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By - 1/4/14 - 9:13 pm
Flooded basement at 99 Bay State Rd. in Boston

Ladder floats in flooded basement of MIT frat on Bay State Road. Photo by BFD.

From downtown office towers to apartments across the city, Boston firefighters were kept busy tonight dealing with sprinkler systems failing under the onslaught of cold temperatures.

Firefighters went floor to floor in the 33-story 44 Federal St. tonight, ordering all unnecessary workers out of the building after they shut the entire building's sprinkler system due to a leak.

Around the same time, firefighters responded to... Read more

By - 1/4/14 - 12:05 pm

The Globe reports MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott will urge her board this week to hire a French company, Keolis, to run commuter rail, rather than re-upping with MBCR, the company that now runs the trains.

Charlene McBride asks:

I wonder if a French company running the commuter rail could bring us the bar car?

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By - 1/4/14 - 11:28 am

R.S.Y. Buchanan photographed the Old Cambridge Burying Ground yesterday.

Copyright R.S.Y. Buchanan. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 1/4/14 - 12:49 am

Today, #SnowCrew dug out 24 elderly and disabled neighbors but 32 others still need help digging out after the storm.

Here are the top 5 things you can do to help them get dug out:

1) Dig them out yourself - go to http://neighborsforneighbors.org/page/snowcrew to find who lives near you that still needs help. Requests are located from Foxboro to East Boston to... Read more

By - 1/3/14 - 5:57 pm
Loews evacuated in Boston

Loews wasn't catching fire, it was leaking water. Photo by Laura Kinson.

Cold-weary Bostonians seeking a little diversion at the Loews found themselves back out on a frigid Tremont Street late this afternoon when a pipe burst and the megaplex was evacuated.

Earlier, the Prudential Center mall developed an impromptu waterfall when a pipe burst. Chico's was ruined, Julie Loncich reports.

By - 1/3/14 - 4:43 pm
Flooding at the end of Long Wharf

Normally, you can stand right at those bollards.

NorthendWaterfront.com posts photos of flooding along the waterfront today, including Long Wharf (above) and Columbus Park.

The sea level rise from Boston Harbor appeared worse than that seen during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 despite significantly less wave action. For example, today’s high tide showed a record level of water intrusion on the harborwalk at Christopher Columbus Park. Sea level rise and Boston’s rising tides

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By - 1/3/14 - 3:22 pm

The November Project is a group for people who want to exercise in the winter months - outside. Around 6 a.m., members congregated on Summit Avenue and shoveled random people's walks and driveways - then ran down the park at the top of the hill that gives the street its name.

Wicked Local Brookline has more.

H/t Brilliant Geeks.... Read more

By - 1/3/14 - 3:05 pm

Per the mayor's office. And you know what that means: 48 hours of space-saving frenzy (and then it all stops, right?).

Ed. note: Video NSFchairs at the end.

H/t JR Strauss.

By - 1/3/14 - 1:05 pm
East Boston man on Italian TV

That's Jim Correale of East Boston on the left discussing our supertempesta live on Italy's RAI network today.

By - 1/3/14 - 12:59 pm
National Guard vehicle in Duxbury

The Duxbury Fire Department posted this photo of a National Guard vehicle going upstream on Gurnet Road this morning.

By - 1/3/14 - 10:33 am
Sparrow in a CVS

So how cold is it? It's so cold even the birds are flocking inside to stay warm, as Eric Maki discovered in the Harvard Square CVS.

By - 1/3/14 - 9:11 am
Summer Street in Boston in the snow and cold

State officials urged people to stay home this morning, and it seems like a lot of people heeded that.

Paul Villanova put on his warm clothes this morning to take photos of an empty Summer Street in Fort Point (above) and an equally empty and windswept Dewey Square:

By - 1/3/14 - 9:05 am
Baked French toast and turkey bacon

Katie Painter had baked French toast and turkey bacon for breakfast this morning.

"Breakfast of champions," she notes.

Shane Buker got ready for breakfast last night - he made a brioche for his French toast this morning:

By - 1/3/14 - 9:02 am

As Rich Davey predicted yesterday, the T has been having problems with the cold this morning. Red Line trains kept dying south of the city, leading to massive delays and eventually bustitution.

Several commuter-rail lines had weather-related delays as well, although, ironically, the Needham Line ran on time.

By - 1/2/14 - 7:54 pm
Unshoveled space

Rory Nolan doesn't have a car, so doesn't need a parking space. Shortly after 5 p.m., he reported he cleared three spaces in the street:

Seeing how long it takes some1 to take or mark it. Let's go.

Around 7:30, he reported:

Going on 3 hours and it's still open. Difference between Allston and Southie.

In fact, a few minutes later, he updated:... Read more

By - 1/2/14 - 7:39 pm

Ami Chitwood reports from Roslindale:

Who steals shovels off our porch during a snowstorm? We're the people who dig out other people on the street ... Have no idea how we are going to dig out neighbors. Won't resort to stealing though. Just don't get it. What's particularly weird is they left behind their small shovel - like they were trading up? Sigh. Snow

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By - 1/2/14 - 7:04 pm
Bobby the Pig in the snow

Brian D'Amico captured Bobby the Pig outside Symphony Hall this evening enjoying the snow.

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

By - 1/2/14 - 5:33 pm
Snow-covered sinkhole in Chinatown in Boston.

Bobby Main shows us the Washington Street sinkhole in Chinatown this evening. It opened up early this morning and tried to eat a DPW truck.

By - 1/2/14 - 4:13 pm
No bagged carrots in Jamaica Plain Whole Foods

Patty Neal reports:

Whole Foods is totally out of organic bagged carrots!

By - 1/2/14 - 3:09 pm
I Street parking saver in South Boston

A wary-eyed citizen reports from I Street in South Boston this afternoon:

This is absolutely ridiculous and unfair. This person left for work and left trash on the street to hold a spot. Across the street at 32 I Street another resident left for work and put a foot stool out in their spot (which we moved to park our car because up and

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