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North End-Old Town Boston
The North End has some of the oldest buildings still standing in Boston. Among the highlights are Paul Revere's home and the Old North Church from where the signal was sent letting the revolutionaries know that the British troops were advancing via the water. There are some charming areas with cobblestone streets and squares. The North End also became the focus of European immigrants during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The area is now best known for it's collection of Italian shops and restaurants. Be sure to get a cannoli at Modern or Mike's Pastry shops. Heck, get one at both!
The North End doesn't have any T stations but it's just across the bridge that spans I-93 from the Haymarket station. A better idea may be to get off at the Government Center station and ealk across City Hall Plaza, past City Hall and then the Holocaust Memorial. through the hustle and bustle of Haymarket and then across the Hanover Street bridge that will take you directly onto the main commercial street in the North End.
- Historical Travel
The North End
Those of us who are old enough can still remember the commercial. We can picture the kid in our minds, running up the streets like a maniac while his mother yelled "Aaaaaantho-NAY!" out a window, and all for a plate of Prince Spaghetti.
Well it all happened here: in the North End.
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North End Festival
Our daughter wanted to see an Italian festival and the one being celebrated at our time in Boston was "Madonna Della Cava". This was a small celebration complete with a band (playing "In Heaven There Is No Beer"!?!), a banner of the Madonna and the "society" of worshippers. As the Madonna is carried through the neighborhood, with the band and followers trailing behind, people lean out of second story windows to pin money to her. There are several traditions of blessings and then she is carried to a near-by church. The rest of the festival consists of food, booths, face-painting, hair wrapping, etc. We did not stay long enough, but there was to be more music and dancing at night. Definitely worth the experience.
This is the Italian part of town. Many of its back streets and alleyways could be confused with Beacon Hill, but there's little similarity beyond appearance. Enjoy one of the many nice Italian restaurants in the area. Then walk over the hill with the old burial grounds to find the part of town that was flooded with molasses in the Great Molasses Flood of January 15, 1919, killing 21 people.
The Sorrento Cheese Fisherman’s Feast 2006
The Sorrento Cheese Fisherman’s Feast, Boston’s oldest continuous Italian Festival, celebrates its 96th year this summer. Since 1911, this North End Feast has celebrated the devotion of immigrant Sicilian fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca (Our Lady of Help). This year the Feast takes place August 17 – 20.
Thursday August 17th
7:00PM: Procession of the Madonna del Soccorso to Waterfront Park for the Blessing of Fishing Waters
9:00PM: The fifth annual Sorrento Cheese Tower Building Competition, featuring local Italo-American personalities competing to win money for their chosen charities. This event will be hosted by renowned chef Mary Ann Esposito.
Friday August 18th
6:00PM – 8:00PM: Cooking demonstration featuring local chefs and hosted by renowned chef personality Mary Ann Esposito with book signing and followed by wine tasting.
8:00 PM Lou Vanaria, Mario from the Bronx Tales, performs on the Sorrento Cheese Stage.
9:30PM: Sorrento Cheese presents 60’s Teen Idol Lou Christie. His hits include multimillion selling success singles LIGHTNING STRIKES, RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN and I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE.
Saturday August 19th
12:00PM onwards: Special Children’s activities, including face painting, games and prizes.
3:00PM – 4:00PM: For Kids - A special demonstration on “How to Build a better Cheese Sandwich” featuring renowned chef personality Mary Ann Esposito
4:00PM – 6:00PM: Cooking demonstration featuring local chefs and hosted by renowned chef personality Mary Ann Esposito with book signing
9:00PM: Julius La Rosa and Anna-Maria Alberghetti perform on the Sorrento Cheese Stage.
Sunday August 20th
Noon: 7-hour procession of the Madonna through the North End Streets.
12:00PM onwards: Continuous Live Music and Special Children’s activities, including face painting, games and prizes.
8:00PM: The famous Flight of the Angel
As the statue of The Madonna returns to North Street, a young angel flies from a fourth floor window and recites a prayer to her.
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North End, the italian feeling of Boston
If you love to hang out in a very friendly and family-like neigbourhood, come to North End, as a lot of Bostonians do so in the evening and weekends.
You will find small shops here, with real italian home made pasta, salami, sun dried tomato, panna aqua, san benedetto green tea, parmezan and so on.
Also, the old sicilian owner of the grocery will greet you in advance after a few times.
You can also try italian tastes in the small restaurants. People are chatting on the streets, and except for those who are waiting in the queue to buy some sicilian canelli at Mike`s Pastry everybody is laid back, and happy.
We might even bump into each other on these streets, because accidentally i also live here.
Paul Revere Mall
The text reads:-
Established 1933 from the income of the George Robert White Fund bequeathed to the City of Boston for creating works of public utility and beauty.
Dedicated for the Enjoyment of the Community and to the Memory of those Men and Women of the North End who helped to make Boston the Pride of later Generations.
The site of this mall was once a part of the pasture of Christopher Stanley who died in 1646 leaving a parcel of land for the maintainence of the Free School and this became the first Private Benefactor of the Public Education in Boston.
On the neighbouring Sheafe Street lived Samuel Francis Smith 1808 - 1895 Author of "America"
My first reaction was that this was a rather negleted public right of way which starts at St Stephens Church and ends at the Old North Church and now badly needs refurbishment.
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St Stephen's Church
Opened in 1714 as a Congregational Church, it has a large amount of Charles Bullfinch work in the current building. To my surprise it has since 1862 been a very simple Roman Catholic Church building which I found rather beautiful.
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Paul Revere House
Paul Revere's famous ride on the night of 18 April 1775 has only really become known about and made famous as a result of Longfellow' 1860 poem "Paul Revere's Ride".
I have also attached a photo of the house next door to Paul Revere House, perhaps someone will let me know about it!!!
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St Anthony's Festival
The North End of Boston is very unique. It is "The Italian" Section and a real community. People still speak their native language and work in the neighborhood shops, from barber shops, to bakeries, to some of the finest Italian food anywhere.
Every August they hold the St Anthony's festival. This is always a good time and they take it seriously, with parades, dancing in the streets and authentic Italian music. You cannot have a bad time here.
See Paul Revere's house
A guided tour of Paul Revere's house if you're into history. It's not an overly fascinating house, but the history of the man himself makes it a worthwhile stop, and the guided tour gives you some good information.
2005 North End feast
The Society of Santa Maria Di Anzano, di puglia of Boston, will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary on Sat, June 4th and Sunday June 5th.
Saturday on June 4th, there will be a BarBQ at St Leonards hall at the corner of Hanover and Prince Streets at 5:00PM. At 7PM, members of the ladies and Men Society will take the blessed statue of the Madonna and have a small procession thru the street of the North End to open the feast which will be followed with a candle light procession. Refreshments will be served afterwards
SUNDAY June 5th. 10:15 Mass for the Madonna at St Leonards Church. At 2PM, members with the Italian American band and the North End band will escort the members of the society with the Madonna for a grand procession thru the streets of the North End, fireworks at 7PM, refeshments at the hall. At 9PM, the members will have a small procession thru some the streets and return the blessed statue to Siant Leonards church which is her home. PLEASE join us for our 100th year.
Little Italy in the North End
Stopping for a cappuccino or lunch in one of the businesses along the streets of Little Italy can be a complete departure. You could forget you are in the states. Old men sit in chairs on the street to reserve parking spaces. (they get paid to do it) You hear Italian bellowed across the street or spoken on street corners. Specialty pastries, candy, Italian ice cream....all are favorites which you will find difficult to resist. Restaurants are plentiful and usually very good. Stay with the Italian theme....try the olives! and the bread!
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Kicking back in the north end
The North End -- which sits between the Central Artery and the harbor -- is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston and has been host to periods of various immigrant influences throughout its history. Since the 1920s, however, Italians and Italian-American culture have dominated it. You see their obvious imprint as you walk down the area's main drag, Hanover Street. Churches, small meeting houses, cafes, and of course, restaurants are everywhere you turn. The sounds, in love or anger, of the Italian tongue are never far away. The Mafia presence is notorious, but probably overstated -- and it is best not to talk about that anyway.
In recent years, though, incoming urban professionals, attracted to the North End's nightlife and proximity to the financial district, have thinned the Italian community out a bit. Many of the restaurants also have become distinctly trendy and slick -- if not downright touristy. This becomes most obvious on weekend nights as limousines and beautiful people fight for space in the hipper restaurants and cafes.
Of course, it isn't entirely dining that makes the North End a place to visit. History (and it's corresponding attraction, the Freedom Trail) also brings sightseers to the area. Paul Revere's house, built around 1680, looks absorbing from the outside, but really isn't worth the price of admission (which is only a few dollars). The Paul Revere Mall, however, is an agreeable, shaded square, which has some interesting historical plaques for your perusal. Next to Revere's Mall is the famous Old North Church (or properly, Christ Church). It's a pleasant enough glimpse into the past. The church is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.
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Boston's "Little Italy"
The North End is Boston's most historic district: this is where the city got its start, slowly moving outwards from around this area. Paul Revere was from the North End, and you can see his house, or what remains of it, among other historical sites - the Old North Church, for example.
But mostly these days when people say 'the North End' they mean the Italian part of town. Unlike New York's Little Italy, which is more of a tourist trap than a genuine Italian neighborhood these days, the North End still has more of an Italian feel, especially on a warm day, when the residents fill the streets, and you can hear Italian spoken all around. Even on the grayest days, posters around the community make clear that Italian is very much the language of the streets.
Needless to say, there are many Italian restaurants in the area, as well as a smattering of excellent cafes that also serve up tasty Italian pastries.
This is an area to be explored slowly: there are dozens of notable sights scattered around the area, and a cappuccinno and a biscotti is the perfect pick-me-up - and save some room for a slice of great pizza or a bowl of pasta later in the evening.
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