Elisha Siegel finds bits of old school Boston on the corners of the North End.
I usually avoid the North End. It might make me a coastal elitist, but I never go there without an out of towner in tow. I think of the neighborhood as just another stop along the Freedom Trail - a tourist trap populated by map toting travelers, bloating restaurant wait lists and cannoli lines. So now that it’s time to research this piece, I’m not really sure what to look for. I don’t have much of a plan except to avoid Hanover Street’s urban theme park vibe and walk the neighborhood until I find something with a more grounded aesthetic.