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By adamg - 1/27/24 - 1:06 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a transformer explosion behind the Lenox Hotel at Exeter and Boylston streets around 12:30 p.m. filled the hotel with smoke. Firefighters went through the hotels evacuating all guests and employees as other firefighters installed fans to get the smoke out.

The department ordered a two-alarm response because of the need to evacuate the building.

By adamg - 1/25/24 - 10:20 pm

Back in the day, people would use 311 to complain about potholes, trash, rats and the like, but of late, it seems to have become a portal for making all sorts of requests to the city - like interview requests from reporters trying to get Mayor Wu to comment on whatever Fox News or Newsmax is blathering about (or about goats).

Today, somebody filed the following: Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/24 - 1:13 pm

Police are looking for the driver of a pickup truck they say plowed into two pedestrians on Ipswich and Boylston streets in the Fenway, then just kept on driving down Ipswich, shortly after midnight. Read more.

By adamg - 1/4/24 - 1:13 pm
Rui Higuchi

The Boston Licensing Board today approved a proposal by Food & Life Companies of Osaka to open Sakabayashi Sushi Tavern at 665 Boylston St. in Copley Square, where the b.good used to be.
Read more.

By adamg - 12/26/23 - 10:16 am
Fogg in Wolcott Square

Jan drove through some creepy pea soup in Readville's Wolcott Square last night.

Mike shows us the view out his Back Bay window this morning - and reports the barely visible crane in the center pane is just a block away: Read more.

By adamg - 10/16/23 - 10:02 am
Proposed route of new steam pipe

Proposed route of new steam pipe across Charlesgate, from Vicinity filing

Vicinity Energy is planning a half-mile pipe from the Back Bay to the Fenway Park area to provide steam heat to all the new buildings going up or planned on and near Brookline Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/23 - 4:01 pm

A federal judge in Boston yesterday sentenced Nathan Wadsworth, 32, to 25 months in federal prison for the way he made off with $121,000 from the accounts of foreigners who hadn't accessed their accounts at PNC Bank for a long time. Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/23 - 8:59 pm

A perturbed citizen files a 311 complaint about the scooter situation in the Back Bay: Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/23 - 1:09 pm
Proposed new life-sciences tower on Boylston Street

Rendering by Elkus Manfredi from kitty corner across Boylston Street.

The company that wants to replace the Star Market and the defunct gas station next to it on Boylston Street in the Fenway with a life-sciences building today filed modified plans that call for a new stand-alone Boston Public Library on the 2 1/2-acre site. Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/23 - 10:24 am
Man before and after bank robbery, with black hat, jacket and sunglasses

Surveillance photos via FBI.

The FBI reports it is looking for a man it says robbed the Santander Bank branch at 885 Boylston St. in the Back Bay around 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 14. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/23 - 10:19 am
Rendering of proposed bollards

Proposed bollards on Boylston Street.

The Apple Store, 815 Boylston St. goes before the Back Bay Architectural Commission tomorrow for a review of its plans for bollards in the sidewalk out front to ward off the sort of crash that killed one and injured nearly two dozen at the Apple Store in Hingham last year. Read more.

By adamg - 8/25/23 - 11:19 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Boloco is closing its outlet on Boylston Street near Berklee College at the end of the day and that it plans to close its other Boylston Street location and one on Congress Street downtown by the end of the year.

By adamg - 8/24/23 - 2:09 pm

The Clover Food Lab outlet at 565 Boylston St. closed today, victim, the owner says, of a combination of long Covid-19 effects and a landlord who wouldn't negotiate a rent reduction.

CloverBBY took over the space of the failed Minigrow in December, 2019 - just in time to get whacked by the pandemic. Owner Ayr Muir writes today: Read more.

By adamg - 8/21/23 - 11:11 am
1001 Boylston St. overlooking the turnpike

1001 Boylston on the left, with new turnpike scenic overlook.

The Lego Group announced today it's leased five stories at 1001 Boylston St. - the new tower at Boylston and Mass Ave. - and expects to begin moving its US corporate operations there from Enfield, CT. starting in the middle of 2025. Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/23 - 12:06 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved the sale of the Pour House's liquor license to Dani’s Queer Bar, 909 Boylston St. in the Back Bay.
Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/23 - 9:28 am

The owners of a dispensary on Boylston Street between Gloucester and Fairfield streets in the Back Bay yesterday sued the operators of a proposed dispensary three blocks down the street - and the Zoning Board of Appeal, which approved both. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/23 - 12:23 pm

Correction: The new Cactus Club is not Tex-Mex.

The Boston Licensing Board today approved plans for a new Tex-Mex casual restaurant at 500 Boylston St., better known to TV viewers as the location of Denny Crain's office in "Boston Legal." Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/23 - 6:25 pm

A Cambridge man was arraigned on armed-robbery charges yesterday after he and a pal tried fleeing Saks Fifth Avenue on Boylston Street with a number of scarves and two handbags, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/23 - 11:19 am
Adrianna Boulin, president of Boston Pride of the People, limbos below the opening ribbon of Pride parade

Frank Solensky watched yesterday as Adrianna Boulin, president of Boston Pride of the People, limbos below the opening ribbon of the Pride parade on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, as US Sen. Ed Markey, Gov. Maura Healey and others watched. Read more.

By adamg - 5/23/23 - 6:08 pm
John Davidson with a guitar on Boylston Street outside the BPL

Joe Curnane caught a performance by John Davidson on Boylston Street outside the BPL today.

Davidson, now 81, who was both an actor and a musician, and who guest hosted the Johnny Carson Show 87 times, came down from Sandwich, NH, where he runs a summertime music venue.

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