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Life on the Corner: Tenement Life Part 2—Gentrification

Read Part 1 of Nick Dello Russo’s “Tenement Life” here. Living in a congested neighborhood like the North End meant there were always people out in the streets and going in and out of the apartments. Families were large and people were always either leaving or returning from work. School children went home for lunch Read More…

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A Shtetl in the City, Part 5 – The Vilna Shul

This is the fifth installation of Nicholas Dello Russo’s “A Shtetl in the City”, following part one, part two, part three, and part four. Phillips Street, on the North Slope of Beacon Hill, is a small, unremarkable street. Many years ago, it was considered part of the West End and was once home to a sizable Black population. Read More…

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A Shtetl in the City, Part 4 – Solomon Levi

This is the fourth installation of Nicholas Dello Russo’s “A Shtetl in the City”, following part one, part two, and part three. My name is Solomon Levi,At my store in Salem Street,There’s where you’ll find your coats and vests,And ev’rything else that’s neat:I’ve second-hand Ulsterettes,And ev’rything else that’s fine;For all the boys they trade with me,At one Read More…