Ease into East Boston

by Rebecca Fiore / Beacon Staff • November 7, 2014

East Boston might seem like uncharted territory. Many times, students only ride the Blue Line for the beaches and Logan International Airport. But there is much to see, and not even very far down the line. You don’t have to go all the way to Wonderland to see some pretty fantastic sites.

The East Boston Branch Library

Sure, the Boston Public Library’s central location is beautiful with its architecture straight out of 16th century Rome, but sometimes a change of scenery is healthy. Established in 1869, the East Boston branch has free wifi, 54 computers, multi-purpose rooms, and the strongest collection of books on ships. It also has one of the largest selections of Spanish material for both adults and children. During the fall, there are lecturers featured who generally discuss topics of local history, according to its website, which can range from the construction of clipper ships to the Kennedys.

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East Boston Greenway

Who says it’s too cold to go outside? There are still some weeks left in the fall where the weather will hold up, even if the sun does go down earlier. The Greenway is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a three-mile patch of foliage where you can jog, bike, skip, walk a dog, and still listen to the roaring engines of the airport. There’s public art to be viewed, benches to be sat on, and restrooms for obvious reasons. You can even take a peek at the community gardens before all the vegetation hides for the winter.

Skateboard Park

Boston’s very first space dedicated solely for kicking, pushing, and coasting is located next to the Harborwalk in East Boston. Imagine popping an ollie while simultaneously having a picturesque view of the skyline. When you get tired of skating around, there’s a number of inexpensive local eateries right alongside it, which is a relief for any college student.

Piers Park

Adult playgrounds as I like to call them, or community outdoor exercise machines as professionals like to say, are pretty common throughout Boston. From the Esplanade to East Boston, everyone seems to trying to get in shape, or stay in it. The Piers Park 600-foot promenade also has playgrounds—for children or rebellious students—water sprays during the summer months, and fancy gazebos.

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Madonna Shrine

This site might seem a little off, but if you have nothing to do for a few hours, why not venture your way to see a 35-foot statue of Madonna. While not the “Like A Prayer” singer, but instead the Virgin Mary, it isn’t any less impressive. The statue was made in 1954 from copper and bronze. There are outdoor masses held on Thursdays starting at 10:30 a.m. Who knows, this could just be the next spot for your latest film project, or could inspire a short story.

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