Northeast is a large neighborhood in Minneapolis that includes much of the former St.Anthony and areas north of the Mississippi. Northeast is sometimes referred to as "Nordeast", reflecting the history of northern and eastern European immigrants and their language influence. Northeast is quite diverse and features old and new architecture, a popular art scene and many commercial centers. Churches, like the one above, depict the Eastern European influence on the neighborhood.
In 1848, Franklin Steele purchased the land that would become St. Anthony and set up the first mill at Saint Anthony Falls. The falls provided a dependable power source and soon many mills had been constructed there. The town was incorporated in 1855 and became part of Minneapolis in 1872. The area has a history of preserving the historical sites from the days of flour milling. Northeast Minneapolis has focused efforts on redevelopment since the days of flour milling have left the city.
The trend in the neighborhood has been the conversion of industrial buildings into workshops and apartments. Since the 1990s, many restaurants and shops have popped up serving new neighborhood residents and established locals. Establishments such as Kramarczuk's Sausage Company as well as Punch Pizza and Hook Fish & Chicken are must-try eateries in the neighborhood. The area is also known for its specialty food markets, including major Latin American, South Asian, and Middle Eastern markets and Eastside Food Co-op.
Neighborhood bars are an important part of the community. Of particular note are Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit/Mario's Keller Bar, and Tony Jaros' River Garden. Nye's Polonaise (named the "Best Bar in America" by Esquire Magazine) was a longtime favorite bar of the community, from 1949 until closing in April 2016.
In the past decades, Northeast has developed an artist community. There are many galleries and studios in previously industrial buildings, such as the Northrup King Building and the Q'arma Building. A notable art organization in the neighborhood is Altered Esthetics, an art gallery that works to sustain the historical role of artists as a true voice of society through exhibits and programs. There is an art crawl that occurs every third week of May called Art-A-Whirl that has proved to be a popular event with over 400 studios participating.
In performing arts, the Ritz Theater, on 13th Avenue Northeast, is home to Ballet of the Dolls and many other arts organizations and community events. The historic venue, renovated in 2006, has brought life to the 13th Avenue Business District and seen the addition of many shops and restaurants since its renovation.
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