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Boston Sights

The Haymarket

  • Marshall and Blackstone Sts. Map It
  • Government Center
  • Market/Bazaar

Updated 11/12/2013

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Loud, self-promoting vendors pack this exuberant maze of a marketplace at Marshall and Blackstone streets on Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk (most vendors are usually gone by 5). Pushcart vendors hawk fruits and vegetables against a backdrop of fish, meat, and cheese shops. The accumulation of debris left every evening has been celebrated in a whimsical 1976 public-arts project—Mags Harries's Asaroton, a Greek word meaning "unswept floors"—consisting of

bronze fruit peels and other detritus smashed into pavement. Another Harries piece, a bronze depiction of a gathering of stray gloves, tumbles down between the escalators in the Porter Square T station in Cambridge. At Creek Square, near the Haymarket, is the Boston Stone. Set into a brick wall, this was allegedly a marker used as milepost zero in measuring distances from Boston.

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Sight Information

Address:

Marshall and Blackstone Sts., Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Fri. and Sat. 7 am–mid-afternoon

Updated 11/12/2013

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