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Agassiz is a neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. The Agassiz neighborhood is a triangular area between Porter Square and Harvard Square defined by Kirkland Street to the east, Massachusetts Avenue to the west, and the Cambridge-Somerville line to the north, the latter running close to and nearly parallel with Beacon Street. Both Harvard University and Lesley University have a strong presence in the neighborhood. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is also found here, near the residential area known as Shady Hill Square. Restaurants and cafes, as well as shops and services, are mainly found along Mass. Ave. between Porter Square and Harvard Square. There are also a few establishments on Beacon Street.
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Below is a map showing the Agassiz neighborhood.
Agassiz is appealing for many different reasons, including the following:
• Easy access to Harvard and the Red Line subway & commuter rail station at Porter Square.
• Inviting residential side streets.
• Eclectic mix of shops and services along Massachusetts Avenue, defining the Western boundary of the neighborhood.
Baldwin School- Cambridge public school. Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Lesley University - Offers education, expressive therapies, creative writing, counseling, and fine arts programs.
Highlights of Harvard University in the Agassiz neighborhood
• Harvard Law School - One of the preeminent centers of legal education in the world.
• Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society - Exploring cyberspace, sharing in its study and pioneering its development.
• Harvard Science Center - One of the most bustling places on the Harvard campus.
• Harvard Museum of Natural History - Includes the world-famous glass flower exhibit.
• Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology - One of the oldest and largest museums focusing on anthropological material, with particular focus on the ethnography and archaeology of the Americas.
• Harvard Divinity School - Non-denominational. The School's mission is to train and educate its students either in the academic study of religion, or for the practice of a religious ministry or other public service vocation.
• Nieman Foundation - The primary journalism institution at Harvard. The Nieman Foundation is best known as home to the Nieman Fellows, a group of journalists from around the world who come to Harvard for a year of study.
• Center for European Studies - Fostering the study of and innovative research on Europe among Harvard faculty as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
• William James Hall- This tall building is home to psychology, sociology and social anthropology departments at Harvard.
• Sacramento Field - 1.2 acre neighborhood park located off Sacramento Street.
• Alden Playground - Neighborhood play area and Baldwin School recess playground.
• The Abbey - Cozy bi-level eatery & bar with pub-style New American bites & a variety of scotches & beers.
• Cambridge Common - Comfy, welcoming hangout with many draft beer choices, beer samplers & nightly live music shows.
• Lizard Lounge (night club) - Cambridge Common's basement club for local musicians, open mike & popular poetry slams
• Hi Rise Bread Company (on Mass. Ave.) - Compact eatery with patio seating serving a wide menu of sandwiches, coffee & baked treats.
• Ward Maps - Source for old antique maps, map reproduction prints and cartographic gifts. You'll old maps of Cambridge here.
• Abodeon - Mid Century and current modern design store. Vintage furniture, jewelry and the leading contemporary designers.
• Irish Imports - This Cambridge classic is getting ready to close.
• Nomad- An eclectic array of fair-trade products from around the world, from furniture to art to jewelry.
• University Wine Shop - A full service package store and wine shop offering wines, beers and spirits from all over the world.
• Sudo Shoes - Presenting hundreds of vegan shoe styles from over 30 brands.
• Clothware- Longtime shop for women's fashions & accessories focusing on local designers & natural fabrics.
• Pod - Home decor & gifts from far-flung locales fill this small shop, including pillows & glassware.
• Bicycle Belle (just over Agassiz neighborhood line in Somerville) - Modern cycling sales, accessories & repair shop particularly aimed at city commuting.
Other Agassiz Highlights
• American Academy of Arts and Sciences- The Academy’s 4,900 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members includes many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide.
• Maud Morgan Arts- Maud Morgan Arts builds community through the visual arts by connecting, inspiring, and enriching individual lives. In 2010 Maud Morgan Arts opened its doors at 20 Sacramento Street to students of all ages enrolled in classes and workshops.
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