Boston firefighters free bird

Stuck bird

Late this afternoon, a hawk got trapped in some netting towards the top of the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Robert Schepis photographed the poor bird shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Amanda Kennedy was on hand a couple hours later when Boston firefighters arrived and freed the bird:


Free tagging: 


Robert Schepis

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I just want to say this whole thread tickles me no end because Robert Schepis (the photographer) was lead guitarist in two of the bands I played in back in the 80s. I don't know if he still plays, but he was aces back then.


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And so was born...

By on enduring, if not particularly endearing, concert meme.
After the live version of "Free Bird" came out in '77, you could hardly go out to a live music event without someone in the audience shouting "Do 'Free Bird'!" (Sometimes in response to a performer's invitation for requests, sometimes not.) This even used to happen at folk music coffeehouses. Think it finally subsided sometime during the 1990s, although occasionally some oldish codger will give the "Free Bird" call, usually drawing stares of incomprehension.

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The video posted by Ms. Kennedy shows a City of Boston street sign that reads "Broadway".

The Cutler Majestic is located several blocks away from what remains of Broadway.

Broadway (not to be confused with East Broadway or West Broadway) was once a major street around the south edge of today's Theatre District, extending from Harrison Avenue to Park Square. A good chunk of it got cut off for construction of the Mass. Pike, and other pieces got truncated for urban renewal in the South Cove and Park Plaza. Now all that's left is two blocks in Bay Village, between Melrose and Piedmont Streets.

By way of the Broadway Bridge, it connected South Boston with the Back Bay, ending at Boylston Street between the Common and the Public Garden.

But none of that is, or ever was, next to the Majestic Theatre. That theatre stands on Tremont Street several blocks north of where Broadway used to cross Tremont.

The cross street at the Majestic used to be called Van Rensselaer Place, later renamed Allen's Alley after comedian (and Boston native) Fred Allen. Allen often used that alley which was the access to the stage doors of the Majestic and Colonial theatres (and the old Plymouth, too).

From the video photographer's vantage point, you should easily be able to see the street sign for Allen's Alley.

So can anyone explain why the street sign in the video reads Broadway?

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Struggling noble raptors are...

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C'mon, admit it!
It's adorable!
Now that it has been released unharmed.

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Ladder 17

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This is ladder 17 currently located on Columbus Avenue but historically was located on Broadway. The nickname carried on.

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The old firehouse that housed ladder 17 (the truck shown) was located on the same Broadway St you mention. It became the nickname for Engine 7 and Ladder 17 many years ago and we still use it today. We had the street sign made for us and is proudly displayed on our truck

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The sign on the Ladder truck is "Broadway" cause that particular fire house (Park Sq Columbus Ave) was previously located on Broadway by Present day Marginal Rd and was nicknamed "Broadway'..When they moved to the new house on Columbus Ave it retained the nickname and members there and throughout the city still call that house Broadway...
Hope that helps

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