Get to know your neighborhoods: Boston

Kings Boston English teacher, Ben Gross, helps you get to know the city like a local in this useful article about some Boston's different neighborhoods.

Know your neighborhoods:

Despite Boston being known for history and academics, there are a plethora of activities around the city! Yes, Duck Tours, the Freedom Trail, and university tours are popular, but the capital of Massachusetts has a lot more to offer.

Boston is divided into a lot of "squares", or neighborhoods, which all have something different to offer. The North End is Boston's Italian district and a must-visit! Hanover Street is a hub for restaurants, bakeries, and "salumerias". Bricco bakery makes fabulous loaves and Modern Pastry produces the best cannoli. Try perusing the streets for some of the best food in Boston!

Jamaica Plain, south of downtown, is a personal favorite of mine. By far the greenest neighborhood in Boston, visitors can enjoy Jamaica Pond, Arnold's Arboretum, Franklin Park, and Forest Hills Cemetery, which all feature a diversity of both nature and animals. In the summer, check out the Bonsai Garden at the Arboretum (usually open until around 4:30 pm).

While Cambridge is technically another city, it borders Boston immediately to the north across the Charles River. Harvard Square is the most famous square, but Central Square also offers a lot of activities, with substantial nightlife and music venues. The Dance Complex offers local choreographers the chance to display their work and is really affordable, too! In addition, The Middle East and Zuzu's are great for seeing live shows and for late-night dancing.

These three neighborhoods stand out, but visiting all of the various districts will liven your experience up here in the northeast. Allston and Inman Square have great food, Fenway/Kenmore hosts a variety of museums and bars, plus the South End hosts a more upscale night-life scene. All in all, when visiting Boston, veering off the beaten path can really color your experience.