Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Rising Condo Prices, Garden Garage Project, Columbus and Erikson, Jewish Women, Zen Garden and More!

It is all there for the taking, notable news stories about the neighborhood published over the past week!

Condo sales continue massive growth, photo by Michael Dwyer, the Boston Globe.
Condo sales continue massive growth, photo by Michael Dwyer, The Boston Globe.

Condo sales, prices continue upward in Boston

This will come as no surprise for those who work in Real Estate or those who are currently in the market, Boston condo prices have gone through the roof, and then some.  Tracking the median sales prices in neighborhoods like the North End, prices rose 7% in one quarter of 2015, continue reading at, The Boston Globe.

Columbus and Erikson: the North End and the Southern beginning

Speaking about the size and scope of the Columbus Day celebration in Boston, where the festivities match the rich Italian-American history of the City. Read about how the Columbus Day parade tapered off in other American Cities while staying strong in Boston at, the New Boston Post.

Also, view photo coverage of the 2015 Columbus Day Parade, courtesy of Matt Conti. 

Photo rendering courtesy of , the BRA.
Photo rendering courtesy of Elkus Manfredi, the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Proposed 46-story tower behind the Garden now a proposed 44-story tower

The plans to replace a parking garage next to TD Garden with a new 470-unit residential tower have been submitted to the BRA. Downsizing from the original plan which included two towers with 500 units, the new plan calls for “shrinking” the building to 447 feet, read more about the “Garden Garage project” at UniversalHub.

Lecture preview: Novelist explores ties among Jewish women in Boston during the early 20th century

Anita Diamant, who authored the novel “The Boston Girl,” can still remember the historic North End, long before the neighborhood became gentrified. Specifically recalling an apartment on Hanover Street, where there was a, “bathtub in the living room. The toilet was in the corner. It had been a tenement.” Read the article at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photoLawrence native Giovanni DeCunto has painted celebrities and royalty around the world, among them Joe Fallon, Donald Trump, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. He works in his studio in the North End of Boston.
North End artist Giovanni DeCunto will be featured in New Balance ad campaign. Photo by Paul Bilodeau, Eagle Tribune.

Portrait of success; Lawrence native making splash in art world featured in New Balance ad campaign

Artist Giovanni DeCunto knew when he was a young kid that being an artist was the only thing he wanted to do. Starting out by selling $35 works of art when he was a young boy, DeCunto now sells pieces for more than $35,000, working out of his North End studio, continue reading at the Eagle Tribune.

Under Boston’s Zakim Bridge A Secret, Guerrilla Zen Garden Grows

Nate Swain, an artist based in Boston’s North End, is responsible for the guerrilla Zen rock garden below the Zakim Bridge. You may also recognize Swain’s work on St. Leonard’s Peace Garden photo-mural, or his photo-murals on the NStar substation at the corner of Prince and Salem streets. Watch the video of Swain making the zen garden at, WBUR.

Port Norfolk marina parcels being eyed for high-end condos

The North End is not the only waterfront area where development is being proposed. In fact, Port Norfolk is looking to be converted from a marina into a luxury condo complex on a parcel of land that is valued over $2 million. Read the article at the Dorchester Reporter.

Mirabella Pool Closed for the Winter

Folks are already looking forward to next Spring when the North End’s Mirabella Pool will open again for the season on Commercial Street. One of two outdoor pools owned by the city, Mirabella is “the pool jewel” of them all! View the article by The Nazzaro Center.

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