Blog :: 05-2016

Three Best Neighborhoods for Beth Israel Employees

After accepting a job at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the next big decision is finding the best place to live. The three neighborhoods described below all have many attractive qualities in addition to being in close proximity to the hospital!

Brookline
Brookline's "flagship" neighborhood is Coolidge Corner, a premier retail shopping area.  Located at the intersection of Beacon and Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner is also home to many highly-rated restaurants, including Lineage, Zaftigs Delicatessen, Bottega Fiorentina and FuGaKyu.  Brookline has some of the highest quality schools in the local community for both K-8 and high school.  Brookline has a highly developed public transportation system including several different MBTA subway lines. 

Fenway
This neighborhood is in closest proximity to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. It is home to Fenway Park, Symphony Hall, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Fenway has an exciting nightlife with several bars and nightclubs on Lansdowne Street.  It is adjacent to Back Bay and numerous other attractions in Boston.   Several colleges and universities are in the Fenway neighborhood, making it a young, vibrant community.

Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain is a diverse and dynamic neighborhood with young families, a vibrant Spanish community, and a growing LGBT population.  Housing in this neighborhood is more affordable than other areas of Boston.  There are many green spaces and plenty of opportunities for recreational pursuits.  As a whole, residents in this community are committed to healthy living and environmental causes.

Did You Know?? Notable Residents of Brookline!

Brookline, Massachusetts is the birthplace of several famous people throughout history, most notably the 35th president of the United States.  John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline on May 29, 1917 and lived here with his family for 10 years.  Today, many notable people make their home in Brookline.  These include:

  • Dan Rosenthal, former White House staff member: Rosenthal served as a senior staff member under President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 2000. He was named Assistant to the President at age 33, the youngest person to ever earn that title. 
  • Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate: Dukakis was the governor from 1975 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1991, making him the longest serving governor in Massachusetts’ history. He ran for president against George H. W. Bush in 1988 on the Democratic ticket. 
  • Jessica Keener, author of Night Swim and distinguished poet: Although Keener did not grow up in Brookline, she has strong family roots here and decided to move here in 1973. She wrote Night Swim a short time later, a novel exploring the complicated mother-daughter relationship dynamic. Keener’s poetry has been published in The Boston Globe, Coastal Living, and other popular regional publications.
  • Ronald Probstein, M.I.T. professor emeritus: Probstein grew up in poverty in Brooklyn, New York and later settled in Brookline. He overcame numerous early obstacles on his way to a successful career. Some of his most notable accomplishments include making sea water safe to drink, helping to launch man into space, and creating synthetic fuels.

To learn more about notable people currently living in Brookline, click here!

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