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…

A Letter from Anna – Part 4

by Jan Maguire, 2010 The three Anzalone siblings shared a productive 1920s.  During that decade, many many babies were born: Ralph and Aurelia had baby they named Anna, followed in quick procession by Angelo, Philomena, Federico and Anthony. Carmella and Joe had Esther, first, and then followed up with four little boys – Rocco, Carmine,…

North End History: Beneath the North End

“Beneath the North End” “So how many tunnels are there beneath the North End,” she asked. “Well, about ten,” I responded. “Really? TEN tunnels!” the tourist in the red raincoat exclaimed. “Naw, just kiddin’,” I said, “Only four.” Fascination with the North End’s secret tunnels goes back several centuries: from the days when Captain Gruchy…

North End History: It Takes a Family a Bakery to Make

It Takes a Family a Bakery to Make There’s nothing quite so comforting as walking home in the early morning with a warm loaf of bread cradled in one’s elbow. It’s like holding a warm baby straight from the bath in the crook of your arm. You cradle it carefully so as not to crush…

North End History: John Child’s Flight From “Old North”

Lost in the Passage of Time:  John Childs Flight from the Steeple of Dr. Cutler’s Church March and April are memorable months in Boston’s North End. Not just for the blossoming magnolia trees by St. Leonard’s along Hanover Street – the perfect harbinger of Spring.  But also for the March 17th celebration of Evacuation Day…