Then and Now: Boylston, Copley, and Other Areas Impacted by the Marathon Bombings

We retraced our steps on Marathon Monday and the days that followed.

By | Boston Daily |

Now that Boylston Street and Copley Square have reopened after being closed off to the public for more than a week, we’ve been able to re-enter the area in the heart of the city. Here, we retrace our steps from the day of the Boston Marathon bombings and the days that followed.

Then: The scene at the Boston Marathon finish line in the minutes after the explosions:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Now:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Then: Chaos in the aftermath as people cleared the vicinity of the explosions:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Now:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Then:

Photo via AP

Photo via AP

Now:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Then: A nearly empty Boylston Street after the explosions:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Steve Annear

Now:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Then: The media frenzy that set up shop near the Public Garden:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

 Now:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Then: Sections of the Back Bay were closed off and guarded as officials investigated the scene:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Now:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Then: The MBTA emptied and remained under guard:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Now:

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

  • bostonlou .

    those aren’t the same finish lines…. but then again i guess it isn’t so dramatic if you would note that fact

    • Chowdahead

      They always cover the painted permenent line with a plastic one specific to that year. So yes, they are the same finish line. And yes, you do look like an idiot for posting this snarky comment.

      • Guest

        What he’s saying is that’s an old pic of the finish line from a different year. Not how it was painted for this year!

        • guest

          No, that’s not an old picture. That’s the painted finish line that is always part of the street. They covered it for the race with a giant adhesive banner instead of repainting it.

      • bostonlou .

        I’m the idiot? you spell out how they’re different finish lines but then say they are the same??

        A picture of the painted permanent line is not the same as a picture of the giant adhesive banner

        sorry this was difficult for you to understand

        I feel like the second painted finishline picture was shown because it’s so much dirtier than the banner – when in actuality most of that dirt is from before the race

        • JD

          you’re both idiots

        • Chowdahead

          Perhaps you would like to explain to my father who is now missing a leg that a plastic cover over a painted line means it is not the same place? They are and will always will be the same to him and our family. Is that dramatic enough for you?

    • http://bostonmagazine.com/ Kaitlyn Johnston

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I can assure you that both photos of the finish line were shot by our photographer, Regina, this year and actually within the past week and a half. The second finish line photo was shot on Wednesday afternoon, as were all of the other “after” photos.

  • CrazyFreddy

    On the STREET where the YELLOW layout they should get us to go paint it over and put BOSTON STRONG asap, that is what should be there now.