Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: North End Throwbacks, Taranta Takes Peru, Pothole Patching, Hanover Design, Boston Harbor Piracy and More!

Covering any article having to do with the North End / Waterfront, read the latest stories and reports on the “best neighborhood in Boston!”

A view of the North End from State Street in September 1985. David L. Ryan, The Boston Globe.
A view of the North End from State Street in September 1985.
David L. Ryan, The Boston Globe.

This is what the North End used to look like

For some, the photos will be memories of old familiar faces and names, remembering the streets as they were throughout the 20th century. From Haymarket, to old shops and old streets, see how much of a transition the North End neighborhood has gone through over the years. has the photos that mark a part of the North End’s history.

Taranta’s Jose Duarte teaches staff sustainability and Peruvian ways

Staff members from Taranta restaurant in the North End took a trip to Peru to learn more about Peruvian food and culture. The trip was led by Taranta’s chef-owner Jose Duarte, a native of Peru, who wanted to show his employees the ingredients from his homeland that he incorporates into his Peruvian-Italian fusion cuisine at the restaurant. Continue reading the story at, The Boston Globe.

A city worker repairs a pothole in the North End — within 90 minutes, it had caved in. NECN
A city worker repairs a pothole in the North End — within 90 minutes, it had caved in. Photo courtesy of NECN.

Holes in the system: Boston boasts pothole fixes that don’t get made

Reporters were on hand watching Boston’s Public Works employees fill in potholes with newly laid asphalt, only to find them caved in less than two hours after the work was done. That result is “unacceptable,” according to Boston’s Public Works Interim Commissioner Michael Dennehy, read more details, view interactive maps and video coverage at,

Piracy on the low seas: Police arrest three in Boston Harbor boat break-in

Boston Police Harbor Unit was called to a suspicious boat that was trolling near the Boston Harbor Sailing Center, leading to three males being arrested for stealing the boat and using it to steal from docked boats. Read more details on the arrest at, UnviersalHub.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Lynch, UniversalHub.

Before Government Center

View this throwback photo that was taken sometime between 1954 and 1959 from the area today known as Government Center. Before the days of the current City Hall building, the photo was taken from the vantage point of standing in front of Center Plaza, UnviersalHub has more details.

Mark Cuban’s big-ass yacht visits Boston

Mark Cuban, the world-renowned entrepreneur and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, known to many as the star of ABC’s Shark Tank, took his 288-foot yacht through Boston Harbor this past week. More on the spotting at, UnviersalHub.

BIZARRE BOSTON: The Secret North End Tunnels

While Boston was under British control, were there really secret tunnels that could have been used for multiple reasons, such as smuggling goods without having to pay taxes to the British? Are there still secret tunnels under the North End? Read the story at, Spare Change News.

Hanover Street, Image via Nick DeLuca at BostInno
Hanover Street, Image via Nick DeLuca at BostInno

It’s Time to Revisit the Hanover Street Redesign Discussion

The North End neighborhood attracts crowds of people who pack Hanover Street businesses, the sidewalks on both sides of the street, and countless cars driving through. With so much congestion on the busiest street in one of Boston’s smallest neighborhoods, is it time to redesign Hanover Street to make it a more pedestrian friendly zone? Read the article at, BostInno.

Court orders Boston police to reinstate fired officer

After the 2009 arrest of Michael P. O’Brien in the North End where then-Boston Police Officer David C. Williams used excessive force, the city paid O’Brien $1.4 million in a 2012 settlement, and Officer Williams was fired.  This past week, a Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled that the Boston Police Department must reinstate Officer Williams. Why? Read the article at, The Boston Globe.

Giacomo’s Appears to Be Expanding to Melrose

Many of you may have never seen the inside of Giacomo’s Ristorante on Hanover Street in the North End, probably because of the never-ending line on the sidewalk. Now the small North End restaurant is set to open their third location in Melrose, read the article at Boston Eater.

Jam ‘n’ cram at Long Wharf

The busiest time of the year for Boston Harbor was exemplified this past week with several large, ocean-going yachts that were docked at Long Wharf. Hailing from all over the world, view more information on the boats at, UnviersalHub.

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