1954 Editorial Reminds North Enders “It’s Up to You, Mayor”

There’s nothing new under the sun. And in Boston and the North End, it’s parking. Just as there’s neighborhood opposition today to plans for a glass tower above the Dock Square parking garage, a tower that would shutter views of Custom House Tower, there was neighborhood opposition in 1954 to allowing parking on the roof of Read More…

Photos & Videos

Neighborhood Photo: The Boston Opera Guy on the Prado

Photo of the Boston Opera Guy, performing in the Prado, offering great opera arias and well-loved classic Italian songs. (Photo by Bob Skole.)   “Neighborhood Photo” is a regular feature on Submit your best photos using our Submit a Post form or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling us Read More…

Community Transportation

Excellence V Yacht Docks on North End Waterfront

Leading up to the Memorial Day weekend, Excellence V was docked at Boston Yacht Haven, Commercial Wharf, on Boston’s North End waterfront. According to her website, she can be chartered for $725,000 a week. If you have to ask what that includes, you can’t afford it. She sleeps 12, has a crew of 14, and is 197 feet in length. Read More…

Commentaries Transportation

Commentary: North End Nearing Its Tipping Point

North End nearing its tipping point — A vision of a spectacular future Definition of tipping point  the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place. Hanover St., Salem St., nearby North End streets,  the Bulfinch, Haymarket and Boston Garden neighborhoods, are nearing the tipping point, when pedestrian and vehicular Read More…


Yacht Watch: “Itasca” Mega Explorer Docked and For Sale

It’s not often one sees a non-military/rescue boat with a helicopter aboard.  The Itasca is currently docked at Boston Yacht Haven. Good news! She is for sale for only $18.7 million! The Itasca is a vessel of impressive proportions and unlimited potential. Equipped for encounters with polar ice and recreation equipment for the tropics, Itasca can cruise the Read More…

People Transportation

Mark Cuban’s (?) Mega-Yacht “Fountainhead” Drops Anchor in Boston

The 288-foot mega-yacht, Fountainhead, arrived in town on Friday, July 8th, docking at Boston Yacht Haven on the North End waterfront.  Yes, it does have a basketball hoop with a glass backboard mounted over the large rear deck. It’s owner is Mark Cuban, according to several media sources (Ed: but maybe not … see below). The photo above Read More…

Health & Environment

Neighborhood Photo: Public Toilet Near the Freedom Trail

At last! A public toilet near the Freedom Trail. This innovative contribution to Boston tourism has been on Hanover Ave. (repeat, Hanover Ave.), just a few steps from St. Stephen’s Church and the Freedom Trail, for at least one week. It will be handy for spring and summer tourists. Bob Skole

Health & Environment Police & Fire

North End Innovation: Turning Tree Stumps Into Sidewalk Potholes

North End Innovation is illustrated by the city’s cutting down a tree on Hanover St., corner Parmenter, leaving the stump for a while, then removing the stump, and creating a hole in the sidewalk. It is an obvious hazard to the hundreds of thousands of tourists walking the Freedom Trail, as well as to North Read More…