Landfill seems like a shaky foundation for Logan Airport landing strips, let alone a family neighborhood. Yet generations of immigrants have called "Eastie" home, including Boston's first family. Eastie has evolved since the Kennedy boys roamed Meridian Street, and fresh-faced JFK posed for 1954 campaign photos at Santarpio's Pizza. Today Eastie remains working class, with more Latino families than Irish or Italian. Some things never change: Santarpio's still serves wicked thin-crust pie and Meridian Market does a brisk business in chicken parm and trippa (tripe). Instead of leaving lunch to Logan Airport concessions, detour from the Massachusetts Turnpike after the Ted Williams Tunnel for a proper "Eastie dinnah." Walk it off at waterfront Piers Park down historic Cottage Street, where the Albert Einstein Institution quietly advises presidents and activists on dismantling dictatorships through non-violent social change.
Getting Around Boston
The easist way to get around Boston is the subway. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency (MBTA; http://www.mbta.com/) operates the Silver Line SL1 to and from Logan Airport for the best direct connection to and from the Red Line at South Station. This is the best option for transportation to Cambridge, Downtown Boston, MIT and Harvard. Service from Logan on the Silver Line SL1 runs from 5:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. every day. MBTA operates 5 subway lines which operate Monday-Saturday 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Sundays 6 a.m. to midnight. Fare on all lines is $2.50 regardless of distance. Passes are available: $11/Day or $18/Week; Children under 12 are free. Boston features a bicycle sharing program, The Hubway (http://www.thehubway.com/), which offers a 24-hour pass for $5 and a 3-day pass for $12.
- Boston Logan International Airport-BOS
Things to Do and See Near East Boston
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Paul Revere House
- Freedom Trail
- North End
- Arnold Arboretum
- African Meeting House
- John F. Kennedy Library
- Fenway Park
- Museum of Science