96th Saint Agrippina di Mineo Feast

This weekend, the Saint Agrippina di Mineo Benefit Society celebrated their annual Feast in honor of Saint Agrippina on the corner of Hanover & Battery Streets. Saint Agrippina Di Mineo was a beautiful blond princess who was unmercifully tortured to death by the Emperor Valerian in 256 AD. After her death, her body was taken from Rome to Mineo,...

Weekly North End / Waterfront Police Blotter

Highlights from this week’s police blotter for the North End / Waterfront area. Robbery/ Knife 07/23/10          3:30pm Male suspect known to the victim displayed a knife while they were sitting in his car on Cooper St. and then stole cash from him. Suspect fled on foot. Detectives to follow up. Breaking & Entering Residential 07/25/10          7:30pm-9:40pm Victim reports Stillman St. apartment was broken into through...

Greenway Conservancy: “Sometimes we all pay for the mistakes of a few”

In a (now-removed) blog post today, the Greenway Conservancy scolded North End residents because a few chairs are supposedly missing from the Greenway parks. Reminiscent of a 2nd grade teacher, the Conservancy chided that now “we all pay for the mistakes of a few.” Because of the alleged thievery, the chairs will be locked up at 9:00 pm. And...

Harbor Garage Situation Reviewed by Commonwealth Magazine

In the summer edition of Commonwealth Magazine, Bruce Mohl pens an article, “Just Plain Ugly,” of the Harbor Garage Redevelopment situation that has led to a standstill between owner/developer, Don Chiofaro, and the City of Boston. Beyond presenting the differing perspectives, the magazine reviewed all the internal correspondence on the subject at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Under the state’s Public...

Old North Garden Memorial Garden Update

Bruce Brooksbank gives an Old North Church Memorial Garden report in ONC’s E-Pistle: It has been a busy season in the Iraq/Afghan Memorial Garden. The landscape has been changed to enhance the viewing experience.  With Lisa Ayres’ assistance most of the ferns, lilies and hospice were transplanted to elsewhere on the property and replaced with red azaleas. Subtle symbolism includes red flower...

Stephen Puleo Releases “City So Grand”

Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide and Boston Italians, has released his fourth book called A City So Grand, the Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900. From the book jacket: Once upon a time, “Boston Town” was an insulated New England township. But the community was destined for greatness. Between 1850 and 1900, Boston underwent a stunning metamorphosis to emerge...

North End / Waterfront Real Estate Activity Perks Up

Real estate sales and pricing per square foot improved in both the North End and Waterfront markets during the second quarter of 2010, according to LINK reports. The Waterfront saw an especially large increase of 77% in sales activity over last year while the North End was up 17%. Average selling prices were down 10% in the North End...

Taking Stock: Greenway Signs & Chairs

New “stuff” has been springing up on the Greenway parks, including fancier signs, tables and more chairs. The bustling North End parks were an early recipient of tables and chairs last year. Unfortunately, some of the North End chairs have tended to go missing, a problem raised by Greenway Leadership Council members at the last meeting. A recent walkthrough...

North End Bocce Profiled in Globe

At the North End’s Langone Park, the Boston Globe’s Alex Katz profiles bocce regulars, Natale DeMarco, Salvatore Cucciniello and Jim Luisi. These days, as the blazing summer sun glimmers off the waters of Boston Harbor, the two are regulars at this North End park, taking to the bocce court at least three times a week. They are joined by locals...

Are You An Aspiring Actor or Actress?

Becca Griffin, Executive Director the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC), sends in this call for talent! NEMPAC has been invited to perform a short play for the Fisherman’s Feast.  We will be pulling it together under the direction of Ms Emily Trask (for those of you who have kids at NEMPAC’s Eliot School Morning Program, Emily is...

Unappreciative Seagull Rescue

Dan Flaherty sends in this photo and rescue story on the Union Wharf waterfront: This poor seagull was trapped. His leg was stuck in the crack of a wood pylon. I walked over to the Boston Fire Marine division and shared the story of this poor birds plight. LT LeBlanc and his crew offered to swing over and check it...

Back to the North End Beach & Old Time Street Sweeping

Resident researcher, Anne Pistorio, sorts through the old, dusty boxes at the Boston Public Library and sent us these two classic North End photos with the help of BPL’s Aaron Schmidt. The first is a panoramic photo by Frank B. Conlon of the old North End Beach, formerly on Commercial Street. If you are good at identifying periods, leave a...