Boston Common

By - 4/22/17 - 4:42 pm

From across the Boston area's universities, biotech companies and hospitals, thousands of scientists and their allies crowded a soggy Boston Common today to battle an administration that seems intent on denying their research, cutting their funding and banning their colleagues and students from entering the country. Read more.

By - 4/7/17 - 12:47 pm
Frog rooting for the Red Sox at Boston's Frog Pond

The frog guarding the playground at the Frog Pond on the Common got a new uniform this week.

By - 3/10/17 - 8:47 pm
Vigil for Srinavas Kuchibhotla in Boston

Josh Jacobs attended a vigil this afternoon for Srinavas Kuchibhotla, an Indian-born tech worker shot to death in Kansas, allegedly as a hate crime.

By - 3/7/17 - 3:23 pm

Rally planned tomorrow between noon and 1:30 p.m. at the State House.

By - 3/4/17 - 1:14 pm
Planned Parenthood rally on Boston Common

A rally to support Planned Parenthood on the Common that attracted several hundred people this morning was winding down when a rally to support President Trump that attracted several dozen people was starting up on the steps of the State House: Read more.

By - 2/24/17 - 9:57 am

The Massachusetts Historical Society recounts the fall of the Great Elm, a tree that had long been a fixture on the Common, in 1876:

When the tree finally did come down in 1876, struck by a strong gust of wind during a storm, Boston citizens rushed to the tree to claim branches and scraps of wood as souvenirs.

The tree was repurposed in a number of other ways by inventive residents, including creating veneered pictures of the tree made out of wood from the elm itself and growing a root of “The Old Elm” around a china dish cover. Part of the tree was also used to make a chair for the Boston Public Library . ... One of these keepsakes belongs to MHS’s own collection, a pair of “Old Elm earrings,” made by Benjamin F. Knowlton.

Earlier:
Dying Back Bay elm tree says farewell.

By - 2/23/17 - 11:18 am
Boston Common in snow and not so much snow

Dimas shows us that difference in these two photos taken on Boston Common.

Meanwhile, over in South Boston, Sullivan's opens today, a couple days earlier than planned, because of the warm weather.

By - 2/5/17 - 11:03 pm

Crowds of Patriots fans - and college students - are on the Common, Newbury Street in the Back Bay, Boylston Street and Park Drive in the Fenway and by Faneuil Hall, celebrating the Super Bowl win. Police report they are loud but well mannered.

Police did have to get onto the train tracks by Ipswich and Charlesgate to escort a guy who tried running across the tracks, except he tripped.

By - 1/22/17 - 12:25 pm
Women's March protest signs on Boylston Street in Boston

Roving UHub photographer John K. stopped to look at the protest signs that were placed along the Boylston Street side of the Central Burying Ground at the Boston Common after yesterday's Women's March on the Common. Read more.

By - 1/21/17 - 3:36 pm
Protesters on Boston Common, including a doll

From Beacon Street to Boylston Street, from Charles Street to well past the Frog Pond, tens of thousands of people filled Boston Common today for a protest against the new administration. From Mayor Marty Walsh and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to women, men and children in the crowd, people vowed to fight for health care for all, for immigrants, for LGBT rights - and for science. Read more.

By - 1/19/17 - 3:14 pm
Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings ready for protest in the Public Garden

Looks like Mrs. Mallard and her brood are ready for Saturday's protest march from the Common down Comm. Ave. and back to the Common, as Jason shows us.

By - 1/8/17 - 3:51 pm
Sledding on a hill in Boston Common

Patrick McMahon spotted a sledder on Boston Common today.

Jessica Burko spotted a ton of sledders at Fallon Field in Roslindale: Read more.

By - 1/1/17 - 2:01 pm
Fireworks over Boston Common

David Parsons took in the 7 p.m. fireworks over Boston Common last night.

Leslee watched the light show on Trinity Church in Copley Square: Read more.

By - 12/21/16 - 9:09 am

The Boston Women's March for America is organizing a march in Boston on Jan. 21 "in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation - among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities."

By - 12/16/16 - 9:28 am

The Boston Sun reports that Mayor Walsh concentrated on the ongoing problems related to addicts and homeless people along Melnea Cass Boulevard and Mass. Ave. and on Boston Common at a recent South End Forum meeting.

We’re laser focused on it. It’s the same for Boston Common. We’re laser focused on Boston Common. That and the area here are the two hot spots. We’re meeting weekly internally on every aspect of the problem…You’ll still see homeless people, but we’re hoping to reduce it…

By - 12/5/16 - 5:23 pm
Protesters in Boston

Outside the State House.

About 250 demonstrators - split between BPS and college students - marched from the Common to the State House and City Hall today to urge Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh to formally declare sanctuaries for not just undocumented immigrants but other minority groups, including lesbians, gays and transgender people as we move into the Trump era. Read more.

By - 11/22/16 - 7:57 pm

No need to show up on the Common on Friday, Greg Cook reports.

By - 11/21/16 - 12:19 am
White ghost profiles in Boston Common

Greg Cook attended Sunday's World Day of Remembrancemarch from Copley Square through Boston Common and vigil in front of the State House.

Many of the walkers carried white outlines with the names of people who died in crashes. Activists have begun putting these markers at the crash locations. Not everybody is a fan of the idea.

By - 11/19/16 - 11:23 pm

Boston Police report two officers suffered head and knee injuries while trying to arrest a man they first stopped to talk to because he was smoking on the Common, which is illegal. Read more.

By - 11/11/16 - 7:15 pm
Immigrant family on Boston Common

Jake went to the vigil and protest on Boston Common today.