Recalling the North End’s “Love Lane” on Valentine’s Day

Navigating through the North End can often make this neighborhood feel like the Prague of Boston — narrow streets laden in antiquity. Tracing the history of these streets can often reveal less-known stories that coincide with the advent of days like today. Valentine’s Day calls upon the opportunity to share the nomenclature of Love Lane,…

Ten Hidden North End Historical Sites and Plaque Proposals

The North End is Boston’s oldest neighborhood and its streets are laden with the treasures of time. Not much is known about the native Americans or anyone living here until the Puritans arrived in the 1600’s. As the colonists settled in, streets began to branch throughout the North End. Much has been written about the…

Video: North End Freedom Trail Tour by Boston National Park Ranger

Have you taken a North End Freedom Trail tour? Here is your chance to watch it from the comfort of your own home. The “Allegiance to Revolution” tour of the North End is narrated by Boston National Park Ranger Eric Hanson-Plass. Hear the story of the dynamics between Paul Revere and Governor Thomas Hutchinson leading…

Video: Flavors of the North End

A delightful tour of Boston’s North End. John, a.k.a Angie’s son, was raised in the North End, with his relatives, the Fuccillo and De La Rosa families , who are still an important part of the community. Vincenzo DiGangi takes John back to the streets where he played “aggies” on water department man-hole covers. (December 2009)

A Celebration of the Paul Revere Statue & The Prado

Sunday, April 29 … come celebrate the Paul Revere statue, its sculptor Cyrus Dallin and our neighborhood park … of historic proportions … The Prado. Below is a brief summary of the day’s events.  For more detailed information go to our “News”tab at the top of the page or click here for a direct link…

North End History

Welcome to Boston’s North End … where the past meets the present…where history sometimes collides with traffic … where saints, sinners and everything in between have lived and continue to live.  To learn more about our neighborhood (that you didn’t find in your school textbooks) take a few moments to read our various {North End…

Historic Sites

Boston and its North End offer a veritable surfeit of historical sites and stories: from the days of the American Revolution through the China trade period of the early 1800s, to the extraordinary tsunami of Irish, Portuguese, Jewish and Italian immigrants who flooded Boston over the last century-and-a-half. Each epoch has left an indelible impact…

Viewing the Olde North End

The Boston Public Library’s Digital Services department recently uploaded a series of images of the historic North End from the 1860s to the 1970s to the Boston Public Library’s Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/sets/72157625130840523/. These images include photographs, prints, and drawings documenting Boston’s North End in the 19th and 20th centuries, with the bulk of the…

A Letter From Anna – Part 2

by Jan Maguire 2010 As with many of the Italian immigrants, the first stop would be with relatives or friends from the town who had immigrated earlier.  Dominic Polcari was a cousin of Ralph’s mother Carolina. Dominic lived with his family in a second-floor apartment at 11 Thatcher Street in the North End. The Polcaris…