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...

Railings on New Salem St Building

Saw this on UHub (link here), as well as the 4 or 5 signs taped to the ground floor windows of the building....Interesting, because...

COPP’S HILL MOMENT: First Snow

One recent morning we awoke to the first snow of winter coating the lindens and elms on Copp's Hill. The holiday calendar season had...

North End Library Mah Jongg Mavens

On a recent trip back to Boston for the Thanksgiving holiday, I paid a visit to the North End Library on Parmenter Street to...

Life on the Corner: The Industrial North End

When tourists visit the North End, they come to see the colonial sites on the Freedom Trail. Sure, they may get some cannoli at...

NYTimes: The Secret to Long Life is Bocce

NY Times Columnist William Giraldi stopped by the bocce courts in Boston's North End and took a lesson from the Sunday morning regulars. Through...

NorthEndWaterfront.com on The Codcast: Filling the News Hole

It was a real pleasure to join in on this week's "The Codcast" hosted by Commonwealth Magazine's Jack Sullivan. Along with Universal Hub's Adam...

Downtown View: My Last Column

Dear Readers, U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas is retiring. Harvard President Drew Faust and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also are doing so. I’m following their...

Downtown View: Books for Reading and Giving Away

Sometimes I read recent books by Boston authors and describe them in this column. The following three books fit the Boston criteria, but vary...

Boston Strong in Las Vegas

Two weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in US history, my husband Ron, our son Matt and I were at T-Mobile Arena in Las...

Downtown View: What Makes Good Public Art?

You know it when you see it. For Lucas Cowan, public art curator for the Greenway, it is the bean, or, more formally, “Cloud Gate”...