The Mayor's Mural Crew and the Office of New Urban Mechanics teamed up to create a series of leafy areas around the Parkman Bandstand for people to enjoy the outdoors while ensuring they're socially distant.
Transit Police report two out-of-town visitors, one 17, the other 19, who came into Boston for "a day of leisure" on Monday had a fun day with a group of strangers they met on the Common - until the group led them into the Park Street T stop. Read more.
Boston Police report arresting a man they say stole several of the flags placed around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common for Memorial Day, then lit one and tossed it atop an empty BPD prisoner transport wagon parked near the Brewer Fountain around 7:10 p.m. yesterday. Read more.
WBZ reports volunteers worked overnight to place 1,000 "socially distant" flags on Boston Common to remember Massachusetts residents who died in the service of their country. Earlier plans to place the traditional 37,000 flag were called off due to Covid-19 concerns.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Stanley Forman photographed the area around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument taped off.
Around 4:30 p.m., Suffolk University alerted the few students still living at 150 Tremont St. "Report of shots fired in the Boston Common. If you are a resident of 150 Tremont St. Please shelter in place until further notice."
New England Folklore recounts the story of the two elms that flank the Robert Gould Shaw memorial at Beacon and Park streets - planted by John Hancock himself before the Revolution. Turns out the memorial sits on a vault designed to protect the roots of the trees.
Boston Police report arresting an East Boston man after, they say, officers caught him trying to break into Wild Orchid, 40B Bromfield St. - and then chased him on foot through downtown and along the Common before finally bringing him down on the Common. Read more.
Michael Kerpan took in the annual Japan Festival on Boston Common yesterday, which included Japanese music, art and food. At one booth, Miwako Hosoda sold traditional Japanese hina or dolls to benefit ongoing relief efforts for people still dealing with after effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami - made both by women in the hardest hit areas and in areas that have pledged special support to them.