Beacon Hill

By - 10/9/17 - 9:43 pm
Nancy Schon on one of the Ducklings statues in the Public Garden

The Friends of the Public Garden snapped sculptor Nancy Schon sitting on Mrs. Mallard on the 30th anniversary of the installation of her Ducklings statues in the Public Garden this past weekend.

By - 9/28/17 - 12:42 pm

A Red Line train came up lame at Charles/MGH outbound and now the MBTA is reporting "moderate" delays.

An Orange Line train stopped at North Station and refused to budge, but the T reports it made it budge and now things are back to normal on that liine.

By - 9/19/17 - 9:48 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that DeLuca's Market can keep using a narrow alley off Beacon Street for once-daily trash removal, but told the market it can no longer use the space for parking cars or trucks. Read more.

By - 9/7/17 - 12:17 pm

An annoyed citizen files a complaint about a remarkably stupid, persistent truck driver at the corner of Anderson and Myrtle on Beacon Hill this morning:

A big truck keeps honking indecently at an abandoned vehicle parked on the street. Neighbors have asked the driver of the big truck to stop honking and go around the abandoned car, but he is not. It's very disruptive in the neighborhood

By - 9/5/17 - 9:58 am

There's a rally at the State House on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

By - 9/1/17 - 12:05 pm

J.L. Bell recounts and considers the story of Solomon Davis, who after a night of plum-cake eating and drinking at John Hancock's Beacon Hill place after an Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company election in 1791, meandered home following one final toast from a fellow bon vivant:

As was the natural habit of Mr. Davis, he set the table in a roar; and in one of his puns being specially felicitous, Col. Orne remarked, “Go home, Davis, and die; - you can never beat that!”

Mr. Davis, on his way home, fell dead, in a fit of apoplexy, near King’s Chapel, and his pockets were found filled with plum-cake.

By - 8/27/17 - 12:57 pm
Adam and Eve statue in the Boston Athenaeum

Ron Perry contemplated the statue in the Boston Athenaeum that shows Adam and Eve realizing they've just blown it. The statue overlooks the Granary Burying Ground.

Copyright Ron Perry. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 8/25/17 - 10:54 pm
Firefighters at 72 Beacon St.

72 Beacon St. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: BFD says a short circuit started the fire.

Boston firefighters responded around 10:40 p.m. to 72 Beacon St., for a fire in the ceiling of the top floor of the four-floor building. Read more

By - 8/19/17 - 4:42 pm
Never Again

A couple dozen racists and Nazis, one dressed as a Minuteman, spent an hour or so standing on and near the Parkman Bandstand this afternoon under the baleful eyes of thousands of jeering protesters before slowly walking away and towards the Boylston Street side of Boston Common, to await a ride out in four Boston Police prisoner vans. Read more.

By - 8/17/17 - 8:50 pm

WFXT reports the Swan Boats in the Public Garden will be locked down Saturday as a precaution during the planned white-supremacist rally across the street on the Common. Read more.

By - 8/17/17 - 1:31 pm

The Frog Pond on Boston Common will be shut on Saturday as part of the security arrangements for the white-supremacist rally on the Common. The city has also ordered the pushcart vendors who normally sell food and clothing on the Common to find some other place to be on Saturday.

By - 8/14/17 - 10:19 pm

Erin Larson asks:

Any insight into the odd tree in the Boston Common? I don't recall seeing it last week...

By - 8/4/17 - 9:18 am

A-1 Larceny

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy who stole three rings right from the window of the Exclusive Jewels Gallery, 107 Charles St., around 2:40 p.m. last Friday. Read more.

By - 8/2/17 - 12:54 am

Yeah, yeah, but the state really means it this time: The Charles River Basin is full of toxic cyanobacteria, which could make you feel pretty bad - and kill your dog, so be especially careful to keep Fido away from the water.

The state warning went into effect Tuesday.

More info on cyanobacteria from the state.

By - 8/1/17 - 11:50 am

Looks like somebody needs to update their Boston real-estate boilerplate:

Go for stroll along "The Charles", walk to the Fleet center, Haymarket square, the North End, Boston Common, the state house, etc.

"The Charles?" Please, even Beacon Hill isn't that formal anymore, everybody just calls it "The Chuck."

By - 7/29/17 - 10:12 pm

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of Romeo and Juliet is absolutely wonderful -- with lots of fine young performers. Photos posted on Facebook (spoilers -- if you don't know the story of Romeo and Juliet - and expect the ending to be a surprise): Photos.

By - 7/26/17 - 5:58 pm
Boston Common crime scene

One of the crime scenes. Photo by David Finnerty.

Around 5:40 p.m., one in the stomach, near the park-ranger station. The homicide unit was summoned because of the severity of that victim's injuries. The area around Brewer Fountain was also taped off.

At least one suspect is in custody.

By - 7/10/17 - 9:23 am
Overflowing Frog Pond

Damaskin took this photo of an overflowing Frog Pond from the safety of higher ground this morning.

Even fearless turkeys were forced to flee. Mike spotted this gobbler on the Park Street side of the Common around 7 a.m.: Read more.

By - 6/30/17 - 9:25 am
Well cap

The Boston Sun reports on a pilot project by the Boston Groundwater Trust to use Bluetooth-enabled well caps and a mobile app to better monitor the levels of groundwater that keep the wooden pilings that support hundreds of buildings in the Back Bay, the South End, the Fenway and Beacon Hill from collapsing. Read more.