Union Square

By - 8/16/15 - 12:21 pm
Fire twirler in Somerville's Union Square

Greg Cook took in the Ignite festival in Union Square last night.

By - 8/7/15 - 1:34 pm

Greg Cook, who in year's past has organized the Saddest Parade on Earth, is working with the Somerville Arts Council on a pity party in Union Square next month:

We’re looking for bands to play 20 minutes sets of sad songs (classic covers as well as depressing originals). We’ll provide a “back line” (amps, mics, etc.), but musicians have to bring their own drums and other instruments. We’re seeking facepainters to paint tears and other sad stuff on visitors’ faces. We’re seeking artists, writers and performers to offer sad visuals, readings and so on. We’re looking more for funny sad than sad sad, but surprise us with your best melancholia.

By - 7/19/15 - 9:53 am
Flame-broiled Fluff cone

Brad Kelly shows us the blow-torch technique that Gracie's Ice Cream in Union Square, Somerville, uses to prepare their Fluff-coated sugar cones. "Tasty," he reports.

Copyright Brad Kelly. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/4/15 - 7:02 am
Blooming cherry trees in Somerville

Ocschwar enjoyed some flowering trees in Conway Park in Somerville the other day.

Over in the Fenway, meanwhile, Views of the Northeast took in the Art in Bloom exhibit at the MFA (more info on the show). Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 6:31 pm

Somerville, MA, Mar. 25, 2015 – On March 11, some 50 residents, business owners and others marched and protested in Union Square to protest the ongoing planning process for Union Square redevelopment.

“Whose Somerville? Our Somerville! Whose Square? Our Square!” the marchers chanted as they carried signs and banners with slogans like “Development without displacement” and “Community Benefits Agreement ≠ City Benefits Agreement.”

By - 3/26/15 - 6:19 pm

Somerville, MA, Mar. 25, 2015 – A number of community groups, non-profits, business owners and residents are not happy with the ongoing planning process for the redevelopment of Union Square.

About 12 acres, located on seven blocks of real estate, are slated to be redeveloped by a master developer, chosen by the City last year. Union Square Station Associates, or US2, is a consortium of firms – led by Chicago’s Magellan Development Group LLC and Boston’s Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. – that formed specifically to undertake the billion-dollar development.

By - 2/26/15 - 7:45 pm

Somerville, MA, Feb. 24, 2015 – Despite the freezing temperatures and mountains of snow, since early January residents have been trudging to meetings about the future of Union Square in the old Post Office.

The gatherings are hosted by City officials and by representatives of US2 (Union Square Station Associates), the master developer for the 12 acres on seven blocks of property in and around the square that are slated to be redeveloped.

By - 2/2/15 - 12:14 pm
Cab fire in Union Square

Hannah Richman watched a Cambridge cab burn around noon on Somerville Avenue in Union Square in Somerville.

By - 1/3/15 - 8:44 pm
Space saver on Bowdoin Street in Somerville

With a whole inch of snow on the ground, people who have to journey out are taking no chances. Brian McFadden shows us how a resident of Bowdoin Street in Somerville's Union Square is making damn sure nobody gets that parking space that he spent several painful hours absolutely no time at all shoveling out.

By - 12/22/14 - 1:08 pm

Seems somebody managed to drive into a Dunkin' Donuts in Union Square in Somerville at lunchtime, but didn't get very far inside. Stanley Forman shows the aftermath, reports two people were injured.

By - 12/9/14 - 8:00 pm
Man being rescued from flood waters in Somerville

Peter Morgan reports a Somerville police officer and a bystander teamed up to rescue a man trapped by rising flood waters in the Medford Street underpass in Union Square tonight.

At the time they helped him out of the car, water was up to his chest, with him sitting in driver's seat.

Not long after, Alexandra Sear photographed the man's car:

By - 11/28/14 - 10:41 am

Aram Boghosian photographed the SUV that plowed into the Brass Union in Union Square shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday.

H/t Ron Newman.

By - 10/2/14 - 10:10 pm

Vanyaland reports the Live Nation/Paradise/House of Blues/Brighton Music Hall guy is buying the old post office in Union Square, although he's yet to say exactly what he'll be doing with it.

By - 9/11/14 - 4:55 pm

Ron Newman reports Sherman Cafe is closing for good this weekend.

By - 8/3/14 - 8:14 pm

Somerville, MA, July 29, 2014 – While pleased the grounding of the McGrath highway is moving forward, residents and local elected officials who attended a recent meeting told Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) representatives that they want to make sure everyone is kept updated on planning and construction, and that the project is well-coordinated with other work going on around the city.

“As things change on McGrath, how will that effect Union Square, and the study that’s going on right now in Union Square?” Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston asked at the July 17 meeting.

By - 6/13/14 - 4:42 pm

Vanyaland reports some goon lifted the Jimmy Fund can from the bar at Bull McCabe's in Union Square, Somerville, earlier this week - and that a surveillance camera caught him in the act.

By - 6/11/14 - 9:47 pm

Shortly after 8:15 p.m., Union Square went dark, the victim, Nstar says, of "damage to high voltage equipment." It proved an inconvenience to many, but a lucky few found it kind of nice, as Spatch reports:

Power outage in Union Square; the block with Bronwyn was affected. Anniversary dinner in growing darkness is very romantic.

By - 6/8/14 - 10:28 pm
Gracie's Ice Cream

Julie spotted this sign on the old Sherman Market space in Union Square today.

The Web site doesn't offer any more specifics.


By - 3/18/14 - 7:50 am
Art in Somerville

Either the Not Art guy has changed directions or he has a rival. Chris Devers spotted this visual commentary in Union Square in Somerville yesterday.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and tagged as universalhub on Flickr.