Massachusetts Avenue

By - 9/18/15 - 8:33 am

The BRA board last night approved a refinancing plan for the Crosstown Center Hampton Inn on Mass. Ave. in which holders of the project's debt will simply write off a good chunk of the money it owes them. Read more.

By - 9/10/15 - 7:17 am
New barriers protect bicycle lane on Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay

City installed flexible barriers this morning. Photo by Greg Hum.

The Globe introduces us to Jonathan Fertig, who spent $40 buying potted plants and traffic cones to protect the new bike lane on Mass. Ave. at Beacon, in an example of "tactical urbanism." He's now raised more than $2,200 to add more barriers (meanwhile, the city, good to its word, installed its own mini barriers today).

Greg Hum shows us the difference: Read more.

By - 9/9/15 - 11:54 am

Arlington Police report they are looking for the occupants of an SUV who apparently reacted to verbal abuse from passengers in an Uber car by shooting out the car's rear windshield with a BB gun.

Police say the action started around midnight in the rear seat of an Uber driver's 2007 Saturn Vue: Read more.

By - 9/6/15 - 6:42 pm

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By - 9/4/15 - 7:24 pm
Door in a convertible in Cambridge

Psychlo Hexane sat behind this on Mass. Ave. near Porter Square this evening.

By - 9/1/15 - 9:04 am
New lane markings at Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street in the Back Bay

Penny Cherubino at BostonZest shows us the newly re-striped intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street this morning.

Electronic signboards now warn motorists to "BE ALERT FOR CYCLISTS."

The intersection is where Anita Kurmann was struck and killed by a semi while bicycling earlier this month.

By - 8/29/15 - 11:32 pm
Offensive window display in the Back Bay

See it larger (if you have smelling salts handy).

A shocked citizen was shocked to see that the window display for Sweet-N-Nasty on Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay, which specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates, was filled with the sorts of items one might expect to find in the window of a store that specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates.

"Totally offensive," was all the outraged citizen could muster before hitting submit on his or her 311 app and, no doubt, swooning to the ground.

By - 8/29/15 - 2:54 pm
Ghostbusters car

Mark spotted the Ghostbustermobile being towed from Cambridge to Boston over the Charles by way of the Mass. Ave. Bridge today.

Ghostbuster car
By - 8/29/15 - 8:39 am

Repaving project Mass Ave and Beacon

After working overnight doing preparation work Thursday and Friday, crews are repaving Massachusetts Avenue from the intersection of Beacon Street to Marlborough Street today.

A construction worker told a detail police officer that they hoped to complete this part of the project today.

By - 8/28/15 - 5:39 pm
Massachusetts Avenue suspicious package

The scene on Mass. Ave. Photo by Mario N.

Police have shut off traffic on Mass. Ave. between Huntington and Columbus due to a suspicious package at St. Botolph St. Fire crews and EMS on the way, just in case.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m. Roads being reopened. Patty reports it appeared to be a pink and blue suitcase.

By - 8/25/15 - 12:07 pm

A man who said he couldn't wait to get a table before heading for the men's room found himself in a battle with a security guard at Victoria's Diner - and in trouble with the law. Read more.

By - 8/20/15 - 8:19 pm
Ghost bike in Boston

Deborah Elizabeth Finn attended the memorial ceremony this evening for Dr. Anita Kurmann, who died in a collision with a flatbed truck earlier this month. At the ceremony, a white "ghost bike" was placed where she died.

A Boston Police spokesman said this morning the investigation into the collision continues; no charges have been brought.

By - 8/18/15 - 11:41 pm

Bicyclists will gather Thursday evening to place a white "ghost bike" where Anita Kurmann died last week in a collision with a flatbed truck at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street.

Kurmann, 38, was a Swiss doctor doing post-graduate work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She died at an intersection identified as the most dangerous one in the city for bicyclists.

The memorial begins at 6:30 p.m.

By - 8/16/15 - 1:37 pm
Massive traffic jam on Massachusetts Avenue

mgH gives us the Mass. Ave. traffic view around 1:30 p.m., notes the road is backed up across the river into Cambridge, warns motorists to avoid the Back Bay at all costs. Apparently, a lot of people didn't get word about the Dominican parade down Boylston.

By - 8/7/15 - 10:59 am

The Back Bay intersection where a bicyclist was hit and killed this morning was identified in a city report two years ago as the most dangerous in the city for bicyclists. Read more.

By - 8/7/15 - 8:56 am

Surveillance photo of the wanted truck, via BPD.

A woman in her 30s was hit sometime before 7:30 a.m. at Mass. Ave. and Beacon Street, was pronounced dead not long after. The truck was turning right onto Beacon from Mass. Ave.

Mel witnessed the crash: Read more.

By - 8/2/15 - 1:48 pm
Locks on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston

A put-upon citizen files a complaint with the city about all the locks on the Mass. Ave. bridge over the turnpike near Boylston not because the weight is warping the bridge or will make the fence fall down but because:

A relationship should not be defined by human bondage and subjugation.

By - 7/16/15 - 3:39 pm

Daniella Torres reports on a crash around 3:15 p.m. at the Back Bay intersection:

Just saw/heard terrible hit and run with a bike and a red (maybe gray trim) SUV at intersection of Mass Ave and Boylston.

Walking across street, heard crash, saw biker fly in air. Crowd (not me) got license plate, stayed until ambulance came.

Biker was in severe pain (head/leg) but talking. Guy in crowd made sure he didn't move his head & comforted him.

By - 6/5/15 - 10:56 pm

Arlington Police report arresting two homeless Boston men on charges they shot two men in a car at Thorndike Field near the Alewife T station around 10 p.m.; the victims managed to drive away - and injured one of the two suspects by hitting him with the car.

Police found the victims in the car about a half mile away, at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Lake Street. Read more.