Back Bay

By - 6/22/16 - 8:57 pm
Green Line emergency exit opened up on Boylston Street in the Back Bay

Madeline Donohue was walking down Boylston Street near Dartmouth around 7:30 p.m. when she noticed this Green Line emergency exit opened:

Alarms going off and no one is coming out.

By - 6/22/16 - 11:52 am

A Boston health inspector yesterday shut Chili Duck, 829 Boylston St., for a long list of violations, in particular, kitchen workers not washing their hands - in sinks that didn't have hot enough water - and not having a manager on duty, let alone one who can supervise workers to ensure they were washing their hands between tasks.

The restaurant can re-open after a re-inspection shows it's fixed all of the problems.

By - 6/22/16 - 9:06 am

Mitchell Harrison, 26, of Watertown, died overnight after being recovered from the Charles River by Boston firefighters and State Police. Read more.

By - 6/21/16 - 5:11 pm

UPDATE: The man died; another man now faces a manslaughter charge for allegedly pushing him into the river.

Divers from BFD and State Police and firefighters from Boston and Cambridge went into the Charles near the Mass. Ave. bridge shortly after 5 p.m. on a report that somebody jumped or fell into the river. Around 5:27 p.m., firefighters found the man and got him out of the water. He was turned over to EMS for preparation to be transported to a local hospital.

By - 6/21/16 - 1:22 pm

A drenched citizen complains:

As I was driving down Commonwealth AVE between Clarendon and Berkley heading towards Arlington street with my windows open the sprinklers in the Commonwealth Mall went on soaking myself and the inside of my car with cold water. Someone might want to take a look at the sprinklers and recalibrate them.

By - 6/21/16 - 12:17 pm
Illegal alley ramp in the Back Bay

Nope.

A 311 complaint about a ramp built in Public Alley 420 between Beacon and Marlborough so a resident wouldn't have to risk car damage going over the curb resulted in the property owner getting a ticket for building a ramp from the alley to the driveway, or more specifically, for "occupying city street with tar ramp." In the historic alleys of the Back Bay (well, actually, anywhere in the city), you just can't do that sort of thing.

By - 6/21/16 - 10:54 am
Copley cabs crash

Cara captured the scene in Copley Square where one cab driver rear-ended another.

By - 6/17/16 - 9:10 am

The T is reporting the dreaded "severe" delays due to an inbound trolley that is now D for Deceased. Ryan Hatcher reports from Copley Square:

Conductor told people to get off "if they don't mind walking" due to a disabled train at Boylston.

By - 6/15/16 - 12:37 pm
Flipped car in the Back Bay

Oops. Or as Rob Colonna writes, you might want to avoid the area for a bit.

By - 6/13/16 - 11:55 pm
Interesting clouds over the Back Bay

Paula Tennyson looked up as the sun went down over the Back Bay this evening.

By - 6/12/16 - 11:06 pm
William remembers those lost in Orlando

William, who used to perform at Pulse Orlando, remembers friends and co-workers killed there.

Several hundred people gathered in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square tonight to vent their anger at the deaths in Orlando, but also to show their love for those hurting.

William, a drag performer who moved to Boston from Orlando last fall, recalled the four friends he had there who died, the four in critical condition and others who were shot. But as he tried to maintain his composure, he said, "if I preach one word today, it would be love." Read more.

By - 6/11/16 - 4:54 pm
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Boston

Ryan Ruel snapped shots at the Boston Pride parade today, including the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

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

By - 6/11/16 - 10:38 am
Big soccer ball in the South End

Lauren Stoler watched these guys and their big ball on West Newton Street in the Back Bay this morning.

By - 6/9/16 - 12:25 am
Judy Pagliuca before the Back Bay Architecural Commission

Judy Pagliuca makes a point to commission members.

Judy and Steve Pagliuca hit .500 before the Back Bay Architectural Commission Wednesday night: The board gave them permission to add an addition that would house a two-car garage and a deck in the rear of their house at 362 Marlborough St., but rejected a similar request for a smaller house they also own at 352 Marlborough.

The City Hall hearings on the two proposals turned into a contentious debate on the future of a historic neighborhood where even exterior changes visible only from its numerous service alleys - and the removal of trees - require commission approval. Read more.

By - 6/7/16 - 9:06 pm
Lightning hits Boston

Jonathan Berk captured a lightning bolt hitting Boston during tonight's storm.

Further south, Seth Gitell reported shortly before 9 p.m.:

Trees down along Furnace Brook in Quincy. Apparent flash flooding. Dangerous. I'm parked safely at gas station.

By - 6/5/16 - 11:54 am
Morning mist along the Charles River

Chris Silverio went for a walk along the Charles River in Cambridge this morning.

Copyright Chris Silverio. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/31/16 - 7:58 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a group of local developers are snapping up the Taj Hotel, where the Ritz used to be.

By - 5/26/16 - 7:27 am
Sunset along the Charles River Esplanade

JB Parrett reports this Esplanade sunset photo was the last he took as a Boston resident - he's moving up to New Hampshire.

By - 5/25/16 - 10:06 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a request to allow a Dunkin' Donuts to open at 270 Newbury St., between Fairfield and Gloucester.

This would be Newbury Street's first Dunkin' Donuts since the one that used to be down near Newbury Comics closed, saving shoppers the time it would now take them to walk over to one of the Dunkin' Donuts on Boylston Street. Read more.

By - 5/25/16 - 2:22 pm

Classic Boston thing: Guy in car veers towards guy in crosswalk, who swings at car with his umbrella. Only the guy in the car is an off-duty cop. Stephen Arlowe videoed what happened next.