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.

You can view the guide and learn more about Eastie here.

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.

Screenshot: On the Grid guide to East Boston. Source:  Nick Di Stefano & On the Grid

Screenshot: On the Grid guide to East Boston. Source: Nick Di Stefano & On the Grid

What is On the Grid?

On the Grid is the ultimate guide to the world's creative neighborhoods.

Created by Hyperakt, On the Grid has teamed up with hundreds of designers, artists and creatives companies around the world who have shared their favorite local hangouts. Their guides are carefully crafted from scratch and filled with exceptional recommendations so you can experience any city like a local. Whether you prefer boutiques or mom & pop shops, cocktail bars or dive bars, fine cuisine or crab shacks, galleries or street art, we've got you covered.

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Why contribute?

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.

You can view the guide and learn more about Eastie here.

Nick Di Stefano