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By - 5/14/15 - 6:32 pm
Proposed Copley Tower in the Back Bay

Rendering by architect Elkus Manfredi.

The BRA board today approved new plans for a $500-million, 52-story tower atop Copley Place after the mall's owner agreed to add an extra five affordable apartments - an increase housing activists, such as former state Rep. Mel King, said was far from enough. Read more.Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 11:04 am
Swan in the lagoon by the Back Bay Esplanade

JB Parrett walked along the water at the Esplanade Lagoon yesterday.Read more

By - 4/16/13 - 5:52 pm

At a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Patrick said he visitied a Northeastern student named Victoria, at Tufts Medical Center with shrapnel wounds from one of yesterday's explosions. Victoria, he said, told him how scared and hysterical she was as she was triaged in the Marathon medical tent. But then a man managed to calm her down, showed her his own scars from a shrapnel...Read more

By - 3/12/13 - 10:01 am

BSOD at Forest Hills.

This was the tragic scene at the armored Best Buy machine at Forest Hills Sunday afternoon. Joe D., who came up with the headline, reports it was still like that this morning. Aaron Gallo, meanwhile, discovered the same problem at...Read more

By - 8/22/12 - 10:44 am

Charlie on the Swan Boat

Charlie's suitCharlie came to life today, ambling about town to promote Charlie Cards and the new air-conditioned Charlie service center at Downtown Crossing.

At the Public Garden, Charlie posed with...Read more

By - 7/15/12 - 7:39 pm


Smoke was seen billowing off the roof of a building located on Commonwealth Avenue, this afternoon. Twitterer @alertnewengland reported that a rooftop air conditioning unit (presumably, not a window unit, but the condenser) had caught fire.

While that Twitter report had the fire located at 13 Commonwealth Ave, the location of the fire from my cub reporter observance was...Read more

By - 3/6/12 - 4:09 pm

"Everything looks perfect from far away ..."

A Miniature Boston - 2011 Boston Time Lapse, by JMITimeLapse

(Made with tilt-shift technology)...Read more

By - 12/6/11 - 7:15 pm

Takedown at Back Bay

Roy Simonds photographed the scene at Back Bay station shortly before 6 p.m., wonders if it was real or just part of the security show:

Guy was too calm, not aggravated, then went down pretty easy. Looked "staged". Other TSAs pretty calm

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By - 7/13/11 - 8:18 pm

Today was scheduled to be the day that 15 food trucks first turned on their grills to serve hungry Boston patrons.

According to, however, "at least nine" of the 15 trucks were not in their assigned locations, many of which are located in the Boston Proper neighborhoods.

Delays in permitting and trucks / equipment problems were blamed. The city's point-person on...Read more

By - 1/24/11 - 5:04 pm

JourdetDaniel Jourdet, captured on an Internet video taking a swing at a T inspector at Copley station last April, pleaded guilty today to assault-and-battery and civil-rights charges, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Jourdet, 52, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail, with six months to actually serve for his attack...Read more

By - 12/17/10 - 12:54 pm

The city of Troy, NY has egg on its face.

According to the Times-Union newspaper, the city has been using an image of Boston, not Troy, on the "Welcome" page of the official city website as well as on its letterheads and business cards. (The photo shows a row of Commonwealth Avenue townhomes.)

The author of the article notes the irony. Back in...Read more

By - 10/29/10 - 5:28 pm

The MBTA had its grand-opening ceremony today to announce the completion of the Copley Square renovation project.

There are two entrances to this Green Line station - outbound is at the corners of Boylston and Dartmouth streets while inbound is near the corner across the street, next to the Boston Public Library, Central Branch.

All token gates are open, the escalator (up) on the outbound...Read more

By - 10/28/10 - 6:49 am

Channel 25 reports on an incident at Back Bay station involving a guy given wrong information about which train to take to Providence.

By - 9/10/10 - 5:32 pm

This is the mailing that has Stephen Lynch in a tizzy.
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The front illustrates how in three important votes in the US House of Representatives Stephen Lynch voted in favor of the conservative position, the position usually associated with Republicans. The conceit is that Lynch...Read more

By - 9/8/10 - 2:39 am


There are six days left until the Democratic primary Tuesday September 14. If you are a MA9 resident and you would prefer a more progressive Democratic candidate than incumbent Congressman Stephen Lynch, there is something you can do to increase Mac D'Allesandro's chances.

Everyday between now and next Tuesday talk to a like-minded friend who...Read more

By - 7/22/10 - 5:21 pm


You find the most-interesting things in a barber shop.

Here are a couple photos of pages from the April 1925 issue of Real Estate News newspaper, "Dedicated to the Development and Welfare of Boston and New England and to those who Own, Occupy, Sell or Manage Real Estate".

On the cover is a story on plans to completely...Read more

By - 6/14/10 - 12:04 am

News by neighborhood being discussed on Universal Hub, this past week. more

By - 3/8/10 - 12:54 pm

The state today announced federal funding for a $3-million breath of fresh air: A project to better ventilate the station, which fills with diesel fumes whenever a commuter-rail train pulls in.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the project will go out to bid after contractors finish another federally funded project to fix the station's leaky roof. That $1.6 million project is expected to go...Read more

By - 11/16/09 - 12:06 pm

The Food Monkey considers those ads now gracing some stations (such as Government Center and Back Bay) with the chef sneering at the Pepsi drinkers of the world:

... It seems that Chef Colicchio suggests pairing your diet coke with something that appears a burger/seafood paella hybrid, with a pile of polenta covered in ketchup as a side. I am most glad to see

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By - 9/15/09 - 8:25 am

Channel 7 reports:

The train company CSX, which operates the section of the track involved, confirmed there were two commuter rail trains on the Worcester line heading right for each other.

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