Beacon Hill

By - 5/15/10 - 11:39 am


Spotted the other day on one of the Common's decaying mystery buildings, between the bandstand and the ball field.

If you do want to see the Banksy stuff, Chris Devers has a collection of photos.

By - 5/10/10 - 1:05 pm


Cow munching contentedly on Boston Common grass this morning as she gets milked by raw-milk enthusiasts, who then downed her life-giving white liquid with gusto, in defiance of proposed state regulations that would bar such practices.

By - 5/9/10 - 6:09 pm


It was Cute Overload today as scores of little (and some not so little) ducklings and a scattering of Officer Mikes waddled in the annual Make Way for Ducklings parade from the Common to the Public Garden by way of Mt. Vernon and Charles streets on Beacon Hill.

By - 5/7/10 - 10:12 am

Alert traffic spotter mdortch reports a gray charter bus just hit the overpass next to Mass. General.

By - 5/5/10 - 5:13 pm

Matt Conti reports on a group of North End, Beacon Hill, West End and downtown parents to get a new public elementary school to serve those neighborhoods. The Coalition for Public Education recently met with the mayor and school superintendent to press their case now that it no longer seems they'll get a school as part of the proposed mega-replacement for the Government Center garage.

By - 4/25/10 - 7:03 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports an SUV somehow caught on fire in the Boston Common garage this afternoon, filling all three levels with thick smoke - even though a sprinkler head went off as designed.

The fire, in an unoccupied 2002 Ford Escape with New Hampshire plates, broke out around 2:30 p.m. on the garage's lowest level, and went to two alarms because of the number of firefighters needed to fight the fire, set up fans to dissipate the smoke and block off the garage to keep motorists from entering.

By - 4/22/10 - 9:58 am

Cows and campers.

By - 4/14/10 - 1:42 pm

And who doesn't? Sarah Palin proved she was coached on Boston by cheering on all our pro sports teams today, as a few thousand Tea Partiers, bemused onlookers and a bunch of liberal radical commie socialists mingled on the Common today:

By - 4/13/10 - 3:26 pm

A friend in the media passes along the latest schedule from organizers of Palinpalooza on the Common tomorrow (oddly, the schedule doesn't list exactly where, but I can't imagine she'll be hard to find):

By - 4/8/10 - 3:21 pm

UPDATE: Sara Underwood, who first reported the bicyclist had died, now says her source was wrong and that the guy is in the hospital.

Bicyclist hit by car at Beacon and Charles streets around 12:30 p.m. Boston Biker has some details and photos.

By - 4/8/10 - 1:36 pm

Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill is an iPhone app meant to bring you on a walking tour of the Beacon Hill sites associated with the murder of George Parkman, a Harvard Medical School professor killed in 1849 over an outstanding debt he was trying to collect, his dismembered remains stuffed into an old vault under his office.

By - 4/7/10 - 12:31 am

Duck bonnets

Ashley Herrin photographed the Mallard family on Monday.

By - 4/3/10 - 7:40 am

He was raised as an American aristocrat. As the eldest grandson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt (niece of Teddy and 5th cousin to her husband) he’s twice a Roosevelt, a name which means wealth and status. With his sister, he moved into the White House at age three and became a child celebrity.

By - 3/31/10 - 5:21 pm

The Sovereign Bank branch at 67 Beacon St., Boston Police tweet.

By - 3/22/10 - 8:44 am

It's not just that there was a "medical emergency" at Charles/MGH (although if you're going to have a medical emergency ..), but that an inbound train chose to die on the Longfellow this morning

"The worst is having people walk by, watching you not move," Marti V. tweets. At least, until somebody pushes the emergency button, apparently just because they can.

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 - 3/17/10 - 12:34 pm

Megan Johnson photographs an appropriately attired trash guy on her street today.

By - 3/13/10 - 9:56 am

Ross Levanto notes he can now sleep in on Saturdays if he'd parked his car on Beacon Street the night before, thanks to a change in the city's parking rules for the street. It's no small thing in the over-parked neighborhood:

By - 3/10/10 - 6:34 pm

Megan Johnson, who admits to stealing toilet papers from public loos in her current unemployment, still tried to help out the panhandler who asked her for change at Boylston and Charles today. She gave him what she had, which was a bunch of pennies - which he then threw at her. But the Boloco people who saw the whole thing gave her a free smoothie - and she reports her regular panhandler, at Beacon and Charles, volunteered to go find the first guy and beat him up after she told him what had happened.

By - 3/7/10 - 1:41 am

Posh library. Sanctuary for eminent Bostonians. Brahmin enclave. There has always been a mystique surrounding the Athenæum. Look inside the door with this review of Culture Club: the Curious History of the Boston Athenæum.