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The interior garden of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in the Fenway

The interior garden of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
  • By Peggy Hernandez
  • Photos by Iaritza Menjivar
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This area reeks of newness. Twenty years ago, it was Fenway Park, gas stations, low-rise rentals, fast food, clubs and an Art Deco Sears center. Today, it’s sleek high-rise apartments, luxury condos, retail shops and a booming restaurant scene. The Sears building is now a commercial space that just added a TimeOut Market food and cultural hall. Boston University is to the north, Northeastern University to the south. Through it all, Fenway Park remains the gem.

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Peggy is a California transplant who intended to stay only two years. Then: good job + marriage + multiple moves (including to London and Tokyo). The family returned to Boston in 2005. She really does like the weather.

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The Fenway

Jillian’s
After 30 years, this is still the place for a beer, pool or bowling. The owners founded a Lucky Strike chain and enlarged the name. Located behind Fenway Park; age restrictions after 8 p.m.
Jillian’s, 145 Ipswich St., Boston, Mass. 02215
Tiger Mama
Chef Tiffani Faison is the Tiger Mama of Fenway. The “Top Chef” alum has four local spots: three restaurants with different cuisines and one intimate, standing-only bar. Here, find flavor-packed Southeast Asian cuisine in a tiki bar.
Tiger Mama, 1363 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. 02215
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
One of Boston’s most Instagrammable shots is the indoor Venetian garden, but the art collection shines brighter. The 1990 theft of a Vermeer and Rembrandt still stings. Their empty frames remain.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, Mass. 02115
Kelleher Rose Garden
Learn how to care for roses on Tuesday evenings in a small, century-old garden in the Back Bay Fens link of the Emerald Necklace park system. On view: 200 varieties. It’s open from mid-April to mid-October.
Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens, Boston, Mass. 02115
Massachusetts Historical Society
See the most accurate painting of George Washington; Abigail Adams’s letters to her husband, John, the second U.S. president, and a bureau from which a Salem witch purportedly escaped. Free.
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. 02215
Restaurant Row
Sample comfort food — crepes, tacos, burgers and more — from international cafes tucked behind newer and glossier options. The row was nearly done in by a 2009 fire but has rebounded.
Restaurant Row, 84-100 Peterborough St., Boston, Mass. 02215
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Peggy Hernandez
Peggy is a California transplant who intended to stay only two years. Then: good job + marriage + multiple moves (including to London and Tokyo). The family returned to Boston in 2005. She really does like the weather.
Iaritza Menjivar
Iaritza is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post who is based in Boston.

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