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Newton

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For other places with the same name, see Newton (disambiguation).

Newton is a city in Massachusetts and a western suburb of Boston. Newton is nicknamed "The Garden City" and is one of Boston's oldest suburbs, settled in 1630.

Windermere Rd

Understand[edit]

Newton is made up of 13 "villages" or neighborhoods, including Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Lower Falls, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Upper Falls, Waban, and West Newton. While mainly a suburb of Boston, it is a sizable city in its own right, boasting a population of over 80,000. Each village has its own historical and architectural character. Many of the villages grew up around railroad stations after the Boston & Worcester Railroad opened up through the north side of Newton in 1833. Another railroad line opened up across the south side of Newton in 1851 and is the "D" Branch of the MBTA's Green Line today. Walking tours of most villages are available through the website of the Newton City Planning Department.

Striking enclaves of Victorian houses and Gothic Revival churches can be seen in Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, and Newtonville, and West Newton Hill. Newton's grandest boulevard is Commonwealth Avenue, which winds through the entire city and is lined with historic mansions. "Comm Ave," as it is known to Bostonians, connects Boston to Weston and serves as the route of the Boston Marathon (Patriot's Day, third Monday of April). Heartbreak Hill begins just east of Newton City Hall. Divided down the middle by a landscaped mall that runs throughout the city, the street was designed by celebrated landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park in New York City and the Emerald Necklace in Boston.

For trivia buffs: in 1886, Nabisco's Fig Newton cookie was named after the City of Newton.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Logan International Airport in Boston is the most convenient and has various ground transportation alternatives available.

By train or bus[edit]

  • Mass Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), [1]. Newton is connected to Boston and surrounding communities by light rail/streetcar, commuter rail, and busses. The Green Line "D" Branch (Riverside line) is a light rail line running into downtown Boston, about 30 minutes away. It runs frequently throughout the day. The commuter rail line, which originates at Boston's South Station, has stops at Newtonville, West Newton, and Auburndale villages and travels west to Framingham and Worcester. It operates frequently at the rush hours and less often the rest of the day. Express busses travel from Washington Street to the Massachusetts Turnpike and on to downtown Boston.

By car[edit]

Needham St. Bridge

Newton is on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) and Interstate 95 (also called Route 128). Routes 9 and 16 also pass through the city. From Boston, you can also reach Newton via city streets: both Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue run directly to and throughout Newton, and provide a more scenic drive (particularly Beacon Street).

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Cars are generally the most convenient means of transportation, but sometimes impractical due to traffic.

By train or bus[edit]

Newton is well-served by the MBTA bus, light rail, and commuter rail lines. The D line of the T's Green Line provides the best access throughout Newton, with 7 stops located in the city. Otherwise, there are 3 commuter rail stops in the city, and several bus lines. Note that most bus service stops around 6PM, and some bus routes do not operate on the weekends.

By bike[edit]

Drivers are not considerate to bikers, so only an experienced biker could bike in Newton on the street. However, there are numerous parks and school yards to bike in.

The Charles River Bike Path is a mostly off-road path that runs from Newton and Waltham east through Watertown, Boston, and Cambridge along both banks of the Charles River. Cyclists of all levels can enjoy this scenic path. There is also a carriage road that is used as a bike path that runs along part of Comm Ave.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are exorbitantly expensive in Newton and in Boston in general; try to avoid them if you can. If you have to call a taxi try Veterans Taxi, they are courteous, punctual, and clean.

See[edit]

Boston College
  • Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St, +1 617 796-1450. Tu-Sa 11AM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM. A Federal-style farmhouse built in 1809. The museum offers an intriguing introduction to Newton's history with exhibits of paintings, photographs, costumes, and historic objects. The house was a station on the Underground Railroad hiding escaped slaves. $5/$3.
  • Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill. See the original Neo-Gothic campus with buildings designed by Maginnis & Walsh. The McMullen Museum of Art shows changing art exhibits. Alumni Stadium and the Conte Forum showcase BC's football, basketball, and hockey teams.
  • Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St, +1 617 796-1360. Airy contemporary library with extensive collection, Newton History Room, and auditorium with constant concerts and lectures.
  • Newton Centre, Intersection of Centre Street and Beacon Street. The largest and most bustling of the city's village centers. Boasts a number of high-end clothing stores, salons and spas, restaurants of various cuisines, coffee shops, ice cream shops, and banks. Abuts Newton's largest public park. Only a short stroll from beautiful Crystal Lake.
  • Newton Highlands, Intersection of Walnut Street and Lincoln Street. Perhaps the most quaint of Newton's village centers. Mostly a daytime destination for locals, but has some of the best restaurants in the city, and one of the best independent coffee shops, Lincoln Street Cafe.

Do[edit]

Charles River, boathouse, and boats
  • In the warmer months, rent a canoe or kayak at the Charles River Boathouse off Commonwealth Avenue at the Weston Bridge (Route 30).
  • West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St, +1 617 964-6060. See a foreign or independent film at one of the region's top cinemas.
  • In Newtonville, view annual Independence Day firework at Albemarle Field along the banks of Cheesecake Brook (corner of Albemarle Rd and Crafts St).
  • Go for a swim at scenic Crystal Lake in Newton Highlands, and enjoy the beautiful houses abutting the lake.
  • Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Beacon St, Chestnut Hill. Located between Boston College campus and Cleveland Circle. A beautiful reservoir with biking and walking trails surrounding it. Very popular during warm weather months. Like Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, the reservoir was also designed by renowned landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead.

Buy[edit]

  • Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd (Newton Centre), +1 617 244-6619. M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM. Contrary to the name of the store, Newtonville Books has now moved to Newton Centre--Independent bookstore noted for contemporary fiction, children's books, and frequent author readings. $$.
  • Chestnut Hill Mall, Route 9, Chestnut Hill--A very expensive, high-fashion mall. Houses the only Bloomingdale's in New England and, until recently, the only Barney's New York (a second store opened in 2006 in Copley Mall in downtown Boston).
  • Eastern Mountain Sports, 300 Needham St, +1 617 559-1575. M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Sells travel accessories and gear. Rents kayaks, skis and snowshoes. Helpful staff will answer questions about local trails and parks. $.
  • Just Next Door, 327 Auburn St, Auburndale, +1 617-965-6796. Independently owned card, gift and toy store. Best cards around. Unique gifts. Friendly and helpful staff. Always something new. $$.
  • Newtonville Camera, 249 Walnut St, +1 617 965-1240. M-Th 10AM-7PM, F-Sa 10AM-5PM. A great local camera shop that has been around for ages. The owner is very helpful. $$.
  • Winston Flowers & Garden (Winston's), 11 Florence St, toll-free: +1-800-457-4901. A beautiful flower shop, if a bit pricey. $$$.
  • Newbury Comics, 130 Needham St, +1 617 965-5054. Primarily a CD shop, not a comic shop. They also have posters, memorabilia, clothing, and more. $$.
  • International Bicycle Center, 71 Needham St, +1 617 527-0967. M-Tu, Th-F 10AM-6PM, W noon-6PM, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Local bike and bike repair shop. $$.
  • Learning Express, 1296 Centre St, +1 617 969-2722. M-W, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Th-F 9:30AM-7PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Local toy store. $$.
  • New England Mobile Book Fair (The Book Mobile), 82 Needham St, Newton Highlands, +1 617 527-5817. M-Tu, Th-F 9AM-7PM, W 9AM-8:30PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. A huge book store! Check out the used half of the store. $.
  • Leather World, 30 Langley Rd Ste A, +1 617 332-6519. Beautiful luxury leather goods and luggage. $$.

Eat[edit]

Brackett House
  • O'Hara's, 1185 Walnut St, Newton Highlands, +1 617 965-6785. M-Sa 11AM-11:30PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Irish pub with full menu. $$.
  • 51 Lincoln, 51 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands, +1 617 965-3100. Tu-Sa 5PM-10:30PM. A contemporary American restaurant featuring globally influenced food and wine. $$$.
  • Blue Ribbon BBQ, 1375 Washington St, West Newton, +1 617 332-2583, fax: +1 617 527-7427. M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM. Authentic barbecue with all the fixings. $$.
  • Keltic Krust Bakery, 1371 Washington St, Ste 5, West Newton, +1 617 332-9343. M-F 6:30AM-5PM, Sa-Su 8AM-4PM. Irish wheat soda bread, petit fours, sandwiches, and coffee. $.
  • Lumiere, 1293 Washington St, West Newton, +1 617 244-9199, fax: +1 617 796-9178, e-mail: . M-Th 5:30PM-9PM, F 5:30PM-10PM, Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Top-rated French restaurant. $$$.
  • Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant, 743 Washington St, Newtonville, +1 617 964-9200, e-mail: . Tu-Th, Su 8:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 8:30AM-11:30PM. Classic ice cream parlor with full menu and all-day breakfast. Largest selection of sundaes around. No credit cards accepted but there is an ATM in the front of the restaurant. $.
  • George Howell Coffee, 311 Walnut St, Newtonville, +1 617 332-6886, e-mail: . M-F 6:30AM-6PM, Sa-Su 8AM-6PM. Independent cafe featuring crepes and specialty sandwiches. $$.
  • Cafe St Petersburg, 57 Union St, Suite 1, Newton Centre (Entrance to the restaurant is through an alley between Sovereign Bank and Peet's Coffee & Tea.), +1 617-467-3555, +1 617-467-3133, fax: +1 617-467-3145, e-mail: . Tu-Th noon-10PM, F-Su noon-midnight. Lively Russian restaurant. $$$.
  • Johnny's Luncheonette, 30 Langley Rd, Newton Centre, +1 617 527-3223, fax: +1 617 527-4103. M-Sa 7AM-9PM, Su 8AM-9PM. Contemporary diner-style breakfasts and sandwiches. $$.
  • Cafe Sol Azteca, 75 Union St, Newton Centre, +1 617 964-0920, e-mail: . M-Sa 5PM-9:30PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Full-scale Mexican restaurant with outdoor terrace. $$.
  • Antoine's Pastry Shop (Antoine's), 317 Watertown St, Nonantum, +1 617 527-6747. Old-fashioned bakery with cakes, cinnamon bread, and cookies. $$.
  • Legal Seafoods (Legal's), 43 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, +1 617 277-7300. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10PM. The most famous of Boston's seafood restaurants. The clam chowder has been served at the U.S. president's inaugural ball for years. Very pricey. $$$.
  • Karoun, 839 Washington St, Newtonville, +1 617 964-3400, e-mail: . Tu-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5PM-1PM. Armenian and Middle Eastern cuisine, plus featuring live music and belly dancing. $$$.
  • Coconut Cafe, 759 Beacon St, Newton Centre, +1 617 244-7050, e-mail: . Su-Th 11:30AM-9:45PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10:15PM. Great Thai food. Seating is limited. $$.
  • Amarin of Thailand (Amarin), 1 Newton Pl, 287 Centre St, Newton Corner, +1 617-527-5255, fax: +1 617-630-0753. Lunch: M-Sa 11:30AM-3PM; dinner: M-Th 5PM-9:45PM, F-Sa 5PM-10:30PM. Another great Thai restaurant with an authentic ambiance. $$.
  • Tartufo Cucina Abruzzese (Tartufo), 22 Union St, Newton Centre, +1 617-244-8833. M-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 4PM-10PM. Very popular Italian restaurant overlooking Newton Centre. $$$.
  • Tango Mango, 1191 Centre St, Newton Centre, +1 617 969-8100. M-Sa 10:30AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Small taco joint, not nearly as good as Annas Tacqueria in Brookline $.
  • Village Cafe, 719 Washington St, +1 617 795-5200, e-mail: . M-Sa 7AM-3PM, Su 7AM-2PM. Great place for breakfast and lunch. $.
  • Angora Ice, 3 Boylston St, Ste A, Chestnut Hill, +1 617-730-8900. 9AM-11:30PM daily. Frozen yogurt, ice cream, coffee and pastries. $$.
  • Sweet Tomatoes, 47 Langley Rd, +1 617 558-0222. 11:30AM-9PM daily. A great pizza place specializing in thin crust pizza. $$.
  • Rosenfeld Bagel Company (Rosenfeld's), 1280 Centre St, Newton Centre (Down a flight of stairs), +1 617-527-8080. W-F 7AM-5PM, Sa-Su 7AM-1PM. A local bagel shop specializing in gourmet bagels and cream cheese. The shop is small but always crowded, especially around the Jewish holidays. It is cash only but there is a Bank of America just up the street. $.
  • Rox Diner (The Rox), 335 Walnut St, +1 617 916-1795. M-Sa 7AM-10PM, Su 7AM-8PM. Newtonville diner with great food and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Try the banana and Nutella French toast! $$.
  • [dead link]Deluxe Station Diner (The Station Diner), 70 Union St (Right next to the T station), +1 617 244-2550. Su-Th 7AM-10PM, F-Sa 7AM-11PM. A quaint diner in Newton Centre operated by the owners of the well known Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. Great breakfast and brunch, great atmosphere. $$.
  • Great Harvest Bread Company (Great Harvest), 316 Walnut St, Newtonville, +1 617 928-1162, e-mail: . M-F 6:30AM-6:30PM, Sa 6:30AM-6PM, Su 7AM-2PM. Local bakery with fresh baked bread daily. Come around lunchtime for a free slice of bread! $$.
  • [dead link]Oishii Sushi Bar (Oishii), 612 Hammond St, Chestnut Hill, +1 617 277-7888, e-mail: . Tu-Th 11:30AM-3PM and 5PM-9:30PM, F 11:30AM-3PM and 5PM-10PM, Sa 1PM-10PM, Su 1PM-9:30PM. A great sushi place with a trendy vibe. A bit pricey but good. $$$.
  • White Mountain Creamery (White Mountain), 19 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, +1 617-527-8790. 11AM-midnight daily. A cute local ice cream shop. Open late. $.
  • Shogun Restaurant (Shogun), 1385 Washington St West, +1 617 965-6699, e-mail: . Lunch: Tu-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: Tu-Su 5:30PM-10PM. Local sushi restaurant. Casual, quiet, and not too pricey for sushi in Newton. $$.

Drink[edit]

  • Union Street, 107R Union St, Newton Centre. An older, more local crowd. A popular after-work place, with a very pleasant terrace designed to feel like a roof deck.
  • Buff's Pub, 317 Washington St, Newton Corner. After work place. Good bar food.
  • The Biltmore, 1205 Chestnut St, Newton Corner. Lunch/After work place. Crowd is mostly aged 25-40. Updated tavern atmosphere, restaurant features craft cocktails and local seasonal produce.
  • Paddy's Pub (Paddy's), 95 Elm St W (just off Washington St), +1 617 965-6444. M-Sa 11AM-11:30PM, Su noon-9PM. A pub/restaurant. A good place to get a drink that is also kid friendly. $$.
  • Brewer's Coalition, 344 Walnut St, Newtonville, +1 617 964-7600, e-mail: . M-Sa 11:30AM-1AM, Su 10AM-1AM. Great beer selection and nice atmosphere. $$.

Sleep[edit]

Charles Haskell House

Learn[edit]

  • Mount Ida College, Located in the more suburban south side of the city.
  • Boston College, Originally located in Boston's South End, the campus moved to the Boston/Newton border in the 19th Century. The Boston campus (which is actually located in Newton) is filled with stunning Collegiate Gothic architecture, while the Newton campus boasts more modern buildings.
  • Lasell College, Located in Auburndale. Lovely campus, some of which overlooks Woodlands Country Club golf course.
  • Andover Theological Seminary, Located right next to Newton Centre.
  • Newton North High School and Newton South High School are among the best public high schools in the country. There are several elementary schools which feed into four middle schools and ultimately the two high schools.

Connect[edit]

Greater Boston uses 10-digit dialing. This means you need to include the area code whenever you are making a call. The standard area code is 617, but some phone numbers, especially cell phones, use the new 857 overlay.

Go next[edit]

Bullough's Pond
  • Boston proper is a 10- to 20-minute train ride on the Green Line of the T, and only a 5-minute car ride on the Mass Pike (I-90).
  • Cape Cod is home to some of New England's best beaches, seafood, and sightseeing. The Sagamore and Bourne Bridges are about 1 hour by car from Newton. The Cape is also accessible by bus.
Routes through Newton
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WorcesterWellesley  W MBTA Framingham-Worcester icon.png E  BostonEND



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