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The biggest and most diverse neighborhood in the City.

The largest neighborhood in Boston is also one of the most diverse. Long-time residents mingle together with new immigrants from Vietnam, Cape Verde, Ireland, and many other countries.

This wonderful mix of residents from all cultures and backgrounds makes it an incredibly vibrant place to live, work, and spend time. Former residents can often be seen and heard claiming to be “OFD” — Originally From Dorchester.

Boston MA  02121
United States
Other zip codes

02122, 02124, and 02125

Upcoming events

BCYF Family Gym
Feb 8

Family Gym at BCYF Holland

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Feb 29

STEAM Saturday at BCYF Leahy-Holloran

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Mar 7

Dog licensing and low-cost rabies clinic - Dorchester

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Mar 21

BCYF Spelling Bee 2020

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Latest news

142 Pleasant Street

Demolition Delay application: 142 Pleasant Street, Dorchester

Landmarks Commission
Union Street, Dorchester, 1888

Notes from the Archives: 150 years ago, Dorchester Joins Boston!

Archives and Records Management
Franklin Park Preservation Award

Franklin Park wins Boston Preservation Alliance Stewardship Award

Parks and Recreation
4 Payne Street

Demolition Delay Application: 4 Payne Street, Dorchester

Landmarks Commission
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About the neighborhood

Field’s Corner

Field’s Corner is the heart of the Vietnamese community in Boston. There you’ll find the first Vietnamese Community Center in the country and the best Vietnamese restaurants in the City. Dorchester Avenue is the center of the business district and features restaurants, local small businesses, pharmacies, ethnic stores, and more.

Franklin Park

Dorchester is also home to Franklin Park, the “crown jewel” of the Emerald Necklace Park System. The park has more 527 acres of green space, a zoo, and public golf course. Among the dozens of other parks in the neighborhood, recently renovated Pope John Paul II Park offers numerous walking and bike paths, athletic fields, and picnic areas with beautiful views of Boston Harbor and the Neponset River.