The curving six-story Center Plaza building, across from the Government Center T stop and the broad brick desert of City Hall Plaza, echoes the much older Sears Crescent, a curved commercial block next to the Government Center T stop. The Center Plaza building separates Tremont Street from Pemberton Square and the old and "new" courthouses to the west.
The warren of small streets on the northeast side of Government Center is the North End. For visitors, Government Center is usually just a way station to get to Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and other downtown attractions, unless there happens to be a festival scheduled. Come during the annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl ice cream event in June or during the city’s July 4 festival, and you’ll find bleak City Hall Plaza a bustling, jubilant spot.