Boston Common

By - 11/23/14 - 12:26 pm
Frog Pond skating

Just because it's up in the 50s today doesn't mean you can go skating at Frog Pond, as TrueNE_79 shows us.

Meanwhile, down in the South End, about 100 people got in a big circle and started doing calisthenics, as Boston shows us:

By - 11/10/14 - 8:06 am
Furry musicians in Boston's Public Garden

Stevil ran across these fine furried musicians in the Public Garden yesterday.

Is there a Mrs. Keytar somewhere that popped these guys out? They were very good despite the somewhat ridiculous costumes. I wanted to read them a bedtime story. :-)

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

By - 11/8/14 - 11:34 am
Leaves on the Common

Leaf pile, anyone? TrueNE_79 took a walk through the Common this morning.

By - 10/29/14 - 9:04 pm

Around 8:10 p.m. by the steps to the State House, Stanley Staco Stanley Staco and Suffolk University Police report. Some suspects got on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing, then got off at Ruggles - where Transit Police chased them to a building on Cabot Street.

Earlier:
Two park rangers stabbed on the Common; one taken away in bad shape.... Read more

By - 10/25/14 - 8:50 am

Freeze Don't Shoot holds a rally starting at noon at the Brewer Fountain on the Common to protest the death of family dogs by police conducting raids and searches. The group is seeking better training for police on how to deal with dogs short of just shooting them to death:

Our dogs are being shot as a result of wrong addresses, invasion of our

... Read more
By - 10/15/14 - 7:38 am

Ed. note: I originally had a photo of a man being placed in a cruiser. That guy had dreadlocks, but Hutchinson had a short haircut in court the next morning. I've taken down the photo - there was another arrest around the same time for an unrelated incident near the Common and the photo might have shown that guy.

UPDATE: At his arraignment today, Hutchinson... Read more

By - 10/14/14 - 5:13 pm

Awaiting word on the Common. Photo by Ed Coppinger.

UPDATE: NECN reports the suspect is a 34-year-old homeless man already wanted for assaulting a cop.

At the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. One of the rangers injured so badly the homicide unit has been called in, just in case. Suspect arrested at Beacon and Charles.

WBZ reports the rangers had asked the suspect to put out a cigarette. WCVB reports... Read more

By - 9/1/14 - 10:22 am
Frog Pond in the Boston Common

Ed Hatfield watched kids enjoying the spray at the Frog Pond the other day. Today would be a great day to try it out, especially since today's the last day it will be open, at least, as a spray pond.

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By - 7/24/14 - 10:56 am

The Globe reports on efforts to stem drug sales in and around the Common, in particular, the short stretch of Boylston between Tremont and Washington where that pilot was arrested the other day.

By - 7/18/14 - 9:58 am

Boston Police report Officer Clifton Singletary was helping the driver of a wayward 18-wheeler stuck near the top of Beacon Hill navigate off the hill yesterday when somebody in the truck yelled the brakes had failed:

As the truck began to slowly roll out of control down Walnut Street, Singletary sensing danger ahead, immediately sped ahead to the intersection of Walnut and Beacon Streets

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By - 7/17/14 - 12:15 pm
Truck on steps down to Boston Common

Truck plunge. Photo by Goodrica.

In what will go down in the record books as one of the most Boston of truck crashes ever, a driver from Georgia who reports getting discombobulated by a GPS that put him on Storrow Drive somehow wound up near the top of Beacon Hill from which he rolled down Walnut Street and then was unable to stop as his 18-wheeler plowed across... Read more

By - 7/15/14 - 4:43 pm
Where the Anne Frank sapling used to be
Anne Frank plaque

UPDATE: Rachel Paiste reports:

Anne Frank tree isn't dead. It's being revived at a greenhouse in Franklin Park (as per parks and rec dept.)

A couple of bare spots in the grass today are all that remains of what was supposed to turn into a leafy memorial to Anne Frank on Boston Common.

As first noted last month, the Anne Frank sapling -... Read more

By - 6/29/14 - 11:49 am
Naked bike riders

Arturo Gossage was at the Parkman Bandstand last night, watching the start of the annual naked bike ride down Newbury and Mass. Ave. into Cambridge. Not all participants went full Monty.

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By - 6/16/14 - 10:20 pm

A Parks Department employee will be getting, at a minimum, a stern talking to after responding to a citizen complaint about the cleanliness of the Common and the Public Garden by telling the person to talk to the slobs who are making the mess rather than complain about the "hard working" park workers.

In response to the Universal Hub post on the Citizens Connect... Read more

By - 6/16/14 - 8:26 am

A huffy citizen complains how messy Boston Common and Public Garden pathways are these days and demands the city assign at least two workers full time to keep it clean, and, hey, maybe buy one of those mini street-sweepers while you're at it. Oh, and make sure the mayor sees this complaint.

Somebody at the Parks Department huffs right back (spelling mistakes fixed):

Common

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By - 6/14/14 - 4:41 pm
Anne Frank sapling

With great fanfare a year ago, local and Dutch leaders gathered on the Common and dedicated a sapling from the chestnut tree that grew outside Anne Frank's attic.

Although the sapling stayed green through the summer and later developed buds, today it appears completely barren.

The note at the bottom of the photo says "Happy Birthday, Anne" and was penned to the location with... Read more

By - 5/24/14 - 3:21 pm
Boston Common flags

Arturo Gossage spent some time on the Common at the annual Memorial Day flag display - 37,000 flags representing fallen Massachusetts service members since the Revolution.

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By - 5/12/14 - 7:21 am
Boston Common buskers

Myron Freeman took in an impromptu concert on the Common the other day.

Copyright Myron Freeman. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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