The North End is Boston’s oldest residential neighborhood. Settled in the 1630’s, today it is known as Boston’s ”Little Italy” for its large Italian-American community. But the history-rich enclave has been home for many cultures. Originally home to some of Boston’s wealthiest residents, followed by the first community of African-Americans made up of freed and escaped slaves, the Irish during the last 1800’s, subsequently a center for Jewish life and then in the early 1900’s the North End became home to a large Italian-American community. The elevated Central Artery, constructed in the 1950’, divided the North End from the rest of the city. With the completion of the Big Dig, the North End has been reconnected to the city with the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway. Best traveled by foot, locals and tourists alike flock to its authentic Italian restaurants and annual festivals celebrating its patron saints.History abounds; visit the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church and the ancient Copp's Hill Burying Ground with grave sites dating back to the 17th century. The Freedom Trail passes through the North End. North Station and the TD Garden (home to the Celtics and Bruins) is a short walk away.