The NYLON Guide To Boston

    What to do, what to eat, where to shop

    by · September 27, 2017

    I have a confession. When people ask me where I’m from, I usually tell them I grew up in Boston but felt like a New Yorker living in exile. I always loved the quaint historic streets and liberal intellectual outlook, but in some ways, Boston felt provincial and preppy, full of people wearing Red Sox caps and polos or awkward nerds I went to high school with. But now that more than 10 years have passed since I moved away, the city seems different—more savvy and cosmopolitan. Those so-called nerds are on their way to curing cancer or engineering robots. Innovative chefs are opening hip new restaurants and bars. Entire neighborhoods are changing, in some cases literally springing up where before there were vast expanses of empty parking lots.

    Of course, you can still find the old Boston of Paul Revere and the Founding Fathers. Historic enclaves like Beacon Hill and the North End retain their charm, and the Boston Tea Party is a nice reminder that the city has always had a rebellious streak. But while in the past, glass-walled skyscrapers like the John Hancock Building and the Prudential Center seemed at odds with the stately brownstones of the Back Bay, the city now seems keener to integrate the past with the present. Wander around Fort Point, and you’ll find contemporary art galleries and boutiques in redeveloped warehouses and factories. You can sleep in a former jail reborn as a swanky hotel and dine in a century-old restaurant revamped for the Instagram age. We’ve compiled this handy guide to help you find the best of the new Boston and some of the old.

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