Copley Square

By - 7/11/14 - 9:49 am
Boring dancers in Copley Square, Back Bay

A concerned citizen complains about the lack of action outside the BPL in Copley Square:

Trio of would-be hip-hoppers have blocked off a large part of sidewalk in front of BPL and are not even dancing. Most boring show ever.

By - 5/22/14 - 9:01 am
Faux NYPD cruiser in Copley Square

There's an odd sight in Copley Square this morning: A film crew shooting something involving a supposed NYPD cruiser.

No, has nothing to do with "Black Mass." Stefani Vieira, who took the photo, reports it's a German film crew making their own movie in which Boston stands in for the more-expensive-to-shoot-in New York.

She says they're also using the BPL as a stand-in... Read more

By - 5/14/14 - 4:44 pm
Steaming manhole

Photo by Jeff Cutler.

Apparently a manhole outside 505 Boylston St., just past Clarendon, has been steaming all week, giving passersby a strong whiff of something awful. But today, it started steaming even more than usual, and firefighters, at first thinking they were dealing with a flaming manhole, doused the thing with liberal amounts of water. They summoned NStar, whose hole it is, to the scene; before an... Read more

By - 4/29/14 - 8:13 am
An Oz wedding procession

Redsox223 came across an unusual wedding procession at Trinity Church on Sunday. And then they all went off in search of the wizard.

Copyright Redsox223. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 1:59 pm

A Wakefield man was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail and sent down to Bridgewater for evaluation at his arraignment today on a variety of charges related to the alleged act of performance art that led police to shut Boylston Street for more than two hours last night on the anniversary of the Marathon bombings.

Kevin "Kayvon" Edson was charged with disturbing the... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 7:09 pm
Suspicious backpack

UPDATE: Kayvon Edson faces a variety of charges in Boston Municipal Court following his arrest at the finish line.

Boylston Street was shut at the Marathon finish line tonight after police found two unattended backpacks - not long after a barefoot man dressed like a Southern belle in mourning danced his way up the street with a backpack on, yelling "Boston Strong."

People in... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 6:19 pm
Changing of the guard on Boylston Street

Brian D'Amico watched commemorations on Boylston Street, including a changing of the guard at a marker for one of the two explosion sites.

Meanwhile, Tom Reiner watched and listened to ships in the harbor sound their horns after the afternoon's moment of silence.

Harbor horns

Photos copyright Brian D'Amico and Tom Reiner, respectively.... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 8:12 am
Tags at the Boston Public Library

The BPL's main library in Copley Square currently has an exhibit (in the old, McKim wing) of memorials left by runners and visitors after the Marathon last year. At the end of your walk are several budding trees - and blank tags on which you can write a new message.

At the Old North Church in the North End, you'll find another collection of tags... Read more

By - 4/13/14 - 10:32 am
Inside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square

Photographynatalia stitched together a panorama of the steps inside the McKim wing of the BPL in Copley Square.

Copyright Photographynatalia. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 4/13/14 - 10:12 am
Window replacement on the Hancock building

Stevil watched workers replace a window on the seventh floor of the Hancock tower yesterday:

The scaffold lowers down tracks that are part of the building to one floor above the opening. Then the window which is attached to the yellow disc (blending in with the reflection) traverses to the left and they install it.

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool... Read more

By - 4/8/14 - 8:46 am

Transit Police report arresting a Salem man on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a trolley at Copley Friday afternoon.

According to police:

At approximately 1:20pm a female reported the following to Transit Police: as she was travlling on an outbound Green Line trolley she was Indecently Assaulted by an unknown male as the train departed Copley MBTA station.

Frentz Joseph, 32,... Read more

By - 4/2/14 - 5:47 pm
Abandoned bag in Copley Square

Bit of unwanted excitement in Copley Square shortly after 5 p.m., when somebody discovered a backpack just sitting there on St. James in front of Trinity Church.

Police taped off the area to await the arrival of the bomb squad, which soon after determined the backpack was, in fact, just a backpack.

By - 3/28/14 - 5:45 pm
BPL in Lego bricks

Evolving Critic closely examines a Lego model of the central library, on display through April 5 - inside the library itself (hmm, wonder if there could be a smaller model of the model library inside the model library ...)

By - 3/13/14 - 9:32 am

Boston's Mobile Food Truck Committee (yes, of course the city has a Mobile Food Truck Committee) has approved a pilot project in which food trucks can keep serving food until midnight in designated areas in Copley Square and at Boston University East and Northeastern on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Mayor Walsh says that if the pilot proves successful, he'd want to look at expanding it... Read more

By - 2/22/14 - 4:51 pm
Venezuelan protest at the Massachusetts State House

Brian D'Amico watched protesters call for human rights in Venezuela on the steps of the State House this afternoon, after a march from Copley Square.

By - 2/6/14 - 12:04 pm

Transit Police report they are looking for this guy who "indecently assaulted two female patrons" on an inbound E train between Longwood and Copley around 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Tips to 617-222-1050; text anonymous tips to 873873.

By - 2/4/14 - 7:49 am

A grease fire broke out in the kitchen of the Burger King at 553 Boylston St. around 7:30 a.m., spreading to the second floor via a vent. At 7:45, the fire went to two alarms.

The Boston Fire Department estimates damage at $100,000; says there were no injuries.

By - 2/2/14 - 4:06 pm
Copley Square tortoise

An aggrieved citizen reports:

Broken Park bench in Copley Square is off its anchor and has been moved in front of the turtle statue - depriving people of a photo opportunity with the statue.

By - 1/27/14 - 6:24 pm

Around 6:15 p.m. right at Boylston and Dartmouth. BFD responded quickly to douse the fetid fire, although not before some of the smoke wafted down to the platforms of the Copley T station, worrying some riders.

Fire officials reassured the T that the smoke posed no threat to train service. Of course, this being the Back Bay, the burning trash was special. One... Read more

By - 1/4/14 - 12:29 pm
Burst pipe at Santander Bank on Boylston Street in Boston

Katie Painter reports a burst pipe at the Santander Bank branch at 575 Boylston St. sent water flooding onto the street and set off the bank's alarms around noontime.

Dan Adams reports a sprinkler burst on the first floor of Spaulding Hospital, closing its kitchen.

Yesterday:
The pipes bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that's it's still cold out... Read more

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