By - 8/5/13 - 10:06 am

Sunset over Union Square

After yesterday's rainbow came the sunset, photographed here by Christopher Wagner over Union Square in Allston.... Read more

By - 7/29/13 - 12:54 pm

Maybe not Science Center big anymore, but not just fallow land, either. Banker & Tradesman reports on the U's 10-year master plan for all its land in Allston, including a 200-room hotel, a 3,000-seat basketball arena and a six-to-nine story "Gateway Project" at the old Barrys Corner and either new housing for grad students or an office building.

Over at Allston Brighton Community... Read more

By - 7/29/13 - 9:29 am

Wicked Local Cambridge reports Cambridge Police are investigating an incident in which a woman in Allston got in a cab, asked to be taken to an address in Cambridge and when she refused to pay the full fare because the driver took her to the wrong place, was basically held hostage in a parking lot while the driver started doing donuts:

The woman eventually

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By - 7/27/13 - 9:27 am

John Carroll, who when not blogging teaches at BU, alerts us that Insomnia Cookies, which says it will deliver cookies, ice cream and milk until 3 a.m., is setting up shop right next to BU.

Ed. note: Welcome to the City that Always Sleeps, guys, and have fun at that Licensing Board meeting you're no doubt trying to schedule.... Read more

By - 7/22/13 - 9:31 am

The Ward 21 Democratic Committee (Allston/Brighton, Fenway) likes Mike Ross, calling him the innovation candidate.

Speaking of Allston/Brighton, John Connolly went on a bicycle tour of the neighborhoods, which have more bike collisions than any others, this morning. Connolly says as mayor, he'd add money to the city budget for dedicated "cycle tracks."

The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Charlotte Golar Richie about why... Read more

By - 7/21/13 - 11:18 pm

First Ward Committee to Endorse in Mayoral Race

Boston, MA -- The Ward 21 Democratic Committee officially endorsed Councilor Mike Ross for Mayor on Thursday. The committee, made up of Democratic activists from parts of the Allston, Brighton, and Fenway neighborhoods, cited Ross’ innovative ideas as key to the endorsement.

“Councilor Ross stood out in a field of several qualified candidates as the one... Read more

By - 7/17/13 - 8:44 pm

Ken Bauer reported from his car, stuck on Storrow Drive around 8 p.m., that some fool coach-bus driver managed to get his behemoth onto Soldiers Field Road/Storrow Drive eastbound just past the Doubletree, but that he also managed to avoid lopping the top of the bus off until state troopers arrived to block traffic so that he could back the bus back the fool... Read more

By - 7/17/13 - 11:08 am

The Globe reports the festival will happen sometime next month at the Allston park.

By - 7/12/13 - 3:04 pm

Nearly 50 years after it was remodeled, the Circle Cinemas has fallen on hard times. While the building itself is likely to make way for a new development, some people think the sign itself is worth saving.

Read what the Globe has to say about the Long Live Circle Cinema project: Read more

By - 7/12/13 - 9:30 am

Mr. Butch

Around 8 a.m. on July 12, 2007, Mr. Butch, the mayor of Allston, was driving his scooter down Brighton Avenue when hit a light pole. He was 56 and left a large community of people who knew him from his time on the streets of... Read more

By - 7/10/13 - 2:42 pm

A Cambridge Street Thai restaurant has changed its request for a later closing time from 3 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The Boston Licensing Board now considers whether to let A@Time extend its serving times from the current 11 p.m. At a hearing today, a restaurant co-owner said he cut back the proposed closing time after meeting with the executive board of the Allston... Read more

By - 7/9/13 - 8:20 am

There's been an outbreak of young folks sipping their iced coffee from Mason and pickle jars as they ride the Green and Red lines.

Matt Aromando tweets from the Green Line:

This is the most Allston thing I've seen in a while.

Hnasko replies:

Hipster with pickle jar full of iced coffee spotted on MBTA at Kenmore. Not just an allston phenomena.

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By - 7/7/13 - 10:21 am

Mansfield Street fire. Photo by Harry Mattison.Mansfield Street fire. Photo by Harry Mattison.

The Boston Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that started at the triple decker at 17 Mansfield St. around 7:10 a.m. and then spread... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 8:41 am

Today's the last day for filing comments on the state's proposed two-year redo of the Cambridge Street overpass and the Franklin Street pedestrian bridge. Some people aren't all that happy with the current proposal, and think the state could do better to make it safer for pedestrians to get across the turnpike and train tracks. They even have a petition to attach your... Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 8:32 am

Boston University, which has been busy filing patent lawsuits against high-tech companies in recent months, yesterday added Apple to its legal sights.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston, BU charges that the LEDs used in the iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air violate a patent it holds based on the work of Theodore Moustakas, one of its electrical engineering... Read more

By - 7/1/13 - 10:55 am

Oh, good God, Allston. On the heels of the Boston Licensing Board letting the Harvard Avenue McDonald's open at 5 a.m., A@Time on Cambridge Street will seek permission to stay open until 3 a.m.

This is exactly what Allston Civic Association President Paul Berkeley warned about, that his members are "fearful we're just going to become a 24-hour community."

A@Time goes before... Read more

By - 6/29/13 - 11:31 am

Today is the last day for Bicycle Bill's on North Harvard Street. Its Facebook page now sports an icon reading "I'm retired. Do it yourself!" as well as a notice that the shop closes forever at 5 p.m. today.

H/t Compliments Food Co.

By - 6/28/13 - 1:59 pm

The Boston Licensing Board says the presence of methadone patients who aren't breaking any laws isn't reason to keep the McDonald's at Harvard and Comm. avenues from opening at 5 a.m.

Its approval means the burger/Egg McMuffin emporium can now open 21 hours a day. It previously had opened at 7 a.m., which franchisee Bob King said meant he could not serve the crowds... Read more

By - 6/26/13 - 9:53 pm

The owner of McDonald's franchises at Harvard and Comm Ave. and on Western Avenue wants to start opening his outlets at 5 a.m. - and to extend the Western Ave. closing time to 3 a.m. He says he's already taken steps to deal with an increasing problem with methadone patients hanging out at the Harvard Ave. location.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, the... Read more