A Walking Tour of the New York Streets

Looking south down Harrison Ave. (from Oswego St.), New York Streets, 1952; West End Museum Archives

Looking south down Harrison Ave. (from Oswego St.), New York Streets, 1952; West End Museum Archives

Saturday, May 20; 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Starts in front of J.J. Foley’s on East Berkeley Street, Boston.

Cost: $7 Museum Members/$15 Non-members; Pre-registration required.

This event will concentrate on Boston’s first urban renewal project, which took place in an area of the South End known as the New York Streets. Historian and West End resident Duane Lucia will lead the tour together with former New York Streets resident Gloria Ganno.

The tour will survey the area of the present-day South End that contains the neighborhood once known as the New York Streets, including the Ink Block, Washington Street and Harrison Avenue. Encompassing 24 acres of land comprising 12+ city blocks, the old neighborhood—like the West End—was a vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood of tenement houses and mom-and-pop shops that fell victim to redevelopment in the City of Boston.