This Boston chart bag is the perfect gift for anyone who loves "the hub". This shows Boston and all the waterways and islands surrounding the city & also:
Beacon Hill: "The Hill". The last remaining stronghold of Brahmins within the city limits. Also the seat of state government. "Business as usual on the Hill" implies political hackery and graft.
South Boston: "Southie". The Irish enclave just east of Dorchester. Popularized by Donny Wahlberg and Damon/Affleck movies.
South End: The area along Mass. Ave., recently gentrified. Note that this is not to be confused with South Boston, by any means.
East Boston: "Eastie". The impossible-to-get-to peninsula that hosts Logan Airport.
Back Bay: Several different areas have nicknames, such as the "Fens/Emerald Necklace" area of parklands, and the "Prudential" for Copley Square.
The Financial District: "Downtown", the part other than Copley Square where there are skyscrapers, east of the Common and north of Chinatown. Note that "downtown" is also considered Government Center and the Faneuil Hall area.
The Combat Zone: Ah, the Combat Zone. The former red light/sketchy district south of Downtown Crossing. Much cleaned up of late.
Allston: "The Spur". This refers to the area of Allston near the Masspike exit. See the Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace for additional details.
Dorchester: "Dot". Often shows up in the news as the scene of some gang-related "incident".
Jamaica Plain: "J.P.". Middle class/working class neighborhood.