By - 7/27/15 - 11:43 am

UPDATE: MassDOT says service was restored at 4:10 p.m.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., riders on an outbound C trolley that had just left Park Street saw a shower of sparks. And then the train died. Read more.

By - 7/24/15 - 10:26 am

Boston Magazine reports the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is bringing Dutch artist Theo Jansen's "strandbeests" (beach animals) to the Boston area - with one-day exhibitions of them at various locations, including City Hall Plaza and Dewey Square, next month.

By - 7/23/15 - 6:45 pm
People waiting for a bus on State Street due to Blue Line problems

T workers turn into Waldo at State Street: Where are they? Photo by Mister AO.

The T says it's busing passengers between Bowdoin and Airport - except Bowdoin riders are supposed to catch the bus at Government Center - due to a bomb threat that shut Maverick station around 5:30 p.m.

Update: Around 6:48 p.m., Transit Police completed their sweep of the station and re-opened it for service.

By - 7/23/15 - 10:49 am
Scollay Square in Boston, where City Hall is now

Where City Hall didn't used to be. See it larger.

Between 1954 and 1959, urban planner Kevin Lynch took hundreds of photos in Boston and Cambridge to help show how residents build up a sort of mental map of what their city is like. The MIT Libraries have posted 1,900 of his photos. Read more.

By - 7/23/15 - 9:18 am

Craig Wright reports on an incident on the inbound platform on the Red Line at South Station around 9 a.m.:

Woman hit older woman with iced coffee, then dumped on her head because she was "intentionally blocking her."

I guess from boarding the train? Who knows! To the older woman's credit - she just pretty much laughed it off.

The coffee dumper then walked away, he said.

By - 7/22/15 - 12:12 pm

Historic New England has release the final documentary in Justin Goodstein's series about the long-running market as part of its Haymarket Project.

By - 7/22/15 - 12:01 pm

Boston Police report arresting three men they say used a stolen boat to find other boats to pillage in Boston Harbor on Monday. Read more.

By - 7/22/15 - 11:54 am
Large chess set on City Hall Plaza

Shamus Moynihan took in a game of chess at City Hall Plaza's new giant chess set.

By - 7/21/15 - 9:16 pm
Sunset over Boston's Financial District

Wonderson watched the sun go down over downtown this evening.

By - 7/21/15 - 1:20 pm
Lady with Ukelele

Lanikai, which makes ukeles, is running a contest to give out a new uke. Chelsea is determined to win one. See the photo of her strumming on the Greenway carousel, then click on the heart icon on the left to vote for her (if you don't see it, since the Web site seems to be wonky, go to the main contest page, search on "Greetings from Boston Harbor, hover over her photo, then click on the heart).

By - 7/20/15 - 3:26 pm
Yachts in Boston Harbor, at Long Wharf

There were several large, ocean-going yachts tied up at Long Wharf today, including one registered to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands: Read more.

By - 7/18/15 - 5:58 pm

At the Boston Harbor Hotel this afternoon - just as a couple was getting married there.

By - 7/18/15 - 11:32 am

Today's the anniversary of Kevin White's 1972 call to police in Warwick, RI to convince them to release the Stones - who'd been arrested for a scuffle the night before - or there'd be a riot at the Garden, where 15,000 fans were waiting for them.

Photo of White on the stage at the Garden, telling fans the Stones had been busted, but that he'd just freed them and they were on their way.

By - 7/17/15 - 1:04 pm
White movie related blobby things in downtown Boston

RoadTripNE spotted these large white blobby things, wondered if that meant the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was about to assemble and destroy Faux New York down in the Financial District.

Alas, Robert Caplis reports, there's a more prosaic reason behind the things: Read more.

By - 7/17/15 - 12:56 pm
Bicyclist in the Tip O'Neill Tunnel

Andy MC spotted a bicyclist today where you don't normally see one: Heading north inside the Tip O'Neill Tunnel on I-93.

By - 7/16/15 - 10:39 pm

The BRA board today approved Ashkenazy Acquisition's general "vision plan" for how to turn Faneuil Hall Marketplace into a destination that attracts not only rich tourists but local residents and visitors of more moderate means - in part by making the historic buildings at the core of the marketplace as much a part of visitors' experience as the stores and food. Read more.

By - 7/16/15 - 9:10 pm

A correspondent reports she saw a guy steal the tip jar at the Starbucks at 30 Rowes Wharft around 4:10 p.m. today - despite the best efforts of a barista and a single customer to stop him.

"I feel bad for the working staff, they're not rich," she said, adding she's also upset that while women in the shop called 911, "lots of men in there were buying coffee and they didn't even block the door nor tried to help."

By - 7/16/15 - 4:07 pm
Trombonist on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing

On the outbound Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing this afternoon.

By - 7/15/15 - 3:59 pm
U2 fans outside North Station

John Gage came upon U2 fans outside the Garden hoping for a glimpse of Bono's limo around 2:30 p.m.

By - 7/15/15 - 3:56 pm
Mayor Walsh on fake grass in front of Boston City Hall

Photo by Shelagh Dolan.

Mayor Walsh formally inaugurated the new City Hall "lawn" - a 40x40 piece of Astroturf - with cornhole, Adirondack chairs and food he cooked up himself.