Newbury Street

By - 7/1/09 - 3:38 pm

Natural Bean is no more, Liza reports:

... I don't know how, why, and when this all transpired, but I was devastated. The tragedy was first of three that day, and while MJ's death put up a good fight (Farrah's not so much), the termination of Natural Bean affected me more deeply than I ever could have anticipated. So there I stood, crestfallen, forcing my feet to turn in the direction of Starbucks, cursing The Man all the while. As I sat at my desk painstakingly taking mouthfuls of my mouthful-of-a-coffee-to-pronounce caramel macchiato from Starbucks, I wondered why the good things in life never last. RIP Michael. RIP Farah. RIP Natural Bean.

Via MenuPages Boston.

By - 5/28/09 - 8:58 am

Kevin McCrea senses a certain inefficiency in a Boston DPW that lets a major commercial thoroughfare be torn up every single year for different utility work, rather than requiring it all get done at once:

... I went to Johnson Paint on Newbury Street to pick up some paint for a job. They were repaving Newbury Street which seems to happen often.

I went inside and said to the guys "this repaving isn't good for business, how often do they do this?" The guys exclaimed, "this is the FOURTH year in a row they have repaved the street, and it is terrible for business." I asked if they really have repaved it four years in a row and they insisted it had, and explained how 3 years ago they replaced gas lines, then the next year they opened up the street for water lines in the same place, and now they are redoing it again.

Also see today's Globe piece on the mayoral candidates and the efficiency of city agencies (and the city's efficiency in tracking their efficiency).

By - 4/26/09 - 9:45 am

Sure, City Weekly is gone and the Globe newsroom is getting sliced in a million different ways and the whole paper could go poof next week, but none of that matters: Sarah Schweitzer is back on the Lifestyles of the Rich beat!

Today, she reports that the recession is even hitting people who shop on Newbury Street!

By - 4/24/09 - 10:33 pm

140 Newbury St., fire coming through the roof, reported around 10 p.m., Boston_Fireman tweets.

By - 3/18/09 - 7:55 am

A group of volunteers trying to show you the importance of clean drinking water will be painting a three-mile-long blue line down Boylston and Newbury streets today. They're promoting the Tap Project, which attempts to bring clean water to folks around the world not fortunate enough to be served by the MWRA, by getting restaurant goers to donate money for UNICEF water projects.

Organizers say the paint is actually based on a chalk compound that will disappear by month's end.

By - 3/13/09 - 2:48 pm

John Ford discusses a Boston Courant article (not online since the Courant quaintly refuses to acknowledge the InterWeb's existence) in which Tom Menino proposes the idea of shutting off car traffic on select days in July and August.

By - 1/26/09 - 1:08 pm

Finance Foodie reports that Cafeteria, the post-hip, ironically named Newbury Street restaurant, serves some really good food and some really bad food:

... The scallops were quite large and well seared, but had a slight hint of freezer burn. Last time I checked Boston was not landlocked, so obtaining fresh seafood should have been easy as pie. ...

By - 10/15/08 - 12:15 pm

Jeff Cutler reports on the phenomenon of new mothers leashing their dogs to their baby's strollers, at least as observed on Newbury Street:

... I'm pretty certain if a life-size Chuck Wagon truck or a wild deer dashed through downtown, these dogs would be galloping across busy streets dragging mothers, infants and strollers through traffic to certain doom.

And if not doom, definitely destruction.

By - 9/30/08 - 8:03 pm

Tom Menino wants to limit building heights along the Greenway.

Ablarc discusses (with photos) appropriate scale of buildings along Newbury and Boylston streets.

Vanshnookenraggen calls for a new role for the BRA:

... The BRA used to work along the top-down approach. They were the educated elite and their new plans for the city would fix all its problems. As time has proved over and over this is the wrong way to do things. We need a bottom up approach. But can a massive bureaucracy work bottom-up? I think it can and it has to if we are going to seriously start fixing the problems of the city. ...

By - 7/7/08 - 10:31 am

Fox in Detox reports on a Malkovich-looking drunk at Joe's American on Newbury who skipped out on his tab - and the bartender who chased him onto the street.

By - 6/11/08 - 7:16 pm

Jenny naively believed the schedule that said a number 1 bus would depart Mass. Ave. and Newbury Street for Harvard Square every 14 minutes.

Naturally, she wound up waiting 42 minutes - and then two of them showed up at once.

By - 5/30/08 - 9:02 am

Newbury Street icon Louis seeks someplace trendier.

No, smartass, it's not moving to New York. But is it time for a Newbury Main Streets program to revitalize the area?

By - 10/29/07 - 3:06 pm

Boston Police report on trouble on Newbury Street:

At about 12:15am, on Monday, October 29, 2007, officers assigned to the Fenway area for the Red Sox World Series game, received a radio call for a large group vandalizing cars along Newbury Street. On arrival, officers observed and counted 16 cars that had been vandalized. Most of the damage consisted of broken or ripped off side view mirrors, broken windows and damaged windshield wipers.

By - 9/25/07 - 8:46 pm

Our Dumb Criminals make their triumphant return: The Globe reports a Southie dude was arrested on Newbury Street today: He's charged with possession of a Mercedes stolen in Stoneham, which he allegedly used to take a friend of the female persuasion for a cruise down Newbury Street, unaware that police would be following the LoJack alarm and arrest him as he stepped out of the Nike store - in front of which he'd double-parked while picking up some new footwear, phew.

By - 8/31/07 - 8:45 am

According to well placed sources, The Women is using Newbury Street as a stand-in for New York in at least one scene. Spies on the set reported seeing period New York City cabs on the street.

Ed. note: OK, I don't have a future in celebrity journalism.

By - 8/29/07 - 8:32 pm

Doppiavu photographs some guy who set up an easel to paint a Newbury Street building - right in the middle of a crosswalk.

By - 8/28/07 - 3:57 pm

No, she's not down on her luck or slumming, just filming a scene for a movie. As opposed to Debra Messing, who was over on Newbury Street filming a scene for a movie.

By - 8/15/07 - 10:49 pm

Riggs discusses a Back Bay vagrant who likes to yell a lot:

... On my walk to the T tonight, I saw him at the corner of Newbury and Hereford throwing trash into the air, swearing the entire time.

And, by into the air, I mean way UP in the air. It was like the Swedish Chef tossing chickens around. ...