By - 7/27/14 - 2:15 pm
Walking in the rain towards the Esplanade

JB Parrett photographed some rainstrolling on the wallkway to the Esplanade from Beacon Hill this afternoon.

By - 7/24/14 - 10:24 pm
Sunset over the water from Chelsea

Jared Wickerham watched the sun set over the water in Chelsea this evening (also see his photo of the Chelsea Yacht Club).

JB Parrett, meanwhile, was also watching the sun go down, but in Boston, from Community Boating on the Esplanade:

By - 7/3/14 - 10:47 pm
Lightning over Somerville

Boom! Lightning over Somerville. Photo by R.S.Y. Buchanan.

They started the Esplanade fireworks a bit early tonight - just in time for them to end and evacuate the area as a storm plowed across the area, knocking out power in at least part of Waltham and Cambridge and sending skittish dogs and children under beds.

Christopher reports:

Have to give Boston Pops organizers credit on timing. Made it from the

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By - 7/3/14 - 11:20 am
Lined up on the Esplanade

The lawn in front of the Hatch Shell doesn't open until 5 p.m. for tonight's Fourth Third festivities, but Leslee spotted people lining up this morning to get in at the stroke of 5.

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By - 7/2/14 - 4:26 pm

Organizers are moving the Boston Pops concert and fireworks to tomorrow night due to Arthur. The real festivities will take the place of the practice concert, which will not take place at all.

The state plans to keep Storrow Drive open for the morning commute, but to shut it at noon, so if you drive to work on Storrow tomorrow, keep that in mind.... Read more

By - 6/9/14 - 9:38 am
Hammock by the Charles River

JGD spotted an occupied hammock by the Charles late yesterday afternoon.

It might have been a remnant from a more organized hammock hang.

By - 6/2/14 - 8:38 am
Ironing board on Fieldler Footbridge

Teddy Kokoros notes the presence of an ironing board on the Fiedler Footbridge

By - 5/28/14 - 12:53 pm
Lost giraffe

Marcin Kunicki reports he found this giraffe near Community Boating on the Esplanade, hopes somebody knows whose it is.

By - 5/24/14 - 2:43 pm

State Police report a woman walking by the lagoon around 2:50 a.m. was pushed to the ground by a man, who was then chased off by several passersby.

She was taken to Mass. General for treatment of minor injuries.

The man is described as white or Hispanic, bald, about 5'7" or 5'8" tall.

The suspect in a still unsolved series of attacks along the... Read more

By - 4/27/14 - 9:28 pm
Ride on the Esplanade

Jared Wickerham spent some time on the Esplanade at sunset today.

By - 3/20/14 - 4:42 pm

Large numbers of BPD officers descended on the Esplanade and the BU Bridge shortly after 4 p.m., when a 911 caller reported a man in camouflage running around near the bridge with a rifle. Cambridge Police sent some officers to their side of the bridge as well.

In fact, it turned out there was a whole troop of men running around the Esplanade with rifles... Read more

By - 2/17/14 - 9:36 am
Relaxing on the banks of the Charles River

Ryan Ruel captured a couple of folks enjoying the lazy, hazy days of winter by the Esplanade yesterday.

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By - 7/5/13 - 11:32 am

Fireworks over the Charles

Nick Gillham watched the fireworks from Cambridge.

Rob Bellinger watched the fireworks from a South Boston rooftop:

Fireworks from South Boston... Read more

By - 7/4/13 - 11:33 pm

Fireworks over the Charles. Photo by Greg HumFireworks over the Charles. Photo by Greg Hum.

One highlight was when Keith Lockhart turned the baton over to Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue.

Several people said attendance seemed to be down... Read more

By - 7/4/13 - 6:28 pm

Star Fleet protester

State Police didn't just ensure that Fourth Amendment protesters dispersed "peacefully" at the Esplanade today, they took pictures of some of them to post to Twitter, including this representative from Star Fleet.

A more conventionally attired demonstrator:

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By - 7/1/13 - 2:10 pm

A Waltham man was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail today on charges he took advantage of a drunk companion's unconsciousness to attack her sexually, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

State troopers on routine patrol on the Esplanade near Community Boating pulled Joseph Bartel, 49, off the still clothed woman around 1 a.m. on Sunday, the DA's office says.

The DA's... Read more

By - 6/30/13 - 1:15 pm

Around 1 a.m., state troopers on patrol near the Longfellow Bridge arrested Joseph Barthel, 49, of Waltham, after they spotted him attacking a 21-year-old woman, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

"Based on the evidence developed thus far, this incident does not appear to be linked to the well-publicized series of unsolved sexual assaults on the Esplanade" and at Moakley Park in South Boston,... Read more

By - 6/26/13 - 10:12 pm

Read a report on his 1990 visit, which included a rally on the Esplanade:

Mandela admirers arrived on foot and by car, bus, train, bike, boat and even inner tube. Families spread out blankets and set up lawn chairs on the grass for picnics, while giant screens brought the speech closer. Hawkers sold T-shirts bearing such slogans as "Boston Welcomes Mandela" and "Sanctions Until

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By - 6/25/13 - 11:07 am

Police and parks officials gather for press conference on July Fourth security.Police and parks officials file into Oval for press conference on July Fourth security.

Well, maybe one surprise: The Mass. Ave. bridge will be shut at 4... Read more