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By adamg - 5/23/20 - 2:21 pm
New concrete barriers along bike lane on Massachusetts Avenue

Massachusetts Avenue getting new, tougher bike-lane borders.

Scott couldn't help but notice the new concrete barriers lying amidst the plastic flexposts that motorists love to knock over and park on along a section of the Massachusetts Avenue bike lane south of Boylston Street.

Stefanie Seskin, BTD's active-transportation director, says this is the first part of a multi-year project to harden dedicated bike lanes against four-wheeled intrusions: Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/20 - 9:36 am
Firetrucks outside the YMCA on Huntington Avenue

Firetrucks outside the YMCA. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire on the seventh floor at the YMCA, 316 Huntington Ave., around 12:50 a.m., sent one person to the hospital, forced the evacuation of more than 60 other residents and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

By adamg - 5/19/20 - 5:54 pm

Boston University President Robert Brown today told professors and staffers that uncertainties and new expenses caused by Covid-19 are forcing the school to stop contributions towards their retirement - in addition to instituting a previously announced salary freeze. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/20 - 10:37 am

No, Marty hasn't caved: The boys and the Boss will be playing to an empty ball field and livestreaming around the world. OK, technically, Springsteen will be playing from a remote location. Starts at 6 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 5/17/20 - 2:17 pm
Fire scene at 1191 Boylston St. in the Fenway

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 1191 Boylston St., across from the Victory Gardens, around 1:05 a.m. for a fire that they contained to just one apartment but which injured its occupant and forced more than 50 other residents into the street.

The cause of the fire, which did an estimated $1 million in damage, is under investigation, the department says.

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By adamg - 5/14/20 - 11:34 am

A Boston University sophomore and her father have sued Boston University to demand they be reimbursed a chunk of her tuition because she's been forced to endure a "second-rate online substitute" since the school shut its campus in March due to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/20 - 4:07 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 5/11/20

Mayor Walsh said today that city transportation planners have started looking at expanding sidewalks out into the street, at least temporarily, to give restaurants and other businesses more room to conduct business as the weather gets nicer and they're still constrained by Covid-19 social-distancing requirements. Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/20 - 2:43 pm

Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun announced today that the school's dormitories and classrooms will be open for the fall semester - even if that means expanding the number of buildings the school owns or rents to house students in a more socially-distancing setting and starting up "large-scale deployment of testing and contact tracing." Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 12:08 pm

The owners of the Boston Fenway Inn hostel on Hemenway Street - who also own the tonier Copley Square Hotel - will learn Thursday whether the Boston Licensing Board will accept their offer to just shut the place down while they make upgrades to reduce the number of times police have to respond to deal with problem guests. Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/20 - 11:57 am

A psychology grad student at Northeastern says it's not his fault a global pandemic forced Northeastern University to shut its campus, so he wants the school to reimburse him the $23,400 he says he paid for tuition for the spring semester. Read more.

By adamg - 4/30/20 - 10:33 pm

Andris Nelsons BSO 2020 2021 Season Announcement

Joyce Kulhawik reports the details of the BSO's 2020/2021 season, which is now scheduled to open on Sept. 16.

By adamg - 4/30/20 - 11:06 am
Covid graffiti on Stoneholm Street in the Fenway

A concerned citizen filed a 311 report about this graffiti for the times on a building at Stoneholm and Norway streets in the Fenway.

By adamg - 4/23/20 - 2:31 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Mattapan man they say pointed a gun at a clerk at Symphony Market, 291 Huntington Ave., yesterday afternoon after he "became agitated that the smoke shop portion of the store was currently closed." Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/20 - 12:51 am
Protesting Ken Harrelson's trade

On April 19, 1969, the Red Sox stunned fans by trading Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson to the Indians, less than two years after they'd acquired him to replace the injured Tony Conigliaro and the year after he'd made the All-Star team and led the league in RBIs. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/20 - 9:36 am

John Krasinski and Big Papi host staffers from the Beth Israel Covid-19 unit at Fenway Park:

H/t Luba.

By adamg - 4/9/20 - 9:15 am

The Boston Sun reports plans for revitalizing the dreary Charlesgate under and around the Bowker Overpass that connects Storrow Drive to the Fenway now include a half-acre dog park that would have separate areas for both canine introverts and extroverts.

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 mocha fiend - 4/7/20 - 4:45 pm
Turkeys outside the Huntington Avenue YMCA

Saw these two "gym [flying] rats" at the entrance to the Huntington Y today. I think they were probably bummed that Covid-19 has closed the gym for now.

By adamg - 4/7/20 - 11:46 am

Massachusetts College of Art and Design President David P. Nelson today alerted his campus community that the college, which includes buildings in the Longwood Medical Area, will house up to 150 medical workers who might not be able to get home again at the end of their shifts. Read more.

By Irma la Douce - 4/6/20 - 2:21 pm
Back Bay Fens without reeds

This view of the Muddy River would not have been possible before the recent cutting down of the reeds that have plagued the Back Bay Fens for decades. The park in general feels a lot larger and more open.

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