Boylston Street

By - 4/18/14 - 9:38 am
Helicopter low over Boylston Street

Jake Walker was one of many people to wonder about the helicopter flying low along Boylston this morning. He notes he looked down on the chopper from his 22nd-floor office.

This comes a day after people wondered about the fleet of helicopters flying around town. They're all Marathon related, of course. Today's might be your standard background radiation testing, nothing to... 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 facea 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 - 4/12/14 - 6:18 pm
Two Boylston Street buildings

Goofus is a blight on the neighborhood. Gallant is a classic building.

Goofus lets vandals throw ladders through his windows and tag up his walls. Gallant has his windows washed regularly and has spotless walls.

Goofus is marked off limits to firefighters. Gallant welcomes firefighters.

Goofus eats babies when their parents aren't looking. Gallant saves errant puppies from traffic.... Read more

By - 4/7/14 - 7:27 am
Greek girls

Stevil took in the Greek Independence Day parade on Boylston Street yesterday.

Arturo Gossage also watched the parade.

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

By - 3/30/14 - 7:24 pm
Flowers on Boylston Street

Brian D'Amico paused outside the Engine 33/Ladder 15 fire house on Boylston Street today.

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/27/14 - 10:26 pm

Brian D'Amico watched Berklee students remember the two fallen firefighters today at the Boylston Street firehouse.

By - 3/26/14 - 7:29 pm
Lowering flag at Engine 33

Mediacrity reports that around 7:20 p.m., firefighters from Cambridge Ladder 1 lowered the flag outside the Engine 33/Ladder 15 firehouse on Boylston Street to half staff.

By - 3/4/14 - 3:49 pm

Several city councilors say they're not opposed to medical marijuana but that Southampton Street is just the wrong place for one of the two dispensaries provisionally approved by the state because it's already in the middle of an area with large methadone clinics, a jail, trash-transfer facilities and the BU biolab.

And at a hearing today, councilors expressed major disappointment in state officials, none... Read more

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 - 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 - 1/19/14 - 12:26 pm
Proposed Poe statue

The Boston Poe Foundation reports that it's nearing its fundraising goal to have a life-sized bronze statue of Edgar Allan Poe and a particularly menacing raven cast and installed at Boylston and Charles streets this summer.

By - 1/16/14 - 7:36 am
Steam cleaning Boylston Street trolley

Roving UHub photographer John Pellegrino roved down to Boylston station last night, where he watched MBTA workers steam cleaning the graffiti right off those two historic trolleys.

He's posted a series of photos of the cleaning work, including this shot from the start of the work:

Cleaning trolleys

Nearing completion:

By - 1/14/14 - 1:24 pm
Defaced trolley at Boylston Streeet in Boston

Roving UHub photographer John Pellegrino was among many people this morning to notice the desecration of the historic MTA trolleys parked at Boylston station.

Transit Police in the past have come down pretty hard on any taggers they catch.

A T spokesman said detectives are already hunting for the tagger and will review video from the station's surveillance cameras.... Read more

By - 1/8/14 - 11:38 am

Adam Castiglioni relays the news that Cigar Masters on Boylston Street has shut down, leaving Stanza dei Sigari on Hanover Street as the city's only legal cigar bar.

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

By - 12/27/13 - 5:04 pm

Around 2:15 p.m. As on Dec. 21, no actual bomb was found.

By - 12/24/13 - 3:08 pm

Brian D'Amico reports Boston firefighters responded to 400 Boylston St. around 2 p.m. for what turned out to be a small fire inside a boarded-up area in the rear of the mostly boarded up, windows-smashed in hulk of a once glamorous building that now houses part of the Tannery and which is prominently marked with a red-and-white X to let firefighters know that... Read more

By - 12/10/13 - 8:11 pm

WECB reports on the theater built under the M. Steinert & Sons piano store on Boylston Street in 1896 - and still in existence, although:

The curious hall now serves as a mausoleum for dusty, crippled and out-of-use pianos.

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