r Letter From Eastie: It's like deja vu all over again.
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Letter From Eastie

News and other items from East Boston, Massachusetts.

Friday, June 10, 2005

It's like deja vu all over again.

Hey, this is an original concept for an article. Oh, but wait. . .it's actually not.

The Boston Phoenix on Constitution Beach. (I don't know when this beach was named Constitution Beach, but it is more commonly known to the locals as "Shades Beach" or "Orient Heights Beach."):
Constitution Beach (Orient Heights, East Boston, 617-626-1250). Like Revere Beach, East Boston’s Constitution Beach is on the Blue Line, though it’s not nearly as well known to city dwellers. That’s too bad, considering that it boasts groomed sand, a newer bathhouse, and a convenient pedestrian overpass across the MBTA tracks.
The beach’s close proximity to Logan Airport also means it’s louder than most swimming holes. But the upside is that it offers plenty of plane-watching as a diversion for sunbathers. If you seek sea breezes but aren’t in the mood for swimming or sunning, you’ll be happy to find a range of other options, including a picnic area, tennis and handball courts, and shade shelters.
There are lifeguards on the premises, as well as a concessions stand. Get here by taking the MBTA Blue Line to Orient Heights, or MBTA bus number 120. The free parking spaces fill up quickly on sunny summer days, so public transportation is recommended.

And ditto from the Boston Herald. (Except for the phone numbers. I don't know which one is right and frankly, I can't be bothered to find out. . .who needs a phone number for a beach??):
Constitution Beach. If the sound of planes taking off and landing doesn't bum you out, this East Boston beach is the one for you. Located across the bay from Logan International Airport, this pleasant half-mile stretch offers picnic areas and a renovated bathhouse. Route: Take the Blue Line to Orient Heights. Call 617-727-8865


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