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  • 'Southie'

    Our wedding is located in South Boston. Once a predominantly Irish community, in recent years South Boston has become increasingly diverse. People from all over the city enjoy taking a stroll around Castle Island, a Revolutionary War-era fort and 22-acre park that is connected to the mainland. "Southie Pride" is on full display in March when city residents flock to the neighborhood to enjoy the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade. Still, there are tensions in the area due to commercial buyouts, gentrification, and struggling families facing poverty. We are glad that our wedding helps to support programs for young people in this neighborhood.

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  • The South Boston Waterfront/ Seaport District

    Our hotel is in the newly developing Seaport District of South Boston. It borders Fort Point Channel, formerly Boston's largest artist community and still home to many studios and several important galleries. Check out www.fortpointarts.org.

    Area attractions include The Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston's Childrens' Museum, The Boston Fish Pier (the oldest continuously operating fish pier in the United States), Harpoon Brewery, Carson Beach and Castle Island.

    Here is nice link with more about the area. Check out the sections on South Boston or Fort Point Channel.

    Quincy Market, Boston Common and Newbury Street, and the Old North End are only a short subway or cab ride away.

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    Boston has the oldest subway system in the country..

    Artists for Humanity (wedding location) is 2 blocks from the Red Line 'Broadway' stop. The Renaissance Hotel is 1 block from the 'Silver Line Way' stop next to the World Trade Center.

    The Silver Line also goes right to the airport.

    Amtrack and buses come through 'South Station' on the Red Line.

    Quincy Market: Government Center (Green Line)
    Boston Common: Park Street (Red, Orange, Green)
    Newbury Street: Arlington, Copley, or Hynes (Green)
    Theatre District: Boylston (Green)
    Old North End: Haymarket (Green)
    Chinatown/Theatre District: Boylston (Green), or Chinatown (Orange)

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  • Picture of MBTA SUBWAY MAP

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  • South Boston in Media and Pop Culture

    Films, References...

    Good Will Hunting, a 1997 film directed by Gus Van Sant about a young man from South Boston overcoming obstacles to achieve greatness.

    Mystic River directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, and Sean Penn was partially filmed in South Boston.

    The movie The Boondock Saints also takes place in South Boston, paying homage to the area's loyalty to Catholicism, St. Patrick's Day, and Irish heritage.

    The movie The Verdict takes place in South Boston and was filmed there. The movie starred Paul Newman and was a legal thriller about an alcoholic lawyer who takes on the Catholic church in a case of medical malpractice involving a Catholic hospital, 2 doctors and a plaintiff left in a vegetative state.

    The movie Southie is set in South Boston, about a mobster who returns home to South Boston and finds that things have not changed in the old neighborhood. It stars Donnie Wahlberg, a native of nearby Dorchester and former singer with New Kids on the Block.

    Two recent films have been shot in South Boston: The Departed starring Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio, and Gone Baby Gone the directorial debut of Ben Affleck.

    There have been many books written about the South Boston culture ranging from the political, in The Boston Irish, the personal in All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, the gang-related Black Mass, and/or the historical, political, social, and personal in That Old Gang of Mine.

    In the movie Broadcast News, a young Aaron Altman (played by Dwayne Markee) states, "You're never gonna leave South Boston and I'm gonna see the whole damn world."

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    Walk the Freedom Trail
    One of Americas' first historic walking tours, the Freedom Trail is the perfect introduction to Colonial and Revolutionary Boston. The walking tour takes visitors to 16 historical sites, covering two and a half centuries of America's most significant past.

    Visit the Famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a collection of boutiques, eateries and pushcart vendors housed in converted 18th century warehouses. Enjoy the street entertainers that frequently perform outside.

    Take a Ride on the Swan Boats The Swan Boats in the Public Garden are a Boston tradition. This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park is America's oldest public garden and has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers.

    Eat Cannollis and Stroll Through the North End: This is Boston's oldest neighborhood, the site of the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House. Located along the Boston Waterfront, it was the first stop for several waves of immigrants. Italian restaurants and pastry shops are crammed into narrow streets, where the smell of garlic and sounds of happy diners fill the air. Hanover and Salem are the two main streets and often packed with activity, especially on a warm evening.

    Visit Paul Revere's House Built around 1680, Paul Revere's House is the oldest building in downtown Boston, and served as the home of Paul Revere and his family from 1770 to 1800. Revere left here for his famous midnight ride.

    Stroll through Beacon Hill: The famous Boston Brahmin neighborhood of red brick sidewalks, cobblestoned streets, elegant townhouses, and gas street lamps.

    Visit the USS Constitution: The oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy and undefeated in battle, Old Ironsides earned it's famous nickname with it's legendary ability to repel any shot fired. Active-duty sailors guide visitors around the ship.


    Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston
    ICA Boston)Award-winning architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the ICA, conceiving the building both "from the sky down," as a contemplative space for experiencing contemporary art, and "from the ground up," providing dynamic areas for public enjoyment. The design weaves together interior and exterior space, producing shifting perspectives of the waterfront throughout the museum's galleries and public spaces.

    Experience art from Ancient Egyptian to Contemporary at The Museum of Fine Arts or The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

    Shopping & Dining

    In the Back Bay, visitors can walk the length of Newbury Street for some of Boston's most chic, fashionable stores. The parallel boulevard, Boylston Street, has a number of fine department stores leading to the Shops at the Prudential Center that also connects by a walkway to Copley Place, a marble and brass enclosed mall full of upscale stores and restaurants.

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