South End

By - 6/17/18 - 9:52 pm
Protest outside the South Bay jail

One of the ways the Suffolk County Sherrif's Department makes money is to rent cells at the South Bay jail to ICE (a program started well before the current administration in Washington).

This afternoon, activists gathered outside the jail on Bradston Street for a vigil to protest the way the government is now ripping children from asylum-seeking parents at the border. Read more.

By - 6/9/18 - 11:10 pm

On West Newton Street between Tremont Street and Shawmut Avenue around 11 p.m. Nobody hit.

By - 6/9/18 - 4:54 pm
Literally gay tacos

Thousands marched in the annual Pride parade through the Back Bay, the South End and downtown today as even more people lined the parade route.

Some photos: Read more.

By - 6/5/18 - 10:57 pm
Big cloud raining down on Boston

J. Nathan Matias watched the storm come in over Boston early this evening.

He wasn't alone: Read more.

By - 6/2/18 - 2:40 pm
Architect's rendering of 217 Albany St.

Architect's rendering.

At a meeting of the Boston Civic Design Commission on Tuesday, National Development will show off its latest plans for an Albany Street apartment tower aimed at carless, tech-savvy Millennials willing to accept 500-square-foot studios in exchange for life in the most happening part of the South End, with a full-time activities director and with a large communal kitchen in case they don't want to use their apartment kitchens so they can hang out with their neighbors while waiting for their clothes to dry in the building laundry room, after a hard day of knocking off a proposal or two in the building's co-working space. Read more.

By - 5/20/18 - 9:32 pm

A lot of people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidents and things. They don't realize that there's this, like, lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything. Give you an example, show you what I mean: suppose you're thinkin' about a plate of shrimp. Read more.

By - 5/15/18 - 8:42 pm
Weird sunset after the storm

Alexandra Zafris was amazed by the eerie light over the South End at 8:01 p.m.

Reports of similar displays came in from across Boston: Read more.

By - 5/11/18 - 10:30 am

Beth Treffeisen reports the Boston Arts Commission has narrowly decided to remove the Landwave sculptures in Peters Park that were meant to harken back to the area's days on the edges of Boston, but which instead turned into a dangerous playground for skateboarders and climbing kids. After removing the work, the commission will put up a plaque to commemorate it.

By - 5/7/18 - 1:03 pm

Boston Police report arresting a woman they say pushed an elderly woman to the floor of a South End pharmacy at knife point and took her purse Sunday night. Read more.

By - 5/3/18 - 12:34 pm
Proposed el system for downtown Boston

Proposed el system for downtown Boston. See it larger.

In 1892, a state commission developed a series of plans to deal with the complete gridlock that downtown Boston had become. It proposed banning vehicles not making deliveries from downtown streets during business hours, reducing the number of grade crossings for the numerous railroad serving Boston, constructing a trolley tunnel under Tremont Street and the Common, and creating a 13.4-mile elevated rapid-transit system serving downtown and nearby neighborhoods and suburbs. Read more.

By - 4/20/18 - 11:12 am
Dover Street elevated station

When Dover had an el stop. See it larger.

The Boston Sun reports the Old Dover Neighborhood Association voted this week to change its name to the East Berkeley Neighborhood Association, several decades after the city renamed Dover Street East Berkeley Street.

H/t Michael Ratty. Photo from the City of Boston Archives.

By - 4/18/18 - 8:24 pm
Chair in a tree

A concerned citizen filed a 311 report about a chair caught in some wires above Union Park Street in the South End.

By - 4/16/18 - 10:41 pm
Collapsing Albany Street bridge

Bridge chunks on tracks. Photo by KMV.

Granite blocks covering a retaining wall under the bridge that carries Albany Street over the Amtrak and commuter-rail tracks between South Station and Back Bay collapsed on the tracks around 6:30 p.m. WHDH reports no injuries.

By - 4/4/18 - 8:02 pm
Fire on Cumberland Street

Fire as seen from Greenwich Park. Photo by Nate Roy.

Boston firefighters are at 24 Cumberland St. for what is now a two-alarm fire in a three-story brownstone undergoing renovation. Read more.

By - 3/27/18 - 5:31 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Friday convicted Eduardo Rodriguez, 32, on two counts of aggravated rape and on single counts of kidnapping, unarmed robbery and indecent assault and battery for an attack on a woman at Claremont Street and Greenwich Park in the South End on Aug. 22, 2016, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 3/26/18 - 12:48 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man on a variety of gun charges last night after a worker at the CVS on Columbus Avenue, around the corner from the Back Bay T stop, called to report the guy was at the counter, and pretty unsteady when a gun slipped out of his pants leg and onto the floor. Read more.

By - 3/23/18 - 8:58 pm

The 7-Eleven on Washington Street at Mass. Ave. was held up around 8:50 p.m. by two men, one of whom had a gun and who may have used it to shoot out a store window.

By - 3/13/18 - 11:35 pm

Christopher Haynes watched a man dressed as Elsa push a couple of cops in a prisoner-transport van out of a snowy jam outside the Gallows in the South End tonight.

By - 3/13/18 - 11:42 am
Fallen tree on West Concord Street in the South End

This tree fell onto West Concord Street at Newland Street in the South End this morning, according to a 311 report.

By - 2/25/18 - 2:16 pm
Covers of the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe on Feb. 25

The way Boston's two major dailies covered yesterday's I-93 showdown between stunters and staties could not have been more different. Read more.