Discovering The Many Neighborhoods of Boston – Brighton

Brighton was originally part of Cambridge and was known as “Little Cambridge” for almost 160 years. Throughout much of its early history it was a rural town with a significant commercial center at its east end. Brighton separated from Cambridge in 1807 and was later annexed to Boston, in 1874.

Brighton is a neighborhood of Boston that is connected to the rest of the city by the Allston neighborhood and is otherwise surrounded by Cambridge, Watertown, Newton, and Brookline. The Charles River separates Brighton from Cambridge and Watertown.

Brighton is host to the Everest Institute, Saint John’s Seminary and portions of Boston College and Harvard University. The area is also close to other colleges, including Boston University, and houses many of their students and faculty.

Some of the famous people that have come from Brighton include:

  • Michael Bloomberg, – mayor of New York City, born in Brighton
  • William F. Galvin – Massachusetts Secretary of State
  • John Krasinski – actor known for his role as “Jim Halpert” in the American TV version of “The Office”
  • Dennis Lehane – author of Mystic River and many other Boston-set novels
  • James Lynch – member of the Dropkick Murphys
  • Mike Milbury – former coach and player of the NHL’s Boston Bruins

EC Boston has student apartments in this very busy student area which lets our students get a real taste of what many American students live like while attending classes at university.

Allston / Brighton area of Boston can be reached by the Green T Line.