Downtown Journal: The Tourists Are Coming, The Tourists Are Coming!

Welcome to Downtown Journal! An occasional column about city life by Monica Collins Don’t get me wrong. I think tourists are indigenous to the North End/Waterfront....

EXTINCTION EVENTS AND AIRBNB: There Goes the Neighborhood

Commentary by Thomas F. Schiavoni A recent tidal wave of short-term rentals on platforms such as Airbnb are flooding Boston's housing market and stirring up...

North End Roof Gardens

Living in Boston’s North End in the 50s and 60s with its winding narrow streets and alleyways, it was always amazing to see so...

Life on the Corner: Lenny the Clam

The North End of seventy five years ago was a very different place than it is today and, like many inner city neighborhoods, it...

Life on the Corner: Holy Viagra

Today’s picture shows the interior of St. Mary’s Church in 1958. It’s graduation day for the eighth grade and Fr. Boylan, the pastor, is...

The Old North End, Part II

Read Part I here. When I began college at UMass Boston in 1972, my love of history and human nature made me want to major...

From The Director’s Desk: Reducing Hunger Among Neighborhood Seniors

February letter from Maria Stella Gulla, Director of ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center. This month I would like to focus on senior...

The Old North End

The first Italians arrived in the North End in the 1860s when the political and economic situation in Italy had become untenable. Their numbers...

From The Director’s Desk: Neighborhood Service Center’s Goals for 2018

January letter from Maria Stella Gulla, Director of ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center. It’s a wrap! As the books close on another...

Rocky Marciano, the Rock from Brockton

Rocky Marciano, his very name has a ring of the fury and power that made him the undefeated Heavy Weight Champion of the World...

A Shtetl in the City, Part 2, “Shabbas Goy”

A while ago I wrote a column about the Jewish North End and this is a follow up to that article. Today’s picture was taken...

Life on the Corner: La Passeggiata (The Walk)

One of the most charming Italian customs is the postprandial evening stroll called the passeggiata. In Northern Italian cities it takes place on Sunday evenings but in...