ABCs of Boston

ACCENT
ACCENT
ACCENT It's one of the most butchered accents in Hollywood, because who but a true Bostonian can really talk like one? (CBS)
BIG DIG
BIG DIG
BIG DIG With a final price tag of nearly $15 billion, our grandchildren's grandchildren will probably still be paying for the Big Dig. The project's $11 billion cost overrun has become a nationwide example of mismanagement. (CBS4)
CITGO SIGN
CITGO SIGN
CITGO SIGN It's been said that London has Big Ben; Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Boston has the CITGO sign. Sitting high over Boston since 1940, the sign is lit by thousands of LEDs. (CBS)
Massachusetts, Duck Boats
Duck Tours
DUCK BOATS Once a quirky sign of Boston's strong tourism base, these rolling, floating vehicles are now a sign of Champions. (WBZ)
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ESPLANADE
ESPLANADE Stretching for three miles along the banks of the Charles River, the Esplanade is visited by more than 2 million people each year. (CBS)
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FIRST NIGHT  The 'first' First Night was held in Boston more than 30 years ago, as a family friendly event to celebrate local arts and culture. It has become the model for more than 200 similar celebrations worldwide. (credit: AP)
FIRST NIGHT FIRST NIGHT The 'first' First Night was held in Boston more than 30 years ago, as a family friendly event to celebrate local arts and culture. It has become the model for more than 200 similar celebrations worldwide. (credit: AP)
GAS TANK
GAS TANK
GAS TANK As you drive up the Southeast Expressway, you can't miss this giant mural along the highway. Local lore has it that the artist used the huge canvas to send a message of protest. (WBZ)
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HARBOR
HARBOR From the Harbor Islands to the Harbor Cruises and the Harbor Walk To The Sea, Boston celebrates its place as a port city. (WBZ)
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INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART Opened in late 2006 on the Boston waterfront, the ICA was the first new art museum to open in Boston in nearly 100 years. (AP)
JAMAICA PLAIN
JAMAICA PLAIN
JAMAICA PLAIN JP is just one of 21 distinct neighborhoods that make Boston what it is - a city of neighborhoods. (Photo by Dr. S. Calvin)
(Pictured: RFK, Ted, JFK in 1962) (AP)
KENNEDY FAMILY
KENNEDY FAMILY For decades, the Kennedy family has held a unique mystique in Boston. The powerful political family has been a magnet for tragedy, with Bostonians following each rise and fall with great intrigue. (Pictured: RFK, Ted, JFK in 1962) (AP)
(Pictured: RFK, Ted, JFK in 1962) (AP)
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LOGAN AIRPORT
LOGAN AIRPORT More than 40 airlines fly nonstop to more than 100 domestic and international destinations from Boston's Logan Airport. (AP)
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MEDICINE
MEDICINE
MEDICINE Boston is known the world over for its high quality and innovation in the field of medicine. With no fewer than 11 hospitals within the city limits, Boston truly is a medical hub. (CBS)
Newbury Street (Photo by Joseppi)
NEWBURY STREET
NEWBURY STREET Specialty shopping at its best. From high-end boutiques to spas, salons and sidewalk dining, Newbury Street is a must even for the window shoppers among us. (Photo by Joseppi)
Newbury Street (Photo by Joseppi)
ORPHEUM THEATER
ORPHEUM THEATER
ORPHEUM THEATER Opened in 1852, Boston's Orpheum Theater is among the oldest in the nation. Tucked away at the end of Hamilton Place near the Boston Common, the venue has hosted everything from vaudeville acts to U2. (Photo by 3rd Coast Chick/Flickr)
POPS
POPS
POPS The Boston Pops have been entertaining Boston since 1885, now under the leadership of Maestro Keith Lockhart. Did you know there are actually two different Boston Pops ensembles? The Boston Pops Orchestra is made up of most of the members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra is made up of freelance musicians, under the direction of the BSO. (WBZ)
QUINCY MARKET
QUINCY MARKET
QUINCY MARKET Adjacent to historic Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market is one of Boston's sure bet tourist stops. It's made up of more than 100 shops and push carts, more than a dozen restaurants and pubs, as well as 40 mini-eateries in the Colonnade. The real don't miss, however, are the street performers. (CBS)
RED SOX
RED SOX
RED SOX Boston just wouldn't be Boston without the boys of summer. Even before they broke their 86 year World Series drought, this city defined its citizens by their membership in Red Sox Nation. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
SACRED COD
SACRED COD
SACRED COD The what? The Sacred Cod of course. This five-foot long wooden carving of a fish hangs in the Massachusetts State House, representing the importance of the fishing industry in state history. (WBZ)
TEA PARTY
TEA PARTY
TEA PARTY OK - so their tea party didn't look quite like this. On December 16, 1773 a group of men (The Sons of Liberty) disguised as Indians descended on the Boston waterfront. They quietly boarded three ships loaded with shipments of British tea, took axes to the tea chests, and dumped the tea into the harbor. (WBZ)
UNIVERSITIES
UNIVERSITIES
UNIVERSITIES With more than 30 colleges and universities within city limits, and dozens more just beyond the city limits, Boston is a true hub of higher education. (CBS)
VISITORS
VISITORS
VISITORS According to the city, Boston hosts more than 12 million visitors from across the country and around the globe each year. Just look at the ABCs - who wouldn't want to come? (CBS)
WHERE'S WHITEY
WHERE'S WHITEY
WHERE'S WHITEY For 16 years this was the biggest mystery in all of Boston. The former leader of the Winter Hill Gang disappeared in 1995 after being tipped off by a former FBI informant that he was about to be indicted on federal racketeering charges. He was later charged in connection with 19 murders and placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Whitey was found living in California in June 2011. (Photo from FBI/Getty Images)
X-WAY
X-WAY
X-WAY The Southeast Expressway (okay so it doesn't exactly start with X) is the gateway into Boston for drivers from the South Shore. It carries the designations of three highways (I-93, US 1 and MA 3). According to the Massachusetts Highway Department, more than 200,000 vehicles travel the Expressway each day.
YE OLDE UNION OYSTER HOUSE
YE OLDE UNION OYSTER HOUSE
YE OLDE UNION OYSTER HOUSE The oldest restaurant in Boston, and the oldest continuously operating restaurant in America, Ye Olde Union Oyster House opened one block from what is now Faneuil Hall - in 1826. (Photo from Union Oyster House)
ZAKIM BRIDGE
ZAKIM BRIDGE
ZAKIM BRIDGE The signature of the Big Dig, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge is the gateway into Boston for drivers from the north. It is the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world. It was dedicated in 2002 to civil rights activist Lenny Zakim. (AP)
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