nabewise - 738 posts

  • Larchwood

    A tiny nabe wedged between West Cambridge and Porter Square, Larchwood is often hailed as one of Cambridge's prettiest neighborhoods. Originally the estate of wealthy Salem merchant William Gray, the land was redesigned in 1915 by well-known landscape architect Henry Hubbard as a residential subdivision. Larchwood boasts green lawns, tree …

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  • Brighton

    Wedged between Allston and Newton, Brighton is a lively little nabe that many of Boston's brightest call home. Not quite the student mecca that Allston is, or the hilly, suburban locale of Newton, Brighton seems to take the best of both worlds: residential and busy at the same time. The …

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  • North Park

    There’s a high concentration of academia in this northern Chicago nabe. North Park boasts not one, but two universities within its borders: North Park University in the southeast corner, and Northeastern Illinois University in the northeast corner. College students hard at work here mingle with North Park’s other locals, mostly …

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  • Irving Park

    This nabe is known for its incredibly beautiful and historic housing, and for being more of a conglomerate of pocket nabes than a unified community. The houses sit on large lots away from the street and provide ample space–something that’s at a premium in Chicago. A vast number of local …

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  • South End

    The South End got its name because it's located south of the Back Bay. The area is a mix of residential and commercial zoning that is dense, with a different look and feel on nearly every street. This nabe boasts more public playgrounds per square foot than any other …

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  • Prudential

    Prudential is widely known as a shopaholic's paradise. The Prudential Cente is home to a giant mall with everything from a male bathing suit store to an award-winning chowder house. But there's more to the nabe than the mall. A stone's throw away from Symphony Hall and other top notch …

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  • Chinatown

    Chinatown is one of Boston’s oldest and most dynamic nabes. Its history, food, traditions, and people make up a rich and ever-changing culture. Located next to Tufts Medical Center and Downtown Crossing, Chinatown is in the thick of downtown action. During the day, eclectic market produce and wares overflow onto …

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  • Aggasiz-Harvard University

    Harvard Aggasiz is located within Cambridge, northeast of Harvard Yard. Like a soap opera marriage, the neighborhood’s relationship with the University is complicated: the college relies on the nabe for space to build, the nabe relies on the college for money and beautification efforts. Harvard and Lesley Universities bring an …

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  • Secret’s Out: Interview With a Southie Native

    A lifelong City Point resident and owner of Clair Anne’s Flower Shop, Clair tells us about the highlights of City Point.

    How much has the neighborhood changed in the past few decades?

    It’s unbelievable. When I was your age and I worked at Gillette, they didn’t like South Boston. They …

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