By - 11/18/14 - 11:11 am
Proposed building at 5 Washington St. in Brighton

Architect's rendering (note Chicago cop in lower left).

A developer has filed plans with the BRA to replace a gas station and small office building at 5 Washington St., across from the Whole Foods and next to the Brookline line, with a 145-unit, six-story residential building.

In its filing, Urban Spaces LLC of Cambridge says it would also build a two-level, 105-car garage under the 80-foot-tall building and leave space for new... Read more

By - 11/18/14 - 10:31 am

Boston Development, which won BRA approval in June to replace the old Cleveland Circle Cinema and the Applebee's with a hotel and an apartment complex, is bringing on a new development partner and plans to limit residents to the silver-haired set.

In a press release, Boston Development and new partner National Development say:

The 162-key hotel and 92-unit residential project with retail

... Read more
By - 11/14/14 - 1:48 pm
Wanted for Brighton breakin

Boston Police have some questions for these two guys about a housebreak on Lake Street near Glenmont Road in Brighton shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police say a homeowner was taking a shower while a man broke into the house and stole $6,500 worth of electronics, including an iPhone that these two guys were later spotted trying to sell on Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.... Read more

By - 11/11/14 - 10:22 am


Date and Time: Tuesday, 18 November from 7 to 8 pm

Place: The Presentation School Foundation Community Center, 640 Washington Street. The event will take place in a community room on the building’s lower level.

Join Zach Conrad, a PhD Candidate at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy... Read more

By - 11/10/14 - 9:52 pm
Brighton Avenue in the dark in Allston

Brighton Avenue? More like Darkon Avenue. Photo by PBR.

Bit of a blackout in parts of the neighborhood tonight.

By - 10/31/14 - 7:33 pm

This video was produced as a pilot for an upcoming BU Today video series featuring Mayor Menino making visits to a variety of diverse, affordable, and local neighborhood restaurants in Boston.

Best part: When Menino goes "Well, gimme my fork back! Jeez!"

By - 10/22/14 - 7:35 am
Flipped van in Brighton

A minivan rolled down an inclined driveway on Englewood Avenue in Brighton this morning, flipping on its side on the street and trapping its driver inside, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The department says firefighters arrived around 6:15 a.m. to find the man trapped, his leg outside the minivan. Firefighters were able to extricate him with the help of Jaws of Life and hand... Read more

By - 10/17/14 - 4:16 pm

BC will be shooting off fireworks around 8 p.m. for the amusement of alumni.

By - 10/17/14 - 11:43 am

The BRA yesterday approved a proposed 101-apartment development on Commonwealth Avenue that would consist mostly of "affordable" units with just 20 rented at market rates.

The building would sit on land owned by the Brighton Marine Health Center at Warren Street.

By - 10/12/14 - 6:54 am


Free Food Samples Will Be Provided

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15 October from 7 to 8 pm

Place: The Presentation School Foundation Community Center, 640 Washington Street. The event will take place in the New Balance Community Room.

Join representatives of Whole Foods for this cooking demonstration on preparing a nutritious meal.

Parking... Read more

By - 10/3/14 - 8:54 am


Date and Time: Tuesday, 7 October from 7 to 8 pm
Place: The Presentation School Foundation Community Center, 640 Washington Street

Join Commissioner Evans for a discussion of public safety issues in Allston-Brighton. The presentation will include a question and answer period.... Read more

By - 10/2/14 - 3:46 pm

A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted John Biesiot, 36, of Chicago, on 15 counts of vandalism for incidents in 2008 and 2010 that left several T cars tagged up with nom de paint of Wyse, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge David Driscoll sentenced Biesiot to a year and a day in the Suffolk County House of Corrections, and will hold a... Read more

By - 9/26/14 - 10:56 pm
Sunset over Chestnut Hill Reservoir

Boston Lens warched the sun go down over the Chestnut Hill Reservoir this evening.

By - 9/24/14 - 9:28 pm

Hank investigates the tree-killing ninja of Brighton, who has been rampaging for years through the streets of Brighton Center with a large blade, making sure trees die. Residents and police seem powerless to stop him and cry, help us, Hank!

By - 9/23/14 - 11:43 am

Muerl asks:

Is there somewhere to donate 20 to 25 trial sized soaps in All/Bri? Was thinking Womans Shelter?

By - 9/17/14 - 8:57 am

Associated Press reports from Cleveland Circle on people who have apparently fantasized of playing soccer in bubble wrap.

By - 9/16/14 - 11:37 am

Supporters of Smoken' Joes in Brighton Center are planning a benefit in the House of Blues Foundation Room on Sept. 25 for Wendy and Joe Dodd, who are closing the place forever on Sept. 23 due to health issues and a rent dispute with their landlord. Heather Balchunas writes:

Smoken Joe's has not just been a music venue or restaurant. For many (like myself), it

... Read more
By - 9/15/14 - 12:14 pm

A limping citizen complains about some godawful pavement on Guest Street in Brighton - and attaches a photo of a newly broken ankle to buttress the point:

I would like to thank the City of Boston for the beautiful pavement on the street outside 20 Guest St. Stepping off the curb and into this hole next to the sewer, almost killing myself and breaking

... Read more
By - 9/11/14 - 10:45 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the impending demise of Smoken' Joe's on Washington Street in Brighton Center.

By - 9/2/14 - 10:06 am
Thomas J. Leach Jr.

Those of you who closely read everything I write know of my obsession fascination with photos of Peoples Federal Savings Bank CEO Thomas J. Leetch, Jr. Back in the day, when Peoples was still a mutual bank (basically as close to a credit union as you can get and still be a bank), kidlet and I were always assured by his unsmiling visage on signs... Read more