Life in the big city of Boston

statue and trees at a park

Choosing NECO meant choosing Boston, the city of hopes, dreams, Good Will Hunting and lobster rolls.

Moving here after growing up in Cortland, NY, aka small town USA, was quite the adjustment. But what I’ve found after living here for about seven months is that Boston isn’t as big and daunting as it seems.

Every day after my fifteen minute MBTA ride to the Hynes Convention Center stop on the Green Line, I walk down one of the best streets in the whole city: Newbury Street. It is just as gorgeous at 7:55am when I am rushing to make it to anatomy lab on time as it as when I leave school for the day at 6:30pm. And every tree is shrouded in white lights. Although busy, this street has some of the most amazing food, shops and coffee you could ask for. Whether you’re in the mood for an acai bowl or a new outfit from Zara, it has it all, within a 5-minute walk. And even better, it’s so close to NECO that if I need a breather or have time in between classes I can run over to Starbucks and clear my head a little.

Newbury Street is a great shopping and restaurant area and just a few blocks from NECO. I do love Newbury street so much, and I swear by their brunch there, but truly my heart lies in the North End of Boston. This area is known as the Italian district, and it by far my favorite place to be. Not only can you find the most amazing Italian food, but the best bakeries, pizzerias and delis in the whole city. I am a big fan of Café Florentine, which is right across from the St. Leonard-Port Maurice Parish, one of the most gorgeous churches I have ever stepped foot in. For all the history buffs, this area is filled with a ton of historical landmarks, including one of my favorites, the Paul Revere House. You can tour it and see where he lived! It is worth the trip and exploring the north end will lead you right to the Faneuil Hall and Quincy market area, which is a must see when coming to Boston.

Across the big beautiful bridge near the TD garden where the Bruins and Celtics play (I had to look that up; yay sports!) is a little place called Charlestown. A little removed from the downtown area (much of which we call the Financial District), it still has that Bostonian charm, but reminds me of being transported into more simple times. With stone streets and lamp posts lighting every street, it is where I would like to settle down when I’m older. Great for a day trip as it is situated close enough to downtown so it’s not too difficult to get to, but just far enough to give you that out of the city feeling. Right on the water, it’s the perfect place to explore on a beautiful Boston summer day or cozy up in one of their many historical taverns on a nice snowy day.

I have learned to really love living here in Boston and find new things to love about the city every day. Sometimes it’s a new ramen restaurant, and sometimes it’s catching the sun set over the Charles at that perfect time of day. Either way, I am so thankful I ended up here, especially at NECO.