Archive for March, 2013

March 5, 2013

Allston, today and back in the day

Thanks to Matthew in Boston and the Brighton Allston Historical Society, this collection of photos shows views of places in Allston, today and days past.

Matt’s version is here, has the same photos but allows you to slide over an image, giving you a different view of the location.

Hat tip Adam at UH.

March 4, 2013

That train has left the station

The Beacon Park rail yards next the Mass. Pike in Allston are now unused and empty, as shown in this photo. Harvard owns the 91 acres that are occupied by the pike and the rail tracks, which they refer to as “Allston Landing South,” but would need state approval for any development, according to the Crimson article.

Some history of the site, courtesy of the Brighton Allston Historical Society.

March 4, 2013

Another bank, another language

Mt. Washington Bank, a division of the mighty East Boston Savings Bank, has opened a branch in the CVS plaza on Brighton Avenue. Services are offered in several languages, including Albanian. Now that is niche marketing.

March 4, 2013

Why would anyone want to join a BU fraternity?

The party where a BU student was found unconscious and later died was hosted by a fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu. The chapter has been suspended. It is the latest in a series of serious incidents involving BU frats.

March 3, 2013

What’s keeping the police busy these days

Apple MacBooks are at the top of the list for burglars. Three MacBooks were lifted from 90 Easton Street, two from 28 Quint Avenue, and one each disappeared from two different apartments at 29 Cummings Road. Another vanished at 6 Camelot Court. Plus three at 115 Glenville Avenue. Activate that tracking application on your laptop, kids, it’s there for a reason.

The perennial party scene in the Ashford Street/Wadsworth Street area brought the attention of police to 34 Ashford, 66 Ashford, 8 Wadsworth and 85 Linden. All locations were found with underage drinking and upwards of 100 people in the basement.

“Uncle Crummies,” an underground drinking and performance spot in an apartment at 30 Penniman Road in Allston, was put out of business when police paid a visit. There was a $7 donation to enter, about 75 people listening to one of four bands on the night’s lineup and a bar manned by two bartenders.

March 3, 2013

More bricks and mortar

The developers of a mixed hotel and residential development for Cleveland Circle will give an update on their plans this Thursday, March 7 at the BAIA meeting. Also on the agenda are 103 units for 75 Brainerd Road in Allston and a proposed food pantry for 575 Washington Street in Brighton. The full agenda is here.

March 2, 2013

BU student found unconscious, later dies

A BU student was found unconscious in a Wadsworth Street apartment in Allston around midnight today, according to He was later declared dead at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. This is the second death this year in that area. Police believe there was no foul play involved.

March 2, 2013

Someone needed a Happy Meal

An accident on Soldiers Field Road on February 21 around 8:30AM erupted into road rage when the one driver chased another into the nearby McDonald’s. The perpetrator smashed the window shades of the victim’s truck and kicked it repeatedly, trying to get him out of the vehicle. He, no fool, called the police instead. The perpetrator, a bit of a fool, admitted to officers he had done all of the above, and was arrested.


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