The Fenway is a dense urban neighborhood with significant open, green spaces including the Fens and the Fenway Victory Gardens, two parks in the middle of the neighborhood. Perhaps best known to the world as the home of Fenway Park and the famous Red Sox Major League Baseball team; it is also home to a thriving residential community, large number Boston’s academic institutions, including Emmanuel, Simmons, and Wheelock Colleges, Boston and Northeastern Universities, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. This area is home to many of Boston’s finest cultural institutions, including Symphony Hall, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum.
A part of Fenway, the area known as the Longwood Medical Center, is home to some of the world’s leading health care institutions, including the Beth Israel and the Brigham & Women’s Hospitals.
Kenmore Square is the commercial hub of this neighborhood, drawing students, visitors and locals alike to the many restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Nearby, the historic Sears catalogue store, which closed in 1988 after 60 years in business, reopened in October 2000 as the Landmark Center, a mixed-use development of retail and office space.