Harvard Square

By - 11/19/11 - 10:17 am

Jennifer Strong, who has an office in the square, reports on the Mass. Ave. Gauntlet: Tourists, locals who don't know which side to stand on on escalators, student herds and, of course the Save the Whatevers people:

I've tried ignoring them, but sometimes this makes them more insistent. I've tried pretending to be on my phone, but sometimes they ignore this and try to

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By - 11/13/11 - 12:24 pm

Maryam Monalisa Gharavi tweets:

Last night a group of Harvard students (in black-tie suits, possibly drunk) tried to attack #OccupyHarvard's encampment, tearing a tent.

She turned in a longer piece on Occupy Harvard for the Los Angeles Review of Books.Read more

By - 11/9/11 - 10:27 pm

Liz Pelly is tweeting an attempt to establish Occupy Harvard tonight. Tents are being pitched in the Yard.

HUPD is, predictably, not amused. Some gates are locked and IDs are being checked.

Pelly also captured some future Masters of the Universe dudebros yelling "1 percent! 1 percent!" from the window...Read more

By - 10/23/11 - 8:39 pm

Everyone can agree that the economy is rough. This holiday season, more than usual, is important to local retailers. Small businesses in Porter and Davis squares now have another hurdle to deal with starting November 5th, no red line service on the weekends. The residents probably aren't happy about it either.

According to service advisory posters in red line stations, and yesterday's ...Read more

By - 10/22/11 - 10:32 am

Recently, if you look out the windows on the Red Line between Harvard and Porter, you'll almost always find workers pressing against the wall to let a train by. In case the water-stained tunnel walls don't give it away: they're working on the corroded tracks as we speak. However, that may not be enough time to keep the tunnels in shape, and as The Globe...Read more

By - 10/17/11 - 7:46 pm

Bob Slate has re-opened in Harvard Square. They're even on Twitter.Read more

By - 10/15/11 - 7:25 am

Cambridge, Mass. — Tickets are on sale now for George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Stickball Productions’ world premiere stage adaptation of the quintessential Boston crime novel. The production runs Dec. 8–Jan. 15 at Oberon in Harvard Square, for tickets, visit www.thefriendsofeddiecoyle.com

It is the winter of ‘69 in Boston and Eddie Coyle is a bottom of the barrel hood attempting...Read more

By - 10/3/11 - 8:29 am

More, more and more.

Greg Cook has photos. And if you live in Cambridge, this guy deserves your vote for his obvious support of the arts:

Stohlman...Read more

By - 9/29/11 - 7:21 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the long-time Harvard Square place can be yours for the right price.Read more

By - 9/27/11 - 7:54 am

Hacked Harvard. As seen on TV (well, YouTube).Hacked Harvard. As seen on TV (well, YouTube).

Oh, phew, the former ophthalmologist is still just the brutal thug strongman of Syria. It was just some Syrian kiddies hacking the Harvard Web site. Wait, what? Maybe...Read more

By - 9/22/11 - 2:30 pm

Harvard Square, 1912.Harvard Square, 1912. Larger.

Photo from the Library of Congress.

Via Tristan via Shorpy....Read more

By - 9/22/11 - 11:31 am

UPDATE: Body found, death ruled accidental.


Kolajo Paul Afolabi hasn't been seen since Wednesday morning, when he left his Providence home for a run....Read more

By - 9/17/11 - 9:59 am

The Crimson reports the guy was nabbed in Newburyport earlier this month on charges he went on an X-ray theft binge across Massachusetts and New Hampshire - including a stop in Harvard Square. He allegedly posed as an employee of a company that recycles old X-rays - in Harvard's case, images of bone fractures from a few years ago - with the intention...Read more

By - 9/9/11 - 12:45 pm

Wanted man

Harvard University Police report this guy pretended to be from a medical and dental recycling company and made off with 500 to 600 pounds of old X-ray film from a Harvard Square location last week. Police report there's silver in them thar films - enough to risk...Read more

By - 9/7/11 - 5:00 pm

AlertNewEngland reports the TD Bank in Central Square was held up around 4:30 p.m. And since T-riding bank robbers seems to prefer the Red Line, the T held up Red Line service to let police search for him.

By - 8/24/11 - 8:44 am

Harvard Klan

The Boston Public Library has posted a ton of Leslie Jones photos from Harvard, MIT and Wellesley, including this June, 1924 charmer, titled, "Harvard Class Day: Harvard Klass Kow & Klans - students having fun on Class Day."

Some context: The Klan was in the news...Read more

By - 8/23/11 - 9:23 am

Shaun Engstrom reports this morning:

BREAKING NEWS: Coraline stop motion ad between Harvard & Central Sq replaced w/ Blue Man Group. It's been 2 years, praise the MBTA gods.

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By - 8/12/11 - 11:59 pm

A group of about 50 teens spontaneously started brawling around 10:30 p.m. in the area of Mass. Ave. and Church Street. At least 15 Cambridge and Harvard police cruisers responded; people tweeting there were arrests. Photo.Read more

By - 8/9/11 - 4:15 pm

Similar manhole cover, near MIT. Photo by Liz Coffey.Similar manhole cover, near MIT. Photo by Liz Coffey.

Liz Coffey forwards a copy of a note she dashed off to the Cambridge Historical Commission:

I noticed yesterday my favorite catch basin cover, dated 1875 (or 1873?),...Read more
By - 8/1/11 - 9:22 am

Kerry McDonald posts an FAQ about schooling your kids at home in a Cambridge condo:

Q. Don't you want to live in a big house with a big yard and plentiful parking?

A: We like our cozy home and we rarely drive our car in the city so assigned parking isn't a necessity for us. And who needs a big yard when we have

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