Back Bay

By - 1/15/14 - 7:36 am

Isis Parenting, which provided classes, consulting and products for expectant and new mothers, announced yesterday it's closing all of its centers in the area - Back Bay, Arlington, Needham and Hanover.

The chain, which started in Brookline in 2003 - and which provided pre-natal classes for a number of local hospitals - broke the news on its Facebook page last night:

With heavy hearts,

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By - 1/13/14 - 10:08 pm
Big cloud at Dartmouth and Newbury in Boston

Around 10 p.m. Nicky Enriquez found herself confronted with this giant cloud at what appeared to be some roadwork at Newbury and Dartmouth streets:

Totally feel safe walking home tonight - like I won't die of smoke inhalation or anything.

By - 1/12/14 - 2:18 pm
Pantsless subway riders

Greg Hum snapped a photo of a dog on the Blue Line today. Oh, yeah, and some people who are also not wearing any pants.

By - 1/11/14 - 8:15 pm

Portraits of Boston is a nice site where a photographer goes around taking people's photos and asking them a question. Today, one of the featured people was a guy walking down the street in the Back Bay with a bunch of flowers for his wife.

A guy who happens to be Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, as Steve Annear noticed:


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By - 1/11/14 - 3:05 pm

Around 3 p.m., Shaita reported:

Caution: A huge possum was just sitting in the middle of the right lane of Mass Ave in front of the Mary Baker Eddy library.

By - 1/10/14 - 8:23 am
Back Bay men's room

On the plus side, as Ninth discovered yesterday, the current conditions reduce the odds of stuffed up sinks flooding the floors.

Welcome relief: South Station women's room now at 'airport grade'

By - 1/8/14 - 11:38 am

Adam Castiglioni relays the news that Cigar Masters on Boylston Street has shut down, leaving Stanza dei Sigari on Hanover Street as the city's only legal cigar bar.

By - 1/4/14 - 9:13 pm
Flooded basement at 99 Bay State Rd. in Boston

Ladder floats in flooded basement of MIT frat on Bay State Road. Photo by BFD.

From downtown office towers to apartments across the city, Boston firefighters were kept busy tonight dealing with sprinkler systems failing under the onslaught of cold temperatures.

Firefighters went floor to floor in the 33-story 44 Federal St. tonight, ordering all unnecessary workers out of the building after they shut the entire building's sprinkler system due to a leak.

Around the same time, firefighters responded to... Read more

By - 1/4/14 - 12:29 pm
Burst pipe at Santander Bank on Boylston Street in Boston

Katie Painter reports a burst pipe at the Santander Bank branch at 575 Boylston St. sent water flooding onto the street and set off the bank's alarms around noontime.

Dan Adams reports a sprinkler burst on the first floor of Spaulding Hospital, closing its kitchen.

The pipes bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that's it's still cold out... Read more

By - 1/3/14 - 5:57 pm
Loews evacuated in Boston

Loews wasn't catching fire, it was leaking water. Photo by Laura Kinson.

Cold-weary Bostonians seeking a little diversion at the Loews found themselves back out on a frigid Tremont Street late this afternoon when a pipe burst and the megaplex was evacuated.

Earlier, the Prudential Center mall developed an impromptu waterfall when a pipe burst. Chico's was ruined, Julie Loncich reports.

By - 1/1/14 - 6:10 pm
Patti Smith on First Night in Boston

Dan Meade went to Patti Smith's First Night show.

Copyright Dan Meade. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 1/1/14 - 4:11 pm

Boston Police report a generally peaceful First Night in the Back Bay and downtown, with four exceptions:

A guy from Upton was arrested at the Boylston Street Uno's around 6:20 p.m., when, upset at the restaurant's bag checking, declared he had "bombs" in his bag and then, when told by arriving Boston officers to stop making an ass out of himself or he'd be... Read more

By - 12/31/13 - 11:38 pm
Lit up Prudential

Brian D'Amico ambled around the Back Bay and the Common during First Night tonight.

Fireworks over the Common

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By - 12/31/13 - 4:48 pm
First Night ice sculpture

Leslee watched a First Night ice sculptor at work at the Prudential Center last night.

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

By - 12/30/13 - 8:59 pm

Boston Police report they are looking for a small armory of weapons stolen out of a car parked at Belvidere and Dalton streets yesterday evening.

The victim stated that when he returned to his motor vehicle, he had observed the passenger’s rear window damaged and his glove compartment open.

The victim stated to officers that after a day of shooting at an

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By - 12/28/13 - 12:32 pm
Downed Christmas trees in the Back Bay

A concerned citizen complains about whichever Back Bay residents moved so quickly onto the next big holiday that they had to ditch their Christmas trees in Public Alley 432 early on Friday.

By - 12/27/13 - 10:13 pm

Turns out those conventioneers who had their credit-card info had one thing in common: They all ate or drank at pubs run by the Briar Group, whose outlets include the Harp, Solas, Ned Devine's, the Green Briar and Anthem. And that means some locals probably had their data nabbed as well.

In a statement tonight, the chain says:

Based on the initial results of

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By - 12/27/13 - 5:04 pm

Around 2:15 p.m. As on Dec. 21, no actual bomb was found.

By - 12/26/13 - 4:01 pm
Martin Richard memorial

Arturo Gossage reports a couple of impromptu Marathon memorials were put up at the finish line yesterday, including one for Martin Richard.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/24/13 - 3:08 pm

Brian D'Amico reports Boston firefighters responded to 400 Boylston St. around 2 p.m. for what turned out to be a small fire inside a boarded-up area in the rear of the mostly boarded up, windows-smashed in hulk of a once glamorous building that now houses part of the Tannery and which is prominently marked with a red-and-white X to let firefighters know that... Read more