America's Best Secret Neighborhoods
Courtesy of Sushiesque
Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
Then: Despite the neighborhood’s vibrant Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban communities, crime around abandoned industrial areas and vast housing projects kept most Bostonians away.
Now: First the gay community discovered this eclectic area in the mid-1990’s, whose attractions include the glacial Jamaica Pond, 265-acre Arnold Arboretum, and 19th-century Samuel Adams Brewery. Hip types followed, and JP is now poised to replace Cambridge as the city’s official outpost of funky.
Don’t Miss: Simultaneously boogying (to Dj’d rap and synth jams) and bowling (New England candlepin-style)—at the subterranean Milky Way Lounge and Lanes.