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Here at last: North End’s story on film

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In July 2013, I wrote about the North End Historical Society’s documentary. I had thought that the film would be premiered in early 2014. I was optimistic. Nevertheless, good things come to those who wait, and the film was finally premiered on Jan. 20, 2016 at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre on Washington Street – and with our thanks to Suffolk University and John Nucci. This is only its first showing, and there are many others planned. The film is called “Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story.” As the title indicates, it is not so much a documentary history as ...

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A documentary film on the North End


Some of you may have heard or read that the North End Historical Society is making a documentary about the North End. This is true, The documentary has been in production for about two years. The project was the brainstorm of Dan Casey, the producer of a Charlestown documentary called “The Green Square Mile.” Dan had a script ready for a documentary on the North End (and his director, Maureen McNamara of Kendall Productions, had done some preliminary filming) when he had to give up the project to attend to family matters. He asked the North End Historical Society to ...

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Home of my heart


I grew up in a small Italian village on the East Coast of the United States. At least, that is how I think of growing up in Boston’s North End. I don’t like to call it “Little Italy” because we never called it that. It was just “the North End.” And it was a special place just because it was an Italian place. There was a certain style and rhythm to the North End, a certain flavor and mood, which came from Italian and found its roots in a new land. I was born in 1958. My mother, father, sister ...

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