By - 9/29/15 - 3:15 pm

When Quincy T. Holland of Brighton learned the man he was holding up early this morning at Ashford and Chester streets had no money, police say, he sliced him with a knife, bit his ear, then took his phone. Read more.

By - 9/17/15 - 9:32 pm
Power out on Western Avenue

Powerless Western Avenue. Photo by Ari Ofsevit.

Around 7:30 p.m., Rose sent out an urgent plea:

All of lower Allston just went dark! Send beer and pizza.

Soon, other residents of Allston and Brighton were checking in - via 4G rather than WiFi - of a sudden absence of electricity in the area.

By 9 p.m., power was coming back to most of the area, although some spots near Market Street remained dark until 9:30.

By - 9/17/15 - 10:42 am
Police giving out free helmets to bicyclists without them

Turlach MacDonagh reports police were giving out free helmets to bicyclists without them this morning on Comm. Ave. at the BU Bridge.

Photo copyright Turlach MacDonagh. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/16/15 - 7:47 am

The Crimson reports Harvard dished its new Allston science center will now consist of one large building rather than four smaller buildings, at a recent residents meeting, but declined to release any renderings or floor plans. Also, Harvard said the new building will focus on undergraduates - the plans shelved in 2008 kept them on the other side of the river.

By - 9/14/15 - 6:41 am

The Harvard Crimson reports the U has renamed Soldiers Field as Jordan Field, after an alumnus who has donated a lot of money (for scholarships, not for Another Imposing Building).

By - 9/12/15 - 5:36 pm
Commonwealth Avenue closed

UPDATE: WCVB reports somebody dropped off a bag at Goodwill, said it had a bomb in it. By 6 p.m., police had determined it did not.

Crash Safety shows us the 900 block of Commonwealth Avenue around 5 p.m. after it was evacuated due to a suspicious package.

By - 9/11/15 - 8:39 am
Flipped SUV on Soldiers Field Road

Outbound, near the exit to Harvard Square, J. Goddell reports. Matthew Ferry adds:

Driver and passengers seem to be okay.

By - 9/4/15 - 5:07 pm

The city is holding a neighbors' meeting on Wednesday on the idea of converting the old Kelly's at Commonwealth and Harvard avenues into a Five Guys hamburger place. Read more.

By - 9/2/15 - 8:59 am
A crew rowing on the Charles River at sunrise

Shannon Dooling captured a moment on the Charles River this morning.

By - 9/1/15 - 12:16 pm
Budget  rental truck stuck on Green Line tracks

Plunkett Prime shows us the Budget rental truck whose driver somehow got its left tires over the curb and onto the Green Line right of way and now, of course, it's stuck, and blocking all the outbound B trolleys behind it.

By - 9/1/15 - 9:42 am

Suspect in one of the attacks. Photos via BPD.

Boston Police report a woman was indecently assaulted early Sunday at Harvard and Comm. avenues., two weeks after another woman was similarly attacked at Harvard and Brighton avenues. Read more.

By - 8/31/15 - 8:40 pm
Great Wall of Brookline

Gazing into Allston on the other side of the frontier.

Once, in days of yore, you could drive down Walbridge Street in Allston and just cross the town line and behold, you would find yourself on Columbia Street in Brookline. Read more.

By - 8/31/15 - 7:47 pm
Yard on Gardner Street in Allston as students move out and in

Imagine being the building super who has to clean this Gardner Street yard up.

By - 8/31/15 - 8:41 am
Allston Christmas carolers

Brad Burns spotted some Allston Christmas carolers (and elves handing out fresh fruit from Fresh Format) at Comm. Ave. and Harvard this morning.

By - 8/30/15 - 10:13 pm

Shattr is an app, that in addition to lacking the letter E, is aimed at groups of millennials who want to broadcast their groupness to other groups or something. Based on the mini-fliers handed out at BU today, it's aimed at groups of college students who hate Donald Trump.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 8/28/15 - 10:57 pm
Allston Christmas is here

Jess Idres spotted this thing on Comm. Ave. near Harvard today. As she put it:


By - 8/28/15 - 5:59 pm

DCR, MassDOT and State Police say that since 2007, there have been 25 recorded storrowings on Storrow and Memorial drives and Soldiers Field Road on weekends during which students flow into and out of the city. Read more.

By - 8/25/15 - 7:05 pm
Commonwealth Avenue argument between SUV driver and trolley driver

After trying, but failing, to cut off a trolley at Linden Street and Comm. Ave. around 6:30 p.m., the driver of the Escalade could have backed off, let the trolley, and the other trolley coming from the other direction, through, then been on his way. But, no, of course not. As URNotinvisible shows, the guy got out of his land yacht and began yelling at the T driver.

As of 7 p.m., the T reported no problems due to yelling people standing on tracks, so presumably this particular logjam has been fixed (you didn't, however, ask about the signal problems at Park Street).

By - 8/23/15 - 12:51 pm

Around 12:30 p.m., they started letting pedestrians cross the street. Photo by Chris Mullen.

Police shut the roads around the intersection of Harvard and Brighton avenues this morning after police found two suspicious packages a block apart. One person was arrested; emergency responders began leaving shortly after 2 p.m.