s Seven days in Boston in March.

By - 3/13/09 - 2:48 pm

John Ford discusses a Boston Courant article (not online since the Courant quaintly refuses to acknowledge the InterWeb's existence) in which Tom Menino proposes the idea of shutting off car traffic on select days in July and August.