Kenmore Square, a stone's throw away from Fenway Park, never looks like this. (Image via Shelllyyyy)
Boston's had a pretty wild week, one that few would've guessed would end in a citywide lockdown that gave way to a ghost town. On the lam is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old kid from Kyrgyzstan suspected of dropping one of the two bomb-filled backpacks by the Boston Marathon finish line. Tsarnaev's considered armed — possibly with explosives — and extremely dangerous, so police have ordered Bostonians and Cantabridgians to stay in their homes and to lock their doors. As such, there's not much foot traffic on the city's famous red-brick sidewalks.
A lot of people will say these photos are eerie. A once-busy city so emptied of activity, you can almost see the deafening silence of it all. It's like I Am Legend: New England Edition just before Will Smith starts killing zombies. It's eerily beautiful.
No, it's not. This is a real story in a real city with a real villain who's packing real heat. Let's wait 'til we get the all clear before we go all Instagrammatic about the artistic merits of this disaster.
In the meantime, stay safe, Boston. We're all in awe.
The Longfellow Bridge connects Cambridge to Boston. In the distance you can see the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House on top of Beacon Hill (Image via Antonio Regalado)
Already shellshocked by the bombing on Monday, the popular shopping district around Newbury Street is silent. It's just a couple of blocks away from the Boston Marathon finish line (Image via eleighnixon)
Just a couple miles west, Commonwealth Avenue, part of which is on the Marathon course, splits at what's typically a bustling intersection. (Image via sarahxt13)
Across the river in Cambridge, the Middle East is where the hipsters eat falafel and listen to Passion Pit. (Image via iamlukeryan)
Quincy Market is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Boston (Image via Limit Buyer)
And this is Boston Common, the cities most popular and most famous park. Hard to image that just a couple of nights ago hundreds, if not thousands gathered on this grass for a candlelight vigil for the bombing victims. (Image via sho1624)