Beacon Hill

By - 8/1/17 - 11:50 am

Looks like somebody needs to update their Boston real-estate boilerplate:

Go for stroll along "The Charles", walk to the Fleet center, Haymarket square, the North End, Boston Common, the state house, etc.

"The Charles?" Please, even Beacon Hill isn't that formal anymore, everybody just calls it "The Chuck."

By - 7/29/17 - 10:12 pm

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of Romeo and Juliet is absolutely wonderful -- with lots of fine young performers. Photos posted on Facebook (spoilers -- if you don't know the story of Romeo and Juliet - and expect the ending to be a surprise): Photos.

By - 7/26/17 - 5:58 pm
Boston Common crime scene

One of the crime scenes. Photo by David Finnerty.

Around 5:40 p.m., one in the stomach, near the park-ranger station. The homicide unit was summoned because of the severity of that victim's injuries. The area around Brewer Fountain was also taped off.

At least one suspect is in custody.

By - 7/10/17 - 9:23 am
Overflowing Frog Pond

Damaskin took this photo of an overflowing Frog Pond from the safety of higher ground this morning.

Even fearless turkeys were forced to flee. Mike spotted this gobbler on the Park Street side of the Common around 7 a.m.: Read more.

By - 6/30/17 - 9:25 am
Well cap

The Boston Sun reports on a pilot project by the Boston Groundwater Trust to use Bluetooth-enabled well caps and a mobile app to better monitor the levels of groundwater that keep the wooden pilings that support hundreds of buildings in the Back Bay, the South End, the Fenway and Beacon Hill from collapsing. Read more.

By - 5/31/17 - 9:06 am
Turkey in Frog Pond in Boston

Damaskin spotted a turkey doing its morning ablutions in the Frog Pond.

By - 5/29/17 - 10:01 am

John A. Andrew Post 15, Dept. of Mass., and Geo. G. Meade Post 38, Dept. of N. Y., Grand Army of the Republic, commemorate Memorial Day on Boston Common in 1886.

Photo from the BPL. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 5/26/17 - 5:49 pm
Turkey on the Common

Chris Dempsey spotted this unlikely trio on the Common today - turkey, seagull and pigeon: Together they fight crime.

By - 5/15/17 - 5:16 pm
Turkey on a roof on Beacon Hill

The "confused pheasant" one Beacon Hill resident reported this morning has made it up to the roofline of the storied neighborhood, as J shows us.

By - 5/15/17 - 10:26 am
Turkey on Beacon Hill

A citizen who might want to buy a bird-identification book filed a complaint about a "confused pheasant" on Mt. Vernon Street behind the State House this morning.

By - 5/4/17 - 8:41 pm
Murawski

A former Beacon Hill real-estate broker who catered to Chinese clients looking for swanky Boston digs was arraigned yesterday on charges he swindled at least 19 people - including co-workers - out of $166,000 to feed his gambling addiction, the state Attorney General's office reports.

Among his alleged victims: Two women he met in a Boston bar who were looking for a place to live on Beacon Hill: Read more.

By - 4/22/17 - 4:42 pm

From across the Boston area's universities, biotech companies and hospitals, thousands of scientists and their allies crowded a soggy Boston Common today to battle an administration that seems intent on denying their research, cutting their funding and banning their colleagues and students from entering the country. Read more.

By - 4/17/17 - 10:52 pm
Mobilia

Kristen Mobilia, who has long been active in the Fenway Garden Society, which oversees the Fenway Victory Gardens, has filed papers with state elections officials for a possible race against District 8 (Fenway, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill) City Councilor Josh Zakim.

To get on the fall ballot, Mobilia will have to file enough signatures on nominating petitions that the city elections department will release next month.

Mobilia is also director of finance and administration at VideoLink, LLC, a Newton company that creates and manages videos for corporate clients.

By - 4/7/17 - 12:47 pm
Frog rooting for the Red Sox at Boston's Frog Pond

The frog guarding the playground at the Frog Pond on the Common got a new uniform this week.

By - 3/30/17 - 11:00 am
Transgender flag at Boston City Hall

In response, Boston raised transgender flag at City Hall. Photo by Swirlygrrl.

Abbi Matheson is livetweeting the appearance - two days late - of the anti-trans hate bus to Boston. They started on Cambridge Street in front of City Hall, plan to navigate to the State House and then hope to rile up Harvard students - assuming they can get around the protesters.

UPDATE: Mayor Walsh responds by raising the transgender flag above City Hall Plaza at 12:30 p.m.

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.