Actor Leonard Nimoy returns to his native city of Boston for a sentimental journey. Accompanied by his filmmaker son Adam, Nimoy walks the streets, sharing memories of his early years: selling newspapers near the Common, sailing on the Charles and growing up in a Ukrainian immigrant family in the West End, a neighborhood that was largely razed in the 1950s.
Bounded by the Charles River on the West, and Cambridge Street to the South, the West End of Boston was developed in the late 18th and 19th centuries by the well-to-do who moved there from the overcrowded North End. As these Boston Brahmins finally settled on nearby Beacon Hill, the West End became a center of African American culture during and after the Civil War. By the end of the 19th century up to the 1950s, the West End became home to a wave of immigrant groups Armenians, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Jews, Lebanese, Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Syrians, Ukrainians and many other Eastern and Southern Europeans.
Nimoy was raised in this community. By the end of the 1950s, more than half of the neighborhood would be completely leveled and replaced with residential high rises as part of a controversial urban renewal project. Join Leonard Nimoy and his son, Adam, on a sentimental journey through the West End and other parts of Boston.
A WGBH exclusive premiere, Leonard Nimoy’s Boston is an engrossing story of home, community and urban change.
Premieres Thursday at 8pm on WGBH 2