At a Glance

This historic neighborhood occupies the northeastern corner of the city and is surrounded on two sides by the Boston Harbor. It is considered to be Boston's oldest residential community and has been settled since the 1630s. From the 1960s to the early 2000s the North End was cut off from the rest of Boston by the elevated Central Artery (I-93) highway. When that highway was depressed into a tunnel as part of Boston’s “Big Dig” project, the North End was once again connected with Boston across the new Rose Kennedy Greenway park system.

Recognized as Boston's "Little Italy", the North End has long been home to a vibrant Italian community and is a popular destination for both Bostonians and tourists. The mostly residential neighborhood features historic brick apartment buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, and spirited summer festivals which bring a touch of the Old World to the New.  The area features several prominent Revolutionary War-era historical sites, including Paul Revere's House, the Old North Church, and Copp's Buring Ground. A number of green spaces and recreational facilities are woven into the neighborhood, including Steriti Ice Rink, Mirabella Pool overlooking the harbor, and bocce ball courts. 

The businesses of the North End reflect the Italian culture pervasive in this neighborhood. Hanover and Salem Streets form the district's main commercial spines, and are lined with Italian restaurants, bakeries, and shops. Many other vendors, apparel boutiques, home furnishing stores, and restaurants can be found along narrow side streets, including the Boston institution Pizzeria Regina. Hotels, restaurants, and bars are located along the waterfront, taking advantage of the views across the harbor. The North End is also home to major tenants such as a US Coast Guard base and the North Bennet Street School. The North End Chamber of Commerce supports local business owners. 

Community Engagement Managers

The Community Engagement Managers (CEM) of the BPDA are responsible for assisting staff members with the coordination of all outreach in regard to planning initiatives and proposed development in Boston's neighborhoods. CEMs work to ensure each BPDA external process actively reflects the community's goals, in addition to being the point of contact for constituent questions. Have questions about a certain project in your neighborhood? Feel free to reach out them:


Jason Ruggiero

Community Engagement Manager

Department: Communications


East Boston, Charlestown, North End, West End


For information about planning context, zoning, or BPDA review processes, please contact [email protected].