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.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

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

By - 6/16/13 - 8:51 am

The Globe reports the good news.

Oh, yeah, the Globe also reports this is all because of evil New Yorkers trying to squash our poor little fireworks display, but, hey, even evil New Yorkers aren't all bad.... Read more

By - 2/11/13 - 9:35 am

The Daily Free Press reports BU campus police don't have tasers and that what some people thought was a taser was, in fact, a flashlight the cop was using to signal a fellow officer during an Esplanade snowball fight at the height of the storm. Police say the student was captured and released after throwing a snowball in the cop's face.... Read more

By - 2/9/13 - 9:42 am

What do several hundred BU students do? Descend on Storrow Drive and the Esplanade. Police, of course, arrived not long after to break things up.

More video (snowball fight starts about 1:00).... Read more

By - 7/5/12 - 8:59 am

Fireworks over the Charles

Myron Freeman watched the fireworks in the rain last night.

More photos:

Photos by Myron Freeman copyright Myron Freeman and posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 7/4/12 - 10:12 pm

Real fireworks in the skyPhoto of some real fireworks by Tmccool.

State officials started evacuating the Esplanade around 9:30 as a potentially violent thunderstorm headed toward the thousands of people crammed in there for the Pops concert and fireworks. Channel 5 reports many sang "God Bless... Read more

By - 6/29/12 - 12:20 pm

I can't wait to see what CBS has cooked up for the Boston fireworks this July Fourth. How are they going to top last year's augmented reality? Only thing is, they're just going to start in at 10 p.m., so this year people westa Worcester will be deprived of most of the Pops concert, although they will get Jennifer Hudson. Outrage?... Read more

By - 6/4/12 - 7:19 am

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Photographynatalia captured two Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence along the AIDS Walk yesterday.

More conventionally dressed walkers.

Copyright Photographynatalia. Posted in the Universal Hub pool.... Read more

By - 3/27/12 - 7:07 am

The Daily Free Press has some additional details on the latest sexual attack on the Esplanade. The attacker, who is black and between 6' and 6'4" also has a mole on the right side of his face.

By - 3/25/12 - 2:02 pm

A college student was assaulted around 1 a.m. on Friday by the Silber Way footbridge, State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Police described her attacker as a black man between 6' and 6'4". They said the student, 18, was able to break free and escape.

Authorities said immediate evidence does not suggest a link to prior, unsolved attacks on women... Read more

By - 3/6/12 - 6:42 am

Karen Cord Taylor rolls up a newspaper and whacks Boston whiners with it for making a mess all over the proposed Ferris-Wheel-enhanced redo of the Esplanade:

You also might remember the initial proposal for burying the Central Artery. "It can't be done." "It's too expensive." "It's not needed.” Well, it was done. It was expensive. And our city was transformed from dreadful into

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