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Back Bay, Boston

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Back Bay is an officially recognized neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It is most famous for its rows of Victorian brownstone homes — considered one of the best preserved examples of 19th-century urban design in the United States — as well as numerous architecturally significant individual buildings, and cultural institutions such as the Boston Public Library. It is also a fashionable shopping destination (especially Newbury and Boylston Streets, and the adjacent Prudential Center and Copley Place malls) and home to some of Boston's tallest office buildings, the Hynes Convention Center, and numerous major hotels.The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay considers the neighborhood's bounds to be "Charles River on the North; Arlington Street to Park Square on the East; Columbus Avenue to the New York New Haven and Hartford right-of-way (South of Stuart Street and Copley Place), Huntington Avenue, Dalton Street, and the Massachusetts Turnpike on the South; Charlesgate East on the West."
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  • For visitors to the city, this is an incredible option to have a space with spectacular views and sites where you can spend a while to get a drink and something to eat.
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  • The views of the harbour, the skyline of buildings and the mass of boats bobbing about on a lovely blue sparkly sea - bliss  more »
  • Complete contrast with the North End of Boston. Walkable grid pattern of streets are reassuring and are easy to maneuver. Just does not allow for hidden treasures in alleyways as other parts of Boston...  more »

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