Beacon Hill

By - 5/25/16 - 6:41 pm

Jean Nagy shows us the flags on the Common - one for each Massachusetts resident who gave his or her life in defense of the country since the Revolution.

By - 5/7/16 - 10:32 am

WBUR talks with Oliver Smoot, who gave us the measurement, back in town for the centennial celebration of MIT's move across the river.

By - 5/1/16 - 8:24 am
Boston firefighters at 11 Temple St. on Beacon Hill

Firefighters ascend a 50-foot ladder to an upper floor. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 11 Temple St., off Cambridge, sent one firefighter to the hospital with a hand injury.

The fire, reported at 12:10 a.m., displaced between 20 and 25 residents - none injured - and caused an estimated $750,000 in damage.

By - 4/30/16 - 1:40 pm
Scooter under a Duck Boat on Beacon Street.

The remains of the scooter. Photo by dd808.

Around 11:30 a.m. at Beacon and Charles streets. WCVB reports a passenger on the scooter survived, but was rushed to the hospital.

By - 4/23/16 - 9:37 am
Turkey in Charles Circle

Roving UHub photographer Joe Borkowski spotted this seemingly perplexed turkey in Charles Circle this morning trying to figure out where to go.

By - 4/13/16 - 12:30 pm

Mike Freedberg takes a look at the numbers in yesterday's special election for the state Senate seat Joe Boncore of Winthrop won:

Winthrop, which totals about 12 percent of the District’s population, saw about 4100 ballots. Boston, whose precincts take up moire than 50 percent of the District, registered barely 5,420. A town of 18,000 people almost equaled the vote of Boston wards home to about 110,000 folks!

And the smallest turnout of all was on Beacon Hill, home to state Rep. Jay Livingstone.

By - 4/12/16 - 9:32 pm has the results for the First Suffolk and Middlesex race. There are no Republicans running in the May 10 final - for the right to serve until this November's election.

By - 4/12/16 - 7:29 am

Karen Cord Taylor tags along with a Beacon Hill resident who now does most of her weekly grocery shopping at the Boston Public Market at Haymarket.

By - 4/4/16 - 12:19 pm
Proposed Temple Street development on Beacon Hill

Architect's rendering.

A developer last week filed detailed plans with the BRA to convert two former Suffolk University buildings on Temple Street behind the State House into a 75-unit luxury condo development.

JDMD Owner, LLC, of Dedham, says the project will meet what it says is "significant need" in Boston in general and Beacon Hill in particular, for "high-quality housing," as well as rid the neighborhood of some of those annoying college students. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 11:53 am
Suspicious package

Response to suspicious package. Photo by Josh Cronin.

Somebody left a suitcase at Mt. Vernon and Hancock streets, basically next to the State House. Declared not actually suspicious around 11:55 a.m.

By - 3/30/16 - 7:29 am
General Hooker Entrance to the Massachusetts State House in Boston

Tourists just love the General Hooker entrance to the State House. Photo by BluEyedA73.

New England Folklore disabuses us of the legend that hookers are named for Fighting Joe Hooker, a Civil War general from Massachusetts. For one thing, the term was already in use by 1845.

When part of Beacon Hill was known as Mt. Whoredom.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 3/13/16 - 10:46 am
A table in a tree on Beacon Hill

Maybe Beacon Hill squirrels are bulking up, or maybe, as a concerned citizen complains, the wind blew this table into that tree at Mt. Vernon and River streets. In any case:

Poses danger of falling in someone, please help extract.

By - 2/29/16 - 8:26 am
Couch on the mean streets of Beacon Hill

Last night, Sara noticed a couch sitting at the corner of Anderson and Phillips streets on Beacon Hill. This morning, she reports, the couch was still out - but across the street.

By - 2/25/16 - 12:39 pm
The new Boston Sun

The Sun rises. Photo by Mr. Goodmorning.

The Back Bay Sun has added a reporter, changed its name to the Boston Sun and expanded into the South End and Fenway, neighborhoods, which lost a source of local news when the Boston Courant ended its press run earlier this month.

The paper is owned by the Independent Newspaper Group of Revere, which publishes weekly papers from Lynn to Jamaica Plain, including the Beacon Hill Times.

By - 2/16/16 - 1:47 pm
White squirrel on Boston Common

Bradley reports seeing the fabled white squirrel of Boston Common at lunchtime today:

Looked away briefly and he was gone.

By - 2/12/16 - 6:27 am
Make Way for Ducklings in capes

You know it's cold when even the Public Garden duck family puts on capes, as Alyssa Martin shows us.

By - 2/11/16 - 10:21 pm

The Boston Cyclists Union did this video today on the first day the new sidewalk was open to bicycles on the Longfellow.

By - 2/11/16 - 4:10 pm

Neighbors heard a loud crash in the wee of the night (1am 2/11/16) on Codman Island, the toney piece of real estate separating Charles Street. Civic-minded Beacon Hillers picked up the remnants of an Audi's front end (including engine parts). Yet there's no police report and worse yet, no one who will own up to the damage and cover the costs to restore Codman Island to its natural manmade state. The car had to have been towed.

By - 2/10/16 - 10:46 pm

Mike Freedberg introduces us to the six declared candidates for the First Suffolk and Middlesex state-senate seat.