Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. Located between
the city's Financial District and Theater District, Chinatown is one of the
most densely populated neighborhoods in Boston. Locals and tourists alike are
drawn to the area's large selection of Asian restaurants and bakeries, where
they can sample everything from dim sum to almond cookies. During the popular
August Moon Festival, children carry brightly colored lanterns and revelers eat
sweet cakes known as Moon Cakes, each containing a secret message. The Boston
Chinatown Neighborhood Center, which opened in 2005, is a
tremendous resource for the community, providing residents with
English-language classes, childcare, and social and recreational opportunities.
between Chinatown, Downtown and South Station, in recent years the Leather District
has emerged as a distinct Boston neighborhood. Made up of old leather factories
transformed into residential and commercial uses, the Leather District boasts a
historic appeal while offering 21st-century amenities. Residents cherish the
"loft living" options that characterize this community. Locals do not have to
travel far to sample some great restaurants, cafés and shopping destinations.
The Leather District will also experience the splendor of the Rose Fitzgerald
Kennedy Greenway as this innovative project nears completion.