…where casual, fun and fine dining, great places to live in newly rebuilt condominiums/apartments, great places to shop and lively entertainment create a wonderful place to be. Of course, don’t forget the proximity to the waterfront and downtown Baltimore in this walkabout neighborhood. Imagine the economic health of the Inner Harbor being combined with the rich history, culture and tradition of East Baltimore. A win-win for sure.
The area of Baltimore once called Inner Harbor East is now simply called “Harbor East.” It is a truly wonderful example of mixed-use urban development/redevelopment. A half billion dollars worth of construction is nearing completion and offers all the amenities for which modern urban dwellers seek. Some may use the term “urban chic” to describe being a part of this neighborhood (in fact, there is an upscale shop with that name nearly in the center of all the action).
With a dozen square blocks of the ultimate in City Life, this desirable neighborhood is bounded by Fleet Street on the north; S. Caroline Street to the east; Lancaster Street, the Promenade and waters of the Patapsco River to the south; and the Jones Falls (stream, not expressway) and the Promenade to the west. Aliceanna Street (west-east) bisects the neighborhood horizontally and provides a walkway parallel to the Promenade along the water.
Walking in Inner Harbor East appears as a focus of the urban structure allowing residents and visitors easy access to the waterfront near the high-rise condos/apartments, offices and newly built hotels, such as the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Retail business includes a modern (and popular) market, up-scale shops with an urban theme, a “Landmark” 7-screen theater (get your movie tickets now), and a pleasing variety of eateries. Urban sprawl is no longer in vogue; instead, this implementation of creative urban development is pedestrian friendly, uses less land, is environmentally friendly and brings a valuable neighborhood to Baltimore City.
Located on the eastern edge of the historic Baltimore Inner Harbor and only steps from downtown, this magnificent hotel rises above the waterfront at Harbor East.A part of Baltimore Maryland’s newest neighborhood Harbor East our premier Baltimore Inner Harbor lodging option features a swimming pool fitness center and stunning views. Each guestroom and suite features luxurious bed linens and hi-tech business amenities… (read more)
The victims of Stalinist Terror, 20,000 Polish military officers, were murdered by the Soviet Secret Police (NKVD) in 1940.
Located at the intersection of Aliceanna and President streets and unveiled in 2000, the National Katyn Memorial stands as a centerpiece of Harbor East, memorializing the massacre for all to see and remember. It is currently the tallest statue in Baltimore and can be seen for a great distance in several directions.
Partial transcription of the above informational plaque:
THE KATYN MASSACRE, 1940 Victims of the Stalinist Terror – 20,000 Polish Military Officers Murdered By The Soviet Secret Police (NKVD)
In 1918, Poland regained her independence, after enduring three partitions and dominations for 123 years by Russia, Prussia and Austria. Barely 21 years later, on September 1, 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland from the West, triggering the Second World War. On September 17, the Soviet Union, in cooperation with the Nazis and without a declaration of war, invaded and occupied eastern Poland. Thus, Poland was partitioned a fourth time. In spite of being only partially mobilized because of strong pressure from its Allies, England and France, Polish forces valiantly fought both invaders for weeks before being overwhelmed and forced to lay down their arms…
…The phrase Katyñ Massacre is used to signify the murders at all three of the Soviet camps. These atrocities were a failed attempt by Stalin to forever eliminate all opposition to communist rule in Poland. The free spirit of the Polish people endured through the dark years of communist oppression. Poland now stands as a full partner of the western democracies, a member of NATO and the European Union.
A print of the above photograph can be ordered from USPictures.com in the “Baltimore” gallery.
Like the title of this article says – forget the taxi and call for black car service instead! Uber Car is the hottest new thing in Baltimore transportation. Baltimore area residents and visitors have always been able to call airport transportation to have a black car to take them to and from the Baltimore Washington International Airport but beyond that it was necessary to call a limousine service well ahead of time to set up fancy transportation. But not anymore! Now you can call Uber to have an Uber X car, black sedan, SUV, or luxury vehicle pick you and your date (or your partying friends) up anywhere around Baltimore to take you from point A to point B. The UberX costs the least (and is the smallest) option and the luxury Uber vehicle costs the most, of course.
One of the best things about Uber is that no money changes hands; everything is handled electronically. All you have to do is simply download the Uber app to your smartphone or go to their website to create an account. When you create an account you will be asked to store credit or debit card information (don’t worry, it’s secure) for a card that you will use for payment of services. When you want to take that lucky lady out for a special date or have a worry free night of bar hopping around town with your friends, all you have to do is use the app or website and enter your location and your desired destination. You will be given an estimate (which is quite accurate) of what the cost of Uber transportation will be and if you accept it you will be given an ETA for a nearby car to pick you up. Want to split your fare with friends? No problem! Uber can send them a message on their phone’s Uber app to charge their card for a portion of the fee, you friend will juts have to tap the “Accept” button.
When an Uber car arrives at your location you are given a call or text on the phone to let you know they have arrived. When you head on out to the car the driver even gets out and opens and closes the doors for you. Uber lets you enjoy getting from one place to another with friendly drivers that will carry a good conversation if you ‘d like and once you arrive at your destination, they help you out of the car and tell you to have a great time and go on their way. No, no need to tip them, that is taken care of when you order the car and set up the electronic payment.
If you have ever been to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, you probably noticed blue and white boats tooling around the harbor. Well, they are part of Baltimore’s Water Taxi Fleet! The Water Taxi is one of locals’ and visitors’ favorite ways to get around town from the Inner Harbor to the Fort McHenry National Monument and pretty much everywhere in between. There are 17 landings that the Water Taxi stops at so even if they don’t stop at the exact place you wish to go to, it will let you off somewhere close enough so that you will only have to walk a few blocks or less.
The landings? Here’s a list:
Landing 1: National Aquarium in Baltimore (a good stop for Power Plant Live, Port Discovery, and Little Italy)
Landing 2: Harborplace
Landing 3: Maryland Science Center ( (and Cross Street area restaurants and destinations as well as Federal Hill Park)
Landing 4: Rusty Scupper Restaurant (and Federal Hill area restaurants and destinations as well as Federal Hill Park)
Landing 5: Pier Five
Landing 7: Harbor East
Landing 8: Maritime Park
Landing 10: Tide Point (Under Armour facility and Locust point restaurants and destinations)
Landing 11: Fell’s Point
Landing 14: Captain James Landing
Landing 16: Canton Waterfront Park (a great stop for the bars and restaurants in Canton Square and Canton area shopping)
Landing 17: Fort McHenry National Monument
The Water Taxi runs 360 days a year (NOT on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, or New Years Day) and the time schedule changes depending on what time of year it is so be sure to check the schedule at he Water Taxi website. You can also see the Water Taxi Route Map as well. As for tickets and pricing, there are One Way Passes and All Day Passes rated for adults and children as well as a variety of yearly Water Taxi ticket options so check out their ticket descriptions and pricing to see what works for you. Be sure to have cash on hand if you plan to purchase your ticket on the boat. At this time, you can only use a credit or debit card if you purchase your tickets at a ticket kiosk in the Inner Harbor or online.