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Welcome to East Boston, a sprawling, densely-populated neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as “Eastie,” this residential neighborhood is home to over 45,000 residents. Bounded by water on almost all sides, East Boston is a peninsula bordered by Revere to the north and Winthrop to the east. Originally an industrial area known for shipbuilding and manufacturing, East Boston rose to prominence in 1835 with the development of numerous wharves. This development caused many people to relocate to East Boston for jobs. The City of Boston annexed East Boston in 1836. Massive immigration starting in the mid-19th century spurred on East Boston’s rapid expansion and has made it the ethnically diverse neighborhood that you see today. The astounding increase in population is accredited to immigrants hailing from Southern Italy. The Orient Heights area of East Boston was the first place Italian immigrants settled and today remains the heart and soul of the Italian community in Boston.
Once home to the prominent Kennedy family, East Boston is a lively neighborhood with a unique mix of historic triple-deckers, single-family rowhouses, and new apartment buildings. With beautiful waterfront views, a beach, and proximity to Downtown, East Boston has emerged as one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city. While a majority of the housing stock remains cheaper than more affluent Boston neighborhoods, the steady increase in the median price has brought awareness to East Boston and its ideal location to many attractions and landmarks. East Boston contains four commercial districts. Day Square is probably the largest and most active commercial area, offering a variety of local stores, restaurants, bars, and trendy hangouts. What was once a major detractor to this budding residential area, public transportation in East Boston today makes it an easily accessible neighborhood with five Blue Line stops between Orient Heights and Jeffries Point. East Boston also offers a water taxi service to the neighborhoods of Seaport, Waterfront, and Charlestown.
East Boston offers several public green spaces for you to enjoy. If you are in the mood to do some hiking through the last remaining salt marsh in Boston, check out the dog-friendly Belle Isle Marsh in the north end of East Boston. The 18-acre Bremen Street Community Park near the center of the neighborhood offers bike and walking paths, as well as an amphitheater, community garden, and East Boston’s only dog park. If you are looking to do some shopping or have lunch, head down to the commercial corridor along Chelsea Street.