Boston/East Boston

A lot of neighborhoods claim to be diverse, but East Boston is the real deal. East Boston has always been a neighborhood of immigrants and in recent years it has become home to people from all over South and Central America as well as South-East Asia, Haiti and Eastern Europe.

Get in

It is well known as home to Logan International Airport,, however protest T-Shirts of the 1970s worn by residents read "We are not an airport".

By car

East Boston is most easily accessible via the Sumner Tunnel, the Ted Williams Tunnel or the Tobin Bridge (Beacon St. Exit). It's usually a safe bet to follow signs for the airport.

By subway

Blue Line: the Maverick, Airport, Wood Island, Orient Heights, and Suffolk Downs stops are all in East Boston.


Housing is a mix of historic and new, with many three deckers lining the streets. In recent years, homeowners have been restoring the historic homes of the area to their former glory. The top of Eagle Hill has many restored Victorian mansions and Sea Captain homes. Webster Street in the Jeffries Point section also has many historic homes, the same brick bow fronts one would find in Beacon Hill or Charlestown and the former home and birthplace of President John F. Kennedy's father Joseph P. Kennedy.


Over the years, Logan Airport has had to pay dearly for the taking of the famed Wood Island Park for airport expansion. The park, designed by Frederick Olmsted, was razed in the late 1960s. Since that time and through several mitigation projects, the operators of Logan have constructed two award winning parks in East Boston as a way to add more public open space to the neighborhood. Piers Park on Marginal Street, a 7-acre waterfront park has great views of Boston, a public sailing facility, and, in the spring and summer months, concerts and public events weekly. The other park is the newly constructed Bremen Street Park, a 18-acre park in the heart of the neighborhood on the Logan Airport MBTA train line. This sprawling park has bocce courts, Asian themed public gardens, playgrounds and walking and bike paths. In East Boston is a public beach on the Orient Heights MBTA Train Line. The beach, known as Constitution Beach, sits directly across from Logan Airport and is a place local beach bums hang out, play tennis, basketball or handball or take a swim. The beach has newly constructed bathhouses and playground. Suffolk Downs Racetrack on the Suffolk Downs MBTA Train Line, is a horse racing track that will take you back in time to when horse racing was at its prime. Over the years, the historic track has seen the likes of Seabiscuit and Cigar run its course. The track still holds daily races and simulcasting and its signature race, the Massachusetts Handicap or MassCap, is held in the fall. Across Bennington Street at the Suffolk Downs MBTA Line is the Belle Isle Reservation—a protected Saltwater Marsh which is a perfect place to stroll and explore during fall, spring and summer months.


The Art Scene in East Boston has exploded over the years with the redevelopment of the East Boston Artists Group's Atlantic Works Art Gallery at 80 Border St. Here you can drop in, view art at the dozens of studios artists keep in the historic building and, of course, purchase something for your wall.

Target—Off of McClellan Hwy heading North to Revere is a huge Target Store that is adjacent to Suffolk Downs Racetrack.


East Boston is full of wonderful stores and restaurants representing its different ethnic groups. Long-time Italian restaurants stand next to Brazilian cafes.


Sub shops/Pizza

Latin American



Breakfast joints

Other places


There are also a host of Latin American watering holes.



Salons and spas

Go next

Routes through East Boston

Downtown Financial District  SW  NE  Revere END

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