Mucka Finyardi looked across the water and Christopher Columbus Park at Long Wharf the other night.
Shelter residents and workers weren't the only ones affected by this week's shutdown of the Long Island Bridge. The Boston Fire Department reports its recruits, who train on neighboring Moon Island, were pressed into service today to rescue 17 chickens at the Boston Public Health Commission's farm on Long Island.
They walked across the bridge to help the chickens cross to the other side, although first they had to catch them:
Yes, the chickens were evasive.
A department spokesman adds:
The mayor's office says it remains committed to rebuilding the Long Island bridge that was shut last night, but that even under the best circumstances, design, environmental analysis and actual construction could take five years and cost $80 million.
Even before the bridge was shut as unsafe, the city had been preparing bid documents for $9 million in design work, half of which would be paid for by the state.
In the worst case, the city of Quincy, which has long expressed reservations at Boston's nerve in routing traffic through its streets, could tie up the project for years.
WFXT reports the city today shut the long decaying bridge to Long Island, forcing the Boston Public Health Commission to find alternate quarters for the more than up to 400 homeless people who normally spend the night at a shelter there.
Neal Gaffey watched the Brilliance of the Seas passing Castle Island on its way out to sea today.
Tim Colby watched the sun come up over Boston Harbor and the South Boston waterfront this morning.
State Police report arresting a North Andover man on a charge of boating under the influence after troopers on harbor patrol rescued him and five passengers from his 50-foot Sea Ray boat, sinking between Spectacle Island and the Long Island Bridge shortly after 7 p.m.
State Police say Paul Boulanger's boat hit a rock and began to sink. Some passengers suffered minor injuries as a result of being thrown from the bridge to the front of the boat during the collision.
Rob Wright watched the sunset and sundogs on either side of the sun over downtown from East Boston this evening.
JB Parrett enjoyed the night air on Boston Harbor Friday night.
Jan looked out her office window this morning to see Old Ironsides returning from Castle Island after a salute of volleys.
The nation's oldest commissioned warship goes into drydock for two years of repairs in March.
Jocelyn photographed the Constitution from East Boston, on her way out to Castle Island.
The Portland Press Herald reports a giant box on a barge built by Google for God knows what reason left the Maine port Tuesday for a trip down our way for dismantling. Seems Google never actually used the shell for anything.
Dig reporter Bill Hayduke boards the bus at the Woods-Mullen Shelter in the South End for the bus ride to the Long Island shelter:
By nighttime Iâ€™ve declined several offers of pills, shared a joint with some people, and narrowly avoided starting my own fight with a guy who needed someone to punch. I concede defeat to the mosquitoes and go inside to sleep with about four hours left before I have to wake up and claim a ticket home.
On Tuesday at Long Wharf
UPDATED with new information from the Coast Guard.
Passengers who left Boston on a three-hour whale watch yesterday afternoon spent the night at sea after an underwater cable got tangled up in their boat's propeller and the ship stopped dead in the water.
The Coast Guard reports Boston Harbor Cruises' Cetacea became stuck about 13 miles east of Nahant. The 83-foot boat had 163 people aboard.
If Wynn gets the state's casino license for greater Boston, it says it will pay a local clean-water group to "seed" the Mystic's mouth with up to 250,000 oysters as a natural water-filtration system that could also help re-establish an estuary ecosystem there.
The Massachusetts Oyster Project has been working to bring oysters back to the waters of Boston Harbor because the bivalve's natural feeding habits - basically opening up and letting water flow in - are great at filtering particulates out of the water, some 30 gallons' worth of water a day.