What’s Happening In The North End / Waterfront

It’s New Year’s Eve! In Boston, that means 2013 First Night!

For the North End / Waterfront, the main attraction is fireworks at midnight over Boston Harbor. It’s gonna be cold, so dress warm! Christopher Columbus Park is usually a good spot for an upfront seat.

Did you miss the fireworks pre-show? Catch the photos from the Sunday night version for a private event.

Sean Cardinal O’Malley is also holding a special mass on New Year’s Eve at St. Leonard Church on Hanover St. at 10:00 pm.

At 11pm, the first who sign up for free tickets will get to go out on a free harbor boat ride to see the fireworks, courtesy of The Boston Harbor Association. A shortened family fireworks happens at 7pm on Boston Common. (Ed: If you’re over 13, you should know that only suburbanites and Back Bay wimps celebrate New Year’s at 7pm.)

See the official First Night 2013 schedule with arts-related events around the city.

During the day, take in the ice sculptures. The New England Aquarium has Frosty Fur Seals (see video below). Plus, I hear you can actually sit in your own “Ice Throne” at Faneuil Hall Marketplace! (If you do it, send in a photo).

What people are talking about

NEWF 2012 Year in Review: Top 10 Posts

Under the radar

Some wonder whether a snow emergency parking ban was called for in the first place and after 12 hours, it was lifted. Details: Snow Emergency / Parking Ban Lifted Sunday, Dec. 30th, 9:00 AM

Just For Fun

It’s a jigsaw picture puzzle after the storm on the Prado: Neighborhood Photo Puzzle: Snowy Prado Tree and Paul Revere Statue

Featured

In addition to everything else, the North End Library is warm in January! See the monthly calendar: North End Library Calendar for January 2013

Notable Items Found Elsewhere

See this choice from Boston.com on the Best Places to Kiss in Boston

Boston Italian Meetup on January 7th at Caffe’ Paradiso … sign up here.

Neighborhood Photo of the Day – Update

Commenters were able to narrow down some of the details in the 1899 photo of Keany Square.

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