Back Bay

By - 4/1/10 - 8:15 am

Shirley Kressel reports the state yesterday approved a $22.5-million tax break for Liberty Mutual over 20 years to build a new office tower at Columbus Avenue and Berkeley Street. That's on top of the $16-million, 20-year break the city will likely give the project now that the City Council has signed off on the deal (with Yancey and Turner opposed).

By - 3/31/10 - 10:53 pm

With bronze plaques disappearing at an alarming rate in Newton last week, the Newton PD alerted its officers Saturday to be on the lookout. According to the Middlesex Count District Attorney's office, one officer promptly reported an unusual traffic stop he'd conducted on March 24:

By - 3/31/10 - 1:55 pm

City Councilor Mike Ross has sent e-mail to constituents that a man's in custody in Newton for stealing memorial plaques from beneath benches along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, that he's wanted for similar incidents in Newton, Watertown, Belmont and Concord and that six of the fifteen plaques were recovered from his house:

There is a strong possibility however that the remaining nine smaller plaques and the one larger plaque have been destroyed and sold as scrap by this individual.

By - 3/30/10 - 12:53 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday what to do about underage drinking at Daisy Buchanan's on Newbury Street.

At a hearing today, Boston Police Det. Kevin McGill said that, after receiving tips from local college police departments, he and another detective paid the club a visit on March 5 - and promptly found two underage BU sophomores, drinks in hand.

Owner Joe Cimino pleaded guilty, agreed that, in hindsight, he should have been more vigilant after noticing a recent surge of college students on Thursday nights.

By - 3/29/10 - 7:26 pm

As the store was holding a going-out-of-business sale, somebody came in at the last minute and bought it - and plans to keep it open, A Proper Bostonian reports.

By - 3/28/10 - 2:13 pm
By - 3/28/10 - 1:51 pm

Kid wants his books

Supporters of BPL branch libraries marched to protest possible library closings today outside the main branch in Copley Square.

BPL protest at main branch

The march ended with a walk through the old and new wings of the library.

Courtyard marching

By - 3/28/10 - 10:19 am

Tesla sitting in front of the Mandarin Hotel on Boylston Street.

By - 3/27/10 - 1:24 am

In the good old days:

students, instructors, businesspeople, politicans, and the bad 'ole common folk', found they could get a good - clear - reproduction, of their documents, essays, books, legal forms, butts, flyers political propagranda, music events, menues, and un-numerous other items by visiting establishments known as "Copy Shops"

By - 3/25/10 - 8:58 pm

Boston Police report somebody went along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall stealing bronze plaques set in the sidewalk at the foot of several benches near Clarendon Street.

The plaques, which honor people who made donations for the benches, were discovered missing this morning. Detectives from District D-4 are investigating. Have info? Call them at 617-343-4256 or contact the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 3/25/10 - 5:39 pm

Robert Oliva, 65, of Lynnbrook, NY, was indicted today on two counts of rape of a child and one count of disseminating pornography for an incident at the Sheraton Hotel.

By - 3/24/10 - 9:27 pm

Instead of a beautiful lagoon to float around in when they arrived in the Public Garden today, all they found was a giant field of mud, with a little rivulet running through it.

Ducks

The Boston Parks Department says it had hoped to have the lagoon cleaned and ready for filling by now, but the nor'easter mucked things up.

By - 3/24/10 - 8:26 pm

Boston Police report a sting yesterday netted a cabbie who picked up an able-bodied rider even though he'd been dispatched to pick up a wheelchair user on Berkeley Street.

By - 3/23/10 - 4:37 pm

Steam punk?

Pedestrians disappearing into some TriGen steam on Arlington Street this afternoon.

By - 3/21/10 - 5:39 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist alerts us to yesterday's opening of Raven Used Books' Newbury Street outlet:

... Unlike most Boston area used book stores, Raven Used Books' business model isn't to sell really expensive rare books and then stock the rest of the shelves with crap. They actually have lots of books you want to read at very low prices, along with books that you either can't order online or would be really expensive to do so ...

By - 3/20/10 - 9:55 pm

Capuano explains:

Although I am not happy with every aspect of this bill, I have come to the conclusion that the benefits for Massachusetts and the country outweigh the problems.

By - 3/19/10 - 4:03 pm

Susan Kraft tweets the Citizens Bank at 426 Boylston St. was held up this afternoon: "Dye exploded and guy ran."

By - 3/19/10 - 8:24 am

People of Boston Branches will hold a "sun-in" starting at 11 a.m. tomorrow in front of the BPL main branch in Copley Square:

Read, chat with your neighbors about their branch, about the library issue, and soak in the sun. No speakers, no organization. Just show up. The end time is 12:00PM, but it can go all day for all we care.

By - 3/15/10 - 11:09 pm

Underwater table

Jo photographed what appears to be a bobbing raft but is actually a picnic table being submerged by a rising Charles River at Norumbega Park in Newton today.

William Ricker stopped to watch an impromptu fountain formed by an overflowing sewer on Coffey Street in Dorchester on Sunday:

Dorchester fountain

Meanwhile, Penny Cherubino provides photographic proof that not even Copley Place was immune from the power of a nor'easter.

Photos opyright Jo and William Decker, respectively.