Jamaica Plain

By - 1/8/19 - 11:57 pm
Boylston Street space savers

Your basic JP space saving, on Boylston Street in February, 2018. Photo by Spiff.

A discussion on spaces savers at Curtis Hall was polite and calm and ultimately roamed, as JP discussions sometimes do, over broader topics - from man's relationship to his fellow man, the growth of anomie in the age of the Internet and the cultural essence of being a Bostonian. Read more.

By - 1/6/19 - 1:51 pm
Boston firefighters training at Jamaica Pond

Jake watched Boston firefighters doing some training at Jamaica Pond today.

Last January, they used the pond for training as well, but it was cold enough they could practice ice rescues.

By - 1/4/19 - 4:48 pm
121 Brookside Ave. architect's rendering

Architect's rendering.

Cedar Hill Residential filed plans with the BPDA today for a 23-unit, four-story condo building on Brookside Avenue, around the corner from the Green Street Orange Line station. Read more.

By - 1/3/19 - 3:14 pm

Caffe Aromi in Hyde Square, which re-opened in November after being shut for three years, has already closed, disappointed members of the Jamaica Plain Facebook group report. Read more.

By - 1/1/19 - 11:50 am
Flipped car on Parkman Drive in Jamaica Plain

A roving UHub photographer happened upon this scene on Parkman Drive near where it meets the Arborway and the Jamaicaway around 9 a.m. He reports:

Large emergency response. No word on the occupants, but I see a few guys standing next to the car.

By - 12/24/18 - 8:06 pm
Dead light pole in Jamaica Plain

Roving UHub photographer Celeste Walker came across the remains of a light pole on Centre Street inbound just before the Arboretum rotary (i.e., Murray Circle) - sort of across the street from where another driver took out a pole in spectacular fashion earlier this month.

By - 12/21/18 - 9:48 am
New Orange Line headhouse at Forest Hills

Forest Hills and Arborway chronicler Clay Harper took a walk around the Forest Hills MBTA station last night to look at the additions, including the new entrance across the Arborway from the main station and the new upper busway and its all important canopies. Read more.

By - 12/20/18 - 1:06 pm

Tuesday's ZBA vote to reject a Centre Street proposal with two-bedroom units as small as 667 square feet didn't just come out of thin air: The BPDA, which sets so many of the requirements and guidelines related to development in Boston, says those are simply too small for new apartments and condos in the city. Read more.

By - 12/19/18 - 11:37 am
Centre Street house saved for now

The house that would go away. Hole in the ground starts beyond the Jersey barriers to its right.

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday rejected plans by a Centre Street landlord to replace a three-unit house at 628-630A Centre Street with a new building with two commercial spaces and eight tiny two-bedroom apartments. Read more.

By - 12/19/18 - 8:52 am

Updated with change of apparent weapon from knife to broken glass.

NBC Boston reports three people were slashed - including the apparent slasher - in an apartment at 30 Bickford St. early this morning.

By - 12/17/18 - 8:49 am

Jamaica Plain News reports the one-floor unit was listed at $1.15 million - and that the city assessed the entire building for about $972,000 this year.

By - 12/13/18 - 12:34 pm

Raoul Marradi of Jamaica Plain, who had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair, has died at 59, after several years of suing scores of restaurants, bars and landlords in the Boston area to require them to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more.

By - 12/7/18 - 5:56 pm
Tree vs. car in Jamaica Plain

Mark MacGilchrist came upon this crash on Arborway Road in Jamaica Plain shortly before 4 p.m., reports BPD and BFD showed up moments later. Rebecca Connors adds:

I saw someone standing next to the car, so I am hoping there were no serious injuries. Still, I don't get how so many cars crash along this divider. So many.

By - 12/5/18 - 9:16 am
Single-car crash on Centre Street

Thomas Papathanasiou shows us the aftermath of a one-car crash on Centre Street southbound, just before Louders Lane, around 1:40 a.m. on Monday.

By - 12/4/18 - 12:33 pm

Jamaica Plain, which has rapidly risen to rival South Boston for the boldness, obnoxiousness and inventiveness of its space-saving fervor, could join the South End in trying to ban space saving altogether. Read more.

By - 12/3/18 - 10:34 pm
Raptor at Jamaica Pond

Was walking around Jamaica Pond this afternoon, when I spotted this bird glide down to a perch on one of the trees on the Parkman Drive side.

Hawk? And should I finally figure out how to manually focus my camera lens because the auto-focus kept zeroing in on the branches in front of the bird? The answer to the latter question, of course, is: Yes.

By - 12/3/18 - 10:10 am

Pot-shop proposals are popping up like daisies across Boston:

On Tuesday, Jody Mendoza and her husband, Richy Peña, hold an outreach meeting for their proposed Mojos pot shop at 1292 Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan. Read more.

By - 11/30/18 - 9:59 pm

Around 9:30 on Creighton Street between Bynner and Centre streets.

By - 11/30/18 - 4:10 pm
Caffe Aromi

Caffe Aromi, on Centre Street in Hyde Square, re-opened this week, with the same unusual backless chairs with air holes it had when it shut in 2015.

It's in the space once occupied by the June Bug Cafe, which the landlord rented the space to after essentially forcing out Bella Luna and the Milky Way Lounge and Lanes - a sad reminder of which remains on one of the handles in the doorway to the basement where the bowling alley used to be: Read more.

By - 11/28/18 - 2:19 pm

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion post at 280 South St., near the Forest Hills T stop, Greater Boston Radio reports.