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St. Agrippina
Carrying the 1-ton statute of St. Agrippina di Mineo through the North End.

Calamari
Festafood.
If Boston is the most European of American cities, then the North End is Boston's most European of neighborhoods.

Walk along its narrow, curving streets and catch quick glances of hidden courtyards and flower-bedecked fire escapes. Listen to the animated Italian conversations of the retired gentlemen sitting outside the Caffe dello Sport. And breathe in the scent of the nearby sea - when you're not taking in the scent of garlic or olive oil from the seemingly inexhaustible supply of restaurants.

Grandma The North End has always been a European community. For decades, immigrants from Europe have found a home here - just beyond the docks and just down the winding streets that followed the curve of the ever expanding shoreline. First the Irish, then the Jews, today the Italians.

BiscottiAnd like previous groups, the Italians have retained many of the customs of their homeland. One of those is the hosting of festivals to honor the patron saints of the towns from which they or their ancestors came. On more than a dozen weekends, various societies honor the saints with Masses, processions, food and music.

Festival crowdThe festival for St. Agrippina di Mineo is an example. For several hours, men with some muscles carry a one-ton statue of the saint (martyred after resisting the advances of the Emperor Valerion), bedecked with dollar bills, around the
neighborhood. They stop frequently at other saint's societies, churches and the like. Meanwhile, a street fair takes over a good part of Hanover Street.

Comments

I was wondering if someone could tell me about the history of the african american community in boston. I am doing researc on a book and would appreaciat the assistance.

shukri on March 1, 2004 09:41 PM.


I don't believe there is a big poopulation of African-Americans in the North End. You might want to direct your research to the South End...

Melissa on March 4, 2004 08:50 AM.


A great source for African American community history would be to contact www.Mytowninc.com

Bernadette on March 14, 2004 11:14 AM.


I was woundering if someone could tell me about the italian culture and music that is still persent today

kayla on March 21, 2004 12:23 PM.


I was woundering if someone could tell me about the italian culture and music that is still persent today

kayla on March 21, 2004 12:25 PM.


Wondering about moving to the North End? How are rents compared to the rest of Boston? Safety/crime? Many apartment buildings in the area?

Chris on March 21, 2004 08:36 PM.


hello, Please can you tell me about the history like how it became italian because im doing my state report on massachusetts and my teacher made it up so shes very serious about this.I would really appriciate it if you would tell me about the history and what it like there. Thank You.

natalie on March 27, 2004 10:19 PM.


I am considering a move to Boston and am interested in North End! Can anyone give more info on rent/safety/overall living in North End--particularly compared to the rest of Boston?

Heath Hughes on April 19, 2004 02:56 PM.


The North end of Boston is some what expensive ranging from 600 for a small studio apartment to 2000+ for a three bedroom. The North end is a safe place to live but there are 10-14 year olds who do get into some mischief. The neighborhood is a great place to be in with two basketball courts, a number of restaurants, and people who walk the streets daily.....one word of advice though.....don't be a bull-shitter

justin on April 26, 2004 12:36 PM.


are there any mob guys still around after all the busts in the 80s

joey on April 28, 2004 05:07 PM.


are there any mob guys still around after all the busts in the 80s

joey on April 28, 2004 05:07 PM.


Any place like a cafe or bar in the North End to watch this Sunday Serie A soccer match between Roma and Milano?

Domenico on April 30, 2004 06:24 PM.


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Decl on May 2, 2004 08:33 AM.


The North End of Boston is a great place to visit. However, most of the Italians now live outside the city, and only come to the North End for the Feasts. As a native of Boston, I think the place has become a place for non Italian tourists to have a good time. Viva l'Italia!

Gianni on May 5, 2004 09:28 PM.


Is it possible that anyone could suggest a few places to go to whilst in Boston for a two week holiday,hotels underground hardcore night clubs, resturants and so on. please contact soon.United Kingdom couple.

simone on May 14, 2004 05:38 PM.


Has anyone noticed my cool new store at 95 Salem Street called Shake the Tree Gallery? We were in Brookline for 10 years and opened here last week. Great jewelry, clothing, soaps, candles and handmade art gifts and home decor!

We're open late on weekend nights! Come visit! We've gotten a wonderful welcome from the neighborhood!

Marian on May 19, 2004 08:51 AM.


I am hosting a bachelorette party for my older sister and was thinking of having all of our creww go to the northend for a girls night out, what are some really great places to eat and have a great time??

Samantha on August 4, 2004 04:30 PM.


My boyfriend is interested in moving to the North End ASAP. Please let me know if you know of any available apartments/sites where available apartments can be found in the N. End. I tried craigslist.com

Amy on August 5, 2004 10:29 AM.


You have a very nice site and i am sure it has taken a great deal of your time..so as a former North Ender i would like to say thank you! I now live in Texas and it is nice to see some great pictures of the old neighborhood... Thanks, Ciao!

Nicola on August 15, 2004 07:09 PM.


WHEN IS THE FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY'S BEING HELD? IS IT THIS WEEKEND (I.E. 08/24-26)? IS IT ON FRIDAY NIGHT?

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Jon on August 26, 2004 04:03 PM.


I am seeking a list, or the complete history of furriers working in the North End around 1945. Does anyone know how to obtain this information. All help appreciated -

Janet

Janet on September 8, 2004 09:26 AM.


My family immigrated to the North End from Naples in 1897. Patriots like Paul Revere, and Sam Adams were born in the North End in the 1700s. The North End has been a mecca for culture for nearly 300 years. Now, unfortunately, suburbanites, beatnicks, and yuppies from suburbs all across America have been moving to the North End to experience culture. What they didnt realize is that once they all move in, the culture disappears... its a shame.

amo on January 25, 2005 03:15 AM.


I'm woundered I've been working for couple days in North End at BRICCO italian restaurant. Amazing place! Ernani, Gianny, Kazimo, Rita - Hello there!

Victor on January 28, 2005 02:54 AM.


Hey! I was wondering how I could get in touch with the italian community in Boston, especially with high school students or college students. Please email me if you have any idea. Thanks! Lucy

Lucy on April 6, 2005 06:12 PM.


I am looking for a decent great italian returant that is not too exspensive, I have eaten at some good ones but I have forgotten there names!

Teri on April 12, 2005 08:25 AM.


Hoping to vacation in Boston this Sept.
Sounds like North End is like upper east side of NYC. Anybody can confirm? Where is the best place to stay in order to feel the real Boston.

Bob on July 19, 2005 11:44 PM.


Will be grateful for any info about a North End street, lane, way or square named: GIAMBARRESI

C. Giuliano on August 28, 2005 12:33 PM.


Anybody from Boston will agree with me in saying that in the past 10 years Boston has lost a lot of what it used to have. The North End and East Boston were the most Italian neighborhoods in the country and now East Boston is about 60% Hispanic and The North End is all yuppies. It still has it's historical influence with the caffe's and all but all the people are basically gone beside a lot of old timers.

bobby on October 25, 2005 10:52 PM.


I'm not sure where the information has come from but i've heard that Boston was the marijuana smoking capital of the country. Being from here and being a pothead I can deffinatly agree.

bobby on October 25, 2005 10:56 PM.


Looking for some advice on a great resturant in the "North End"!!!Any suggesstions are welcome and much appreciated! Thanks

Christina on November 27, 2005 10:26 PM.


I was wondering if anyone who lives in the north end can comment on the safety of the area? I am thinking about moving there however none of the realtors would give me a straight answer. Thanks!

kristen on June 4, 2006 09:57 PM.


Hi I'm a former Northender my father asked me he's going to some reunion
and he said he has to answer this trivia question "What is the smallest street in the North End"?

would you know the answer?
thanks for your help!
Maria
redsoxroar@aol.com


he only has till Friday to know!!
hope to hear from you!
maria

MARIA on February 6, 2007 03:28 PM.


Hi. I am a Revere native. and I'm just wondering if The streets of Revere, East Boston, Chelsea, and surronding communities are on the verge of gentrification like The North End has been going through for the past fifteen years. I would like to see more prosperity come into this area in future years. allso there is a section of Revere called West Revere that looks like Saugus, and a section of The Heights around The Beach in East Boston that looks like Winthrop. Incase anyone did not know.

Boston Native. on June 19, 2007 09:44 PM.


Hi. I am a Revere native. and I'm just wondering if The streets of Revere, East Boston, Chelsea, and surronding communities are on the verge of gentrification like The North End has been going through for the past fifteen years. I would like to see more prosperity come into this area in future years. allso there is a section of Revere called West Revere that looks like Saugus, and a section of The Heights around The Beach in East Boston that looks like Winthrop. Incase anyone did not know.

Boston Native. on June 19, 2007 09:45 PM.


Hi. I am a Revere native. and I'm just wondering if The streets of Revere, East Boston, Chelsea, and surronding communities are on the verge of gentrification like The North End has been going through for the past fifteen years. I would like to see more prosperity come into this area in future years. allso there is a section of Revere called West Revere that looks like Saugus, and a section of The Heights around The Beach in East Boston that looks like Winthrop. Incase anyone did not know.

Boston Native. on June 19, 2007 09:45 PM.


a year late... but the smallest street in the north end's probably wiggin street

NEP on March 14, 2008 11:57 PM.


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