“Brethren, Bethel, And Basilica” in North Square, Part 2

This is the second installation of Jessica Dello Russo’s “Brethren, Bethel, And Basilica”, following part one. Inside the only surviving Colonial-era house of worship in Boston's...

Life on the Corner: Duck Boats From Years Past

Ah, midsummer in Boston. Swan boats cruise languidly in the Public Garden lagoon while tourists feed the ducks popcorn and peanuts. Squirrels (tree rats) beg...

“Brethren, Bethel, And Basilica” – North Square Worship Sites From 1649 to Today

By Jessica Dello Russo North Square is undergoing a $2.5 million facelift – the first in many decades. It includes the installation in 2019 of public...

Commentary: Boston Still Needs the Herald

Last February ownership of the Boston Herald was awarded to Digital First Media for $11.9 million, which hopefully means a new beginning for a...

Commentary: Taxis in Boston Will Soon Be History

It appears that the age of the taxi cab in the city of Boston is coming to an end. I was talking to a...

Life on the Corner: Storefront Society

The North End of my childhood was a neighborhood of tenement buildings and storefronts. Almost every street had at least one storefront and some...

Commentary: Coffee Controversy Brewing in Boston’s North End

The North End of Boston has changed a great deal since I lived there between 1991 and 2003.  When I was a young kid,...

Demolishing St. Mary’s Church

By Joe Sarno St. Mary’s Church in the North End was a magnificent structure. Built in 1834, it was the second largest Catholic Church in...

Letter from the Director: Neighborhood Service Center Independence Day

Letter from Maria Stella Gulla, Director of ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center. The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE...

Starbucks Debate [Letter to the Editor]

I am a former North Ender born and raised there.  My entire family is either still living there or in the surrounding suburbs (and...

Starbucks Does Not Belong In Our Doorway

Little Italy is a symbol of Italian culture and flavor, no different than many neighborhoods in Boston. Look at neighboring Chinatown, people flock there...

Downtown Journal: Mayors and Me

Downtown Journal An occasional column about city life When I first moved to Boston, I lived on Beacon Hill with two roommates from college. We lived...