Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Awesome North End, Crudo, Greenway, Melissa McCarthy, Supermarkets, Sandwich Boards and More!

Profiling a wide range of articles from this past week, the variety is enough to have something intriguing for everyone. From photos of the North End over the past couple hundred years, to development renderings, celebrities in the neighborhood and many more! 

The Noah Lincoln House was on the corner of North Bennett and Salem Streets, ca. 1898.
The Noah Lincoln House was on the corner of North Bennett and Salem Streets, ca. 1898, courtesy of

These old pictures show the North End was always awesome

Over 30 pictures profile the North End neighborhood over the past couple centuries. Dating back to the early 1800’s, where North Street was the hot spot rather than Hanover Street, the photos show the transition to a neighborhood now dominated by restaurants, cafes, and shops. Take a few clicks down memory lane through the North End over time at,

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Have Date Night in Boston

Actress Melissa McCarthy is in Boston working on the new Ghostbusters film and stopped into the North End for dinner with her husband this past week. Ordering an appetizer and pan-seared salmon at Mare Oyster Bar, read more about how well she treated the staff and other guests at, People Magazine.

Crudo Will Soon Expand North End’s Pan-Asian Cuisine

Now in the “final stage” before opening, Crudo in the North End is almost ready to open their doors and add a Pan-Asian menu and sushi bar to the North End. Being branded as a Japanese fusion restaurant, mixologists were hired for upscale drinks to accompany dining rooms both upstairs and downstairs. Visit Boston Eater to read the article.

Renderings by CBT Architects of Boston, courtesy of The Boston Globe.

Center Plaza, symbol of a rejected era, getting new look

Hoping to make Center Plaza into a place to go rather than a walk through area, the owner is planning to spend about $20 million on improvements. Although the “bland facade” of the building will remain, the plaza will feature new locally owned restaurants, shops, and possibly music venues, with new pavers, benches, lighting, and greenery.  The Boston Globe has the story!

City Council to ponder sandwich boards and the regulation thereof

At-large Boston Councilor Michael Flaherty is seeking regulations on free-standing ads that restaurants and store owners put in front of their shops. The new regulations would require store owners to get permission from the city to put the boards in front of their shops. More details at, UniversalHub.

Renderings courtesy of Stephanie Goldberg/Mark Reed, The Boston Globe.

Design competition imagines rising tide in Boston’s future

One of the submissions to the Boston Living with Water competition was for the Prince Building in the North End, where the winning proposal for this location wouldn’t prevent sea water from entering the city, it “would allow the influx of water to create a new shoreline, connected with walkways and boardwalks, focused on recreation and ecological reclamation.” Read the story at, The Boston Globe.

Guests get colorful for Greenway Gala

The seventh annual Greenway Gala was held this past Tuesday night, celebrating the ariel sculpture by artist Janet Echelman. Featuring dinner and a performance, there was also a profession of lanterns made by young artists affiliated with Artists for Humanity. Read more on the event at, The Boston Globe.

Boston no longer starved for supermarkets

Downtown Boston has made strides in recent years to add supermarkets, starting four years ago with Whole Foods on Beacon Hill. Over the past year or so, Roche Bros. has opened, Wegmans is set to move into the Fenway area, Stop & Shop is opening stores in the city, and Star Market is leasing space. Continue reading at, The Center of Shopping.

10 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of Bunker Hill

Besides the well known North End history like Copp’s Hill and the Old North Church, many may not know that Redcoats killed during the Battle of Bunker Hill were laid to rest in the Old North Church. Read the rest of the facts about the Battle of Bunker Hill, courtesy of the History Channel.

Christine and Dean’s North End Engagement Photos

Take a look at these engagement photos taken on some familiar streets and in front of some recognizable businesses in the North End. Photos by Christian Pleva Images.