Boston Common

By - 12/20/18 - 12:40 pm

A man who was having a good time chatting with two strangers he met on the Common early Tuesday went home with them - only to wind up being grabbed by the shirt collar and threatened with a knife unless he transfer money from his bank account to them, police say. Read more.

By - 12/16/18 - 1:56 pm
Santa on a bicycle on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay

Steven D. Schmitt watched a Christmas bike parade through the Common today.

But where were his reindeer? Over in Somerville for the Jingle Bell 5K: Read more.

By - 11/30/18 - 8:52 am
Boston Common Christmas tree and the towers of Back Bay

Louise Miller got a dawn look today at the Nova Scotia Christmas Tree on Boston Common - lit up last night - and the towers of the Back Bay.

By - 11/14/18 - 9:00 am

With Redcoats firmly ensconced in Boston 250 years ago, they weren't going to tolerate major infractions among troops - such as desertion. J.L. Bell recounts the execution of Pvt. Richard Eames of the 14th Regiment on the Common for desertion.

By - 11/8/18 - 5:29 pm
Mueller protest in front of the State House in Boston

Brad Squirrels reports from the Common:

Pretty impressive turnout on the Common with just 24 hours notice.

Lily Goldman is at a protest in Gloucester: Read more.

By - 11/7/18 - 7:43 pm

Months ago, the progressive group MoveOn set up a rapid-fire response protest plan to deal with the possible firing of Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein. Although neither has happened, Sessions is gone and Rosenstein is no longer in charge of Mueller and so the group has activated the plan, which includes a protest at 5 p.m. today - Thursday - on the Common across from the State House. More info.

By - 10/29/18 - 11:22 am

Boston Police report arresting just one person early this morning for allegedly getting out of hand after the Sox won the series.

By - 10/28/18 - 3:02 pm
Tree of Life vigil on Boston Common

Carpundit was among the hundreds at the Parkman Bandstand to honor the memory of the Pittsburgh synagogue victims and to stand in solidarity with the survivors.

By - 10/27/18 - 10:03 pm

Several Boston-area Jewish groups are organizing a vigil at the Parkman Bandstand at 2 p.m. on Sunday, following today's murder of 11 by an anti-Semite with an AR-15: Read more.

By - 10/14/18 - 11:06 am

J.L. Bell brings us back 250 years to a Boston under occupation.

By - 9/26/18 - 1:27 pm

The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on the annual Freedom Rally on Boston Common and whether it can be turned into a less of a mess or whether the three-day event has to be moved somewhere else. Read more.

By - 9/24/18 - 8:57 pm

City Councilors Josh Zakim and Ed Flynn, whose districts meet in Boston Common, say they're tired of complaints about the marijuana-focused Freedom Rally on the Common every September and that it's time to move it somewhere else. Read more.

By - 9/24/18 - 9:58 am
Trabant on Boston Common

Redsox223 took in the Boston Cup car show on Boston Common yesterday, which included an East German Trabant sputtering down one of the lanes.

Stevil checked out the cars as well, including this shinier model, an Allard: Read more.

By - 9/19/18 - 10:02 am
The Embrace

"The Embrace" by Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group

The city and MLK Boston yesterday released the five finalists for a proposed memorial to the civil-rights leader and his wife - both of whom studied in Boston, where they met - on Boston Common.

Drawings of the five proposals are now on display at the BPL main library in Copley Square. They vary in size - one would include large walkways in black stone that would continue across Beacon Street to the grounds of the State House - and proposed location on the Common. Read more.

By - 9/10/18 - 8:54 pm
Boston Common Pigeon Guy

Emily from Somerville watched this Common regular clean up after some pigeons on the Common today - as one of the birds supervised his work.

By - 8/23/18 - 9:48 am

A Suffolk Superior Court ruled yesterday Boston Police did nothing wrong when they ordered an upstate New Yorker in town for some hating on the left last August to surrender his body armor and helmet - and then arrested him when they found a loaded semi-automatic gun hidden in the armor. Read more.

By - 7/22/18 - 1:16 pm
Portable restrooms planned for Boston Common

Just look for the 1870s bird's eye view of the Common and Public Garden.

The Friends of the Public Garden reports it's hoping to wheel a portable comfort station onto the Common this week - placed to offer relief to Public Garden visitors as well. Read more.

By - 6/30/18 - 3:21 pm
Protesting immigration policies at City Hall Plaza in Boston

Tens of thousands of Bostonians braved the heat and humidity today to rally at City Hall Plaza and on Boston Common to support immigrant families, especially the ones locked up and separated under the policies of the Trump administration. Read more.

By - 6/30/18 - 3:06 pm
Mennonites

Members of the Mendon Mennonite Church gathered on the grass near the Brewer Fountain today to belt out some gospel songs.

By - 6/11/18 - 10:30 am

Federal authorities have arrested an Indiana man they say threatened to come to Boston for our post-Charlottesville rally by rightwingers and shoot the darker-skinned attendees as a false-flag operation to make leftwingers look bad when he actually wanted to harm the rightwingers. Read more.