Known affectionately by locals as “Eastie,” East Boston is a coastal neighborhood originally created by joining several islands together with landfill. Separated from the main part of the city by Boston Harbor, it has a vibrant harbor of its own, and houses Boston Logan International Airport on its easternmost half.
As a gateway from the Atlantic Ocean to Boston proper, it has long been a landing place for immigrant groups, with Irish, Russian Jews, and Italians forming the predominant groups over time. Many Latin American immigrants have also settled here in the turn of the millennium, and urban renewal and community development projects have made East Boston a great place to live for a wide range of people. East Boston is home to several historic sites and outdoor recreation areas, including the beautiful Piers Park, whose paths were built with old brick and granite from the pier's original seawalls, and which houses salt-resistant native plants and trees along the harbor.