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By adamg - 5/14/21 - 3:38 pm
Storrowed U-Haul

Schmitt spotted this storrowing aftermath being hauled down a Back Bay street today. What makes it a bit unusual is that it's an actual U-Haul - most recent storrowings have involved anything but U-Haul box trucks.

By adamg - 5/12/21 - 2:30 pm
Thank-you letter from Mrs. Peabody

You never know what you'll find just lying or blowing around the streets of Boston. Take this thank-you note, written by Toni Peabody, or, as she was known more formally back in the day, Mrs. Endicott Peabody (or perhaps even Mrs. Endicott "Chub" Peabody), i.e., she was married to the governor of the Commonwealth. Read more.

By bostonpads - 5/12/21 - 11:47 am
Downtown Boston apartment inventory begins to thaw

The rental supply glut in Downtown Boston has received quite a bit of attention in the past 12 months. The pandemic caused a shift in demand for housing in Boston, and many Downtown neighborhoods went from being the hardest areas to find an apartment to the easiest seemingly overnight.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 1:07 pm

WGBH posted a news clip from 1985, when the driver of an out-of-state moving van executed a perfect storrowing: Jammed his truck under a bridge, which peeled the roof off his truck and left stuff scattered all over the road: Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/21 - 10:38 am
Swan Boat in early part of the 20th century

A Swan Boat around 1900. See it larger.

WBUR talks to folks in the Public Garden about their return.

Photo of a Swan Boat taken between 1900 and 1906. In the Library of Congress collection.

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By adamg - 5/6/21 - 12:57 pm

The Glynn Hospitality Group, which owns bars downtown and in the Back Bay and the South End, is suing its insurance company for notreimbusring it for all the money it's lost due to Covid-19 restrictions, despite having an "all risk" policy. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 12:06 pm

WCVB reports the state will be closing the Hynes, Gillette, Natick Mall and Danvers vaccination sites by the end of the month as it moves to distributing Covid-19 vaccine doses to mobile units and doctors' offices in an attempt to reach people who might not want to go to a giant site.

By adamg - 5/2/21 - 3:59 pm

The Swan boats formally return to the Public Garden lagoon this Saturday - good news for both visitors and for ducks - which will face a reduced risk of death from toxins released by microorganisms that are normally kept at bay by the boats' paddling.

By adamg - 4/30/21 - 5:16 pm
Couch on Storrow Drive

Probably best not to ask how that couch wound up on Storrow Drive just before Tess got there, shortly before 2 p.m. You don't know where that thing has been.

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 11:53 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a request by a man convicted of a 1974 Roxbury murder that he be freed because of Covid-19 concerns while he purses an attempt to win a new trial, as well as requests for release by two men convicted of a 1984 murder in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 9:11 am
Eagle on the Esplanade

Who would have thought an eagle would land right on the Esplanade? Paul Kafasis spotted the bird there this morning.

Earlier:
Back Bay bald eagle bops along the Charles.

By adamg - 4/27/21 - 11:36 am
Wanted for bank robbery

The FBI has released photos of a 40-something white man wanted for holding up the Eastern Bank branch at the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart streets in the Back Bay around 2:20 p.m. on April 9. Read more.

By adamg - 4/24/21 - 10:42 am

An irritated citizen in the Back Bay files a 311 complaint about a helicopter, based in Norwood, whose pilot gives well off tourists tours of Boston - tourists who might be nearsighted given how close to the ground it flies - and sometimes as early as 5:30 a.m.: Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 5:25 pm

Steve Cooper shows us one jewelry store getting plywood protection.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 10:26 am
Proposed Charles River Park

Restoration won't include removing the highways, though. 1886 view of the proposed Charles River parks from BPL Leventhal Map Center.

DCR is aiming for a fall start of a pilot program to test various methods for restoring the banks of the Charles River Basin and reducing the amount of invasive trees and other plants along the banks that it says crowd out native species and reduce the vistas of the scenic waterway. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/21 - 2:11 pm

Trinity Financial says it will soon file plans to replace a Harvard Club annex and parking lot along the part of Newbury Street that overlooks the turnpike with two buildings, one 11 stories tall, the other 3, with a total of 133 residential units and three floors of Harvard Club space, including new squash courts and other athletic facilities. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/21 - 2:43 pm

A Saudi company that claims it was defrauded of billions of dollars in a scheme by a conniving Saudi citizen and his sons last week filed suit in Suffolk Superior Court to demand it be allowed to seize condos on the 52nd floor of One Dalton Place and at the Mandarin Oriental and Millennium Place that it says were purchased by its alleged money siphoners. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/21 - 11:21 am

The man Copley Square is named for is better remembered as a painter, but J.L. Bell reports on the one time he drew a political cartoon, about the Stamp Act.

By adamg - 3/27/21 - 11:16 am

Transit Police report that around 6 p.m. on Thursday, a man told officers at Back Bay that his bike was missing from the bike storage area there.

And then, just as the man was describing the bike to the officers: Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/21 - 11:32 am

Operators of the Hynes Convention Center vaccination site say they'll be boosting the number of daily Covid-19 shots they provide from 1,000 to 7,000, thanks to additional vials from FEMA and the state. Read more.

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