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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.

By adamg - 4/6/20 - 11:48 am
Hotel Buckminster in 1900

Hotel Buckminster in 1900, when there wasn't much else around. Source.

The Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square announced on March 23 that it was closing, but unlike the nearby Hotel Commonwealth, says its closing is permanent. Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/20 - 9:11 am

The Atlantic takes a look on the coronavirus pandemic on air and noise pollution, and talks to a public-health researcher at Boston University, who now gets her exercise while carrying a decibel meter:

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the acoustic environment in Kenmore Square, a busy intersection near campus, is usually about 90 decibels during rush hour. Yesterday, Walker’s rush-hour readings were just under 68 decibels.

H/t Brad N.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 9:57 pm
Kilmarnock Street scene

Kilmarnock scene. Photo by Chris Butler.

Shots fired around 9:45 p.m .on Kilmarnock Street near Boylston Street. At least one spent shell recovered.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 8:34 pm

Word from the MFA is that Riley the Museum Dog is fine and still helping to protect the museum, along with Nicki Luongo, the museum's head of protective services. Here's Riley reporting for duty a few days ago: Read more:

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 10:42 pm

The MFA has e-mailed patrons and visitors that it's cancelling all of its programs and events through Aug. 31, due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 4:53 pm

The Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square says it will close tomorrow with the hopes of re-opening May 2, "though this is subject to change."

At least six other Boston hotels have closed due to a Covid-19 health issues and the related collapse of the travel business.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 8:55 am

Greg Cook reports the Museum of Fine Arts does not expect to re-open until July and is looking at layoffs and other "significant cost containment measures."

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 9:12 pm
Giant masked baby heads

Greg Cook not only reports on the mask one of the giant baby heads behind the MFA is now wearing, he tells us about the guerilla artist who created and tied on the mask - with some help from his nephew.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 2:59 pm

The students are in "suitable isolation spaces," while the staff member is self quarantining at home, the Daily Free Press reports.

By adamg - 3/24/20 - 4:05 pm
An empty Kenmore Square on Tuesday afternoon.

It was pretty easy for Max Grinnell to keep some distance between himself and the rest of the world in Kenmore Square this afternoon.

By adamg - 3/23/20 - 7:27 pm

The Masque Of The Red Death (1964)

Northeastern Police today pleaded with students who remained behind in Boston after their campus shut down to stop partying in their off-campus apartments: Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 10:32 pm

Around 9:40 p.m. Boston firefighters found the driver on top of her car and got her out of the water.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 10:16 pm

One day after changing its dorm policy and ordering students to leave campus by Tuesday, Northeastern University reports one of its students tested positive for Covid-19: Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/20 - 3:49 pm

The Museum of Fine Arts just announced when it closes its doors this evening, it won't re-open them for at least another 30 days. You know why. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/20 - 3:09 pm

Peter Wilson reports the BSO is cancelling all performances through March 28, at both Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood because, well, you can guess.

By adamg - 3/11/20 - 7:38 pm

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announced this afternoon that it's moving to online-only classes on March 22.

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