Harvard Square

By - 12/17/11 - 12:55 pm

Bijan Sabet recounts a discussion with his five-year-old today about the Harvard Square chocolate shop.

By - 12/14/11 - 8:02 am

The Crimson recounts the sordid tale:

Liu said that when a freshman acquaintance asked him to spend time in Weld, he was reluctant, but he eventually decided to go ahead. Sometime during October, he began telling freshmen he lived there.

"You get so deep, you don’t know how to stop it," he said.

By - 12/12/11 - 7:55 am

The Crimson reports that Rami's, the kosher Israeli place in Coolidge Corner, is looking to expand and has listed Harvard Square as one of its possible new locations (along with Framingham and Sharon).

According to the Crimson, there's a glatt of interest at Harvard; says some even predict prospective students might decide where to go based on the presence of kashruth in the square.

By - 12/2/11 - 7:57 am

The Crimson reports a bunch of students in a biochemistry class basically got sunburned eyeballs because they were in "a lazy kind of mood" and didn't bother to put on protective goggles while using UV light in some experiments on DNA:

As a result, they suffered from what Adeyemi was told may have been “thermal retinal burn from UV radiation,” a condition that includes symptoms of eye redness, pain, and blurry vision.

By - 12/2/11 - 7:27 am

Clover, the non-meat food truck and Harvard Square restaurant, takes exception to being put in a Weekly Dig "Best of" listing:

By - 12/1/11 - 7:57 am

The warning comes from the school's chief athletic trainer, Brant D. Berkstresser, whose name could only be improved by adding "III" or "IV" to the end of it. The company that scrapes velvet off deer antlers for re-sale to athletes denies it's stupid enough to think it could possibly convince the brain-heavy athletes of Harvard to try its wares and so does not market to them.

By - 11/28/11 - 8:24 am

Sounds like some salespeople at the Verizon store in Harvard Square need some training.

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:

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.

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 of their dorm room.

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.

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 explains:

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

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

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 to stay alive and out of jail among his “friends” – cops, bartenders, radical hippies, bank robbers, hit men and informants. Weeks away from a prison sentence for trucking stolen booze, Eddie’s making a few bucks supplying the guns for a rash of brazen bank heists, while looking to tip someone in for a kind word to the judge.

George V. Higgins’ classic novel has been called the “best crime novel ever written” by Elmore Leonard, and literary scholars have compared his unforgiving and realistic depiction of Boston’s underworld with the works of Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Balzac. Through dialogue quintessentially Bostonian, and the most poignant homage to Bobby Orr and the ’69-’70 Boston Bruins in literature, The Friends of Eddie Coyle has set the bar for Boston crime stories for nearly 40 years.

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:

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.

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

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

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

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

Photo from the Library of Congress.

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.

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 of extracting the silver in the films.