Boston’s historic North End is rich with history and pride for the role it played in helping to shape our country’s future. Some of the most well-known people from the time of the Revolutionary War made their homes in this small Boston community. Paul Revere was one of the most famous of its residents. Irish, Jewish, and Italian immigrants have made their way to this community over the last two hundred years, making it one of the most culturally diverse areas in the city.
North End’s long history adds to its vintage charm. Different languages can be heard throughout the neighborhood and fresh, homemade cultural delicacies like cannolis and ravioli are sold out of the small mom and pop shops that line the quiet streets. Restaurants are everywhere that provide an authentic taste of home from many parts of the world.
Even though North End’s history plays a prominent role, the area is still considered to be very modern and has moved forward with the times. As part of the Greenway, the area includes many different opportunities in terms of residential and commercial opportunities. Large apartments and luxury condominiums have taken the place of the old tenements. Thrown into the mix are both luxury homes and commercial businesses that are reminiscent of the past but have a modern flair and grace that makes them stand out in terms of architecture and design.
As one of the most historic areas in the country, the number of landmarks is staggering. The Old North Church and The Paul Revere House are two of the most well-known and beloved to residents of the area. St. Stephen’s Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground and the Mariners House are also very well-known and are commonly on the list of places to visit when people come to the area.
The North End offers many walking tours that allow you to travel cobblestone streets and visit traditional Italian restaurants and small boutique style stores. While most refer to the area as Little Italy, the Jewish and Irish traditions are also quite visible and play a prominent role in many of the area’s festivals. Cultural traditions abound and many times you can be witness to families making their way to church or participating in local events that celebrate their heritage both past and present.
Sitting at the northernmost end of what is known as the Old Shawmut Peninsula, North End gets its name from its geographic location. It is surrounded by the Mystic and Charles Rivers, as well as Boston Harbor. It connects to Charlestown via the Charlestown Bridge, while it connects to East Boston by way of the Callahan and Sumner Tunnels. The Quincy Market and Government Center are also nearby towards the west.
One of the richest neighborhoods in terms of history and tradition, the North End is ideal for both families and young professionals who are just starting to make their way. The area’s rich history and beautiful landscapes allow for long walks and interesting conversation for any resident who chooses to make North End home.