Brookline photography image showing my hometown at Coolidge Corner in the wee hours with its iconic landmark the S.S. Pierce building and Coolidge Corner t-stop of the Boston greenline.
Coolidge Corner is a popular neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts, centered around the busy intersection of Beacon Street and Harvard Street. The neighborhood was named after the Coolidge brothers' general store that opened in 1857 at that intersection at the site of today's S.S. Pierce building. For many years it was the only commercial business in north Brookline. Coolidge Corner developed as a suburb of Boston, only minutes away from Boston Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox. The town is very pedestrian-friendly and has a walk able feel. Many popular coffee shops, pharmacies, small independent boutiques, the independent bookstore Brookline Booksmith, and ethnic restaurants are located there. The neighborhood has a significant Jewish population, and there are large synagogues located on both Beacon and Harvard streets. The northern portion of Harvard Street, near the border with the Boston neighborhood of Allston, is characterized by a cluster of Jewish-oriented shops and various other stores and eateries. A family-friendly neighborhood, Coolidge Corner is also home to an elementary school, Devotion which my daughter attended. A stone throw away from Coolidge Corner, at 83 Beals Street, is the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy. Today it is a National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service. Another iconic building is the Coolidge Corner Theatre, a restored Art Deco movie palace that has been showing movies since 1933. It is a not-for-profit art institution, featuring first run art house films, including independent films, international cinema, and documentaries. It is one of the last remaining original big screen movie houses in the country. The main theatre has a recessed theatrical stage and seats 700 with classic elegance and cinematic style. The S.S. Pierce Building was constructed in 1897 and is a historically significant Tudor-style building. It has accommodated a number of businesses over the years and is recognizable by its large clock tower, visible from nearly all points in Coolidge Corner. Coolidge Corner contains several restaurants, including the Coolidge Corner Club House, Zaftigs Delicatessen, Paris creperie, Rami�s falafel joint, and several Asian food restaurants. Coolidge Corner is also home to Irving's Toy and Card Shop, a popular store run by the 97 year-old (as of 2012) Ethel Weiss, who founded "Irving's" along with her husband in 1939. Coolidge Corner also hosts a popular weekly farmer's market on Thursdays from June through October.