Beacon Street

By - 1/12/15 - 3:13 pm

UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office requested $10,000 bail for each. Boston Municipal Court Judge Judge Catherine K. Byrne released them on personal recognizance.

Boston Police report arresting three men on charges they knocked a woman down on Beacon Street early Saturday and made off with the purse they wrenched from her arm.

By - 1/3/15 - 11:58 am
Slit-screen view of MBTA Green Line trolley in Brookline

David Parsons used slit-scan photography to take this unusual view of a Green Line trolley on Beacon Street in Brookline.

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

By - 1/2/15 - 4:05 pm

A steamed citizen calls into the Mayor's Hotline:

Caller reporting there is a solid covered manhole in the street on Tremont St at School, in front of church, with extremely hot steam coming out. The steam burned her foot and she is concerned for people's safety.

By - 12/30/14 - 11:12 am

Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 avers:

If you're at Beacon and Arlington and go 25 mph, you'll hit green lights all the way to Mass Ave. Any faster means red light.

By - 12/2/14 - 3:41 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals next week hears a request from the new owners of the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters at 25 Beacon St. to completely gut the building and turn it into nine condos and three apartments for au pairs.

SDC-DLJ, which bought 25 Beacon and two other UUA buildings next to the State House for $23.6 million earlier this year, needs zoning-board approval in part because city zoning prohibits au-pair units.

SDC-DLJ is a partnership of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, Sea-Dar Real Estate and CNW Capital Partners LLC.

By - 11/2/14 - 10:17 pm
Golden Temple vehicle collides with trolley

Around 9 p.m., the driver of a Golden Temple delivery vehicle proved unable to gau around a trolley in Washington Square, Brookline. The two vehicles were still there 30 minutes later when Joe Ranft arrived on scene. Rachel Chernick reports:

Driver side bashed up but seems fine.

Naturally, the collision brought C Line service to a halt, but T inspectors used their noodles and ordered up substitute bus service along Beacon Street.

By - 11/2/14 - 8:39 am
Fire at Park Drive and Beacon Street in Boston

The Boston Fire Department reports a four-alarm fire at 877 Beacon St. early this morning did an estimated $3 million in damage, forced the evacuation of residents of neighboring buildings and injured two firefighters.

Firefighters responded at 1:25 a.m. to the building, which housed offices, not apartments. The department says that while residents were evacuated - MBTA buses were brought in to give them shelter - firewalls between the buildings held, preventing the fire from spreading. Residents were allowed back in around 4:30 a.m.

By - 10/2/14 - 11:40 am

Sgt. Luke Taxter at D-4 reports on an arrest on Beacon Street near Exeter in the Back Bay yesterday:

Officers arrested an unlicensed BU student after pulling his Maserati over; est speed 100mph!

He adds this was around 2:30 p.m.

Zeguang Xu, 19, of the South End, was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of operating without a license, providing a false name to police, speeding, failure to stop, and negligent operation, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. He was released on $1,000 bail.

By - 9/23/14 - 7:47 am

UPDATE: Police report the driver of the car died.

Jil Murphy reports it happened around 11:30 p.m. on Monday at Fairfield and Beacon streets. Stanley Staco reports serious injuries.

This is the same intersection where two pedestrians were killed in a crash in June.

By - 7/18/14 - 9:58 am

Boston Police report Officer Clifton Singletary was helping the driver of a wayward 18-wheeler stuck near the top of Beacon Hill navigate off the hill yesterday when somebody in the truck yelled the brakes had failed:

By - 7/17/14 - 12:15 pm
Truck on steps down to Boston Common

Truck plunge. Photo by Goodrica.

In what will go down in the record books as one of the most Boston of truck crashes ever, a driver from Georgia who reports getting discombobulated by a GPS that put him on Storrow Drive somehow wound up near the top of Beacon Hill from which he rolled down Walnut Street and then was unable to stop as his 18-wheeler plowed across Beacon and down some stairs onto the Common, around 11:50 a.m.

By - 7/16/14 - 4:34 pm

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald reports:

Called to car parked in front of 88 Beacon St. at 12:38pm with an unattended dog inside. Was called in by a Traffic Enforcement Officer. We unlocked the car using tools we carry for such things. No damage to the out of state car. Dog did not appear to be in distress. Unknown how long unattended. Animal Rescue took procession of dog.

By - 7/10/14 - 3:11 pm

Beacon Street between Audubon Circle and Kenmore Square was shut to both vehicles and pedestrians for about 30 minutes this afternoon so police could examine a Budget truck that was parked on the bridge over the turnpike without any license plates. After examining the truck and determining there was nothing threatening, police re-opened the street around 3 p.m.

By - 7/8/14 - 11:52 am

A concerned citizen posts a photo of some uneven sidewalk bricks on Beacon Street across from the Common, says it's time for the city to spring for some rat poison, pronto:

Rats under side walk burrowing and causing sink holes.

By - 6/23/14 - 5:44 pm

UPDATE update: Not charged, as authorities try to figure out who was really driving.

UPDATE, Tuesday a.m.: Ghuzlan Alghazali will be arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on two counts of motor vehicle homicide, one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and one count of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 6/21/14 - 11:31 pm

Updated, Sunday, 12 p.m.

Two Brookline residents walking down Beacon Street in the Back Bay died when a driver ran a red light at Fairfield Street around 9:15 p.m., got into a crash with two other vehicles, rolled over, then hit them, according to WCVB and Boston Police.

By - 3/27/14 - 9:56 am
Beacon Hill's Ladder 24 was the first to arrive at fatal fire

Judd Weiskopf was on Beacon Street when the first fire trucks arrived at 298 Beacon - including Ladder 24 from Cambridge Street - as well as Engine 33 and Ladder 15 from Boylston Street.

His series of photos, taken between 2:48 and 3:07 p.m., show the smoke intensifying rapidly - they would culminate in a wind-blown conflagration that claimed the lives of two firefighters.

By - 3/27/14 - 9:29 am
Boston firefighters on Beacon Street

Paul Weiskel photographed firefighters on Beacon Street yesterday.

This morning, firefighters draped black bunting on the Boylston Street firehouse.

By - 3/26/14 - 8:33 pm
Kennedy (l) and Walsh. <a href="">photos by BFD</a>.

Lt. Ed Walsh of Engine 33 and firefighter Michael Kennedy of Ladder 15 died this afternoon in the basement of a Beacon Street building they had rushed into to help save residents trapped on topped floors, fire officials said at a press conference tonight.

"It's a sad day for the city of Boston," Mayor Walsh said. "We lost 2 heroes here today."

By - 3/26/14 - 2:56 pm
Beacon Street fire.

Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: WBZ reports two of the firefighters have died.

298 Beacon St. Nine alarms. Firefighters from Engine 33 were trapped without water. Three taken out with injuries, one in critical condition.

Prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are now on scene, standard procedure when a victim has life-threatening injuries.

At one point, commanders ordered all firefighters out of the four-story brownstone, built in 1871 and once owned by Oliver Wendell Holmes.