East Boston History
Located to the northeast, across Boston Harbor, East Boston was built on several islands connected by landfill. It was annexed by the City of Boston 1836, and is known today for its residential neighborhoods, transportation links, and recreational opportunities.
In 1940, East Boston was the arrival point for thousands of immigrants to Boston, infusing the neighborhood with an Old World charm and diversity which still characterizes it today.
East Boston is currently home to a blend of longtime residents, young professionals, and predominantly Colombian and Salvadoran immigrants. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation and Constitution Beach offer recreational opportunities to residents, and striking views of the Boston skyline can be had from Piers Park.
A number of unique restaurants and retailers reflect the diversity of the neighborhood. Maverick Square and Central Square are the main commercial areas. East Boston hosts Logan International Airport, a vital link in Boston’s transportation network and New England’s largest airport. Though East Boston is not contiguous to Boston, it is easily accessed via the Sumner, Callahan, and Ted Williams Tunnels; the MBTA Blue Line; ferries (coming soon!); and surface roads to the north.