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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Superb night when it is lit. The sunset very nice also. Neighborhood with many restaurants offering the specialty of the city to the lobster
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  • August 13, 2017
    I loved the Back Bay. It was very charming. I wish I could have spent more time exploring but I was only in Boston for a few days. One day I hope to go back and see more sights around Boston. It's an ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Many shops and is a convenient location. There are many historic buildings but there are trendy shops. Something useful and to stay in this area and many tourist attractions.
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