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North End

Boston’s oldest neighborhood is The North End. From the city’s inception through the American Revolution, the neighborhood hosted many historic events and people. The Old North Church, whose steeple lanterns dispatched Paul Revere to Lexington and Concord is remains an active church while Paul Revere’s home still stands and is open to visitors.

Over-crowding in the 18th Century saw the flight of the North End’s upper classes to newer neighborhoods to the west as waves of immigrants overtook the neighborhood.

Today the North End is noted for wide assortment of Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and specialty shops. Its narrow streets pulse with activity year-round while the neighborhood’s dense population encourages a strong community spirit.

Distinctly low-rise, the North End is mostly comprised of 19th Century three, four, and five story brick buildings along with a few commercial buildings and granite warehouses built to serve the nearby waterfront. Many of these buildings been re-purposed into exciting new loft spaces and luxury condominiums. As the neighborhood embarks on its 5th century its great location and close-knit community feel make it as popular and welcoming as it was back when it was orignaly settled in the 1630’s.

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