State Rep. Jay Livingstone reports DCR has turned on its new Alfond Spraydeck on the Esplanade.
There were ropes and floats marking off the swimming area. Out in the river, a DCR patrol boat kept watch to make sure other craft stayed well away. Lifeguards on the dock and in kayaks stood and sat at the ready. And shortly after 3:30 p.m., the first band of swimmers, from kids to retirees, began jumping into the Charles River from a dock on the river side of the lagoon.
The Charles River Conservancy's first CitySplash let people sign up for time in the Charles River which, as we all know, used to be pretty dirty, but which has gotten cleaner over the years. Read more.
Mooshrimp reported spotting several muskrats along the Esplanade yesterday, including this fellow by Exeter Street.
Video of the post-fireworks crowd by 67thave.
JB Parrett watched as a goose captured some dock sitters on the Esplanade last evening.
Across the city today, winter-weary Bostonians shed their coats, or, at least, unzipped them a bit as they marveled at temperatures that approached 60.
In the Public Garden, as 617 Images shows us, a couple actually had a picnic:
JB Parrett enjoyed the return of above-freezing temperatures to the Charles last night.
Enoch Pratt spotted this chimera on the Esplanade today, goes: "Why?" to which we, of course, reply: "Why not?"
Mix ice, snow, rain and temperatures in the 50s and you get mist rising from the Charles and the Lagoon, as Adam Shutes shows us.
JB Parrett walked the Esplanade at sunset yesterday.
JB Parrett watched the sun go down from the Esplanade tonight.
JB Parrett captured more than just the sunset on the Esplanade yesterday evening.
The Boston Courant reports state transportation officials are working on plans to stick both sides of Storrow Drive under a Longfellow Bridge arch, which would let Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary expand one of its buildings and dig a new parking garage under the current Infirmary parking lot in exchange for giving up the parking lot for the new road alignment and new parkland (Ed. note: Link goes to a JPG image of the article, because the Courant remains one of the few newspapers in America to resist the Web).
JB Parrett enjoyed a nice fall day on the Esplanade yesterday, along with Arthur Fieldler's giant disembodied head.
State Police report finding a man who plunged 50 feet off the footbridge around 2:20 p.m.
Witnesses said the man was leaning his back against the concrete wall on the east side of the footbridge - which connects the Esplanade with Beacon Street - when put his arms out and appeared to do a back flip up over the wall and down toward the roadway below. The man did not land on Storrow Drive itself, but rather, plummeted farther down to the Berkeley on-ramp, which at that point is lower elevation than the main line. The distance he fell was an estimated 50 feet at least.
Brian MacLean, meanwhile, watched the sun go down over Scituate Light yesterday:
Copyright JB Parrett and Brian MacLean, respectively. The second photo also posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Police do not think the guy is responsible for a series of attacks in 2007 and 2009.
Anyone with information about the man in these images or the incident itself is asked to call the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.
State Police report a woman walking on the Esplanade near the Mass. Ave. Bridge was attacked around 12:25 a.m. - by a man riding a bicycle who grabbed her around the waist.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the woman, 22, sought help from a nearby person, who called 911.