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By adamg - 10/15/21 - 9:52 am
Proposed new MGH building

Rendering by NBBJ.

The BPDA board yesterday approved a $2-billion project by Massachusetts General Hospital to replace several current buildings with a new two-wing structure that will add 1 million square feet of clinical and patient-bed space - and leave room for a possible expansion of the Charles/MGH station should the state ever extend the Blue Line down Cambridge Street. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/21 - 10:28 am

The Boston Licensing Board today gave restaurants in East Boston and on Beacon Hill permission to expand their beer and wine offerings to include liqueurs and the mixed drinks that can be made with them. Read more.

By adamg - 9/21/21 - 9:15 am
Beacon Hill street turned into torrent

BWSC reports it had already shut off water in the area of Myrtle and Hancock streets for some repair work overnight when a contractor "broke a gate valve" at Hancock and Myrtle streets around 12:30 a.m., briefly creating a roaring river, complete with waterfalls. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/21 - 1:38 pm

NBC Boston provides the photo from near Mass General this morning. Roy G. Biv provides the limerick: Read more.

By adamg - 7/16/21 - 9:53 am
Sahady

A federal judge in Washington DC has ruled that Mark Sahady, facing charges there for his alleged participation in the failed Jan. 6 coup, is free to move about the state again - and that includes riding the Red Line as it passes under the grounds of the State House or even just going for a pleasant stroll among the geese he thinks flock on the Common. Read more.

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By adamg - 7/3/21 - 10:28 pm
Public Garden duck familiy celebrates Belarussian Independence Day

Dimas shows us Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings dressed up today for Belarusian Independence Day - the anniversary of the day the Germans were driven out of Minsk in World War II.

By adamg - 6/29/21 - 3:34 pm

Boston Police report arresting a guy they say got $5 from a man walking through Downtown Crossing early this morning and when the man refused to give him more, tried to punch him and then chased after him - continuing to try to slug him when he got close enough - until they wound up at Beacon and Joy streets, where the victim spotted a couple of officers and flagged them down. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/21 - 11:33 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports two local bar veterans plan to get the storied Red Hat on Bowdoin Street open again.

By adamg - 6/21/21 - 5:15 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Red Hat on Bowdoin Street, which opened in 1907, is closing for good in a few days. It joins a series of other Boston watering-hole andmarks, including Durgin-Park, Jacob Wirth and Doyle's, that have shut in recent years.

By adamg - 6/19/21 - 9:26 pm

Dimas captured the action this afternoon after a box-truck driver on Storrow Drive realized, in time, no less, that the Longfellow Bridge was about to peel back his truck like a can of sardines: Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/21 - 12:45 am

Alleged 1/6 failed-coup participant Mark Sahady has asked a judge in Washington to free him from limitations set by a judge in Massachusetts that prohibit him from going near the State House - which he frets might even prevent him from riding the Red Line, which runs in a tunnel under the State House grounds. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/21 - 11:08 am
Boston and New York Civil War veterans gather on the Common to commemorate Memorial Day in 1886

On Memorial Day, 1886, Civil War veterans from Boston and New York gathered at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common. Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/21 - 9:39 am

WBZ reports that volunteers will plant some 37,000 flags on the Common, to commemorate all of the Massachusetts residents who have died in wars starting with the Revolution. Last year's annual display was called off due to Covid-19 concerns, although volunteers did place 1,000 "socially distanced" flags at the last minute.

By adamg - 5/26/21 - 9:23 am

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday dismissed a California man's suit against the Massachusetts Army National Guard for the hearing he lost while walking on the Common just as Guard howitzers erupted in honor of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company's annual June command change in 2015. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/21 - 10:05 am
Front door with illegal bootscraper on Pinckney Street

An outraged citizen files a 311 complaint about somebody on Pinckney Street on Beacon Hill who added a mail slot and a bootscraper, without the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission's required approval. Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/21 - 10:38 am
Swan Boat in early part of the 20th century

A Swan Boat around 1900. See it larger.

WBUR talks to folks in the Public Garden about their return.

Photo of a Swan Boat taken between 1900 and 1906. In the Library of Congress collection.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 1:53 pm

A company that already offers delivery of both traditional boards of meats and cheeses and 21st-century charcuterie cones hopes to put down some brick-and-mortar roots soon at 83 Charles St., near Pinckney Street. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 9:21 pm
Santa-clad frog at Tadpole Playground, Boston Common

A calendar-conscious citizen filed a 311 complaint that the frog that welcomes kids to the Tadpole Playground on the Common is still dressed like Santa:

Duckling parade is this week but the frog is still in Santa clothes at the tadpole playground.

By adamg - 4/26/21 - 9:15 am
Boston-area Belarusians protest Putin and Chernobyl

Today is the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, which showered nearby Belarus with fallout. On Saturday, a group of Boston-area resident of Belarusian descent marked the anniversary - which and to call for an international probe of conditions at a nuclear plant in Ostrovets in Belarus

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