Back Bay

By - 2/6/14 - 12:04 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy who "indecently assaulted two female patrons" on an inbound E train between Longwood and Copley around 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Tips to 617-222-1050; text anonymous tips to 873873.

By - 2/5/14 - 5:15 pm
Snowman in Boston

Enoch Pratt photographed a big snowman at Comm. Ave. and Hereford today.

By - 2/4/14 - 7:49 am

A grease fire broke out in the kitchen of the Burger King at 553 Boylston St. around 7:30 a.m., spreading to the second floor via a vent. At 7:45, the fire went to two alarms.

The Boston Fire Department estimates damage at $100,000; says there were no injuries.

By - 2/3/14 - 9:20 am

Transit Police report arresting a man who was flaunting what he had early this morning on a platform at Back Bay station - and then charging him for failing to register as a Level 3 sex offender.

Police report officers went down to the platform around 12:30 a.m. on a report of "a man exposing himself and committing a lewd act."

Daniel Williams,... Read more

By - 2/2/14 - 4:06 pm
Copley Square tortoise

An aggrieved citizen reports:

Broken Park bench in Copley Square is off its anchor and has been moved in front of the turtle statue - depriving people of a photo opportunity with the statue.

By - 2/1/14 - 2:44 pm
Massachusetts Avenue fire

UPDATE: The Boston Fire Department blames a smoker:

Fire Investigators state the cause of the 7 alarm fire was the careless disposal of smoking material, 5th floor rear apt

A fire that broke out around 2:15 p.m. at 31 Massachusetts Avenue went to seven alarms and injured two firefighters.

The Boston Fire Department reports 35 residents were made homeless but that none were... Read more

By - 1/31/14 - 12:53 pm

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today gave provisional approval to medical-marijuana dispensaries at 364 Boylston St. and 70 Southampton St.

The non-profit operators of the two proposed dispensaries hope to be in operation by this fall.

Good Chemistry of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of a Denver concern, will operate the Boylston Street facility, selling products based on marijuana grown in a warehouse in... Read more

By - 1/31/14 - 8:39 am

A man arrested for masturbating at the Hynes Green Line stop on Jan. 16 was arrested again yesterday for an incident last year in which the same woman reportedly saw him doing the same thing at the same spot in the same station last March..

Transit Police reported arresting Salah Koutaiby, 49 of East Boston for open and gross lewdness after a woman waiting... Read more

By - 1/30/14 - 5:11 pm

Federal prosecutors today filed a "notice of intent" that they will seek the death penalty for the still living Tsarnaev brother if he is found guilty of murdering three people and injuring more than 200 others at the Marathon finish line last April - and then murdering an MIT police officer in his escape attempt.

The United States will seek the sentence of death for

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By - 1/27/14 - 6:24 pm

Around 6:15 p.m. right at Boylston and Dartmouth. BFD responded quickly to douse the fetid fire, although not before some of the smoke wafted down to the platforms of the Copley T station, worrying some riders.

Fire officials reassured the T that the smoke posed no threat to train service. Of course, this being the Back Bay, the burning trash was special. One... Read more

By - 1/26/14 - 8:04 pm

Time Magazine reports on the night 30 years ago when Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh... Read more

By - 1/23/14 - 12:43 pm

Transit Police are looking for a member of the criminal class who led them on a chase through the Green Line tunnel between Arlington and Boylston stations this afternoon.

The chase began around 12:30 p.m. when the man either mugged somebody or shoplifted something at the City Sports store on Boylston Street. He ran down Boylston to the Arlington T stop and got on an... Read more

By - 1/23/14 - 7:27 am
Packed Sullivan Station on the MBTA's Orange Line

In 30 minutes, 3 trains came into Sullivan too packed to let any riders on. Photo by Jared May.

UPDATE: The Blue Line joined the party shortly before 10 a.m., when a train ascended to Valhalla at Wonderland.

Dead inbound train at Quincy Center would be harshing the mellow of Red Line commuters this morning if they weren't busy concentrating on staying warm. An Orange Line train could only make it to Back Bay before departing this mortal coil, but riders from the north... Read more

By - 1/19/14 - 7:10 pm
Ducks in Boston's Public Garden

Stevil photographed ducks in a feeding frenzy in the Public Garden yesterday.

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 1/16/14 - 8:28 am

The Huntington News reports police are looking for a white guy in his 20s who sidles up to women on Boylston and Newbury streets, chats them up, drops that he's either a resident or a surgeon at Tufts Medical Center, then tries to get them somewhere isolated where he can sexually assault them.

By - 1/15/14 - 10:55 am
Hancock building at sunrise

Alden Keefe Sampson watched the sun rise over the Charles this morning. He says:

I was jogging along this morning with my friend and all of a sudden looked out to see this brilliant scene. We just happened to be in the right spot in the right time. Surreal moment.

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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