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By - 2/21/15 - 11:00 am

Scraping by in Boston is a blog by, well, somebody who was already scraping by when we got hit by all the business-closing snow:

We don't have sick time or vacation days, so we don't get paid if we can't come in due to illness, snow, transit being shut down, job being closed for the day, or needing to care for a child. We

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By - 2/21/15 - 10:23 am
British ship leaves Boston Harbor in canal dug through ice

This print, from the BPL archives, shows a British steamer leaving Boston Harbor through ice, thanks to local merchants:

This print, representing the B & N. A Royal Mail steam ship Britannia, John Hewitt, commander, leaving her dock at East Boston on the 3d of February 1844 on her voyage to Liverpool, is respectfully dedicated by the publishers to the merchants of Boston who

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By - 2/21/15 - 10:16 am

The Globe reports a city worker purged 9,000 snow and ice complaints earlier this month even though the city hadn't actually done anything about them. Mayor Walsh tells the Globe, yeah, that was a mistake.

By - 2/21/15 - 10:04 am
Frozen Fort Point Channel

Kathleen O'Donnell looked across a solid surface on Fort Point Channel this morning.

By - 2/20/15 - 10:27 pm
Can't use the swing at Somerville park

Dr. Rosie Wagner, a Somerville dentist, had little to smile about as she tried out a swing at Kenney Park in Davis Square tonight.

By - 2/20/15 - 3:05 pm
On the roof of Boston Garden

Alex Carlson spotted several people up on the roof of the Garden working on removing snow.

By - 2/20/15 - 3:01 pm
Fast response snow removal in Dorchester

Kevin spotted this mostly buried snow-removal ad in the Baker Square condo complex in Dorchester Lower Mills today.

By - 2/20/15 - 2:15 pm

Twitter comes to us with this example of why parking in someone else's spot is "Not OK". From the looks of the windshield sticker, it's an out-of-state car, probably belonging to someone not familiar with quaint local custom.

By - 2/20/15 - 12:05 pm
Harvard Stadium in the snow in Allston

Harvard Stadium yesterday. Photo by Photographynatalia.

You know, the usual. The latest NWS forecaster's discussion for the Boston area says we should get some snow on Saturday, maybe followed by freezing rain on Sunday (or maybe just more snow), followed by bitter cold, followed, possibly, by ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM Tuesday night, although it's possible that storm might just blow out to sea first. So, yes, the French Toast... Read more

By - 2/20/15 - 11:24 am
Snow pile in Somerville

Guess when this snow pile in Somerville will melt and you could win a $25 Union Square Donuts gift certificate:

The pile is trapezoidal in shape, with the front side coming in at 11’9″, the back about 18′ and the two other sides at 27′. And it’s 7’8″ tall. That means it contains 3,113 cubic feet of snow and weighs in at 15,563 pounds

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By - 2/20/15 - 11:01 am
Snow tunnel at Wellington station on the Orange Line.

Boston Bike Party show us the tunnel a determined group of bicyclists with shovels dug out of a snow mound at the Wellington T stop - where the T dumped snow right on a bike path.

By - 2/19/15 - 4:08 pm
Spanish news site reports on Bostonians throwing themselves out windows

In addition to our parking wars, media outlets overseas are also loving the people-jumping-out-of-windows story (which probably nobody would have even thought to pick up if the mayor hadn't complained about it). Take, for example, this story by La Libertad, in Madrid:

The mayor asked them to stop:
Snow fever in Boston: Dozens of people throw themselves out windows

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By - 2/19/15 - 9:46 am

Der Spiegel reports on our space-saver wars:

Schlacht um Parkplätze: Wildwest in Boston
Wer im verschneiten Boston einen Parkplatz freischaufelt, darf ihn für zwei Tage reservieren. Manche Einwohner wollen diese Sitte abschaffen - denn sie hat böse Folgen.

Meanwhile, you know it's bad when the Daily Mail is running photos of Boston space savers.

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By - 2/19/15 - 8:57 am
Park Drive snow removal

State Bobcat clearing the sidewalk it had just blocked.

Last night, Vasant Marur was out for a stroll along Park Drive when he noticed guys in Bobcats clearing snow from the roadway by pushing it into mounds along the curb, where it promptly rolled onto the previously clear sidewalks, blocking them.

But rather than just take a photo and tweet about it, Marur looked for the supervisor of the operation - a MassDOT... Read more

By - 2/18/15 - 4:10 pm
Workers on the roof of the Riverside trolley barn

Not all T maintenance workers are clearing tracks. As Sybil shows us, a number were busy today clearing snow off the roof of the Riverside trolley facility.

By - 2/18/15 - 2:30 pm
On top of the Government Center garage

Paul Nutting watched a large contingent of workers removing snow from the roof of the Government Center Garage today.

By - 2/18/15 - 12:52 pm
Dig Out, Dine Out

Boston restaurant owners facing empty tables due to all that snow are using social media to advertise new discounts to entice customers out of their igloos.

They're posting nightly specials to #digoutdineout - an idea whipped up by Kevin Long of Big Night Entertainment Group (Empire, Red Lantern and GEM)

Several top restaurants and hospitality firms in Boston and Cambridge have joined the effort,

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By - 2/18/15 - 12:18 pm
Geology of New England ice

Jim Heedles lives in New Hampshire, but that's close enough to keep his intro relevant to us.

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