The Weekender: Tall Ships Countdown, Empty Spaces, 124-126 Salem Design

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Life on the Corner: The West End’s “Shlemky”

The North End and the West End have had a long and storied history together. When Nicholas Dello Russo was growing up, North Station and Scollay Square were considered the boundary lines between the two neighborhoods. Read the post for the story of Solomon, who everyone called Shlemky. A dwarf with a large presence in the West End, he ran a newspaper stand under the “EL” at the corner of Causeway and Canal Streets for thirty years.

The Tall Ships, under sail, will gather in Broad Sound prior to their grand entrance into Boston’s inner harbor. (Photo credit: Sail Training International)

100 Day Countdown to the Return of the Tall Ships

This past week, Sail Boston officially began its 100 day countdown to the Return of the Tall Ships, when more than fifty majestic sailing vessels will trek into Boston Harbor for the first time since 2000. View the post for more information on the June 17-22 spectacle that is expected to bring more than 4 million visitors.

The Chrysanthemum Building

Crosstown Art in the North End submitted commentary on the unique design of the new construction at 124-126 Salem Street. The chrysanthemum pattern of the railings are made of wrought iron, with a carbon negative structure, and more unique design elements. View the post for the full breakdown of the architecture. See below, tell us what you think of the design!

The 124-126 Salem Street Fascade.

Poll: Do You Like the Ornamental Iron Railings at 124-126 Salem St. Development?

The scaffolding came down at 124-126 Salem Street and immediately started a stir on social media. The overall sentiment was that the design does not fit in the North End, despite both community groups supporting the development and the design. Cast your vote and tell us what you think!

What’s up with Boscetto’s Bakery still empty? Take a look at all the empty spaces around the North End.

The North End’s Empty Spaces

With the North End being one of the top neighborhoods throughout the booming City of Boston, how could there be so many empty spaces? North End resident Adam Castiglioni shared a few empty locations with us, read the post.



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