Life on the Corner: Lenny the Clam

The North End of seventy five years ago was a very different place than it is today and, like many inner city neighborhoods, it...

Life on the Corner: Holy Viagra

Today’s picture shows the interior of St. Mary’s Church in 1958. It’s graduation day for the eighth grade and Fr. Boylan, the pastor, is...

The Old North End, Part II

Read Part I here. When I began college at UMass Boston in 1972, my love of history and human nature made me want to major...

From The Director’s Desk: Reducing Hunger Among Neighborhood Seniors

February letter from Maria Stella Gulla, Director of ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center. This month I would like to focus on senior...

The Old North End

The first Italians arrived in the North End in the 1860s when the political and economic situation in Italy had become untenable. Their numbers...

From The Director’s Desk: Neighborhood Service Center’s Goals for 2018

January letter from Maria Stella Gulla, Director of ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center. It’s a wrap! As the books close on another...

Rocky Marciano, the Rock from Brockton

Rocky Marciano, his very name has a ring of the fury and power that made him the undefeated Heavy Weight Champion of the World...

A Shtetl in the City, Part 2, “Shabbas Goy”

A while ago I wrote a column about the Jewish North End and this is a follow up to that article. Today’s picture was taken...

Life on the Corner: La Passeggiata (The Walk)

One of the most charming Italian customs is the postprandial evening stroll called the passeggiata. In Northern Italian cities it takes place on Sunday evenings but in...

Railings on New Salem St Building

Saw this on UHub (link here), as well as the 4 or 5 signs taped to the ground floor windows of the building....Interesting, because...

COPP’S HILL MOMENT: First Snow

One recent morning we awoke to the first snow of winter coating the lindens and elms on Copp's Hill. The holiday calendar season had...

North End Library Mah Jongg Mavens

On a recent trip back to Boston for the Thanksgiving holiday, I paid a visit to the North End Library on Parmenter Street to...