Northeast Minneapolis is one of the most vibrant and exciting neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. It's actually a collection of smaller neighborhoods including Columbia Park, Waite Park, Marshall Terraces, Holland, Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, Audubon Park, Northeast Park, St. Anthony West, Bottineau, Sheridan, St. Anthony East, Logan Park, Windom Park, and Beltrami. Northeast Minneapolis is also fast-becoming a very desirable place to live, and that is a testimony to how much the area has to offer. It is affectionately nicknamed 'Nordeast" due to its beginning as a haven for Eastern European immigrants and the influence they've had on the area. It has roughly 37,000 people, and it's a great neighborhood in which to raise a family with strong working class roots.
The demographics have changed as more African Americans, Somalians, and Latin Americans have moved into the neighborhood. This is reflected as you walk down the streets because you'll see cultural influences from all around the world. There's an Indian grocery store, Mexican grocery stores, an Afghani bakery that sells football-shaped pizza (and now is called Football Pizza!), and plenty of ethnic restaurants and stores.
Northeast Minneapolis started out as St. Anthony in 1848 and was incorporated as such in 1855. It held the first commercial mill at Saint Anthony Falls, and it was so profitable to have the mill at the falls, several more soon followed. Because of all the mills, it was nicknamed Mill City.
The first immigrants were mainly from Eastern Europe, including Russia, Poland, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. They were also from Lebanon, Germany, and Finland. By 1930, the demographics of the area was 60% immigrants and mostly working class. The Polish influence in particular has remained strong in the Northeast, even though the demographics have steadily changed over the years.
Another thing that has changed is that the area used to be industrial and slowly became more arts-oriented. There was a concerted effort in the 1900s and the 2000s to do just this, and it resulted in many of the industrial buildings being converted into artist spaces (and offices, too). The neighborhood is known for its commitment to arts, which is evidenced by one of the biggest annual art events--the Art-A-Whirl. It started as a way for independent artists to support each other, and it's grown into something that is enjoyed by several thousand people every year.
37th Avenue NE to the north, NE Stinson Avenue/I-35W to the east, I-35W/Hennepin Avenue to the south, and the Mississippi River to the west.
Saint Anthony Main, Lauderdale, St. Anthony, Mid-City Industrial, and Columbia Heights.
Audobon Park (1320 29th Ave. NE, 612-370-4910) is tucked away behind a hill, and it's a nice place to take a breath away from the hectic nature of your day-to-day life. It has a walking path, a place you can play tennis, a basketball court, a softball field, and a soccer field. It also has a wading pool to frolic in, a Little Free Library so you can engage in books exchange, a playground, and a picnic area.
Boom Island Park (724 Sibley St. NE, 612-230-6400) is known primarily for one thing--the Boom Island Lighthouse. It's a functioning lighthouse that is a beacon during the winter and a fun attraction in the summer. In addition to the lighthouse, there are several other features such as a walking path and a biking path, a boat dock, a playground for the children, and a picnic area.
Cavell Park (3435 Fillmore St. NE, 612-230-6400) is a small neighborhood park with plenty to do. It has a softball field, a baseball field, a tennis court, a basketball court, a playground for kids, and a picnic area. It's a great place to chat with neighbors or to go on a sunny summer day with the family and/or friends.
Columbia Park (800 Columbia Pkwy., 612-230-6400) is a tranquil place of greenery with a lot to offer. It's known for the Columbia Golf Club and the Columbia Golf Driving Range and Learning Center, both of which are associated with the golf course, but it has plenty more to offer. It has archery, a horseshoe pit, a walking path and a cross-country ski trail, a soccer field, a rugby field, a tennis court, a playground, and sledding/tubing.
Deming Heights Park (1115 St. Anthony Pkwy., 612-230-6400) is known for its hills, and it's great for hill running. It has a walking path if you'd like to enjoy the greenery at a more sedate pace. It also has a picnic area if you want to have a leisurely meal on a nice summer day.
Northeast Athletic Field Park (1615 Pierce St. NE, 612-370-4920) is the place to go if you are into playing sports. There are several fields/courts, including a football field, a baseball field, a soccer field, a softball field, a tennis court, and a basketball court. There is also a water park if you are more into aquatic fun. There is also a walking path if you prefer a more solitary and sedate form of exercise, and a playground for the young ones. There is also a picnic area for you to enjoy a nice meal after a day of fun and frolic.
Windom Northeast Park (2251 NE Hayes St., 612-370-4905) is a neighborhood park that has a lot to offer for anyone who likes outdoor fun. It has many fields/courts, including a baseball field, a soccer field, a tennis court, a pickleball court, a basketball court, a football field, and a softball field. For the winter sports-loving fans, there is a hockey rink, an ice-skating rink, and a broomball rink. It also has a wading pool if you just want to cool down on a hot summer's day. There is also a new playground for the children, a Little Free Library if you want to give or take a book, and a picnic area.