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ONEin3 Gets Around East Boston AND Block Party This Week!

ONEin3 is busy this week. We feel like the most active socialites in Boston right now because we have plans both tonight AND tomorrow. We just feel really cool.

TONIGHT, ONEin3 Gets Around East Boston. We have a couple tickets left and we hope you’ll join us. The rain is going to let up this afternoon and should be no problem whatsoever. You really don’t want to miss Scup’s in the Harbour, 303 Cafe, Harbor Arts, Piers Park and other awesomeness. Come along and explore another of Boston’s great neighborhoods!

TOMORROW (Thursday), ONEin3 is taking over Downtown Crossing for a Block Party. Read more here, but suffice it to say, there will be beer, wine, free food and music. How can you miss? Just another chance to see Downtown Crossing in a brand new way!

We hope to see you in Eastie and Downtown Crossing!

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ONEin3 Gets Around East Boston!

For the latest in the ONEin3 Gets Around series, we head to East Boston on August 25th for an evening of food, drink, dessert and arts!

Join us at 6pm at Maverick and follow along for the finest Mexican food in the city, followed by 303 Cafe, dessert at Scup’s and the HarborArts Festival to cap it all off.

This promises to be an A+ way to explore a neighborhood that’s a little off the beaten path but well worth the trip.

Get your tickets ($29.50) here.

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DotRox Neighborhood Night and Birds and Beers at Belle Isle Marsh!

We have a bunch of exciting events coming up here at ONEin3, all of them put on by ONEin3ers like you. In particular, ONEin3 Dorchester, ONEin3 Roxbury and ONEin3 East Boston are doing great things.

DotRox Neighborhood Night

Please join us on Thursday, May 13th for the first joint ONEin3 Dorchester & Roxbury Neighborhood Night at the Blarney Stone!

Thursday, May 13th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The Blarney Stone

1509 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122

Light appetizers will be served.

Please RSVP on Facebook.

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Birds and Beers at Belle Isle Marsh

And coming up on June 5th, join ONEin3 East Boston for a brand new event featuring, yes, NATURE!

Come out and appreciate the beauty of Boston’s last remaining salt marsh. Join us as we hike the trails and admire the unique birds and nature that East Boston has to offer. Afterwards, we will head over to Napoles for some food and drinks!

Please RSVP to EastBostonONEin3@gmail.com for full details.

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ONEin3 East Boston’s Blue Line Crawling and They Want You to Be There!

UPDATE:

Full Details Here

ONEin3 is all across the neighborhoods putting on all kinds of programming this year and East Boston is a standout.

They have a brand new event debuting May 8th.

Ready to be out and about after the winter “blues”? Get ready for the Blue Line Pub Crawl.

Join us as we enjoy all that the Blue Line bars have to offer! We will start off at Revere Beach and make our way down to the Aquarium.

Please RSVP to EastBostonONEin3@gmail.com for full details, including time and starting location.

There ya go. Get out to Eastie and have a good time!

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Home, Sweet Eastie

EDITOR’s NOTE:

When we wrote our East Boston exploration blog about a couple outsiders (us!) walking around the neighborhood, we thought, “I can’t wait to see the comments. People are going to love it! Our new Eastie friends/fans are going to invite us to come back to hang out with them and they’ll show us new, cool places that we missed the first time around.”

Well anyway, that’s not exactly how things played out. We didn’t think that our attempt to express affection for Eastie as a more neighborhoodly section of the city that doesn’t suffer from the affliction of doggie boutiques would be compared to a bad Disney movie but, hey, such is life.

To make sure we fulfill our mission to portray Boston honestly through the eyes of young people, we’ve invited Eastie resident Steve Holt to give us his vision of the neighborhood. We hope you enjoy it!

-DC

Home, Sweet Eastie

by Steve Holt

I’m not a lifelong East Boston resident.  Far from it.

In only about four years, though, I’ve grown to cherish my neighborhood. It’s become a part of my identity. It’s my home.

Much ink has been spilled on what constitutes home. Some claim that home can be captured solely in the framework of physical place. A few even still hold to the 1950s ideal of home as white picket fence, lush yard, 2.5 kids, and a dog – and closeness to one’s family of origin.

But “settling down” looks quite different for the one-in-three generation than it did for our parents. To me, home has become both less about an American Dreamlike lifestyle or even my family of origin and more of a place or situation that allow me to discover and be myself, with no pretenses. Somewhere I can let my hair down, metaphorically. A scenario in which I am able to take off my mask. To be seen and accepted for who I really am.

In this way particularly, East Boston is home.  As a neighborhood, Eastie isn’t trying to be anything it isn’t, and generally speaking, even the young people who have moved in the last 10 years aren’t on a quest to turn Eastie into Charlestown or the South End. That’s because we recognize that East Boston already offers the truly important stuff: family, neighbors that care, diversity, and vibrant spaces to gather.

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Eastie O Eastie What to Say About You?

In the second leg of our journey through Boston’s neighborhoods (see Charlestown here), Devin and I went to East Boston on Monday to explore, observe and experience the neighborhood. Please view this amazing map that The Devin and I made outlining our journey.

And for my impressions:

Eastie O Eastie what to say about you?  First impressions? As a yuppie, at first look I asked The Devin “where are the cute shops?”  The Devin pointed towards a Bodega.

I saw lots of trash, some worn down houses, and not a single polo shirt or pair of Uggs.  A little different from the North End, Downtown and South End, my normal stomping grounds.  No bankers rushing to work, or coffee shops catering to “starving artists” that somehow can afford a $5.00 cup of coffee.

Maybe it is the harbor that divides Eastie from the rest of Boston but Eastie seems to have avoided the gentrification that has occurred in much of the rest of the city.  Eastie would be the kid in high school that wears hand me downs and brings his own lunch to school.  Unlike the kid who wears vintage to pretend he is above it all, Eastie has an “I have better things to do” sort of persona.  Or rather, I just came to America and I’m trying to make it, so I don’t have time to build a bread and cheese shop so the yuppies that just moved in can buy their over–priced mozzarella and pretend to be ‘among the people’.”

So, it makes sense that I wouldn’t find a store selling dog sweaters.  The stores in East Boston seemed to be there due to necessity.  In Central Square, which feels like downtown Eastie, there’s a blockbuster, payless shoes, and a no frills grocery shop.  I felt like I was in Oakland, my original hometown.

Maybe my favorite part about Eastie is that there’s actual ethnic diversity. Like, people of various races living next to each other and interacting. As much as people in Boston love pretending that “Italian” or “Irish” are races, they just aren’t.  In Eastie, there are Italians and Latinos and more and they all serve up their amazing food.

In fact, the next time I hear a former Californian complain that they can’t find a good burrito, I will send them to Taqueria Cancun and tell them to shut up. Enough people have written odes to Santarpio’s that I don’t need to bore you with my review. Let’s just say it’s the bomb and it’s way cheaper than the North End.

Also, in East Boston I heard people speaking a variety of languages, which is refreshing and makes me feel less idiotic for taking Spanish for 8 years and then moving away from California.

A co-worker, upon hearing that The Devin and I were going to East Boston, said “Eastie has a lot of potential.”  Walking through Jeffries Point to Piers Park I saw gentrification slowly creeping in. Views of Boston’s downtown skyline beckon and newly painted row houses line the streets.  The park is beautifully maintained and offers great areas for residents to take their kids to play, read, eat, and collaborate with neighbors.

Although every neighborhood should strive for improved schools, public areas, and community, there are some things that I feel should stay in East Boston.  If low rents mean keeping a diverse community I say why would we hope for gentrification?  Why do we always think yuppies and coffee shops make an area “better”?

I don’t live in East Boston, so I can’t speak for the residents but I feel like improved trash collection would be awesome, but besides that I would say, “Eastie, stay strong and be who you are and under no circumstances tolerate stores whose main focus is dressing animals that think its okay to eat their own poop.”

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Fun Fact Friday…Eastie Style

To get you warmed up for my East Boston post coming later today, we thought we would provide our fabulous ONEin3ers with some fun facts, because it is Fun Fact Friday after all.

I didn’t know much about Eastie.  In fact, about a month ago I used the term “Eastie” (in reference to East Boston) and then asked the people I was with if that is what people call it or I just made the word up (for people that know less than me, that is an acceptable term for the East section of Boston).

So, before I give my impressions (coming later today) I thought I would give a few fun facts that I learned from Wikipedia and The Devin about East Boston so everyone can get up to speed.

First fun fact, East Boston can be accessed pretty much only by the Blue Line, car, or boat.  I love walking and asked The Devin if you could walk there…he said technically you can but it would be a very long walk through Charlestown, Revere, and Chelsea.  The blue-line came fairly quickly and reminded me of the Disneyland monorail because the seats are blue plastic. I think it took about ten minutes from Government center to Wood Island…not too shabby.

Second fun fact, East Boston is made up of five islands that are filled in by landfill.  The five islands include, Noddle (at first I thought it was called noodle), Hog aka Orient Heights, Breed’s, Governor’s, and Bird and Apple.

East Boston has a huge immigration population.  If there is a large presence of an ethnic group in Boston, most likely they started on East Boston.  For example, the Irish, Russians, and Italians all used East Boston at some point as an immigration foothold.  Today, immigrants from El Salvador, Brazil, and other parts of Central and South America makes East Boston one of the biggest Latino centers in New England.

Boston Public Library operates the East Boston Branch at 276 Meridian Street. The first public branch library in the United States was established in East Boston in 1870 (sorry, I had to include a library fact, I love libraries)

Some argue that East Boston has some of the best restaurants in the city…check out this Chowhound article that gives you the low-down on some great spots to eat.

For coffee shops Urbanspoon would recommend 303 Café at and Meridian 155…Bars? Let Yelp help you find a watering hole

Any suggestions for place to go?  More fun facts?  Give the comment section some love and stay tuned for my impressions of East Boston!

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