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.

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.