Beacon Hill

By - 4/26/11 - 12:07 am

Sad panda

Kate W. spotted sad panda on Pinckney Street at Charles on Beacon Hill the other day.

By - 4/25/11 - 4:19 pm

The T is shutting down trolley service to Science Park and Lechmere between April 30 and November, so it can install elevators and other improvements at Science Park. Buses will run instead.

The T says by shutting down the line entirely, it will shave six months off the Science Park work.

More details.

By - 4/24/11 - 4:59 pm

Easter duckling

Efkjr79 snapped one of the Public Garden ducklings in her Easter finest today.

Copyright Efkjr79. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 4/22/11 - 12:51 pm

Boston Police report a couple of city workers came to the aid of an off-duty Tufts University police officer being mugged on Charles Street between Boylston and Beacon streets around 2:30 a.m. today.

Police say the man had gone up to the police officer as he walked to his car and demanded his wallet.

By - 4/22/11 - 12:06 pm

Marjorie Arons-Barron reports on an incident near Charles Circle yesterday involving ten kids on bicycles riding abreast on Cambridge Street, and an increasingly impatient driver who finally had enough:

By - 4/20/11 - 10:04 am

The chairwoman of the Boston Licensing Board had some simple advice for the owners of the iconic Beacon Hill bar: The next time a Boston Police detective tells them to move a bench away from an emergency exit, move it.

At a licensing-board hearing on Tuesday, Det. Kevin McGill said he told bar workers to move the bench away from the emergency exit off a first-floor function room but that when he returned for a followup inspection two weeks later, the bench was still there - as was a gate on the other side of the door.

"The bench is a couple feet high," McGill said. "It can be easily moved."

By - 4/16/11 - 11:48 am

It's a story only the Herald could love: Blue bloods boil over noise of medical helicopters, complete with a classic Herald front page that makes the case that Beacon Hill residents would rather see poor people in medical helicopters headed to Mass. General die than disturb their peace.

By - 4/9/11 - 7:27 pm

Penny Cherubino gets a great shot of the scene on one Beacon Hill street yesterday during the ritual towing of the cars before street sweeping.

By - 4/7/11 - 1:40 pm

Interesting photo from 1971, part of a large new batch of photos by Nick DeWolf, who took thousands of Boston and Cambridge photos from the '50s on.

Also see these photos of James Coburn making a movie on Beacon Hill in 1971 (see, they were making movies here before tax breaks).

H/t Rob Bellinger.

By - 4/6/11 - 7:03 am

Karen Cord Taylor considers opposition to a plan by Mass. Eye and Ear to replace its Charles Circle parking lot with a four-story office building:

By - 4/4/11 - 11:00 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a member of the royal House of Saud violated parole after serving time for drunkenly running a man down on Charles Street because he failed to supply a DNA sample before he was booted out of the country.

The ruling means Bader al Saud could be thrown in jail if he ever steps foot on American soil.

By - 4/2/11 - 2:35 pm

Boston Police report a possible break in ending a spate of bicycle thefts on Beacon Hill and the Common over the past month: The arrest of Matthew Berry, 30, of Somerville.

Police say one of the theft victims was scanning Craigslist when he saw a bicycle that looked like his. After he contacted police, a detective contacted the seller and arranged to meet him to look the bike over, which he did and then arrested Berry, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/31/11 - 8:34 am

The Globe reports on yesterday's dramatic Red Line rescue and says the T is reacting to "poor decision making" that led to deadly holes being covered with Bounty towels plywood by ordering all such sheets replaced with steel.

By - 3/30/11 - 6:01 am

Coming upWorker with two broken legs being winched up from shaft. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: 8:05 a.m. Dan Tobin tweets the Red Line is running again - packed to the gills. The Globe has details on the incident.

UPDATE, 7 a.m.: They got him out and he's alive.

Firefighters are at the Charles/MGH T stop this morning, attempting to extricate an MBTA power-department worker who fell 35 feet in a 2x2 concrete shaft around 4:30 a.m.

Buses are substituting for Red Line service between Kendall and Broadway.

At the scene. Photo by BFD.At the scene. Photo by BFD.

By - 3/22/11 - 9:04 pm

Earl of Sandwich has won a city lease to turn the one-time Pink Palace men's room into a take-out stand, according to City Councilor Mike Ross. The Pink Palace is the boarded-up, partially roofless octagonal structure in the middle of the Common.

The hot-sandwich chain already has an outlet at Logan Airport's Terminal E.

By - 3/8/11 - 6:51 pm

Ducks on Fat Tuesday

Ben Becker photographed the Make Way for Ducklings statues in their Mardi Gras finest.

By - 3/8/11 - 4:41 pm

Filed on Citizen Connect today:

Why is it that the Park Rangers do not have to pick up their horses waste? It's a heck of alot worse than any dog, especially at the exit of the parking garage on the common. They should have to clean up after the horse.

By - 2/28/11 - 6:52 am

And books and chairs, the Globe reports.