Beacon Hill

By - 9/16/09 - 11:20 am

Boston Fire Department reports the cause of the carbon monoxide was "a small hole" in a boiler that let the gas escape into the hotel ventilation system. No injuries.

Local 718 tweeted around 10:15 a.m.

By - 9/16/09 - 9:23 am

Watch where you walk these days, or you might be inadvertently immortalized on film, as Kevin James and a few dozen of his closest friends film "The Zookeeper" in the Public Garden and Back Bay (via Hub on Location), and Ben Affleck and his sweetie Jennifer Garner draw crowds and snarl the snarled traffic in Harvard Square while filming "The Town" (via

By - 9/11/09 - 1:24 pm

After quite a bit less than a year on the job, and just a few weeks after he engineered the departure of Dan Grabauskas, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi is resigning, says the Globe.

Could it be he dug himself too big a hole this time?

By - 9/10/09 - 3:44 pm

I'm emerging from the blogcave up in the mountain fastnesses next Wednesday, to participate in a panel discussion at the Vilna Shul: Are Blogs and Twitter Improving the Dissemination of Information and News?

Dan Kennedy moderates the discussion with Globe innovation columnist Scott Kirsner, Mass. High Tech Editor Doug Banks, HubSpot CTO Dharmesh Shah, and, well, me. Click the link for more details and to register.

By - 9/7/09 - 6:20 pm

Megan Johnson reports that whenever she goes there, there is always this older guy at the corner, sitting in a Mercedes convertible just reading. Hermoves takes his picture.

By - 8/13/09 - 1:59 pm

Rhea Becker posts photos from last night's Yappy Hour at the Liberty Hotel.

By - 8/13/09 - 8:32 am

That recent Globe piece on unruly bike riders featured a photo of a bicyclist going the wrong way on Charles Street. Sean Roche explains why the bicyclists had no choice: There is no legal way for a bicyclist to head north from Beacon between the Storrow entrance and Bowdoin Street, because all the roads are one way towards Beacon.

... The picture of supposed biker carelessness is more damning of a city that doesn't provide any accommodation on a stretch that really needs it. But, it's not just bikers who are shortchanged by the configuration of Charles St.

Quite obviously, allocating all the space between the curbs to either parking or auto travel doesn't serve the needs of those on two wheels. Less obviously, the three lanes of one-way travel ill-serve the neighborhood. Three lanes of one-way traffic serve one principal purpose: moving traffic. Local merchants don't benefit from through traffic. Nor do the folks who live in the area. ...

Ed. oldtimer note/question: I seem to recall Charles used to go the other way, but one night, DPW crews reversed the direction on orders of Kevin White, who wanted to limit the flow of hoi polloi on the street. Do I remember correctly?

By - 8/10/09 - 3:42 pm

Hello out there in UniversalHub land. I have determined that what the internet lacks most of all is a personal blog about some schlub's experiences in and around [insert major city here]. I have decided to rectify that problem my moving my ramblings over here.

I will be blogging about Boston politics, the T, local music, dining, bars, sports, and life from the perspective of a 21-year-old Revere native now living in an apartment in Chestnut Hill, where I will be a senior this fall at Boston College.

By - 7/27/09 - 11:54 am

J.L. Bell begins a new discussion on the colonial equivalent of the Combat Zone:

... So Bostonians were referring to Mount Whoredom many decades before the Revolution, and it was already a site of iniquity—of sorts. On this night the worst behavior the Puritan authorities found was "Nine Pins." (Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!) ...

By - 7/18/09 - 12:04 pm

Deb Geisler directs us to the work of Thomas Sniegoski, who sets his "young adult" books about the battle between Good and Evil in downtown Boston:

... He lives in Massachusetts (Stoughton, I think), but he writes mostly about downtown Boston -- particularly the Beacon Hill area, where I work. In one book, his main character points out that a clear sign of the impending Apocalypse (which that character is trying to avert) is that there is no wait at the Bourne Bridge. :-) ...

By - 7/15/09 - 4:22 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man who they say awoke from unconsciousness last night to grab one of several hypodermic needles lying nearby and try to attack firefighters and EMTs attempting to help him.

Police say a downstairs neighbor trying to find out why water was dripping into her apartment at 132 Myrtle St. found Ivan Melnychenko's door upstairs unlocked. She went in and found him lying in his bathroom with the bathtub overflowing and "several uncapped hypodermic needles strewn about," police say:

Boston Fire & Boston EMS was already on-scene and was calling out for officers to assist them on the fifth floor. Officers learned that while they were attempting to render care to the unconscious male he awoke and took hold of an uncapped hypodermic needle and held them at bay. Officers quickly responded to the fifth floor apartment and placed themselves between the needle wielding man and the first responders. Officers ordered the subject to drop the needle several times but he continued to refuse. The male subject held the hypodermic needle in a threatening manner while taking an aggressive stance. The officers ultimately charged towards the suspect and wrestled him to the ground in order to place him into custody.

Menychenko now faces a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/13/09 - 10:17 pm

Then "Seasons of Love" might have come out as Seasons of Smoot:

Three hundred sixty four point four Smoots and an ear
Three hundred sixty four point four lengths plus a smidge
Three hundred sixty four point four Smoots and an ear
How do you measure the length of a bridge? ...

By - 7/11/09 - 7:26 pm

Channel 4 reports an ad guy from Burlington has put up the $4,000 the guy was ordered to pay for pinching a couple of flower pots from an alley behind some building the quarterback owns.

By - 7/10/09 - 9:41 am

The Herald has today's top bizarro story about a guy panhandling to raise enough money to repay the Patriots quarterback for a couple of flowerpots he was convicted of stealing from one of Brady's pied a terres. Guy claims the flowerpots were in the trash; DA and the judge said otherwise.

By - 6/21/09 - 12:07 pm

Unfortunately, John Cass has had to take his son to the MGH emergency room twice. But he reports the facility no longer feels like something out of Dickens:

... Instead of Victorian brick, we visited a newly designed 21st century facility, where triage happened within minutes at an individual nursing station, then registration with a clerk, before waiting in the children's waiting room for half an hour. The whole experience took 2-3 hours, and though could not be contrasted with our earlier visit which really was life threatening, was a whole lot better because of the new facilities and to me better organization. ...

By - 6/13/09 - 8:36 pm

According to a press release that I received from the DCR yesterday, the upstream (south) sidewalk of the Longfellow Bridge reopened yesterday.

Here's the full text of the press release:

For immediate release
Contact: Wendy Fox 617-626-1453

Spectators will be allowed on popular July 4th viewing spot this summer

By - 6/8/09 - 7:58 pm

Vacancy rates are soaring and that means landlords are starting to drop their prices to keep apartments occupied, John Ford reports.

By - 6/8/09 - 5:04 pm

Richard Beaubien reports the Frog Pond carousel was originally supposed to be up for a two-week test go-round. But it already seems like a Common tradition:

Right now it's only running until about 9pm. Still it's a really nice addition to summer evenings. Word is if all goes well, it may become a permanent fixture. How can you help? Well if you're down there spend a couple of bucks to put the lid on the ride. And call 617-635-2120 or email [email protected]. Let them know that you like it.

Copyright Richard Beaubien.

More on Frog Pond and the carousel.

By - 6/4/09 - 1:49 am

Reporters beware, don't plunk.

The State House News Service reports that Michael Travaglini, executive director of the Massachusetts pension fund, told a local reporter, "You have no right to record a meeting".

Travaglini later defended his stance by stating the reporter disrupted the public meeting of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board by arriving late and "plunking a recording device in the middle of the table".

By - 5/28/09 - 9:52 pm

Ross Levanto reports on meeting tonight between the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the police and City Councilor Mike Ross about crime in the neighborhood.

Among the issues: Police say the Most Violent Prophet gang of high-school toughs may be moving out of Downtown Crossing and onto Beacon Hill, which might explain a number of recent robberies. He adds that many of those robberies involve iPhone and Sidekick snatchings from people walking down the street talking on them.