Nicholas Dello Russo is a lifelong North Ender and columnist. Often using vintage photographs, Nick tells the stories of growing up in the North End along with its culture and traditions. It was a time when the apartments were so small that residents were always on the streets enjoying "Life on the Corner."
Commentaries Schools

Life on the Corner: A City of Parishes

The Boston Globe recently had a wonderful article about nuns, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, (www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2016/10/13). Reading this brought back so many memories of the parochial schools and parishes in the North End and throughout Boston that existed sixty five years ago. At that time Boston was a city of ethnic tribes, Italians in the Read More…

Commentaries Police & Fire

Life on the Corner: The Policeman’s Ball

The North End has always had an uncomfortable yet symbiotic relationship with the police officers assigned to the district. With a badge and gun, police officers had tremendous authority and the power to selectively enforce all the incomprehensible rules and regulations that were on the books. They could literally make or break a small businessman. Read More…

Commentaries Government

Life on the Corner: Vote Often and Early

Politics was, and still is, the lifeblood of the North End. Since election season is here, I thought this would be an opportune time to remember our rich and incredibly interesting North End political history. When the great wave of Italian immigrants began arriving at the end of the nineteenth century the Boston political establishment Read More…

Transportation

Life on the Corner: The Old East Boston Ferry

Two of our more forward thinking City Councilors, Sal LaMattina and Bill Linehan, recently proposed the idea of reviving ferry service between the various Boston waterfront neighborhoods, the North End, the Seaport, East Boston, South Boston and Charlestown. I think this is a terrific plan and I hope it comes to fruition. Those of us who Read More…