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Christa
Bolingbrook, Illinois

Boston

North End vs Charlestown

Hey! I'm a medstudent doing an externship this summer in Boston. I'm looking at 2 extended stay places in air bnb and will be commuting to mgh Chelsea by subway. Which neighborhood should I stay in. North End or Charlestown? Go!


4 Answers

answered by
Sarah from Farmington, Connecticut

If you're commuting by T, definitely the North End to avoid changing trains at Government Center from Orange to Blue. Charlestown is lovely but if you're only here for the summer you're better off staying in a slightly more accessible neighborhood like the North End. 


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answered by
David

North End. Both are excellent options but NE is more accessible and has a reputation for safety.


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answered first by
Barry

There is no subway that runs to Chelsea (Massachusetts). If you live in Charlestown, you will find buses that are good. While there is the T near the North End, you have to exit the North End and pick up the T at Haymarket, then edit in Charlestown and transfer to the bus -- the transfer is free. In the summer, parts of the north end -- mostly those close to Hanover St -- are very, very crowded. Also, on some Saturday evenings, there are festiva -- Italian religious festivals -- extreme crowds, noise, and music. 

 

Note that there is a water bus from Charlestown to the Aquarium (across from Quincy Market). Greatest way to get into Boston.


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answered by
Susan from Boston

The North End is it for you. So much to see and enjoy, the Greenway Court will be right outside your door. It's a no brainer. 

 

Depending on where you're going in Chelsea (Massachusetts), you might walk to Haymarket and catch a bus, or take the Blue Line to Maverick and get a bus. Or? Maybe water taxi to East Boston. Make time for East Boston, the waterfront is amazing and some good new restaurants. Boston really shines in the summer, especially if you like heat and humidity ;)


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