Back Bay

By - 12/6/08 - 11:47 am

The Outraged Liberal hopes the T uses its time-out on the Copley project to consider whether similar work at Arlington should be modified to protect the Arlington Street Church.

Breaking news at Old South.

By - 12/5/08 - 11:27 am

Wheeler's Cafe & Ice Cream Bar, 334 Mass. Ave. (by Symphony Hall) opens on Dec. 15.

Owner Wheeler Del Toro says, in a press release:

I think people hear vegan and they think militants eating twigs and dirt! I love eating and I'm not going to create anything that doesn't taste good.

Del Toro, a recovering meat eater, says he'll be serving all-vegetarian salads and sandwiches and will offer free WiFi and the occasional DJ spinning "gentle jazz, house and trip-hop."

By - 12/4/08 - 10:08 pm

Alecia Batson reports on a crack that starts at the foundation, goes at least 30 feet up and is large enough at some points to put your hand in. And it's on the Dartmouth Street side, right where the MBTA is doing its never-ending Copley work, which is why she's written an open letter to the T (speaking for herself, not the church) asking what it's going to do about it:

... The organ should not be played, now, as it could prompt large portions of the plaster to fall. This directly affects the Boston Secession concert that will take place there tomorrow evening, Friday, 5 December 2008, as the concert makes use of the organ. Will my friends' concert take place? We do not yet know. Tomorrow, structural engineers will determine if the sanctuary is even safe for habitation. Will church services take place this coming Sunday? Only time will tell. ...

By - 12/4/08 - 9:02 am

Kevin McCrea relays the news that the City Council's Special Committee on Boston Common, chaired by Councilor Ross, is holding a "working session" on Monday, Dec. 8, starting at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall's Curley Room.

By - 12/3/08 - 11:25 am
Moon, Jupiter, Venus

Sushieque took this cool photo of the moon, Jupiter and Venus on Monday from a Back Bay rooftop. Hey, which one is Jupiter and which is Venus?

By - 12/2/08 - 10:51 pm

Seems kinda fishy, but, then, who would have thought an oil spill in Brighton would wind up in the Muddy River?

By - 12/2/08 - 9:01 am

No, really. Riggs reports on a Green Line driver who managed to get him some useful information last night. Of course, his question had to do with why it was taking 20 minutes for a C train to pull into Hynes, but still.

By - 11/30/08 - 1:08 pm

Karin, who loves the Bates Reading Room at the BPL main branch, admits to scoping out the male patrons there and even fantasizing about picking one of them up:

... I have no idea how this would actually work. The silence discourages conversation. There's no way to banter via computer (a la Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy's characters in Pretty in Pink, which, speaking of, how the hell did that ever work?). Most folks wear sweatpants and scarves with bed-head and are probably stressing a 20-page brief for Monday's Con Law class.

However, there's something sexy to me about intelligence and academia and those in it who might love this space as much as I do. ...

Scot, who works at the main branch, reads Karin's post:

... Got me thinking about how differently her experience would be if we had online communities on the library web site. As Web Services Manager for the Boston Public Library, its something I think we really need, but I sure hadn't considered the direct user interaction she's got in mind! Maybe we need to provide chat rooms too. ...

By - 11/28/08 - 10:23 am

Nope, it's not an oxymoron. Turns out the mega-luxe project on Boylston Street actually has several apartments to rent for under $2,000 a month, for which they'll be holding a lottery. John Keith has some details.

By - 11/24/08 - 9:10 am

Channel 4 reports fires erupted from manholes this morning when an NStar cable failed a bit catastrophically.

Boston Police report emergency crews first responded to an exploding-manhole report at 5:38 a.m. at Stuart and Tremont streets.

By - 11/23/08 - 2:58 pm

[float=right]IMAGE([/float]Bostonist Tom Lewis works out the new calculus for comedian Jim Gaffigan’s sold out stand up show this weekend at the Berklee Performance Center:

[size=20][center]Jim Gaffigan @ Berklee = Hilarious[/size][/center]

As proof he offers this argument: Perhaps you've seen one of Gaffigan's many and varied comedic efforts;

By - 11/22/08 - 9:16 am

A Proper Bostonian said farewell to the Copley Square farmers' market yesterday:

By - 11/21/08 - 4:21 pm

Boston Police report on a patron at the Parish Cafe, 361 Boylston St., who allegedly reached over and took a bite out of another patron's sandwich when he and a companion went outside for a smoke early this morning. When the couple returned, they complained and restaurant workers demanded the patron pay up for his own meal and leave. And that would have been the end of it, police say, except the guy returned 25 minutes later and demanded to be let back in. When workers refused, police say:

By - 11/21/08 - 1:11 pm
Blue Pru

Greg MacKay, who took this photo, explains it was to help mark National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.


By - 11/20/08 - 9:10 pm

Councilor Ross explains what he and councilors LaMattina and Linehan are thinking up for Boston Common, which they say deserves to be not just America's oldest park, but it's greatest:

By - 11/17/08 - 9:06 am

It would be a conservancy, like the ones running Post Office Square Park and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but what would that mean for the Common's long tradition of being a place of rallies and other public events? Kevin McCrea breaks the news.

By - 11/16/08 - 1:20 pm
Obscured ring

With the T teetering on bankruptcy, it sort of makes sense to sell every last surface to advertisers. But if the T is going to let an advertiser splay banners in front of the giant red ring at Back Bay station, so that they only way to fully appreciate it from the outside is with your head cricked at an odd angle at the doorway, why not save some money and just turn the thing off?

By - 11/15/08 - 3:32 pm

The Globe reports on the fire at 761 Boylston St. (Atlantic Fish Co.) that broke out around 6:30 a.m. Channel 4 has video.

By - 11/12/08 - 9:11 am

If you don't use Twitter, don't click this link because the T-shirt Riggs spotted at the Pru will make absolutely no sense. Actually, even if you do use Twitter, it doesn't make much sense.

By - 11/10/08 - 11:59 am

Mike Mennonno recounts a recent encounter outside the Boylston Street Filene's Basement with some youngish dude who demanded to know where the Apple Store was and, when he didn't like Mennonno's answer, turned into a complete asshole.