We’ve been fighters from the start. Boston was founded on a handshake in 1630 when hermit William Blackstone invited the Puritans to live near him. Pretty soon they start arguing over religion; next thing you know, Blackstone gets his house burned down. He leaves town, the Puritans stay. Four centuries on, we’re still prone to a good scrap. Here, our take on the Hub’s 12 greatest brawls. You got a problem with that?
Isabella Stewart Gardner left strict orders: The palazzo she built on the Fens should never, ever change. But museum director Anne Hawley has some strong ideas of her own. Inside her radical—and risky—plan to propel the beloved institution into the 21st century.