Margaret St. – Was It All A Dream?

Margaret St - Full Street

Two days ago, I posted photos of Margaret Street decked out with vintage signs, wooden barrels and old-fashioned carts. Today, I went by the street and they were gone…

Margaret St - After

I had to double and triple check that I was in the correct location. Had it all been a dream? Perhaps a hallucination induced by putting leftover kielbasa on pizza two nights prior. After waiting for a bit, I encountered a resident of the street. She told me the street had been “dressed” and used as a set in a Ben Affleck movie the week prior. I know the Dennis Lehane book on which the story is based and the street had looked perfectly fitting of the times. Now, it was all gone….well almost…It looks like the corner bar kept a souvenir.


Boston’s ‘Skinny House’

The Skinny House

So odd that I should focus on ‘skinny’ the day after our Thanksgiving Feast. Perhaps I feel a bit self-conscious. But here is an image of The Skinny House – The narrowest house in all of Boston. According to

Legend says that in Colonial times Joseph Euestus and his brother inherited land the house sits on from their father. While Joseph was away, his brother built a grand house on the part of the land away from Hull Street leaving little for his brother. But it was Joseph who had the last laugh. He built the skinny house on the narrow lot in front of his brother’s home and at four stories it was enough to cut off his brother’s view of the harbor. The legend persists and today the house at 44 Hull Street is still often referred to as the ‘Spite House’.

You can stay in The Skinny House if you ever visit Boston. It rents for around $2,000 per week. Here are the details:

I Saw it on Margaret Street

A bit of fun today. While strolling through Boston’s North End on Sunday morning, I glanced down Margaret Street pictured below and spotted an old-fashioned “Rooms to Let” sign. As I explored the street, I saw more vintage signs and props. It is all a gag to add ambiance. This street has no businesses; it is all residential. But for a few moments, it feels as if you’re stepping back in time.