Fenway

By - 6/20/14 - 8:05 am

But they don't run into abutments and go "ow!" OK, not much of a joke.

Around 11:45 p.m. yesterday, KiloWhisky reports, a bus driver decided that "CARS ONLY" sign obviously didn't refer to him and tried to get on Storrow Drive inbound at Fenway. He didn't get far before realizing the error of his ways. The ramp was closed while State Police helped guide him backwards.

By - 6/19/14 - 11:04 am

A company that has a contract with Billy Joel to sell officially authorized Billy Joel concert clothing and tchotchkes yesterday filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against 200 John and Jane Does and "XYZ Company" to keep them from trying to sell Joelware outside the singer's concert next Thursday at Fenway Park.

Defendants John Does 1-100, Jane Does 1-100 and XYZ Company who are sued herein under fictitious names because their true names and capacities are unknown at this time. This complaint will be amended when their true names and capacities are ascertained.

By - 6/17/14 - 8:24 am

Using Oculus Rift headsets, hopefully in the area of Kenmore Square, the Boston Business Journal reports.

By - 5/31/14 - 11:51 pm
Ladder 15 in the Back Bay

Ladder 15 among the BFD trucks looking for source of smoke. Photo by Chris Sasso.

Shortly after 11 p.m., people from North Cambridge and Porter Square to the Fenway, the Back Bay and Roxbury began reporting a strong burning smell. Fire departments in both cities started getting calls; people on the street began asking cops on the beat what that smell was.

By - 5/30/14 - 10:34 pm
Upside down Citgo sign in a Kenmore Square puddle

Eric Andersen had time to reflect on the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square tonight after the downpour stopped.

By - 5/29/14 - 7:05 pm
Milk truck in the window of a Huntington Avenue drug store

Last fall, Marc Hermann juxtaposed old crime and accident photos from the archives of the New York Daily News with photos of the scenes in modern times. The results are wicked cool.

I started thinking Boston would also lend itself to this sort of treatment. In recent days, I've been taking photos of the current scenes where news photographer Leslie Jones and the (generally) anonymous photographers enshrined in the Boston City Archives captured life in Boston back in the day.

By - 5/29/14 - 7:16 am
Dawn over Commonwealth Avenue in Boston

Daniel Guzman watched the sunrise around 5 a.m. from high atop the WBUR studios.

By - 5/22/14 - 3:52 pm

The sound of gunfire outside the Mass. Ave. Orange Line station around 3 p.m. brought police racing, led to the road being shut for the investigation between St. Botolph and Columbus and a halt to Orange Line service as police searched the station for possible shooters.

Police are looking for two men seeing fleeing on bicycles towards St. Botolph. Both were black. One was in a gray hoodie and pedaling on a yellow, 18-speed bike with a plastic rain guard over the rear tire. The other was on a less distinctive bike but was dressed all in red.

By - 5/20/14 - 7:47 pm

The Globe reports John Rosenthal is trying to find a new place for the billboard now that he's sold his Lansdowne Garage to the Red Sox, which don't feel like reminding turnpike motorists of how many people die from gunshot wounds.

By - 5/19/14 - 3:54 pm
Windy Boylston Street in the Fenway

Mediacrity reports she was at her desk when she head a loud noise outside and ran to her window in time to see a worker at Pavement Coffeehouse on Boylston Street in the Fenway struggling with a patio umbrella in a fierce wind.

By - 5/16/14 - 11:25 pm

A woman fell two floors down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park when the doors unexpectedly opened even though the elevator wasn't there, around 11:20 p.m., the Boston Fire Department reports.

The woman wound up lying on the top of the elevator, unconscious.

Firefighters got into the elevator, used a chair to help them climb through its ceiling hatch aand pit the woman, 22, on a backboard.

They then lowered her through the hatch and handed her off to EMTs for treatment and then transport to a local hospital.

By - 5/16/14 - 8:08 am

Updated with arraignment info.

A homeless man was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail today on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the discovery of a dead man behind 1295 Boylston St. shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 5/14/14 - 7:43 pm

A city health inspector today suspended the permit for Red Mango, 334 Mass. Ave., due to violations that included: No hot water, a blocked off hand-washing sink, too warm cut strawberries in a toppings bar, a "black mold like substance" on the interior of an ice machine, live cockroaches inside cabinets and small black flies in the basement.

The manager can apply for a re-inspection once he or she has corrected the problems.

By - 5/14/14 - 1:26 pm

The Lyons Group wants to turn a closed taqueria on Lansdowne Street into a down-home eatery serving old-fashioned Southern food to the sound of country, bluegrass and folk music.

The Boston Licensing Board formally votes this afternoon whether to allow the company to convert La Verdad into Loretta's Last Call.

Lyons lawyer Dennis Quilty said the new restaurant would be Boston's first country-themed city. In recent years, country has become more popular in Boston - Fenway Park now hosts at least one country concert a year.

By - 5/8/14 - 4:14 pm
You're right, it's not art

Alexandra Knowles captured the work of a Not Art kibbitzer today, at Mass. Ave. and Huntington.

By - 5/7/14 - 8:05 am

Symphony 8, 10A Westland Ave., could re-open this fall after renovations, owner Douglas Bacon said yesterday.

Bacon told the Boston Licensing Board that renovations, in particular to the restaurant's storefront, have simply taken longer than he expected, because it's just an old building. Storefront renovation could begin within 30 days, he said.

Bacon was before the board to explain why it shouldn't strip him of the restaurant's liquor license because the restaurant has been closed for more than a year now. He told the board he's painfully aware of the delays, because he's now paid rent for 12 months for an empty space.

By - 5/2/14 - 12:13 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a deal in which the landlord of the defunct Morton's Steakhouse on Boylston Street would sell its liquor license to Boston Beer Works on Brookline Avenue so that Boston Beer Works can in turn sell its beer and wine license to Mei Mei on Park Drive.

Phew.

By - 4/23/14 - 4:51 pm

Chinese Mirch, which offers a menu with Indian-accented Chinese dishes, is prepping a location at 251 Massachusetts Ave.

By - 4/23/14 - 1:02 pm
Wired woman

Photo by Roza Yarchun. See it larger.

Jim Sullivan and his wife, Roza Yarchun, were on the way to the Sox game last night, when they spotted this seemingly incapacitated woman, just lying there in Kenmore Square. He reports: