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By adamg - 2/23/24 - 10:36 am
Wanted for smoke-shop robberies

Surveillance photos of suspect via BPD.

Update: Suspect arrested.

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy who's held up two smoke shops in the Back Bay this week while claiming to have a gun. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/24 - 2:42 pm

Boston Police report nabbing six of eight teens they say spent part of yesterday afternoon pestering stores along Newbury Street before breaking into a truck, then heading toward the Public Garden down an alley between Marlborough Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/24 - 3:39 pm

The owner of a pottery studio that used to be on Beacon Hill yesterday sued her new and notorious Back Bay landlord, saying he broke his promise to let her install kilns to fire her patrons' hand-decorated wares. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/23 - 11:47 am

Boston Police report arresting one of the two men they say used a brick to smash their way into Valentino, 47 Newbury St. early Monday and made off with a variety of high-priced Italian women's items. Read more.

By adamg - 12/11/23 - 3:05 pm
Guys stealing stuff in Valentin

Surveillance images via BPD. See it larger.

Boston Police report two guys broke into Valentino, 47 Newbury St., and took a number of items that do not seem like they would pair well with their own wardrobes. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/23 - 9:07 am

Charlie Dippolito checks out the new Central Perk on Newbury Street and suggests you leave it to the tourists who want to sit on a replica couch and buy "Friends" tchotchkes as the "Friends" song plays over and over and over and eat sandwiches that are just like what you could get at Panera, only more expensive and with "Friends"-based names.

By adamg - 10/10/23 - 10:14 am
Wanted for Peeping Tommery

Surveillance photos via BPD.

Boston Police report they are looking for a man they say took "illicit pictures of others in various stages of undress" in the changing rooms at H&M, 100 Newbury Street in the Back Bay, around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday - and may have snapped similar photos elsewhere on the street. Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/23 - 2:03 pm

Friends: The Smelly Cat Jingle (Season 3 Clip) | TBS

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved plans for a Newbury Street coffee-like shop based on a fictional New York coffeehouse whose name is a play on that of a famous New York park. Read more.

By adamg - 10/4/23 - 11:43 am

The Boston Licensing Board voted today to let Kazuhiro Aotani, who operates Boston Ramen Co. in Harvard Square, open a new ramen outlet called Sushi by Bosso Ramen Tavern at 163 Newbury St. in the Back Bay. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/23 - 10:10 pm
Flooded Newbury Street

Flooded Newbury Street, photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reported at 9:35 p.m. that a water main burst at 337 Newbury St, between Mass. Ave. and Hereford Street and was sending water all the way down to Gloucester Street. Read more.

By Sasha Patkin - 9/8/23 - 11:30 am
Host Sar at the mic.

Host Sar at the mic. Photo by Sasha Patkin.

"And next up, Tony!" called the host of Trident Booksellers's Poetry Open Mic Night.

Instead of one person standing and walking toward the mic to read a poem as had happened all evening, two people got up from a table at the back of the café. One of them ducked to the side, and started filming on her phone as Tony approached the mic. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/23 - 9:00 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Beard Papa's, which once had outlets in Chinatown, Allston and the Back Bay, is returning to the city to see if we are finally worthy of a chain that sells just cream puffs, albeit customizable cream puffs (you pick your shell, then the filling). It'll be opening up on Newbury Street, next to another import: Shake Shack.

By adamg - 5/30/23 - 11:02 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the demise of Georgetown Cupcake - named for the DC neighborhood - on Newbury Street.

By Oliver Blake - 5/16/23 - 10:48 pm

The Boston Cannabis Board today approved closing-hour extensions at marijuana dispensaries in Back Bay, Roxbury, Dorchester and Roslindale. Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/23 - 1:49 pm
Street chess in Jamaica Plain

Some street chess during last year's JP Open Streets.

Mayor Wu today announced an expanded "Open Streets" program in which Newbury Street in the Back Bay will be closed to motor vehicles every Sunday between July 2 and Oct. 15 and five streets in other neighborhoods will be shut to cars and trucks for one-day celebrations. Read more.

By adamg - 2/19/23 - 11:06 am

Liz Gotthelf came down from Maine to take in Nathan Sawaya's the Art of the Brick exhibit on Newbury Street - 70 sculptures made from Legos - which she writes was well worth the two-hour ride (on the Downeaster from Maine) and $28 admission

Lego bricks and mortar: Company to move US headquarters to Boston.

By adamg - 2/16/23 - 11:17 am

Itadaki, 269 Newbury St. in the Back Bay, could soon be replaced by Pinky's, whose lawyer told the Boston Licensing Board yesterday will specialize in "small plates and street" food "inspired by northern Spain," with some larger dishes, such as paella. Read more.

By adamg - 8/21/22 - 9:07 pm
Newbury Street open to pedestrians today

Matthew Broude was among the thousands of people who strolled on Newbury Street today, in the first of six Open Newbury events.

By adamg - 8/12/22 - 9:37 am

The mayor's office announced this morning that Newbury Street will be closed to vehicles every Sunday between Aug. 21 and Sept. 25, dramatically expanding the Open Newbury Street program of years past and ending worries that the pro-car set had finally won out. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/22 - 5:07 pm

Update: Bissonnette and Oringer agreed to change the name of the restaurant to Faccia a Faccia.

When local chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer went before the Boston Licensing Board for approval to open a new Italian place on Newbury Street called Faccia Brutta, which means "ugly face" in Italian, their attorney said they chose the name because they wanted to show that even though they were serious about their food, "they don't take themselves too seriously." Read more.

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