North Boston, or The North End as it is better known, is a neighbourhood area of Boston, Massachusetts. Being the oldest residential community in the city it was settled in the 1630's. Though consuming only a very small 0.93 of a square kilometre, the area has about one hundred establishments and a large variety of attractions for tourists. It is has a thriving Italian American community.
Important landmarks of the city include Coop's Hill Burying Ground which is a historic cemetery. The Mariner's House is one of the historic hotels in the North Square. The hotel was built in 1847, as an economic hotel for merchant mariners.
The Old North Church, which officially bears the name of Christ Church in the City of Boston, is a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. It is the oldest existing church building in Boston and is a National Historic Landmark. The Pierce Hichborn House now operates as a museum. Six of Boston's publicly available artistic works are also constructed in North Boston.
The restaurants in the area offer sumptuous Italian & Sicilian cuisines. There are many cafes, and Prince Pasta is the specialty dish of the neighbourhood. During every summer, the local people of North End organize festivals and feasts to honour the great saints from the different areas of Italy. The Feast of St. Anthony is celebrated annually during the weekend of the last Sunday in August.
The statues of the great saints are paraded up and down the streets of the neighbourhood and well wishers offer dollar bills. The famous feasts also include marching bands, tasty foods, other vendors, and live music. There are virtually no major streets and all trips around the local area are made by walking. Bus services are available throughout the area, and ferry services are accessible from Rowes Wharf.