Charles River

By - 7/17/15 - 9:29 am

A boater spotted a body floating in the Charles around 6:50 a.m. near the Mass. Ave. Bridge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

The body is that of an adult female. Investigators have a tentative identification; procedurally, we will only release that ID if her death is believed to be a result of criminal conduct.

UPDATE: Tentatively identified as a Boston woman in her 30s.

By - 7/14/15 - 5:33 pm
Jumping into the Charles River off 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.

By - 7/14/15 - 11:45 am
Old railroad bridge over the Charles River

The Zakim gets all the attention, but the old commuter-rail bridge next to it has its own charms, including a spiral staircase to the top. Molly Hester admired its form from North Point Park in Cambridge yesterday.

By - 7/14/15 - 11:18 am
Muskrat on the banks of the Charles River in Boston

Mooshrimp reported spotting several muskrats along the Esplanade yesterday, including this fellow by Exeter Street.

By - 7/4/15 - 11:18 pm
Boston fireworks over the Charles River

617 Images had a good view of the fireworks tonight.

Phil R. also watched the fireworks from across the river: Read more.

By - 6/26/15 - 12:22 pm
Under the Zakim Bridge in Charlestown

You can get some weird perspectives when you stand under the Zakim Bridge and its connecting ramps and look up.

Under the new deck.

By - 6/14/15 - 5:32 pm

Tim Miranda was on one Duck Boat waiting to the go into the Charles today when the Duck Boat in front got stuck on the ramp. A third Duck Boat was called in to tow it out.

By - 6/9/15 - 8:42 pm
Storm from South Boston deck

Frank Kosiba watched the storm roll in from his deck in South Boston.

Elsie Kenyon, meanwhile, got to see both ends of the rainbow from the Longfellow Bridge: Read more.

By - 6/7/15 - 9:29 am

Skott.daltonic walked along the Charles early this morning.

By - 5/28/15 - 6:59 pm
Clouds over the Charles River

Ryan Meador watched the clouds moving over the Charles without doing much more than looking menacing, around 6:20 p.m.

By - 5/10/15 - 8:58 pm
Jumping into the Charles River near Harvard Square

Louis Gudema watched people jumping into the Charles from the Weeks Bridge at sunset this evening.

By - 5/9/15 - 10:38 am
Goose by the Charles River Esplanade at sunset

JB Parrett watched as a goose captured some dock sitters on the Esplanade last evening.

By - 4/28/15 - 11:58 pm

Updated, 12:25 a.m.

For the second day in a row, Boston and Cambridge firefighters and State Police responded to the Massachusetts Avenue bridge on a report of a possible jumper, only to find no evidence on the bridge or in the water that somebody had actually jumped.

Firefighters used thermal imagers and sonar to search the water, after the report of a possible jumper mid-span came in shortly before 11:50 p.m.

The bridge was shut in both directions. Around 12:20 a.m., Boston firefighters began packing up and leaving.

By - 4/27/15 - 6:41 pm
Massachusetts Avenue Bridge scene

The scene on the bridge. Photo by WhiteHotOven.

The Boston Fire Department responded in force around 6 p.m. when a report came in of a possible jumper from the bridge, but after searching the water, firefighters found nothing and left.

By - 4/26/15 - 9:56 pm
Angry sky over the Boston Museum of Science

"All hail Gozer!" JB Parrett exclaimed as he took this shot of the angry skies over the Museum of Science this evening.

By - 4/24/15 - 5:14 pm
Sailboat capsized, righted on the Charles River

Rachel Anne Miller watched as boaters rushed to a capsized sailboat on the Charles this afternoon and helped right it.

By - 4/12/15 - 3:56 pm
Stairway and wheel at North Point Park

David Parsons snapped the scene at North Point Park.

Copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 4/11/15 - 9:21 pm
Spring volleyball at Carson Beach in South Boston

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.

On Carson Beach in South Boston, Eileen Murphy watched a game of volleyball (a brisk wind aided the windsurfers in Pleasure Bay).

In the Public Garden, as 617 Images shows us, a couple actually had a picnic: