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Old Posted Oct 21, 2013, 10:43 PM
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Fisherman's Paradise: New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Massachusetts



New Bedford, population 95,000, is the sixth largest city in Massachusetts and the largest commercial fishing port in the United States. It is located off Buzzard's Bay approximately midway between Providence and Cape Cod. Boston is about 60 miles to the north.

Nicknamed 'The Whaling City,' New Bedford was once one of the most important, if not the most important, whaling city in the world. Today the city struggles with high unemployment and is one of the lowest income municipalities in the state. However, it boasts a very well preserved downtown and working waterfront. These photos are focused entirely on those areas, so they are not very representative of the city as a whole, but hopefully give some sense of the historic architecture of the city. Many people are most familiar with New Bedford as the port to catch the Martha's Vineyard ferry from.

DOWNTOWN

Purchase Street



















Union Street











An interesting, and underutilized, internal courtyard off Union



Williams Street



This old church is now an art gallery



Mechanics Lane - This is a really neat old street I didn't get to photograph very well







Pleasant Street



The New Bedford Art Museum is right next to the downtown police precinct.



The Public Library



The Whaling Memorial with City Hall in the background



William Street







HISTORIC DISTRICT










First Street









The New Bedford Whaling Museum











Acushnet Street


Front Street









Centre Street


Hamilton Street


Custom House Park



From Route 18





THE PIERS







Looking across the harbor to Fairhaven

















Finally this is a historic residential district I stumbled into just west of the downtown. I'm not even going to try to guess on street names.











One of the coolest cul-de-sacs I've ever seen















And a final night one from the Downtown



Okay, that's it. Thanks for viewing.
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2013, 11:39 PM
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Absolutely fantastic city.
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Looks like it has plenty of character and charm to appreciate!
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Great pictures! I had a chance to take pictures Downtown a couple years ago, but did not see the piers (and regretably, didn't go inside Seaman's Bethel either; it has a pulpit shaped like the stern of a ship).

There's supposed to be more interesting neighborhoods there, like an old Portuguese/Azores neighborhood, but I haven't had a chance to explore more.
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Old Posted Oct 22, 2013, 12:26 PM
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New Bedford is a lovely town. Thanks for sharing.

I love all those traditional New England houses. The downtown and the piers are interesting too. New Bedford must be a sensational town to live in.

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Looks like a really cool place!
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A great, historic port city. You done good!!! thanks.
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