Introduction to Brookline, Massachusetts
Brookline, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 3 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town includes numerous distinct neighborhoods and areas. It's also known for upscale stores and village pubs and numerous large estates. It's bordered on three sides by the city of Boston and is regarded as a commuter suburb. Brookline includes a large number of Russian immigrants and a prominent Jewish culture.
The town is home to a large number of professionals and academics and is known for its liberalism. It features one of the oldest country clubs in the United States. The community is recognized for having excellent schools. President John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline.
The first European settlements were established during the early 1600's and the area was known as the Hamlet of Muddy River. In 1705 it was incorporated as Brookline. The name was given due to the brooks that established the town borders with the former towns of Roxbury and Brighton which are now included in the city of Boston. Throughout the years, the citizens of Brookline have refused to let their town become part of Boston. The Brookline-Boston annexation debate of 1873 resulted in the city keeping its independence from Boston.
The railroad arrived during the middle of the 19th century. A large portion of the city was developed as a streetcar suburb which included numerous apartment buildings made from bricks. During the 19th century the town was popular for summer homes for Boston's wealthy citizens.
- The Edward Devotion House is regarded as one of the oldest colonial buildings in the city
- The Country Club is an exclusive sporting club and features a well known golf course and has hosted the U.S. Open on several occasions
- Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
- Larz Anderson Park features the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and a one-room school house from the colonial era
- The John F. Kennedy National Historic site was the birthplace of President Kennedy. It features household furnishings, numerous photographs and a variety of mementos
- St. Aidan's Church is the location where John F. Kennedy was Christened and the Kennedy family were parishioners. The church has been closed
- Coolidge Corner is a popular retail area which includes cafes and theaters and features the historic S.S. Pierce Building as well as the Coolidge Corner Theatre
- The Longyear Museum features exhibits on the life of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.
- Brookline Village is an historic area and includes numerous restaurants
- Washington Square includes notable restaurants and taverns
- Matt Murphy's Pub is regarded as one of the best Irish pubs in the area
The town includes numerous parks. The Larz Anderson Park includes an outdoor skating rink and is popular for sledding. Residents enjoy the entertainment and professional sports located in the Boston area.
The city is home to Newbury College, New England Institute of Art, Pine Manor College and parts of Boston University.
The city is served by the Logan International Airport located in Boston. The city includes light rail service.