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News & Views: 1949 Salem Street Photo and Great Elm Tree Lighting Tuesday

Neighborhood Photo of the Day:

From the City of Boston Archives comes this photo of Salem Street in 1949. To orient yourself, Polcari’s Coffee is at the bottom left of the photo.

City of Boston Archives – Salem Street in 1949

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What’s Going On in the North End / Waterfront on Tuesday:

On Tuesday night, it’s Northern Lights on the Greenway with the lighting of the Great Elm tree and illumination of the pergola. NEMPAC will be on hand with bell ringing too! Free and open to the public at 6pm on the North End Greenway Parks between New Sudbury and Hanover Streets.

At 10:30 am, the North End Library, 25 Parmenter St. is featuring Music with Sarah for babies and toddlers.

The new weekly calendar is up for Winter on the Waterfront. Take a look.

Find out the details on upcoming events and meetings in the Events Calendar.

What’s new on the blog

Check out the video from Sunday night’s Christmas concert at Old North Church. In cooperation with NEMPAC, Handel’s “Messiah” was performed including the Hallelujah Chorus. Watch and listen to it here.

What people are talking about

The documentary short featuring Robert Dello Russo titled “The King of the House.” Watch it here.

Meeting Agenda

NEWRA will take up a myriad of items on Thursday, December 13th. See the agenda.

For a good cause

North Street Grille collected over 15 boxes of food for the Greater Boston Food Bank. See the photo.

Also, the Frattaroli family of restaurants is having a Holiday Toy Drive for the Italian Home for Children. See the flyer.


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2 Replies to “News & Views: 1949 Salem Street Photo and Great Elm Tree Lighting Tuesday

  1. looks 1000x better than salem street today. real amenities for the real people that live here!! in any case, wonderful photograph!

  2. What a great photo of Salem Street prior to the Central Artery construction. I think I spot my grandmother, Emily (Parisi) Dello Russo at center, pushing my uncle Robert (the other “Bobby”) in the baby carriage, with a little bundled-up boy by her side – my Dad, Nicholas! The family later left Salem for Lewis Street, where my grandfather ran a tavern, “NIck’s Tavern,” which finally closed in 1997, after nearly 75 years in business.
    I even recall some things from the North End of my childhood that the photo represents particularly that merchants on Salem and the other busy streets displayed items for sale on the sidewalks: the meat markets had dead rabbit or goat skins or hanging outside on hooks; Polcari’s had boxes and stuff in front of the store (today, only “slush”); Sheldon’s had rugs, I think, and other dry goods, and Fashion Ave,, racks of clothes. I think there’s some sort of city ordinance forbidding this now, but it made errand-running a lot more fun!

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