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By adamg - 6/20/21 - 12:53 pm
Atticus the swan and his cygnets

A roving UHub photographer snapped this family portrait of Atticus the Swan - whose partner died not long after their babies were hatched - and his not-so-little cygnets out for a paddle at the Esplanade this morning.

By adamg - 6/1/21 - 3:23 pm

The Esplanade Association reports she died last night, and that a Boston animal-control officer was able to remove her body "while the father swan sat at the nest with their cygnets tucked under his wings."

Paddy G reports the two were forced to raise their young amidst man-made filth along the riverbank.

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 9:11 am
Eagle on the Esplanade

Who would have thought an eagle would land right on the Esplanade? Paul Kafasis spotted the bird there this morning.

Back Bay bald eagle bops along the Charles.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 10:26 am
Proposed Charles River Park

Restoration won't include removing the highways, though. 1886 view of the proposed Charles River parks from BPL Leventhal Map Center.

DCR is aiming for a fall start of a pilot program to test various methods for restoring the banks of the Charles River Basin and reducing the amount of invasive trees and other plants along the banks that it says crowd out native species and reduce the vistas of the scenic waterway. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 10:23 pm

Peter Cheung took in the first night of Hatched, a four-week long "multi-sensory winter illumination experience" at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade: Read more.

By adamg - 10/3/20 - 6:18 pm
White duck and goose on the Esplanade

Liz the roving UHub photographer came upon a white duck having a grand old time hanging with a gaggle of geese on the Esplanade this afternoon.

By adamg - 7/10/20 - 7:52 pm
Back Bay rainbow

Aegon Targaryen VI spotted this rainbow this afternoon:

Rainbow over back bay, ending over the hatchshell. Brb, getting that gold.

By adamg - 5/8/20 - 1:52 pm

Keith Lockhart made the announcement this afternoon: Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/20 - 3:21 pm

Peter Wilson reports the Boston Pops have cancelled their spring season and that they're still considering whether to perform on July 4th at the Hatch Shell and this summer in Tanglewood.

By adamg - 9/9/19 - 10:27 am

Full GREEN DAY segment from WE WANT THE AIRWAVES(The Riot Gig)

WFNX got Snapple to sponsor the concert - and they gave out thousands of bottles of juice. Glass bottles. As one reporter concluded: "Small mobs of punk rock fans roaming Boston's Back Bay looking for action."

H/t Chris Devers.

By adamg - 8/31/19 - 10:40 pm
Man in a swan tube in the Charles River

Leslee spotted an unusual photo shoot in the Esplanade lagoon today; wonders what the story was.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 7/10/19 - 12:37 pm

State Police report its marine unit recovered a woman's body from the Charles River between the Mass Ave. Bridge and Community Boating around 7:25 a.m. after a kayaker reported her floating in the water. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/19 - 9:16 am


A Boston Municipal Court judge today ordered Luis Olivo, 37, sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for evaluation before he is arraigned for allegedly stabbing and beating a woman on the Esplanade Friday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/19 - 4:35 pm

State Police report a woman walking or running on the Esplanade around 3:50 p.m. was stabbed by a man she did not know. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/19 - 3:19 pm
Giant Arthur Fiedler head with a Bruins helmet on
By adamg - 4/14/19 - 10:55 pm
Hammock on the Esplanade

Roving UHub photographer Amanda Wild came across somebody taking it easy on the Esplanade today.

By adamg - 2/23/19 - 12:50 pm
US Coast Guard helicopter

Out on a run this morning, Jason Richardson spotted a Coast Guard helicopter flying in a training mission over the Charles by the Esplanade.

The crew also flew low and loud along Mass. Ave. in Cambridge and Central Square.

By adamg - 10/10/18 - 11:15 am
Arthur Fiedler's giant head with a Red Sox cap on

The Esplanade Fiedler Head is sporting a 17-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall knit Sox cap this morning in honor of the team's ALDS victory last night, courtesy of the Esplanade Association.

“My father was a Red Sox fan and I often joined him at Fenway Park for games. I’m sure he would approve of the donning of a Red Sox hat, especially this year,” said Peter Fiedler, son of legendary Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler.

By adamg - 8/25/18 - 11:38 am

A city health inspector ordered the Charles River Bistro, next to the Hatch Shell, shut for health violations that included "flies throughout kitchen/prep/ware washing area" and employees who need some basic food-safety training. Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/18 - 1:20 pm
Joel Musipli

State Police report arresting Joel Musipli, 26, of Boston, on charges he groped two women as he rode by them on a bike near Community Boating on Aug. 9.

Read more.

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