Harvard Square

By - 6/16/11 - 5:38 pm

Orange Line melting in the dark? T says this is the heat kink near MaldenAn Orange Line problem Ray Davies would love. Photo by MBTA.

A "heat kink" in the tracks near Malden (above) is wreaking all sorts of havoc on the Orange Line this afternoon, forcing Oak Grove-bound riders onto buses at Wellington - which is also causing problems on the bus lines from which buses have been diverted to shuttle subway riders.

Red Line riders heading to Alewife are faring no better due to a dead train at Harvard.

From somewhere in the bowels of the Orange Line, OwenWilsonsNose at first tweeted:

Usually I'd be pissed, but B's won the cup last night, can't complain!

But that was before he actually tried getting on one of those shuttle buses:

Neve rmind, line for the bus is atrocious. I hate you, MBTA.

By - 6/5/11 - 10:20 pm

Publishers Weekly writes the final chapter, just a few days after also informing us that the Globe Corner Bookstore is going away this month as well.

By - 6/1/11 - 10:21 am

Publishers Weekly posts the impending obit for the Harvard Square store, which goes out of business at the end of this month, several years after it left the Downtown Crossing location that gave it its name. The owner says he couldn't find anybody to buy the place; will continue to operate globecorner.com.

Via Chris Klein.

By - 5/6/11 - 7:29 am

The Crimson reports on the traditional end-of-semester naked run around Harvard Yard:

Alongside urinating on the John Harvard statue and having sex in the stacks of Widener Library, Primal Scream is one of the three tasks that Harvard students should complete before graduation, according to undergraduate lore.

By - 4/27/11 - 10:19 pm

Charles River bridge

Downtown traffic

Historygradguy captured the Weeks Footbridge over the Charles, while Greg MacKay shot the scene where the Central Artery used to be.

Copyright Historygradguy and Greg MacKay respectively. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 4/27/11 - 7:24 am

The Crimson reports the student was held up at gunpoint around 10:30 p.m. Monday on Linnaean Street - and that Cambridge Police arrested a suspect.

By - 4/27/11 - 6:57 am

And John Carroll for one will be there "to make Gottfried feel more sorry than he currently does."

By - 4/22/11 - 9:45 am

Dead train means down time for Red Line commuters this morning.

At 9:37, Geoff Mamlet tweeted:

Red line Harvard Sq platform packed like sardines. 2 trains taken out of service. 30 min delay.

At 9:38, Angie tweeted:

Current commuting time from Davis to Porter: 40 minutes. I hate you, mbta.

It was so bad, even the five-star-day train driver got in the act, Mamlet added:

Red line announcer: "Don't let us get you down! Have a 5 star day!"

By - 4/22/11 - 9:36 am

The Crimson reports it happened around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday on Prescott Street, across from the Harvard Faculty Club:

The shorter suspect rummaged through the victim's backpack while the taller suspect asked whether the victim had anything else on him.

By - 4/5/11 - 7:13 am

The Finance Foodie reports on the 40th-anniversary dinner at Grendel's Den in Harvard Square, which included a speech by longtime eater and constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe:

To be honest, I kind of tuned out as the Prof waxed poetic because the spinach pie that I had as my main course was massive and delicious -- and required much concentration to eat!

By - 4/2/11 - 6:23 pm

Pooh wallops Tigger

Rob Sheppard witnessed the carnage at the annual pillow fight on Cambridge Common today.

Meanwhile, people gathered in Jamaica Plain's Hyde Square for, well, you know why:

By - 4/1/11 - 7:53 am

It's a Harvard thingIt's a Harvard thing.

There's a two-day conference that starts tonight by some group that wants to restore Harvard to its 17th-century role as a Christian theology school.

Sure, sure, back then, Massachusetts office holders had to swear an oath that they were good Christians. But Hebrews and Muhammadans have nothing to fear from a revived Christian university on the Charles, even if, as the Crimson reports, one speaker says Muslims, along with gays and abortion, are proof of the coming Apocalypse and another wants Christians to "reclaim" government and the media. Because, see, it says right on their site that:

Many secular or non-Christian leaders have also successfully employed faith-based principles to better our society or to effect change without necessarily being believers themselves. We thus invite all interested in exploring the subject to attend this conference regardless of their current faith posture.

By - 4/1/11 - 7:23 am

Weeks Bridge in the snow

Historygradguy went for a walk last night and photographed the Weeks Bridge in the snow.

Copyright Historygradguy. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/17/11 - 10:35 am

Limeduck displays what he bought at the Church Street store, which is closing forever this Sunday (to be followed quickly by the other two Bob Slates).

By - 2/27/11 - 3:42 am

"We won't pay for your crisis"

If you have $3 in your wallet, you have more money than Bank of America paid in corporate taxes last year. On Saturday, USuncut took peaceful action against the Bank of America branch in Harvard Square by protesting the unfair tax code and drawing attention to that fact this ginourmous Bank of America happily profits from taxpayer-funded bailouts and banking business but avoids paying almost anything in Federal taxes.

By - 2/10/11 - 5:58 pm

A notice was taped in the window of the Mass. Ave. store in Harvard Square making the announcement about the store, which has two locations in Harvard Square and one in Porter Square, an alert correspondent reports.

In 2009, the two Slate brothers announced they would try to sell the store started by their father, Robert, more than 75 years ago. Apparently, they were unable to find a buyer, and now the leases on their Harvard Square stores are expiring soon.

By - 2/7/11 - 10:02 am

And in the stomach, around 2:45 a.m. Saturday, Wicked Local Cambridge reports, adding one arrest was made.