Like many of Boston neighborhoods, East Boston was created over time by replacing water with land-fill. Originally comprised of 5 separate islands, East Boston grew as one island after another was connected to each other.
Located across Boston Harbor to the north of South Boston, the northeast from Downtown and east of Charlestown, East Boston was separated from the rest of the city until motor vehicle tunnels were built in the early part of the 20th Century primarily to service the growth of East Boston’s Logan International Airport and to link Boston with the neighboring North Shore.
Traditionally, the East Boston neighborhoods of Jeffries Point and Eagle Hill were home to Boston’s Sea Captains while an ever-changing influx of immigrants found refuge it it’s densely populated wood-frame housing stock.
For most of its history East Boston’s sprawling waterfront was a bee-hive of industrial marine activity and much of it is still in use today as tug boats and marinas dot the seascape.
Due to its close proximity to downtown and The Seaport, East Boston enjoys fabulous skyline views. That prime location, coupled with its excellent subway and water taxi service has rapidly made East Boston a top destination for young professionals and families, while long-time residents have benefited from new parks, restaurants, galleries and a new public library. Almost daily, new residential developments appear to spring-up almost over night to meet an ever increasing demand for this very popular neighborhood.
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