At a Glance
The historic neighborhood of Back Bay is situated along the Charles River, adjacent to Downtown and the Public Garden. Back Bay was built on filled tidal marshes in the mid-1800s and added 450 acres to the City. Today Back Bay is known for its elegant architecture and bustling commercial streets.
Stately Victorian row houses and brick sidewalks mark the residential streets of the area, including Beacon Street, Marlborough Street, and Commonwealth Avenue. The Commonwealth Avenue Mall and Paul Dudley White Bicycle Path offer recreational opportunities, while the riverside Esplanade and Hatch Shell feature concerts and festivals. Back Bay is also home to the finish line of the world-renowned Boston Marathon.
Several thriving commercial spines run through the neighborhood. Newbury Street is known for its international retailers, salons, boutique offices, and restaurants. The Newbury Street League supports business owners along the street. Boylston Street, St. James Street, and Huntington Avenue are lined with national and local retailers, high-end hotels, restaurants, and office buildings. The iconic John Hancock and Prudential Towers can be seen from miles away, and the Hynes Convention Center attracts numerous meetings and conferences to its unique location in the heart of the city. The Back Bay Association supports business throughout the neighborhood.