Kenmore Square

By - 9/9/16 - 6:05 pm

UPDATE: The restaurant has passed a re-inspection and is open for business again.

A Boston health inspector yesterday shut the McDonald's at 540 Commonwealth Ave. because of a broken sewage drain that left the restaurant's basement covered in the sort of liquid that would pour out of a sewage pipe at a busy burger joint. Read more.

By - 8/23/16 - 9:50 pm
Happy van near Kenmore Square

Enoch Pratt spotted this happymobile headed into Kenmore Square this evening.

By - 8/12/16 - 10:05 pm

BU Today reports the buyer is Related Beal, which turned the old Lovejoy Wharf into Converse's new world headquarters, and which is currently building an all-affordable apartment building near North Station.

Although the company is buying the buildings, BU will continue to own the land they're on. Not resolved: The future of the Citgo sign.

By - 7/15/16 - 3:42 pm

The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the C and D lines due to signal issues at Kenmore Square.

By - 7/13/16 - 9:43 am

WBUR reports the Boston Landmark Commission voted yesterday to grant temporary landmark status to the Citgo sign as it spends the next three months considering whether the iconic flashing triangle should get permanent protection.

The move means the owner of the building can't remove the sign as the commission ponders its fate. Boston University, which owns the sign, has not made any noises about removing it, but it is also looking to sell the building that serves as its base.

By - 7/2/16 - 11:31 am

UPDATE: Thai Dish passed a re-inspection on July 8 and can re-open.

A city health inspector this week ordered Thai Dish, 636 Beacon St., shut until the owners fix a couple of problems. One is that: Read more.

By - 6/25/16 - 12:15 pm

With BU looking to sell the building that now serves as the iconic sign's base, the Boston Preservation Alliance has started collecting signatures on a request to Boston to designate the giant, glowing beacon an official city landmark.

Landmark designation will protect the CITGO sign permanently and require any possible changes to be reviewed (including those that result from future development of 660 Beacon Street). Further, it will recognize the CITGO sign as an important piece of Boston history and culture.

By - 4/28/16 - 9:37 am

Michael Moran says the National Women's Hockey League owes him lots of money for what he says is his part ownership of the league and time he spent working as the league's chief marketing officer. Read more.

By - 4/11/16 - 12:38 pm

Updated, 1:20 p.m.

An Eversource power cable near Woodland station burst into flames, shorting out service on the D Line. The T is now busing passengers between Riverside and Newton Highlands.

WBZ reports the seared cable also means no service for some 3,800 Eversource customers in Newton.

By - 3/31/16 - 9:48 am

Shortly after 9:30 a.m., a man walked into the Citizens Bank branch at 560 Commonwealth Ave. and gave a teller a note demanding money, but then fled without any money.

He's described as white, tall, wearing sunglasses and a white or gray hoodie.

By - 3/25/16 - 9:11 am
Fire at BU building

Where there's smoke ... Photo by Amelia McJerk.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that erupted in a recording studio at the College of Communications at 640 Commonwealth Ave. around 8:50 a.m. went to three alarms so that firefighters could limit their exposure to the toxic fumes given off by the fire.

Three BU students, a BU police officer and a Boston firefighter were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, the department says. Read more.

By - 2/2/16 - 5:20 pm
Truck with leaking acid bottle near BU dorm

Hazmat crew works on package as other firefighters maintain their distance. Photo by Liz Porcari.

The Boston Fire Department reports a bottle of hydrochloric acid started leaking in the back of a FedEx truck parked outside BU's Myles Standish Hall on Beacon Street, at Bay State Road, around 4:45 p.m. Read more.

By - 1/26/16 - 9:18 am
Sun rising over the Citgo sign and Kenmore Square in Boston

JGD watched the sun come up over Kenmore Square this morning.

Tim Shawver was up early as well and watched the sunrise over Boston Harbor: Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 8:23 am

WBUR reports Boston University is looking to sell the Kenmore Square building the roof of which they now rent out for the iconic sign.

By - 12/22/15 - 1:02 pm
End of Rte. 20

A concerned citizen requests that the city replace the "END" sign that used to designate the spot in Kenmore Square where Rte. 20 ends:

Prior to the reconstruction of Kenmore Square there was a sign marking the terminus of U.S. Route 20 (an important marker given its 3,365 mile span, the longest road in the United States). This image is attached, taken around 2005. After reconstruction the sign does not appear to have been replaced. Is there a reason this has not been replaced? Perhaps it could be added to the "Bicycles Stop On Line for Green" post that is on the island between Comm Ave. eastbound/Beacon St.

By - 12/11/15 - 11:19 pm
Sunset over the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square

Annabelle Blake shares her photo of the "cotton candy" sunset over Kenmore Square this evening.

By - 12/10/15 - 8:14 am
Sun over Kenmore Square

JGD looked out her window at just the right moment this morning.

By - 12/2/15 - 8:31 am

Trolley past its expiration date at Kenmore is causing problems for riders who for some reason insist on heading downtown; train that had to be taken out and put out of its misery at Downtown Crossing causing problems for riders who for some reason insist on heading north instead of south.

UPDATE: Signals died, outbound riders sighed, on the Green Line at Copley.

By - 11/14/15 - 4:19 pm
Graffiti Alley in Central Square in Cambridge

Anulfo Baez spotted Caleb Neelon's tribute to Paris in Central Square this afternoon.

Over in Kenmore Square, Anusha Mookherjee spotted a French flag waving in the brisk breeze:

Read more.