Week in Review: Street Sweeping, First Night and 2011 Recap

A look back at South End Patch's top stories from Dec. 26 - Jan 1.

Starting this coming year, the city will extend street sweeping in the South End by two months, the mayor’s office announced Friday.

South Enders will have two extra months of street sweeping this year, but is this good news?

Here's the complete list of our 50 most popular stories of 2011.

A chronological look at South End Patch's 50 most memorable images of 2011.

Boston rings in the New Year with a massive celebration.

One of First Night's signature spectacles is the carving of magnificent ice sculptures at Copley Square and Boston Common. Patch was there for the carving and later capturing them at their most brilliant, lit up for New Year's Eve.

The city's First Night 2012 celebrations started early in Boston, getting into full swing in the afternoon with the Common and Hynes Convention Center packed with thousands of celebrants and attendees.

Keep in mind that many places are observing the holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, meaning that while restaurants will be open, government offices will be closed and the T will continue to run on a Sunday schedule.

The city of Boston will be picking up Christmas trees curbside for composting on recycling days during the first two weeks of January, from Monday, Jan. 2, to Friday, Jan. 13.

Boston Police officers used a popular iPhone app Wednesday morning to track an iPhone, reportedly stolen in a Newbury Street shoe store, to its alleged robber in the South End.

A West Roxbury home is one of 24 national finalists in Patch's Deck the House contest. Vote now, vote often and let's bring home $100,000 for Boston Public Schools!

The Daily Beast has named Boston as America's Drunkest City for 2011, topping all other cities in the U.S., including number-two finisher Springfield, Mass.

Artist’s ‘Made with Love’ project takes playing dress up to a whole new level.

Sold properties in the South End area this week, Dec. 22 - 29.


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