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Blizzard of 2015

By - 7/31/17 - 10:56 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the MBTA didn't break any implied contract with riders when it cancelled or delayed scores of commuter-rail trains in the the Winter of Our Discontent. Read more.

By - 2/2/15 - 8:09 pm
Inside the Cambridgeside igloo

Somebody in Cambridgeport is listing an igloo on Airbnb - and at just $10 a night, it's a steal:

This is an igloo.

Yes. It is very cool. Juno made it.

Comfortably fits 1, or 2 if curled up. You can use the house bathroom and kitchen if you need. Tarp and yoga mattress provided. You'll need to bring your sleeping bag.

H/t Andrew Bauer.

By - 2/1/15 - 2:19 pm
Snowdecahedrons in Dewey Square

TrueNE_79 spottted these snowdecahedrons in Dewey Square this morning.

Could they be the work of Dan Sternof Beyer, who sculpted the forms in Porter Square and elsewhere back in 2011? Well, Beyer is a member of New American Art, a collaborative interested in "beautiful, interactive public art," and just take a look at what they posted yesterday on their Tumblr site.

By - 2/1/15 - 12:22 pm

2015 Snowpocalypse

We didn't hear any reports of Coast Guard searches for bodies in the ocean off Gloucester, so we assume these two guys standing on rocks at the water as blizzard waves crashed over them survived.

H/t Jared.

By - 1/31/15 - 9:27 pm
Snow melter in the Back Bay

Christopher spotted one of those snow melters in action in the Back Bay tonight.

By - 1/31/15 - 6:49 pm
Go Pats in snow in Jamaica Plain

Patty Neal spotted this snowfitti on one of the walls around Angell Memorial in Jamaica Plain today.

By - 1/31/15 - 3:02 pm
Snow turtle in Cambridge

Sacha Pfeiffer spotted this snow turtle today in North Cambridge.

Earlier:
Snow frog in Downtown Crossing.

By - 1/31/15 - 10:47 am
Dorchester space savers

The Scott space with bonus space savers.

A question from a Dorchester resident who came home to find her space-saving beach chair trapped under somebody else's car got fellow Dorchester resident Tracy Scott to thinking - and expounding. Over the course of a couple of hours on Twitter yesterday, she set down the basic principles of Boston space saving - and answered questions from skeptics. What follows is an edited version of her thoughts and her answers to those questions. Read more.

By - 1/30/15 - 8:30 pm

Caroline Cruise of Dorchester asks:

What's the parking etiquette here: someone parked right on top of my space saver. Beach chair is trapped under their car.

By - 1/30/15 - 12:22 pm
Penguin space saver in Fort Point Channel

Heather Parker says this space saver behind Midway Studios, off Channel Center Street in Fort Point, is in the running for one of the best of the year.

By - 1/30/15 - 9:05 am
Snow bicycle in the South End

Jed Hresko marveled at the time somebody put into clearing out a parking space for this bicycle on Columbus Avenue in the South End last night.

By - 1/30/15 - 8:37 am

Still narrowed lanes, trash pickups and school buses are all combining to bring a bit of downtown gridlock to this more suburban neighborhood. ColdSummer reports:

Traffic is so bad on Hyde Park Avenue MBTA bus riders are getting off and walking 3-4 blocks to Forest Hills Station.

By - 1/30/15 - 8:21 am

Oh, ouch: A peeved Dorchester citizen complains about conditions on Woodcliff Street:

Please plow my street when Thomas Menino was alive we would have never experienced nothing like this I am so disappointed and I voted for you!! There are seniors in all the houses and nobody cares.

Meanwhile, a Bay Village citizen turns to the classics to express concern about a crossing that is not only unplowed but has snow piled higher than most people's heads:

By - 1/29/15 - 7:27 pm
Sign in Davis Square pleads with reader not to steal parking space

Hey, we thought Somerville didn't allow space savers. Mike G. shows us somebody near Davis Square is very protective of his or her parking space.

Last year:
When the space saver really was a baby.

By - 1/29/15 - 7:04 pm
Post Office Square, gridlocked

Richard Lerman had a ringside seat for the gridlock in Post Office Square tonight.

By - 1/29/15 - 4:13 pm
Gridlock in downtown Boston after blizzard

Gridlock at Boylston/Charles/Tremont. Photo by Guglielmo.

Traffic reporter Scott Eck is calling this a chaotic afternoon, with drivers on many local roads just not moving.

One of the worst is Memorial Drive, which is at a complete standstill. Where, specifically? Pretty much from one end to the other.

By - 1/29/15 - 2:09 pm
Louisberg Square on Beacon Hill in the snow

In response to a citizen complaint yesterday about an unshoveled sidewalk outside the Kerry/Heinz homestead on Beacon Hill, the city said today:

Case Closed. TICKET: Ticket Issued.

By - 1/29/15 - 8:24 am
Snow on a car in Newton

Julia C. was annoyed enough at this roving pile of white death that she saw on Nahanton Street in Newton to report it to the Newton PD.

By - 1/29/15 - 6:49 am

Oh, so THAT'S what a snow-melter is. #blizzardof2015 @universalhub

A video posted by Sean Frederick (@seanfrederick) on

Sean Frederick ran across one of the big-ass snow melters melting snow downtown overnight.

Boston is borrowing or renting two or three of the snow gobblers from Massport and a private company. City officials said yesterday they're still considering whether to buy one, since they're pretty expensive and are only really needed ever other year or so.

By - 1/28/15 - 11:51 pm
Bynner Street in Jamaica Plain in the snow

Patty Neal's advice: Just avoid Bynner Street in Jamaica Plain.