Saturday, April 20, 2013
Hundreds of people gathered on the Boston Common and cheered from sidewalks around the city Friday night following the apprehension of the marathon bombing suspects.
After a day of eerie quiet, Boston got loud Friday night. Check out these videos of people celebrating the end of a citywide lockdown and the apprehension of two suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing with songs, cheers, screams and "thank you"s.
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Frog Pond's ride started running a week ahead of schedule.
The Boston Common Frog Pond's carousel took its first spin of the season a week ahead of schedule thanks to this year's mild weather. The carousel opened Saturday morning for its second season and will continue operation through the fall. Named one of “America’s Best Carousels” by Travel and Leisure in May 2012, it features an oak floor, beveled glass mirrors, and a standard pie top with a lighted crown, as well as a variety of Bradley and Kaye horses, wildlife figures, and a chariot. The carousel will operate Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $3 for a single ride or $25 for a 10-ride pass. Anyone under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult. It is handicapped-…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
No date has been set for the opening of the first off-leash area.
The city's Parks Department approved a plan Monday to designate parts of the Boston Common for off-leash dog recreation areas, but a date hasn't been set for when the program will begin. The plan, put forth by the the Friends of the Public Garden and Common Canine, calls for the unfenced off-leash areas to be rotated, with dog owners and the Friends to reseed each area after rotation. Before the first rotation starts, the groups will need to restore the pilot off-leash area, near the Joy Street stairs, which has been used for many years. According to a Parks Department press release, the major elements of plan approved Monday include: The City of Boston Dog Recreation Ordinance of 2004 allows for an open, community-based process whereby …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
They will vote on the proposal at their Feb. 25 meeting.
The Friends of the Public Garden presented their plan Tuesday to the city's parks department for creating areas on the Boston Common that dogs can use. The plan proposes rotating off-leash dog recreation areas on the Common, having two open at any one time, with the others taken out of use for renovation of the turf (aeration, overseeding, fertilizing). Liz Vizza, the Friends' executive director, said the board "favorably disposed to the plan overall" and will vote on it at their Feb. 25 meeting. "The goals are to develop a management approach that protects the Common’s turf and trees while providing meaningful dog recreation opportunities, and to build the community of dog owners into active stewards and supporters of the Common," …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Boston Common's tree was lit following a holiday show in the park.
Thousands of people showed up Thurday evening to watch dancing and muscial performaces at the 71st Annual Official Tree Lighting on Boston Common. The 45-foot white spruce was donated by Paul and Jan Hicks of Jordan Bay, Nova Scotia. This is the 41st year that Nova Scotia has given a tree to the people of Boston as thanks for relief efforts following the December 6, 1917, explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor. Within 24 hours of the disaster a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel was making its way from Boston to Nova Scotia. In addition this year, Nova Scotia is donating smaller trees to two Boston charities, the Pine Street Inn and Rosie’s Place. The holiday show preceding the lighting featured Elliot Yamin of…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
"American Idol" and "The Voice" contestants will perform.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The following is an edited press release from the city's Parks Department: Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Deputy Premier of Nova Scotia the Honourable Frank Corbett are pleased to announce Boston’s 71st Annual Official Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, November 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden, including the City of Boston’s official Christmas tree from Halifax, a 45-foot white spruce donated by Paul and Jan Hicks of Jordan Bay, Nova Scotia, will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Menino is scheduled to be joined onstage by Deputy Premier Corbett, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Santa Claus. The show will close with a pyrotechnic …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The plan would create four rotating off-lease areas on the Common.
The Friends of the Public Garden have applied to the city to create a rotating off-leash dog recreation space on the Boston Common that would have dog owners fund the upkeep of used areas. Under the proposal, the Friends would pay $8,000 to reseed the spot near Joy Street now used by dogs and four news spaces – two on Tremont Street and two on Beacon Hill – would be used on a rotating basis with repairs done after every rotation. The yearly cost to maintain the areas is expected to be $32,000, raised by the Friends' dog committee. If, however, dog owners fail to fund the program, it will discontinue. A city ordinance prohibits dogs from being untethered unless they are in a specified off-leash area. But bylaws also prohibit parts of the …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Earl of Sandwich company spent more than a million dollars to restore the former men's bathroom.
After spending about $1 million to restore the former public bathroom on the Boston Common, the Earl of Sandwich signed a 15-year lease and plans to open next month. The Florida-based restaurant chain offers salads, wraps, desserts and, obviously, sandwiches. It first opened in Boston at Logan International Airport in 2009 and has dozens of franchises around the country. The owner will pay $50,000 a year to use the former comfort station, also known as the Pink Palace, a 660-square-foot structure built in the 1920s and vacant for decades. Earl of Sandwich was scheduled to be ready by the end of August but opening day has been pushed back to next month, the Boston Herald reported Sunday. Under the terms of the lease, the restaurant would …
Monday, September 10, 2012
City and Suffolk police worked quickly to find the suspect.
Quick coordination between city and Suffolk University police led to the arrest of a man who officers say stole a cell phone and ran into the Boston Common early Saturday morning. According to police reports, city officers on patrol by the Common were stopped by Suffolk University Public Safety officers who were helping someone who said he had just been robbed near 150 Tremont St. The victim told police that three men approached him and demanded his cell phone. Although he didn’t see a weapon, one of the suspects said he had a gun, report said. The victim handed over his phone and the men ran into the Common. Officers immedicately broadcast a description of the suspects over the police radio. Soon they located a man who matched the …
Friday, August 24, 2012
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Friday, August 24, 2012
More than 350 people turned out to the Parkman Bandstand Thursday to see this year's Puppets on the Common, directed by puppeteer Charlotte Dore and featuring her Rosalita's Puppets. The performance was in collaboration with the Stiletto Singers.