Charles River

By - 9/10/10 - 10:07 am

UPDATE: Dedham's safe for granny again: They grabbed the gator.

Channel 5 reports a canoeist spotted a decent-sized gator on a log in the Charles yesterday. With photo to prove it.

So, to recap: We've got coyotes and turkeys up the wazoo, emus running amok, wild parakeets ruling the roost, jellyfish in Walden Pond and a pig... Read more

By - 9/2/10 - 9:20 am

State Police are investigating how the body of an older white male came to be by the Hatch Shell early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The office adds that the body, spotted by a passerby around 4:45 a.m., shows no outward signs of trauma or foul play.

By - 8/20/10 - 8:48 am

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters pulled two guys out of the middle of the river by the Mass. Ave. Bridge early this morning. After rescuers put life rings around them both and got them out of the water, they were taken to the MIT boathouse for evaluation by EMTs.

Boston Police, who had their own boat on the scene, reports both men,... Read more

By - 8/4/10 - 8:40 am

The Tech reports on the quiet end to the suit by two volunteers cleaning up the Charles who received some nasty burns when they dragged up a block of sodium that then exploded in 2007 (three other volunteers were also burned). Dropping sodium blocks in the Charles had been a big fave among MIT student who like watching things explode.... Read more

By - 8/2/10 - 8:02 pm

ForLeft considers two alternates for a rebuilt Longfellow - one of which has only one traffic lane in each direction:

... I love the idea of cutting down on car traffic and [putting] benches on the walks. This is a chance to really change the urban environment. ...

By - 8/1/10 - 12:20 pm

As they approach the dock I can kind of tell that the captain, or acting captain of the vessel, is not the sharpest sailor on the sea. He misses his approach and is forced to place the vessel in reverse(missing the 30 feet of dock before him). It was not a terribly embarrassing moment- though you would never be able to tell from the apparent"spouse's"... Read more

By - 7/31/10 - 12:03 pm

Houdini about to jump into the Charles

On April 30, 1908, Harry Houdini walked from a nearby hotel to the Harvard Bridge, where he had himself chained up before he jumped into the still frigid Charles River. From The Amazing Harry Houdini:

"But aren't

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By - 7/8/10 - 10:46 am

BU Today's Caleb Daniloff learns that watching the eight-boats slice down the Charles is much easier than actually doing it.

By - 7/5/10 - 6:14 pm

At Albemarle Field in Newton last night. Meanwhile, Vasant Marur shot the Esplanade fireworks:

Boom, boom!

Esplanade photo copyright Vasant Marur. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.... Read more

By - 7/5/10 - 11:58 am

Derrick Jackson at the Boston Globe notices how the Charles River is so nice and clean, these days:

On the Fourth of July, the Charles River retreats to a backdrop for the majestic music of the Pops and the magic of fireworks. On closer look, we have much more to celebrate, as we have granted these once-horribly

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By - 7/5/10 - 8:47 am


Matthew I. watched the Esplanade fireworks.

Copyright Matthew I. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

Jcrbuzz2 took photos from Coolidge Corner.... Read more

By - 5/31/10 - 9:37 pm


Jeff Tamagini watched the sun go down over the Charles tonight through a Canadian smoke filter.

Copyright Jeff Tamagini... Read more

By - 5/24/10 - 10:08 am

Mike the Mad Biologist reports on a proposal to do that - back in 1907. Beacon Hill nobs, concerned about the view, put the kibosh on the idea.

By - 5/22/10 - 8:06 pm


At least near Harvard Square, the answer is "yes!" Leslee captured a group of people jumping off the Weeks Footbridge into the Charles the other day.

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

By - 5/18/10 - 11:12 pm

Story updated at 8 a.m.

The Boston Fire Department and State Police report two men jumped into the Charles River from the Mass. Ave. bridge around 11 p.m. last night.

Boston firefighters and state troopers arrived at the middle of the bridge in time to spot one person in the river "barely treading water." In a statement, State Police say:

State Police Lieutenant Paul

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By - 4/23/10 - 3:15 pm

UPDATE: The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will lower the level of the Charles at the dam by three feet Sunday night to allow for inspection of the dam's catwalk and flashboards, which are showing "significant deterioration of structural components." The dam itself is fine, the state says. The extra water will be diverted into the Mother Brook in Dedham. Read more.

Ian... Read more

By - 3/31/10 - 11:44 am

Local 718 and Boston Police report a Duck Boat lost power near the Longfellow Bridge this morning and had to be towed out of the Charles River before being consumed by Scylla.

By - 3/15/10 - 11:09 pm

Underwater table

Jo photographed what appears to be a bobbing raft but is actually a picnic table being submerged by a rising Charles River at Norumbega Park in Newton today.

William Ricker stopped to watch an impromptu fountain formed by an overflowing sewer on Coffey Street in Dorchester on Sunday:... Read more