is a neighborhood of Quincy, Massachusetts
. It is separated from the city of Boston
by the Neponset River
, and borders the Quincy neighborhoods of Squantum
. It contains the smaller neighborhoods of Atlantic (sometimes used as a synonym for North Quincy) and Norfolk Downs, as well as much of Wollaston Beach
Originally referred to as Billings Plain, the area - once largely marshland and part of the Neponset River
drainage - was utilized as training and parade grounds by local militia. It was subsequently home to a race track operated by the Jockey Club of Boston
in the 19th century.
Starting in the late 1970s, North Quincy has seen a large influx of Chinese American
and Eastern Asian immigrants and is predominantly Asian today.
The neighborhood was once home to a large Navy
population, housed in a large development north of Quincy Shore Drive and intended to serve the Squantum naval air base
. After NAS Squantum closed, the site continued to house Navy personnel and their families based at the South Weymouth NAS
until that base's closure in 1997; it has since been converted to senior housing.
The major employer in the neighborhood is State Street Corporation
, which has its operations center on Newport Avenue adjacent to the subway station.
Starting in 1845, the Old Colony Railroad
began servicing the area. The New York, New Haven and......