BOSTON (CBS) - "We're an old school, original Boston Irish Bar," Mike Foley told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
His family has operated J.J. Foley's Cafe on East Berkeley Street in the South End since 1909.
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J.J. Foley's, as one might expect, has seen its share of history.
"The Boston Police strike of 1919 was signed on the second floor. We were a very famous shoe store for the ten years of prohibition," Mike joked.
The Foley family and their customers also watched the New York streets disappear.
"The New York streets were actually a small, three square block area in the northeast corner of the South End," Jim Botticelli, a retired Boston school teacher, told WBZ. He's now an author with a Facebook page called "Dirty Old Boston."
Botticelli discovered it was Boston's first attempt at urban renewal, which like the West End, was leveled in the 50's.
"This was a rough and tumble, down on its luck place, and it didn't start to regain any footing until the mid-60's," he said.
By that time, seven streets and the tenements that lined them were gone. The seven streets were named after communities along the Erie Canal in upstate New York.
"Places like Troy, Oswego, Rochester, Genesee, Seneca and Oneida. The one remaining street that everybody knows and never thought of as a New York street, is Albany Street, so Albany Street is all that remains of the New York streets," said Botticelli.
Industrial businesses sprouted as the neighborhood, near and under the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 93 overpasses, languished for decades.
But now, a residential resurgence is underway.
The old Boston Herald building on Harrison Avenue, which housed the daily's newspaper operations for more than 50 years, was torn down three years ago and replaced by the Ink Block apartment development.
A Whole Foods Market opened on the property a year ago.
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