Downtown

By - 1/16/14 - 9:11 am
Harbor fog

Paul Nutting Jr. shows us the view out his office window this morning.

By - 1/16/14 - 7:36 am
Steam cleaning Boylston Street trolley

Roving UHub photographer John Pellegrino roved down to Boylston station last night, where he watched MBTA workers steam cleaning the graffiti right off those two historic trolleys.

He's posted a series of photos of the cleaning work, including this shot from the start of the work:

Cleaning trolleys

Nearing completion:

By - 1/14/14 - 8:44 pm
Menino painting

Tom Menino still gazes out at people heading toward one of the elevator banks and the zoning-board hearing room on the eighth floor of City Hall.

By - 1/14/14 - 1:24 pm
Defaced trolley at Boylston Streeet in Boston

Roving UHub photographer John Pellegrino was among many people this morning to notice the desecration of the historic MTA trolleys parked at Boylston station.

Transit Police in the past have come down pretty hard on any taggers they catch.

A T spokesman said detectives are already hunting for the tagger and will review video from the station's surveillance cameras.... Read more

By - 1/13/14 - 3:23 pm

Boston Police report a man inside the CEX store, 44 Winter St., followed a customer outside last night and, after brandishing a gun, grabbed the person's wallet out of his pants at Winter and Tremont.

Police radioed a description. A state trooper patrolling the Public Garden not long after spotted Eric Watson, 27, and detained him "with no incident."

Watson was scheduled for arraignment... Read more

By - 1/13/14 - 12:21 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for the man captured on video attacking a woman around 11 p.m. on Jan. 6 in the passageway from the Green Lien to the Orange Line at Haymarket.

By - 1/12/14 - 12:27 pm
Crowds at Quincy Market

Jason Turgeon was part of the horde trying to get into the Body Worlds exhibit today using discount tickets purchased through LivingSocial. Seems the discounter sold a block of tickets for today, and lots of people picked the same time to use them and LivingSocial did nothing to stop them. He gives this a big "FAIL."... Read more

By - 1/11/14 - 11:43 am
DJ Dirty Dek sticker
Dek

A fed-up citizen complains about a local DJ who keeps putting up his stupid stickers on light poles across the city, no matter how many of them this fair citizen of the Hub keeps ripping down:

I've removed almost a hundred past few years. Obscene language.

Mr. Dek has a Facebook page, of course.... Read more

By - 1/10/14 - 3:14 pm

Boston Police report arresting four men - all between 41 and 51 - on charges they beat a homeless man and robbed him of his wallet and phone outside 180 Canal St. last night.

Police say the annuated assailants proved less than fleet of foot and more than a bit fumble fingered following the attack around 10:45 p.m.:

A description of the four male

... Read more
By - 1/10/14 - 12:57 pm

Transit Police report they are searching for a guy in a red jacket who indecently assaulted a woman on a Green Line trolley around 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday between Government Center and Park Street.

He's described as white, apparently in his 40s, wearing a red knit winter hat, red jacket, blue jeans and dark gloves.... Read more

By - 1/9/14 - 7:49 am

An inbound Orange Line train lay down and died this morning at North Station. Jennifer, who was on the train, reports:

They said “train is out of service”, but not letting anyone off. WTF.

The driver then came by each car and opened one door to let riders exit.

A Green Line train headed to Cleveland Circle decided it like Park Street just fine... Read more

By - 1/7/14 - 8:17 am

People coming into Boston from the north are stuck sitting on trains just on the other side of the Charles River bridge thanks to signals that are refusing to signal.

Tom reports:

The MBTA is broken so I'm stuck on a commuter rail train where tensions are getting high... Please send backup and Starbucks.

The Green, Red and Orange lines have had the usual... Read more

By - 1/6/14 - 4:52 pm

Trains on the Worcester, Fairmount and Franklin lines have been cancelled this afternoon because of what MBCR says is "a shortage of equipment."

By - 1/4/14 - 9:13 pm
Flooded basement at 99 Bay State Rd. in Boston

Ladder floats in flooded basement of MIT frat on Bay State Road. Photo by BFD.

From downtown office towers to apartments across the city, Boston firefighters were kept busy tonight dealing with sprinkler systems failing under the onslaught of cold temperatures.

Firefighters went floor to floor in the 33-story 44 Federal St. tonight, ordering all unnecessary workers out of the building after they shut the entire building's sprinkler system due to a leak.

Around the same time, firefighters responded to... Read more

By - 1/3/14 - 5:57 pm
Loews evacuated in Boston

Loews wasn't catching fire, it was leaking water. Photo by Laura Kinson.

Cold-weary Bostonians seeking a little diversion at the Loews found themselves back out on a frigid Tremont Street late this afternoon when a pipe burst and the megaplex was evacuated.

Earlier, the Prudential Center mall developed an impromptu waterfall when a pipe burst. Chico's was ruined, Julie Loncich reports.

By - 1/3/14 - 5:47 pm

Because frozen switches mean nobody knows when they're getting home tonight.

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: MBCR reports the problem is fixed, but that commuters should expect "residual" delays.

By - 1/3/14 - 4:43 pm
Flooding at the end of Long Wharf

Normally, you can stand right at those bollards.

NorthendWaterfront.com posts photos of flooding along the waterfront today, including Long Wharf (above) and Columbus Park.

The sea level rise from Boston Harbor appeared worse than that seen during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 despite significantly less wave action. For example, today’s high tide showed a record level of water intrusion on the harborwalk at Christopher Columbus Park. Sea level rise and Boston’s rising tides

... Read more
By - 1/3/14 - 9:11 am
Summer Street in Boston in the snow and cold

State officials urged people to stay home this morning, and it seems like a lot of people heeded that.

Paul Villanova put on his warm clothes this morning to take photos of an empty Summer Street in Fort Point (above) and an equally empty and windswept Dewey Square:

By - 12/30/13 - 5:35 pm

A roving UHub reader just checked in from Downtown Crossing, where a dead train is causing all sorts of ire:

The ire at Downtown Crossing is so strong you could hang your parka on it. "Moderate delays" per automated announcement, but this crowd is overflowing from the platform to the stairs and hallways.

By - 12/28/13 - 12:08 pm

Joe Gravellese reports Planet Fitness has sold its Government Center outlet to some company called Rock'n Fitness.

Still open, same membership price, same hours, etc. ... They've already scraped off most of the logos etc. It looks weird in there.

And one of those things they scraped off was the large "No Judgement Zone" banner, which was forever getting judged, hard, by aficionados of... Read more

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