On the Grid in Eastie
After way too much procrastination my guide for On the Grid on Easties is finally live; though I still need to add some entries.
About East Boston
Once a center of record-setting shipbuilding, Eastie was created by the joining of five islands (Noddle, Hog, Governor’s, Bird, and Apple) during World War II. Bordered by Boston Harbor and Chelsea Creek, residents enjoy some of the best waterfront views of the mainland city and skyline. A long-time immigrant community, the neighborhood boasts a diverse population—including Italian, Southeast Asian, and Latino—reflected in its mix of ethnic restaurants. Recently, it has become one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods due to its location on the harbor and quick access to downtown.
It’s connected by a series of parks starting from Piers Park on the waterfront to the Belle Isle reservation, all linked by the East Boston Greenway built over old freight rail lines that have been converted to foot and bike paths. The neighborhood also features a vibrant artist community, including the long-standing Zumix, Atlantic Works, and HarborArts; now along with a satellite space for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
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Eastie has pretty much always been a neighborhood home to immigrants. When my family came to Boston, this is where we can and where my family still is. I’m living back there now too. We came as part of the Italian and Irish wave, and I grew up during the Hispanic and Latinx shift. Growing up, no one really knew we, or Eastie even existed:
Eastie? You mean Easton? Is that Boston? Oh, the airport? Oh. You’re live with the airport.
Now it’s acknowledged, but at the price of being gentrified. I didn’t want someone coming in, gentrifying the neighborhood, to only list, or see Eastie as, the things on the ground floor of or in eye shot of their waterfront luxury condo building.