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By adamg - 5/16/22 - 9:57 am

The State Library of Massachusetts recounts how author Robert McCloskey got ready to draw ducks for "Make Way for Ducklings:" He brought some live ducks home to his apartment so he could sketch them, but they moved around too fast, so he gave them some red wine, which slowed them right down.

By adamg - 5/14/22 - 9:39 pm
Cargo copter moving things to the McCormack Building

Hank Scorpio who photographed or videoed the cargo copter lifting generator components from Boston Common to the top of the McCormack State Office Building today. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/22 - 9:27 am
Lifter copter

A UHub photographer roving through the Common captured the helicopter that will carry a generator to the top of McCormack State Office Building today. Read more.

By adamg - 5/13/22 - 12:32 pm

It's no dinosaur delivery, but a helicopter is scheduled to bring a new generator to the McCormack State Office Building sometime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/22 - 9:28 am

WGBH interviews Nick Shea, who has been offering $1 portraits on index cards to passersby on the Common since 2017.

By adamg - 4/24/22 - 2:32 pm
Birds seen in the North End and the Public Garden

Adam Balsam chronicles the 27 different species of birds he spotted over a week in the North End and the Public Garden.

By adamg - 4/22/22 - 9:21 am
Turkey on Beacon Hill

Dr. Jessica Dello Russo reports that, at first, she thought this bird on Ridgeway Lane on Beacon Hill might be a decoy to scare off the pigeons, a modern update on those fake owls that never really work:

Really clever, as it even has camouflage effect with brown shading blending in with brick. Then it MOVED!

By adamg - 4/19/22 - 10:32 pm
Rainbow over Boston Common

Christopher Haley looked up at a rainbow from Boston Common late this afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/22 - 11:47 am
Red Sox license plate - issued by New York

Spotted in the Boston Common garage today.

By adamg - 4/13/22 - 11:21 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that the citywide Covid-19 test positivity rate has reached 6.2%, up from just 2.2% in early March. Read more.

By adamg - 4/11/22 - 12:46 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that what sounds like a place where you can lounge with cats - and being Beacon Hill, books and coffee - could be coming to Charles Street.

Grizzled observers of the local cat scene, of course, will recall that Boston's first cat cafe, in Brighton, didn't work out so well.

By adamg - 3/13/22 - 10:00 pm

Actor William Hurt died today at 71.

In 1980, in his first film role, he starred in Ken Russell's "Altered States," playing a researcher who tampers with the fundamental forces of nature, in the basement of Harvard Medical School. According to Movie-Locations.com, he and his wife (played by Blair Brown) lived at 108 Myrtle St. on Beacon Hill, and returned from a trip to Mexico via Logan Airport.

By adamg - 3/10/22 - 11:16 pm
Sunset over Boston Common

Adam Castiglioni watched the sun go down from Boston Common this evening.

By adamg - 3/2/22 - 11:49 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the current dive-centric owners of the Beacon Hill Pub on Charles Street sell the place and its liquor license to a new owner who plans to extensively rehab the place and turn it into something more appropriate for one of Boston's tonier shopping streets. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/22 - 3:04 pm

WBUR reports, has photos from a protest at the State House today against the Russian invasion.

By adamg - 2/9/22 - 11:25 am

A small group of protesters who initially managed to get into the closed State House via the Ashburton Place entrance, claiming to want to re-open it to the public, quickly revealed their true purpose when they started yelling, masklessly, of course, about how the state needs to ban Covid-19 shots for children, the State House News Service reports.

By adamg - 2/2/22 - 10:28 pm
Space saver on Beacon Hill

A concerned nob filed a 311 complaint yesterday about this simply ghastly space saver at Spruce Street and Spruce Court on Beacon Hill:

Please remove, this isn't Southie

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