Commentary: Portable Visitor Center Down the Drain

These photos show what goes on behind the scenes in the filming of “Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” movie. While the residents of Margaret Street got to turn back their clocks to sepia tones and the North End of the 1920s, the denizens of Copp’s Hill were stuck with 18-wheeler generator trucks and humongous portable 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

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North End Visitor Center and Public Restrooms – Update at Residents’ Association Meeting [Video]

[responsive_youtube] North End resident Tom Schiavoni provides a review and update on efforts to reopen the Visitor Center and public restrooms in the Michelangelo building on Hull Street. The discussion was held at the September 12, 2013 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA).

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Disgusting Public Bathroom at Bocce Courts on Commercial Street

North End resident, Dr. Joe Mendola, shares these photos and describes the situation with the city toilet on Commercial Street. (Click photos to enlarge them.) This bathroom next to the bocce courts is a shameful commentary on the city’s incompetence in providing for a fundamental community need. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, the stench that permeates Read More…

Community Health & Environment

Friends of Copp’s Hill Burying Ground Issue Plea for North End Public Restrooms and Visitor Facility

A June 3, 2013 letter from Friends of Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is scanned below as written to the Old North Church and Paul Revere House regarding re-opening of public restrooms at the Michelangelo Visitor Facility. The letter is also available here in PDF format. Related attachments include: Welcome to the Historic North End; Sorry, Read More…


Fairmont Battery Wharf Ranks Tops in Public Bathrooms’s TNGG column runs down the five most luxurious public bathrooms, featuring one in the North End / Waterfront area at the Fairmont Battery Wharf: “The North End is rich with culture and delicious pastries, but it’s also full of “Restroom for Customers Only” signs. This place may seem like a mirage in the distance Read More…

Community Government Health & Environment

Sunday Herald Looks for a North End Potty

The Herald’s Jessica Fargen chimes in regarding the lack of public restrooms in the North End along the tourist-heavy Freedom Trail with a story in the Sunday paper, No Restrooms for the weary in the North End. “Discontent is growing in the potty-challenged North End as residents and tourists endure summer without a true public Read More…

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Welcome to the Historic North End; Sorry, No Public Restrooms

When the three million annual Freedom Trail walkers leave Faneuil Hall and enter the North End, little do they realize they have to traverse the entire neighborhood and over to the Charlestown Navy Yard to reach the next public restroom. Unfortunately, that is the current situation along the North End Freedom Trail since the Hull Read More…