Boston’s North End often had a propensity for seediness.
The proximity to the waterfront - with sailors and other short-term visitors staying only a few days before moving on - created a certain kind of above-the-law mentality in the neighborhood, particularly along North Street.
Brothels, gaming houses, and dance halls filled the streets and alleys. On a particularly naughty evening in April of 1851, 114 residents were arrested on a single night; over 100 of them were prostitutes.
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Fishing Traditions and Marine Ecology in Martha's Vineyard
Set sail, September 12–15, with a seasoned local fisherman, reel in the ocean’s freshest fare, and explore the history and ecology of Martha’s Vineyard’s beaches, hatcheries, and wildlife sanctuaries.