Beacon Hill

By - 1/21/17 - 3:36 pm
Protesters on Boston Common, including a doll

From Beacon Street to Boylston Street, from Charles Street to well past the Frog Pond, tens of thousands of people filled Boston Common today for a protest against the new administration. From Mayor Marty Walsh and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to women, men and children in the crowd, people vowed to fight for health care for all, for immigrants, for LGBT rights - and for science. Read more.

By - 1/20/17 - 3:10 pm

MassDOT says the T will provide more frequent service on subway lines and more coaches on commuter lines tomorrow to get people to and from the Women's March for America, which starts from the Common at 11 a.m.

Blue Line riders, however, should allow more time than they usually would to get to the Common because that line will terminate at State for maintenance work between there and Bowdoin.

By - 1/19/17 - 5:45 pm

The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line because of a train that flatlined at Charles/MGH.

By - 1/19/17 - 3:14 pm
Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings ready for protest in the Public Garden

Looks like Mrs. Mallard and her brood are ready for Saturday's protest march from the Common down Comm. Ave. and back to the Common, as Jason shows us.

By - 1/8/17 - 3:51 pm
Sledding on a hill in Boston Common

Patrick McMahon spotted a sledder on Boston Common today.

Jessica Burko spotted a ton of sledders at Fallon Field in Roslindale: Read more.

By - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By - 12/22/16 - 10:26 am

State House officials at first banned the Nativity display inside the building because, you know, Separation of Church and State, but then a state rep threatened to unleash holy hell in the form of a lawsuit because Jesus rules, separation drools, and, of course, the baby Jesus won, at least for three hours tomorrow, the Herald reports.

Atheists reply. Large Baphomet statue, noodly appendages or simple aluminum pole, anyone?

By - 12/16/16 - 10:24 am
Frosted window on the State House

Our own SwirlyGrrl spotted this window on one side of the Old State House this morning.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nasty Lady wonders: Read more.

By - 12/16/16 - 9:28 am

The Boston Sun reports that Mayor Walsh concentrated on the ongoing problems related to addicts and homeless people along Melnea Cass Boulevard and Mass. Ave. and on Boston Common at a recent South End Forum meeting.

We’re laser focused on it. It’s the same for Boston Common. We’re laser focused on Boston Common. That and the area here are the two hot spots. We’re meeting weekly internally on every aspect of the problem…You’ll still see homeless people, but we’re hoping to reduce it…

By - 12/10/16 - 12:21 pm
People holding a protest candle in front of the State House

Greg Cook photographed a small vigil in front of the State House last night to protest impending cabinet appointments in Washington.

By - 12/7/16 - 5:25 pm
Mrs. Mallard in her Christmas finest in the Public Garden

Neil the roving UHub photographer stopped to snap the Public Garden duck family, now all ready for Christmas. Read more.

By - 11/21/16 - 12:19 am
White ghost profiles in Boston Common

Greg Cook attended Sunday's World Day of Remembrancemarch from Copley Square through Boston Common and vigil in front of the State House.

Many of the walkers carried white outlines with the names of people who died in crashes. Activists have begun putting these markers at the crash locations. Not everybody is a fan of the idea.

By - 11/14/16 - 8:12 pm
Supermoon over Boston

Tamas K-L watched the moon come up over Beacon Hill and the Charles this evening.

He wasn't alone: Read more.

By - 11/11/16 - 10:34 am
Veterans Day service at the State House

AllstonBrighton Vets attended a Veterans Day service at the State House today with, among others, Gov. Baker, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

By - 11/9/16 - 8:14 pm

Jean Nagy attended an anti-Trump rally and march outside the State House this evening. Above, they're chanting "my body, my choice." Below, they're chanting something a bit harsher: Read more

By - 10/31/16 - 6:11 pm

Jean Nagy shows us spooky Beacon Hill tonight.

Also on Beacon Hill: Read more.

By - 10/26/16 - 1:47 pm

Bill Brett reports that first firefighters had to get out of their truck yesterday and move the damn thing because they couldn't make the turn since it was parked way too close to the intersection.

Then a tow truck came to pull the Prius C away. The end.

By - 10/11/16 - 5:04 pm
Squirrel with a French fry on the Common

This little guy ran across what seemed like half the Common with a precious, precious fry clutched in his mouth, then found just the perfect perch on which to go to town on it.

By - 10/3/16 - 12:42 pm
Figs on fire

Smoke from burning Figs. Photo by Dave.

Boston firefighters responded around 12:30 p.m. to Figs, 42 Charles St., for a ductwork fire that extended to the roof.

In 2010, a duct fire ravaged English's Olives in Charlestown, starting a process that ultimately led to him losing the restaurant.