Charles River

By - 2/12/11 - 11:39 am

Train bridge

Historygradguy has been ambling about downtown and the West End at night. Above, he captured the train bridge into North Station; below, the Zakim.


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By - 2/2/11 - 9:41 am

White out on the Charles

Historygradguy peered down the Charles River by BU at the height of the storm yesterday.

From the storm photo gallery.

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By - 1/21/11 - 10:37 am

Check out this message in the snow along the Charles, photographed yesterday from the eighth floor of Mass. Eye and Ear.

Get Well, Grampa

Via CommonHealth.... Read more

By - 1/4/11 - 10:42 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a pet owner's stroll along the Charles River in Brighton almost ended in tragedy when the ice his black Labrador was walking on broke away from shore and floated out into the river around 8 p.m.

Firefighters from Engine 29, Ladder 11 and Rescue 1 responded to a 911 call from near Community Rowing. A firefighter from Ladder 11... Read more

By - 12/27/10 - 10:12 am

Tristanne Lentz posts a photo of our very own Yellow River and wonders why.

By - 12/4/10 - 1:55 pm

MassDOT reports on the slightly less creaky Craigie Bridge, which will be partially shut off again sometime early next year for more repairs.

By - 11/1/10 - 6:37 am

Sure, there are the annoying people on the T and the panhandlers and the outrageous cost of an apartment, but Elliot Haney reports there's nothing like a run on the Esplanade in the fall to make you appreciate Boston:

Running in a city is unlike running anywhere else. There is such an energy here, that it may almost be worth the cost. I feel

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By - 10/23/10 - 4:59 pm

Head of the Charles

Paul Keleher watched the Head of the Charles Regatta today.

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By - 10/17/10 - 12:03 pm

The Globe's Neil Swidey writes an excellent account of a really sad story: The May night when a man jumped into the Charles from the Mass. Ave. Bridge to try to save his suicidal friend.

By - 10/16/10 - 11:30 am

The Globe today thunders against a Cambridge bylaw that lets companies advertise themselves on their buildings in Kendall Square. Setting aside for a moment the way the Globies ignore the fact that the astroturf effort to overturn the measure is one company's grudge against Microsoft (as Scott Kirsner noted in the Globe just the other day), they managed to pen this WTF... Read more

By - 10/5/10 - 8:30 am

Possible Longfellow realignmentOne possible outbound Longfellow realignmentA state task force meets Wednesday to consider possible options for re-aligning the venerable bridge as part of the state's $255-million repair program.

The session to consider three options begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Shriners Hospital auditorium, 51 Blossom... Read more

By - 9/10/10 - 4:44 pm

Boston University Police report a bystander sprung into action around 3:40 p.m. yesterday when he saw a man on a bicycle grab a woman's buttocks on the Esplanade by the Bowker Overpass: He followed the guy and held him until State Police arrived to arrest him.... Read more

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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