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    St. Leonard's Church in Little Italy

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 17, 2015

    We stumbled upon an inviting garden at this church located in the North End of Boston in Little Italy. The inside of the church was beautiful are surprisingly large. They have regular services - times posted on their website. I also saw posted on their website they were hosting a Catholic Cruise to Alaska! I have never heard of a church sponsoring a trip before but maybe I just never noticed. Sounds like fun. The garden was very pretty and spiritual. Worth checking out if your walking around in Little Italy! Check out more photos of the church and garden on my travelogue!

    Address: 312-326 Hanover St., Boston, MA

    Directions: At the corner of Hanover Street and Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA 02113

    Website: http://saintleonardchurchboston.org/

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    Little Italy - North End Boston

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 14, 2015

    On our last day in Boston 2015, we visited this section of town. It was fantastic! It reminded me, literally, of being in Italy. The stores, restaurants and people are reminiscent of the old country. Sadly, the churches can't compare. The churches in Italy are spectacular! However, over all this was probably one of the best little Italy towns I have seen here in the US. There is one in San Diego and it is just a street or two. We walked around to see as much as we could. We stopped to have coffee at Caffe Vittoria. Make sure to check out all the memorabilia in this cafe. It is crazy! I wanted to buy some cannoli's at Mike's Pastry but thought I should wait until we were ready to leave. Wow, that was impossible - they were jammed packed busy! We had lunch at Florentine Cafe which was very satisfying. There was a farmer's market on Saturday when we were there. Great prices on produce! Went into a couple of small markets are I was quite impressed with the food items that were available. Definitely, should see this section of town! Make sure to check out my Little Italy travelogue for more pictures!

    Address: Hanover St., Boston, MA

    Directions: Orange Line Haymarket Metro Station

    Website: http://www.northendboston.com/

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    Italian American Neighborhood of Boston

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 7, 2014

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    North End is one of the smallest but oldest neighborhoods of boston, it only has a size of 0.36 square mile (0.93 square kilometers) and this small area is home to more than 100 commercial establishments, tourist attractions (like the Old North End Church and Paul Revere House) and a number of good italian-american restaurants (Mike's Pastry) and shops as this is the italian-american enclave of the city. This part of the city is easily accesible via a short walk from Fannheuil Hall and Quincy Market across the Rose Kennedy Greenway or via the Hop On Hop Off Bus Stops and walking is the best option in going around the area as the streets are narrow.

    Address: North End, Boston, MA 02113

    Directions: MBTA's Orange and Green Line at both Haymarket and North Station, by the Blue Line at Aquarium Station

    Website: http://www.northendboston.com/

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    North Has History from the Beginning

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The north end got a real start for Italian influence around late 1800's when immigrants came to the town to help construct the new State House. They were masons, skilled in mosaic tile floor laying and making and placing stained glass. That took some 2-3 years, and they located in the north end to live in the interim. Before that the area was known as a peninsula that had not real value and the lower socioeconomic people lived there. Then came the Irish in early 1800's and they settled. Later the Italians also integrated to the area. What a history. Read the script attached

    The mall is dead-no people Typical Italian restaurant of 20-30 on Hanover St WAter Authority-police building  enterto north end Chrisopher Columbus park by wharf area Paul REver mall with history tombstones
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  • Stroll the North End

    by ElaineCatherine Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The North End is a lovely part of Boston to stroll around. Get a good friend or loved one (loved one is better, as the North End is very romantic) and some comfy shoes and walk all around the North End. It is largely an Italian neighborhood, and the buildings are beautiful old brick.

    You'll find pastry shops that can not be beat anywhere (Mike's Pastry comes to mind) and they have great cappucinos, and for dinner your choices are amazing, and I have to say that Ive never heard of anyone having a bad dinner at any restaurant in the North End.

    You will also find the Old North Church where Paul Revere saw the lamps alerting the Bostonians that the British armies were coming. And there are beautiful churches to explore and lovely tucked away gardens to discover (try the one directly in front of the Old North Church behind the Paul Revere statue)

    Everything you could need to know is in the website below!

    Address: Hanover Street

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    Christopher Columbus Park

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 20, 2010

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    Christopher Columbus Park is a nice spot in the Sotuth edge of the North End of Boston. It's a nice place to people watch, check out the water views and relax. In the summer and warmer months the park is fullof activity and people enjoying the nice weather by the fountain or in the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Garden.

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    North End Parks

    by mikey_e Written Apr 28, 2009

    The North End Parks are hardly what anyone would call a site of intense historical or aesthetic interest, but they are likely a place that you will visit if you are doing the Freedom Trail on foot. The North End Parks are a series of green areas that divide the north end from the historic centre of Boston and Beacon Hill. They have been recently redeveloped, which is why you will find a variety of modern design installations throughout the parks. The North End Parks are meant to beautiful the city (and hide the “Big Dig”, the traffic tunnel that runs under them), but in truth I don’t know how you can really enjoy the parks when traffic is speeding or, more likely, jammed all around you.

    Directions: Near Haymarket subway station

    The North End Parks The northern part of the North Parks The architectural installations
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    Paul Revere Mall

    by mikey_e Written Apr 21, 2009

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    Paul Revere Mall is, like many other parts of Boston, named after Paul Revere, the American patriot whose famous words Midnight Ride marked the beginning of the end for British Rule in the 13 Colonies. The Walk really doesn’t have much historical significance, although it does connect Waterloo Street and to the back end of Old North Church, from which Revere used a lantern to warn rebels of the movements of the British Army. There is a large statue of Revere erected at the start of the Mall, and it dates from 1940. There is a community centre on one side of the walk, which means that the area is frequently inundated with children.

    Directions: Across from St. Stephen's Church, off of Hannover Street

    Paul Revere statue Detail of the rider Plaque to Paul Revere The Mall Children in the central fountain
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    Little Italy

    by mikey_e Written Apr 21, 2009

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    Boston’s North End is great fun. This is probably the first part of Boston where I clearly heard the typical Boston accent, and the people here exhibit some of the stereotypical Boston character that makes the city such a favourite location for television shows and films. Of course, North End is in fact Little Italy (not an Irish area), which makes it a bit odd, as people have the accent associated with the Boston Irish, but the stores advertise gelato and pasta, and all the restaurants have Italian names. This is the part of Boston to go for great desserts (although there is allegedly a great Italian pastry shop on Charles Street, on Beacon Hill) and great Italian food. In warm weather, some of the cafes have tables on the sidewalks, and it is really quite difficult to make it down the street without stopping in for something to eat. I went for cannoli and cappuccino at Mike’s Pastry Shop, which is quite famous in Boston (although the cannoli are filled with cream and not ricotta, as they should be).

    Directions: Haymarket subway stop, cross over North End Park from Faneuil Market

    Italian restaurant Fiore restaurant Italian sausage shop A showy cigar store A fancy pharmacy sign
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    The North End: The best part of Boston

    by donpaul77 Written Apr 20, 2009

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    The North End is an old Italian neighborhood full of restaurants, history and festivals. The main street is Hanover Street and is wonderful to walk along on a fine day, with it's many fantastic restaurants and cafe's. There is a good bit of exploring to be done on the narrow streets and alleys that run off of and parallel to Hanover. Some of the best restaurants are pretty well hidden! I love the old neighborhood architecture, with it's many nooks and crannies.

    During the summer there are festivals almost every weekend. The largest of which are St. Anthony's Feast and the Fisherman's Feast.

    Directions: Downtown Boston, north of the wharf, along Atlantic Ave

    Website: http://www.northendboston.com/

    Lunch on hanover street The Old North Church Paul Revere
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    Paul Revere's heritage

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 14, 2008

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    Paul Revere is famous for his midnight ride to the countryside to warn the militias that the British were coming in April 1775 before the start of the American Revolution. He was really made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, which was not published until 1860 more than 40 years after his death. If you only know the poem, and not the real history you are missing a lot of the story!

    Many people do not realize there were actually three riders that night: Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr Samuel Prescott. Even less known is that Revere and Dawes made it to Lexington to alert John Hancock and others, then Revere was captured by the British, ending his midnight ride! The British also met Prescott in Lexington, and luckily, he escaped capture to ride to his hometown of Concord and raise the alarm there. During the war Revere made rank to Lieutenant Colonel then was court martialed (and acquitted) for failing to obey orders during the Penobscot, Maine, expedition of June 1779.

    In the Boston area, you can still visit Paul Revere's House which is the oldest building in the city; Rachael Revere Playground just across the street from the house and named for Paul Revere's wife; Paul Revere Mall in the North End (sorry ladies, no shopping at this mall); the Paul Revere Capture Site in Lincoln at Minuteman National Historic Park; Paul Revere Park in Charlestown and others.

    Revere Capture Site Dad at Paul Revere Mall

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    Improv Asylum in the North End

    by donpaul77 Updated Jun 22, 2008

    the Improv Asylum fits in well with dinner in the North End. The talented actors start off with some loosely defined sketches but rely on audience participation to guide them, as there is no script to speak of. If you have never seen improv comedy before, or already appreciate this spontaneous art form, then it's a good thing to check out. I've been twice and have laughed hard both times.

    As a historical note, the venue was once a landmark of a restaurant called 'The European' where my family would often go for the great pizza they made.

    Address: 216 Hanover St., Boston MA

    Directions: North End

    Phone: 617-263-1300.

    Website: http://www.improvasylum.com/

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    Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

    by acebruin Updated Apr 18, 2008

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    The City of Boston's first waterfront park, Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park opened in 1976 and reopened in 2003.

    The grassy park is an excellent place for children to play in. It's also a great place to eat and relax. Bring your food from nearby food courts or restaurants and enjoy the harbor while eating here. The wisteria covered trellis is a beautiful setting to take pictures in. There are also a rose garden, a statue of Christopher Columbus, and a fountain in the park.

    Directions: Right across from Marriot Boston Long Wharf

    Phone: (617) 635-4505

    Website: http://www.bostonharborwalk.com/placestogo/location.php?nid=3&sid=18

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    Eat, Walk and Breathe in North End

    by aparker Updated Jun 8, 2007

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    We stayed just a 5 minute walk from the North End and planned to go there only one time, but we ended up going back 2 more times. There is a plethora of family owned italian restaurants and dessert shops. We selected restaurants blindly and walked out satisfied everytime. The North End offers casual dining to fine dining. It is also a romantic area to stroll with that special someone after dinner.

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    Saint Anthony's Feast

    by Jason825 Written Jun 8, 2007

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    Since 1919, Saint Anthony’s Feast and the Festival of Santa Lucia have been celebrated on the weekend of the last Sunday of August and feature colorful parades, strolling singers, the Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion, Italian folk dancing, the Pizzeria Regina Open Air Piazza, continuous live entertainment and religious and cultural services.

    Pushcarts line the decorated streets, offering sausage with peppers & onions, calamari, quahogs, pasta, cannoli, zeppole, handmade torrone and gelato, Italian gifts and novelties. Children of all ages can enjoy games of skill and small amusements.

    The highlight of the weekend is the Grand Procession on Sunday. The statue of Saint Anthony is carried through the streets of the North End with marching bands, drum & bugle corps, & color guards. The procession culminates with the return of Saint Anthony as confetti, streamers and balloons cascade from the rooftops.

    Whether you are out for a night on the town or with the family, this Feast is a delight for all who attend. Spend some time in the North End the most Authentic of Italian Street Festivals: The Feast of Saint Anthony and Santa Lucia. Highlights:

    •Opening Ceremonies: exposition and procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony and the blessing of the crowds and streets.
    •Grand Procession of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End. (Sunday-12 Noon)
    •The Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion-featuring Boston’s best chefs.
    •Peroni Beer and world famous pizza at the Pizzeria Regina Open Air Piazza
    •Outdoor Celebration of the Mass, Blessing with the Relic of Saint Anthony & Distribution of Blessed Saint Anthony Bread
    •Benvenuti Parade with classic Italian street bands and strolling singers
    •The Mix 98.5 North End Idol Contest on the Main Stage
    •Continuous entertainment and musical performances on the main stage.
    •Closing Ceremonies – Saint Anthony is returned to his home and the statue of Saint Lucy is presented, all by vigil candlelight.

    Address: Endicott, Thacher & North Margin Streets

    Directions: Take the T - Orange & Green Lines to North Station or Haymarket Station. Blue Line to Government Center. Park at area parking lots OR you can park at the Parcel 7 Garage (near Haymarket) and get validated.

    Phone: 617-723-8669

    Website: http://www.saintanthonysfeast.com

    Saint Anthony's Feast Parade Confetti & Balloons Italian treats & novelties Saint Anthony Grand Procession Great Feast Food
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