Beacon Hill

By - 3/17/17 - 8:54 am
Green-hatted Ducklings in the Public Garden for St. Patrick's Day

Laurel Ruma captured Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings in their St. Patrick's finest today.

By - 3/10/17 - 8:47 pm
Vigil for Srinavas Kuchibhotla in Boston

Josh Jacobs attended a vigil this afternoon for Srinavas Kuchibhotla, an Indian-born tech worker shot to death in Kansas, allegedly as a hate crime.

By - 3/7/17 - 3:23 pm

Rally planned tomorrow between noon and 1:30 p.m. at the State House.

By - 3/4/17 - 1:14 pm
Planned Parenthood rally on Boston Common

A rally to support Planned Parenthood on the Common that attracted several hundred people this morning was winding down when a rally to support President Trump that attracted several dozen people was starting up on the steps of the State House: Read more.

By - 2/24/17 - 9:57 am

The Massachusetts Historical Society recounts the fall of the Great Elm, a tree that had long been a fixture on the Common, in 1876:

When the tree finally did come down in 1876, struck by a strong gust of wind during a storm, Boston citizens rushed to the tree to claim branches and scraps of wood as souvenirs.

The tree was repurposed in a number of other ways by inventive residents, including creating veneered pictures of the tree made out of wood from the elm itself and growing a root of “The Old Elm” around a china dish cover. Part of the tree was also used to make a chair for the Boston Public Library . ... One of these keepsakes belongs to MHS’s own collection, a pair of “Old Elm earrings,” made by Benjamin F. Knowlton.

Earlier:
Dying Back Bay elm tree says farewell.

By - 2/23/17 - 11:18 am
Boston Common in snow and not so much snow

Dimas shows us that difference in these two photos taken on Boston Common.

Meanwhile, over in South Boston, Sullivan's opens today, a couple days earlier than planned, because of the warm weather.

By - 2/21/17 - 1:27 pm
Robert Gould Shaw is missing his sword again

Looks like somebody's stolen Robert Gould Shaw's sword again from the memorial across from the State House.

By - 2/9/17 - 3:06 pm
Poor visibility in the snowstorm

Around 2 p.m., Patrick McMahon looked out and discovered he could no longer see the Longfellow Bridge, about 900 feet away.

By - 2/3/17 - 10:21 am

A cone-cerned citizen files a 311 complaint about a solitary cone sitting on Mt. Vernon Street behind the State House, just past the turn from Hancock Street: Read more.

By - 1/26/17 - 10:28 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Figs, 42 Charles St. on Beacon Hill, is advertising for a "front of house" manager.

The restaurant was forced to close last October by a ductwork fire.

By - 1/21/17 - 3:36 pm
Protesters on Boston Common, including a doll

From Beacon Street to Boylston Street, from Charles Street to well past the Frog Pond, tens of thousands of people filled Boston Common today for a protest against the new administration. From Mayor Marty Walsh and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to women, men and children in the crowd, people vowed to fight for health care for all, for immigrants, for LGBT rights - and for science. Read more.

By - 1/20/17 - 3:10 pm

MassDOT says the T will provide more frequent service on subway lines and more coaches on commuter lines tomorrow to get people to and from the Women's March for America, which starts from the Common at 11 a.m.

Blue Line riders, however, should allow more time than they usually would to get to the Common because that line will terminate at State for maintenance work between there and Bowdoin.

By - 1/19/17 - 5:45 pm

The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line because of a train that flatlined at Charles/MGH.

By - 1/19/17 - 3:14 pm
Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings ready for protest in the Public Garden

Looks like Mrs. Mallard and her brood are ready for Saturday's protest march from the Common down Comm. Ave. and back to the Common, as Jason shows us.

By - 1/8/17 - 3:51 pm
Sledding on a hill in Boston Common

Patrick McMahon spotted a sledder on Boston Common today.

Jessica Burko spotted a ton of sledders at Fallon Field in Roslindale: Read more.

By - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By - 12/22/16 - 10:26 am

State House officials at first banned the Nativity display inside the building because, you know, Separation of Church and State, but then a state rep threatened to unleash holy hell in the form of a lawsuit because Jesus rules, separation drools, and, of course, the baby Jesus won, at least for three hours tomorrow, the Herald reports.

Atheists reply. Large Baphomet statue, noodly appendages or simple aluminum pole, anyone?

By - 12/16/16 - 10:24 am
Frosted window on the State House

Our own SwirlyGrrl spotted this window on one side of the Old State House this morning.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nasty Lady wonders: Read more.

By - 12/16/16 - 9:28 am

The Boston Sun reports that Mayor Walsh concentrated on the ongoing problems related to addicts and homeless people along Melnea Cass Boulevard and Mass. Ave. and on Boston Common at a recent South End Forum meeting.

We’re laser focused on it. It’s the same for Boston Common. We’re laser focused on Boston Common. That and the area here are the two hot spots. We’re meeting weekly internally on every aspect of the problem…You’ll still see homeless people, but we’re hoping to reduce it…

By - 12/10/16 - 12:21 pm
People holding a protest candle in front of the State House

Greg Cook photographed a small vigil in front of the State House last night to protest impending cabinet appointments in Washington.