Beacon Hill

By - 5/5/14 - 11:50 am
Granite City truck on Storrow Drive

For the second time this morning, a truck driver blithely dismissed that "CARS ONLY" sign on the on ramp only to learn that, hey, that sign meant business. James Chisholm captured the storrowed truck shortly after 11:30 a.m.

By - 5/5/14 - 9:40 am
Lost load on Storrow Drive

MassDOT posted this photo of a storrowed container that fell off the back of a truck this morning when the top hit the bottom of the Longfellow on the inbound side.

"Please remember height restrictions," MassDOT suggests to truck drivers unable to figure out what "CARS ONLY" means.

By - 4/29/14 - 7:16 pm

A peeved citizen complains:

Bike attached to street sign was removed due to filming location on Charles St. Completely unacceptable for someone's property and only mode of transportation to be taken when there was absolutely ZERO signs warning bicyclists that their bikes would be towed. Very disappointed that the city is bowing to stupid film scouts demands that directly impede citizens daily life.

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By - 4/26/14 - 10:21 pm
Fire on Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston

Firefighters on the roof of 119 Charles. Photo by Melanie Martin. See it larger.

A fire that broke out around 10 p.m. at 119 Charles St., went to two alarms, displaced five residents and sent one firefighter to the hospital with chest pains.

The Boston Fire Department estimates damage at $1 million, says investigators are still trying to determine the cause.

Fire was reported on floors 2, 3 and 4, which houses residential units. Uncle Pete's boutique... Read more

By - 4/24/14 - 5:47 pm
Fallen tree limbs on Charles Street, Beacon Hill

Sarah Connors surveyed the scene on Charles Street this afternoon, after the wind detached some tree limbs and gravity brought them crashing to the ground - except where cars where in the way.

Ari Ofsevit photographed a woman who might very well be a member of the Beacon Hill Historical Commission pondering whether the tree might have been on the ground long enough... Read more

By - 4/23/14 - 9:59 am

I know, get out! NorthEndWaterfront.com reports ABC Family plans to film along Hanover Street starting next week for "establishing shots" for "Chasing Life," a series about "April, an ambitious young journalist" struggling to make her way in the world when she gets diagnosed with cancer.

Eleana Gudema reports she got a similar notice at her apartment on Charles Street.... Read more

By - 4/18/14 - 9:00 am
Longfellow Bridge repair work

Elmer Cat photographed repair work on the Longfellow Bridge. The bridge is in the middle of a 3 1/2-year redo.

Copyright Elmer Cat. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 4/17/14 - 8:37 am
Stuck truck

Lenny Rowe reports this crane truck got wedged in the intersection of Joy and Myrtle streets on Beacon Hill.

By - 4/4/14 - 1:03 pm

Boston Magazine disabuses us of the notion that Harvard Law owns a human-skinned book, thanks to some research that showed the book is actually bound in sheepskin.

That still leaves two other books owned by Harvard - and the Boston Athenaeum's copy of "The Highwayman," by James Allen, which, its catalog says, was:

Bound by Peter Low in Allen's skin, treated to look

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By - 3/8/14 - 9:27 am
Work on the Longfellow Bridge

Workers prepare to take top off a Longfellow shaker. Photo by MassDOT

State officials say the Callahan Tunnel should open round about 5 a.m. Monday morning, which will begin to restore karma to Boston traffic and eventually end those mysterious clumps of state troopers along Rte. 16.

However, late-night drivers can expect some delays elsewhere along I-93 for the rest of the week as MassDOT gets the mighty highway back into fighting form:

Most notably, the effort

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By - 2/26/14 - 3:06 pm
Romanov

A Russian national who was picked up for drunken loutishness in Louisburg Square while allegedly trying to take photos of John Kerry's house last summer now faces child porn charges as well - due to an investigation into allegedly threatening comments he made following his arrest.

Vladimir Romanov, 30, currently living in Brighton, was arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on six counts of... Read more

By - 2/23/14 - 4:22 pm
Trash on Beacon Hill

Forget the nobs, what about the slobs? A concerned citizen complains about ye olde trashe on Irving Street:

Disgusting trash. 15 Irving Street rents to college kids who constantly put trash out on wrong days and not in secure bags. Rats constantly get into and tear apart their trash.

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By - 2/23/14 - 9:54 am

The Globe updates us on efforts to get handicap ramps and bumpy warning strips installed in the toniest of Boston's neighborhoods:

[T]he plan was rejected in December by officials of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, who complained about the materials proposed and said the bumpy plastic strips would mar the neighborhood’s Colonial-era character.

Yes, they would seriously detract from the hundreds of colonial automobiles... Read more

By - 2/22/14 - 4:51 pm
Venezuelan protest at the Massachusetts State House

Brian D'Amico watched protesters call for human rights in Venezuela on the steps of the State House this afternoon, after a march from Copley Square.

By - 2/14/14 - 8:56 am
Old and new UU logos

From old to new.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, based in Boston, today unveiled a new logo, as part of an overall branding strategy (yes, of course churches these days have branding strategies):

Our new logo, for many, will be the first introduction to who we are. It’s meant to entice a person to learn more. And it’s doing just that. Our random testing groups of UUs and non-UUs

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By - 2/6/14 - 6:26 am
Snow blob

Italian in Boston came across this snow creature on the Common last night.

By - 1/24/14 - 3:37 pm
Williams

Anthony Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated rape and kidnapping today and was sentenced to 18 to 22 years in state prison, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Williams admitted in Suffolk Superior Court that early on Nov. 10, 2012, he forced his way into an apartment at Joy and Myrtle streets, then raped its occupant and robbed her.

Williams had previously been ... Read more

By - 1/24/14 - 2:11 pm

Associated Press reports state Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Roxbury was brought to the State House from his cell today for a closed-door meeting.

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