Jamaica Plain

Fun Fact: Until the city of Boston bought Jamaica Pond in the 1890s, ice houses lined the shore and ice was harvested and sold in the winter by the Jamaica Plain Ice Company.  

 

Jamaica Plain, aka JP, is a neighborhood of Boston.

 

Jamaica Plain is in the Boston Public Schools District. There are also a few private schools.

 

Centre Street is JP's main commercial thoroughfare. There you will find restaurants, shops, yoga studios, banks and various food establishments.  Around the corner you will find America's oldest community theatre, the Footlight Club which was established in 1877.  Pockets of commerce are also popping up in other areas of the neighborhood. There is even a Whole Foods.

 

One of the greenest neighborhoods in the city of Boston, JP  contains or is bordered by a number of jewels of the Emerald Necklace park system which was designed in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted.  These parks are connected by  parkways.  The Jamaica Pond which has 60 acres of surface area and is the largest and deepest body of fresh water in Boston is part of the Emerald Necklace.  Also included is the Arnold Arboretum part of which lies in JP.  It is the oldest public arboretum in North America.  It is the perfect place for a walk and leaves you feeling that you might actually be in a forest fairytale instead of in the city of Boston. If the sky is clear, you can see Blue Hills Reservation from atop Bussey Hill.  Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including, coyotes, turkeys, rabbits and birds. Lots of birds. It's free and open every day.

At 275 acres, Forest Hills Cemetery offers a unique garden cemetery experience with art installations on the grounds. Gravesites date from 1848.  Several notable people are buried here. 

Included in the emerald necklace is the Arnold Arboretum part of which lies in JP.  It is the oldest public arboretum in North America.  It is the perfect place for a walk and leaves you feeling that you might actually be in a forest fairytale instead of in the city of Boston. If the sky is clear, you can see Blue Hills Reservation from atop Bussey Hill.  Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including, coyotes, turkeys, rabbits and birds. Lots of birds. It's free and open every day. 

 

The Needham Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail stops at Forest Hills Station, and many other lines are easily accessible by riding the Orange Line subway train which runs below ground and has stops at Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green Street and Forest Hills. The Green Line's E branch which runs on street level services Jamaica Plain as well as several bus lines.  There are two major bike paths, one of which will take you directly to the back bay.

Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital is a 171 bed non-profit, community teaching hospital.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Updated: 2nd March, 2021 4:26 AM (UTC).