Boston Common

By - 2/1/15 - 10:50 pm
Patriots fans head to Boston Common

With police keeping people out of Kenmore Square who weren't there before the end of the game, fans who just want to be part of something big are streaming towards the Parkman Bandstand.

Chris in Boston captured a large crowd on its way there.

UPDATE, 11:40 p.m. People began leaving the bandstand around 11:25 and started heading towards Kenmore Square. Some people began... Read more

By - 1/23/15 - 11:00 am
Proposed Olympic beach volleyball stadium on Boston Common.

That's Charles Street on the left. See it larger.

Plans released by Boston 2024 show most of the Common and a significant portion of the Public Garden - including the Make Way for Ducklings statues - off limits to the public during the Olympics. Construction of a 16,000-seat beach-volleyball stadium and related structures, meanwhile, would shut the ball fields and other parts of the Common for months before the games.

The plans also show... Read more

By - 1/12/15 - 10:16 am
Tree being removed on Boston Common due to Dutch Elm Disease

The Boston Parks Department posted this photo of workers taking down a large American elm tree on the Common today because it's become infected with Dutch elm disease, a fungus spread by a beetle.

By - 12/29/14 - 5:38 pm

Police responded to the Frog Pond around 5:30 p.m. when a guy got on the ice for some skating clad only in a bikini.

By - 12/4/14 - 8:31 pm
Protesters on the Common

Protesters on the Common. Photo by Charles Kirschner.

The Green Line tracks at Park Street were cleared by 11:20 p.m., and the T resumed Green Line service - but trolleys bypassed the station.

After repeatedly trying to shut down the turnpike, the O'Neill Tunnel and Storrow Drive, protesters against a New York grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in Eric Garner's death swarmed the Park Street T stop around 10:30... Read more

By - 12/2/14 - 5:17 pm
Honored by Boston Police

Park rangers, police officers and civilians honored for subduing man with knife, helping rangers.

The day after Boston Police honored park rangers, police officers and regular citizens for subduing him, Bodio Hutchinson had his bail set at $1 million on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and single counts of assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery.

Hutchinson faces the charges for an incident in October by the Sailors and Soldiers Monument in the... Read more

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.

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

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

... Read more
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

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