Globe Magazine The Boston waterfront has arrived It feels like the newest, coolest, and most vibrant part of the city, pulsating with activity, suddenly crammed with tourists — and even longtime Boston residents. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page ed jenner/Globe Staff/file By 1971, the Boston skyline over the waterfront was continuing to grow. joe dennehy/Globe Staff/file A view of the waterfront and Northern Avenue in October 1971. joe runci/Globe Staff/file The Boston skyline as it appeared from Pier 4 in November 1973. ulrike welsch/Globe Staff/file In July 1976, Linda Wilson, 8, and Lacresha Mayers, 10, played with other children at a playground near the waterfront. john blanding/Globe Staff/file In July 1977, Christopher Doty, 6, played on a fountain at a waterfront park. joe runci/Globe Staff/file A view of the harbor and the Boston skyline from Dec. 11, 1978. ted ancher/globe staff/file In September 1978, a lady wore a bag on her head to protect against the sun while talking to a friend. JOHN BLANDING/Globe Staff/file A model from 1997 of the South Boston Seaport renovation plan during the unveiling at the World Trade Center. David Ryan/Globe Staff/file An aerial shot of the Boston waterfront from 1997. At left is the Rowes Wharf/Boston Harbor Hotel complex, and lower right is the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. The Boston Globe In East Boston in 1998, residents examined a pet turtle in Maverick Square. The Boston Globe In August 1998, Phyllis Rugnetta, Mary Giuffreda, and Nancy Caruso joined fellow North End resident Frank Ania for a game of bocce on the North End waterfront. The Boston Globe Rob Smith, right, and Eugene Smith, left, were two brothers who practiced their bagpiping skills every Tuesday evening on the Black Falcon Pier in South Boston. David L. Ryan/globe staff/file A waterfront pier in March 1999. Barry Chin/Globe Staff/file The federal courthouse under construction in 1997. The Boston Globe In August 1998, a family disembarked from the Spirit of Boston, which docked in the revitalized Seaport District of South Boston.