East Boston, popularly known as Eastie, is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts with approximately 41,000 residents. The neighborhood was created by connecting several islands using landfill. It was annexed by Boston in 1836.
The landmass that is East Boston today was originally made up of five islands — Noddle's, Hog's (later known as Breed's Island, would become Orient Heights), Governor's, Bird, and Apple — that were connected using landfill, the latter three as part of the expansion of Logan Airport during World War II. Not long after the settling of Boston, Noddle Island served as grazing land for cattle.