This is Part 1 of a 3 part video series featuring the highlights of a 1970’s documentary of the North End produced by Abraham Ravett in 1977 and 1978 with other teenagers for the North End Teen Collaborative.
The film starts out with kids playing at the St. Anthony’s Playground adjacent to the Bathhouse (now the Nazzaro Community Center) and Christopher Columbus High School. Scenes of teens hanging out are followed by a visit to Johnny’s Barbershop at 181 Salem St. (later moved to Hanover St. as Johnny & Gino’s Barber Shop). A narrated section talks about putting up Christmas decorations in Sonny Mirabella’s yard on Salem Street. A highlight are scenes from Pal’s Lunch, a neighborhood luncheon gathering spot. Next, a local produce shop is visited with a stop at Polcari’s. Part 1 ends with neighbors packing bags of food for the elderly and disabled after a snowstorm.
Thank you to Janet Gilardi for sharing the original footage.