Back Bay

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.

By - 5/24/16 - 3:50 pm
Interesting bus stop on Boylston Street in Back Bay

JB Parrett shows us the bus stop on Boylston Street at Dartmouth.

By - 5/21/16 - 12:03 am
Allium in Copley Square

Chris in Boston shows us what a beautiful night in Copley Square looks like.

Juliana declared the square straight up magical when viewed through the allium puffballs.

By - 5/20/16 - 6:14 pm
Dancing on the Charles River Esplanade

Shannon Dooling wasn't the only one enjoying a nice day along the Charles River Esplanade today.

By - 5/19/16 - 12:18 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the owners of the Taj Boston are putting it up for sale - and pricing it to move (they paid $170 million for the former Ritz, would accept $125 million).

By - 5/18/16 - 11:38 pm

Banker & Tradesman reports (subscription required) the commercial condo space used by the Starbucks at 165 Newbury St. recently sold for $6.25 million - a new Newbury Street record. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 11:38 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to give a food-serving license to Digg Inn, a proposed new feed station for Boston's growing herd of locavore veggie grazers, at 557 Boylston St., between Dartmouth and Clarendon.

"Hopefully, this will be the first of many," Digg Inn attorney Andrew Upton told the board at a hearing this morning. Read more.

By - 5/13/16 - 7:31 am

State public-health officials have released the itinerary of a European visitor to the Boston area earlier this month and say anybody who might have been in the same area at the same time as this person might want to check with their health-care provider because that person came down with measles.

The locations include the Cambridgeside Galleria on the afternoon of May 1, the 1 bus that morning and the Green Line later that afternoon and the Star Market at the Pru and the Nespresso on Newbury Street on the afternoon of May 4. Read more.

By - 5/12/16 - 6:27 am
Car on its side on Storrow Drive

Tom Altmann came upon this scene on the outbound side of Storrow Drive around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday near the Kenmore exit.

By - 5/10/16 - 12:15 pm
Former home of Daisy Buchanan's in Boston

Still being renovated after all these years.

The owner of Daisy Buchanan's on Newbury Street assured the Boston Licensing Board today he plans to re-open the watering hole - just in a smaller space and with a more limited menu. Read more.

By - 5/7/16 - 8:37 pm
Oliver Smoot in parade on the Massachusetts Avenue bridge

Oliver Smoot, the man who became a unit of measurement, was back in town today to serve as grand marshal of the 100th anniversary of MIT's moving day - the celebration of the school's moving from the Back Bay to Cambridge.

RoadTrip New England snapped him as he rode past the markers bearing his name on the bridge.

Curt Nickish caught him being measured to make sure he still had an ear (the bridge being, of course, 364.4 smoots long, plus or minus an ear): Read more.

By - 5/6/16 - 9:58 pm
See-thru truck with lots of dots

We hadn't seen or heard about Chicken Man since shortly after the 2013 Marathon.

But the other night, Tom McLaughlin posted this photo of a truck that sure looked like Chicken Man's, only now covered in dots and no longer sporting a large LED readout featuring the words "Chicken Man" or some inspirational saying. Read more.

By - 5/5/16 - 5:33 pm
JetBlue pigeons in Back Bay station on the Orange Line

As CB shows us, one of the JetBlue pigeon ads that have taken over Back Bay on the Orange Line could only have been designed by somebody who knows about the problem the T has with pigeons down there.

By - 5/5/16 - 2:10 pm

Shortly after 2 p.m., the Santander Bank branch at 61 Arlington St. was held up by a black man in a black puffy coat with gray accents. He was about 30.

By - 5/4/16 - 2:00 pm

The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force reports it's looking for two guys who held up the TD Bank branch at 533 Boylston St. on Monday. Read more.

By - 5/3/16 - 1:15 pm
Steaming car on Boylston Street in the Back Bay

Because there's a steam-belching manhole there and inevitably somebody will take a look at your car, become convinced it's about to burst into flames and call 911, which will bring the Fire Department, which will check, see that it is, in fact, just the manhole, and then depart - until somebody else calls 911.

By - 5/3/16 - 1:10 pm
Ducks in the Public Garden

As if you needed more proof ducks can't read. Seen at lunchtime in the Public Garden - where I had one squirrel and one sparrow come after me when they thought I was reaching for food instead of my camera.

By - 5/2/16 - 6:10 pm

Severe delays on the Green Line, the T advises.