Greektown

Baltimore, Maryland

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Greektown, long known simply as The Hill (many old-timers still refer to their neighborhood this way), got its start in the 1890s. For many years, it was thought of primarily as a small eastern adjunct of neighboring Highlandtown. It has been called, variously, East Highlandtown, Highland Hills, and Bayview. Because a large influx of Greek immigrants settled here, in the 1980s the locals successfully petitioned the Baltimore City Council to officially change the name to Greektown. What’s wonderful about Greektown today is that, unlike so many other ethnic enclaves where successive generations lit out for the suburbs, there is still an authentic Greek flavor here. This little neighborhood does not at all feel as if the Greeks are simply stopping in to manage their restaurants or attend church. So many of them still happily make their homes here. Yes, the neighborhood is changing a bit—you’ll see several Latin restaurants now—but there are still Greeks galore. The result is that you can hear Greek being spoken from stoops, the food is authentic (and terrific), and the joyous outpourings you’ll witness during the Greek Festival make this feel like a little slice of Athens in East Baltimore.

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"Greektown, long known simply as The Hill (many old-timers still refer to their neighborhood this way), got its start in the 1890s. For many years, it was thought of primarily as a small eastern adjunct of neighboring Highlandtown. It has been called, variously, East Highlandtown, Highland Hills, and Bayview. Because a large influx of Greek immigrants settled here, in the 1980s the locals successfully petitioned the Baltimore City Council to officially change the name to Greektown. What’s wonderful about Greektown today is that, unlike so many other ethnic enclaves where successive generations lit out for the suburbs, there is still an authentic Greek flavor here. This little neighborhood does not at all feel as if the Greeks are simply stopping in to manage their restaurants or attend church. So many of them still happily make their homes here. Yes, the neighborhood is changing a bit—you’ll see several Latin restaurants now—but there are still Greeks galore. The result is that you can hear Greek being spoken from stoops, the food is authentic (and terrific), and the joyous outpourings you’ll witness during the Greek Festival make this feel like a little slice of Athens in East Baltimore."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Distance: 0.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018