Monday, December 31, 2007


Inscription on one of the glass towers of the New England Holocaust Memorial. The numbers you can see inscribed in the glass are the numbers of the inmates at the camps.

"From our barracks we could see the gas chambers, A heart-rending cry of women and children reached us there. We were overcome by a feeling of helplessness. There we were watching and unable to do anything.

We had already worked out a plan of escape. But at that moment I decided -- we must not simply escape. We must destroy the fascists and the camp."

Alexander Pechersky
Holocaust survivor
Captured Russian soldier who led the prisoner revolt at Sobibor

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Boston Public Schools

Main administration building of the Boston Public Schools. The Corinthian columns are certainly eyecatching and make quite a contrast with the surrounding buildings.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Rose Kennedy Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway used to be part of the elevated expressway that cut through the heart of Boston. It has been removed and is now an open space making it easier to get to the North End and the waterfront. This swath of land is named after the matriarch of the Kennedy family, Rose Kennedy.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

No matter how you say it:   Merry Christmas!

Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!

Joyeux Noel

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Natal

Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar

Froehliche Weihnachten

Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo

Kala Christouyenna!

Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket

Sarbatori vesele

God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År

Buone Feste Natalizie

Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova

Linksmu Kaledu

Maligayan Pasko!

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie

Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Park Street on a snowy day

I took this picture on Thursday when it snowed all day, a light fluffy snow that left about 5 inches on the ground. It was a postcard perfect day in every way.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Downtown Crossing Street Performer

Street performer at the corner of Washington and Summer Streets. This is the same street performer Fenix caught at Fanueil Hall in October, though then she was clad all in gold (the street performer, not Fenix:). Click here to see the street performer in her golden costume.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Public Garden

Another view of the Boston Public Garden on a cold and foggy December day.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tadpole Playground

The Tadpole Playground is directly opposite the Frog Pond where children can splash in the wading pool in summer, and skate in the winter.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Lanterns and shadows II

I thought today I would show the street light lantern who's shadow we saw yesterday.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Friday, December 7, 2007

Street Medallion

Street medallion on the Freedom Trail in front of the Omni Parker House. It reads:
Friend --
Look up and see the North Church tower
where were shown two lantern lights
on the night of April 17, 1775
to send Paul Revere on his
ride and begin
The American Revolution.
This view preserved for
all future generations by
Charles Hilgenhurst and colleagues
of the Boston Redevelopment Authority
in the year 1960

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Luxe Condo - Update

Here is another monthly update of the luxury condo complex being built at 45 Province Street. Another couple of floors in only a month. Click here to see last months update, and here to see my first post.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

Massachusetts State House

The golden dome of the Massachusetts State House glitters even in Black & White. The sky was so dramatic I couldn't resist taking such a touristy shot of the state house.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007

City Hall

View of the Boston City Hall from Fanueil Hall. In the foreground is a statue of former four term Boston mayor, Kevin White.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Remembrance of things past II

Sometimes buildings disappear, but echoes remain. Look closely and you will see traces of a building in this one.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

r e l a x

An appropriate message during the rush of the holiday season. This message is embedded in the sidewalk in front of the Nine Zero Hotel on Tremont Street.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Shadows and Fire Escapes

Shadows formed by the fire escape created an interesting pattern curving down to the window.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Skating on Frog Pond

A few skaters on the newly opened for the season ice skating rink on the Frog Pond in the Boston Common

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Autumn Days

Shoppers hurrying down Winter Street on a rainy, wet November afternoon.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


I saw this bike locked up by the BU dorms on Shelton Street and had to chuckle when I noticed the empty beer bottle on the ground beside it. Was that the last beer of the night, one for the road or the first of the night?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Fenway Park Under Con$truction

Fenway Park recently announced a 9% average increase in ticket prices, all but the lowest and highest priced tickets will increase. Lower bleacher seats will cost $26 and grandstand seats will cost $50. The team says increases are to pay for player salaries and improvements at the ballpark -- I guess they don't take any salaries. Green Monster tickets will set you back $140; if you are coming to Boston next year and plan on going to Fenway, check out ticket prices here.

In the picture above you can see a construction crane in use at Fenway.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

For a cup of morning joe on a lazy Sunday morning Dunkin Donuts coffee will have to suffice.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Winthrop Lane #3

This is another in my series of bronze bricks from Winthrop Lane, which I previously posted about here and here. This one is probably my favorite as it clearly depicts the average Boston driver's mentality once he or she gets behind the wheel of a car. Why anyone would want to drive downtown is a mystery to me. I think I would rather visit the dentist than drive in Boston.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Old North Church

Interior view of the famous Old North Church of the American Revolution - "One if by land, two if by sea..."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Parkman Bandstand

The Parkman Bandstand was named for one of the Boston Common’s greatest benefactors, George Francis Parkman Jr. Parkman died in 1908 and left $5 million for the care of the Common and other city parks. The bandstand was originally dedicated in 1912 and was restored in 1996.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Night Bank Deposits II

Here is another Mosler night depository drop box. Click here for my earlier post with information about the Mosler company.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Garden of Peace Memorial II

Here is an overall view of the Peace Memorial Garden. In the upper right is the sculpture of the Ibis, which symbolizes Hope.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Garden of Peace Memorial

The Garden of Peace Memorial honors all the victims of homicide. The overall design of the memorial is of a dry river bed with a granite orb at the top. The granite orb in the garden symbolizes the enormous sadness, weight, and tragedy of homicide. The stones around the orb are each unique, and represent one victim of homicide. A name is inscribed on the individual stones in memory of a person that had lost his life.