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Downtown Providence
Downtown Providence

Providence is the state capital and largest city in Rhode Island, as well as the third largest city in New England. Formerly an industrial bastion of organized crime, Providence's Renaissance has created new parks and attractions and brought emphasis back to its historic roots. Downcity events, historic vistas, eclectic districts such as College Hill and Federal Hill, and a great nightlife make Providence a worthwhile tourist destination.

Most of Providence's attractions are organized into three neighborhoods: Downcity, which includes the core of the downtown area as well as Waterplace Park, the Providence Place Mall, and Capitol Hill; Federal Hill, a neighborhood just west of downtown along Atwells Avenue that is known for nightlife and Italian dining; and College Hill/The East Side, which is home to some of the city's oldest homes as well as both Brown University and RISD, and features several smaller neighborhoods with eclectic shops and restaurants. College Hill is primarily centered along Thayer Street at the intersection of Waterman and Angell Avenues, but there are other scattered blocks (such as Wickenden St.) with attractions.

One of Providence’s divisions would be South Providence. S. Providence is basically the start of Elmwood Ave. (closest to downtown) and Broad St. On the south side of Providence, one can find many restaurants, mainly serving Spanish or Chinese food. There are also many fast food places, hair salons, banks, pharmacies, libraries and supermarkets. Everything is a very close walk, and an ever closer drive. South Providence has a reputation of being a poor place; the night clubs on Broad St. which are a big scene for fights that turn into crimes are something else that comes to mind.

South Providence is known and thought of as the “ghetto”, the “hood” but it is also has its nice neighborhoods. These are the neighborhoods that call tourists who are looking for a quiet place to get away from everything. One can walk to across the street to get something at the pharmacy or grab something to eat because everything is so close. For night life, downtown is a 15 minute drive away for the best night club experience, shopping or even arcade fun. There are plenty of restaurants located in South Providence and Downtown which give our tourist a wide variety to select from when it comes to eat.



Puritan refugee and Massachusetts exile Roger Williams settled Providence, Rhode Island in June of 1636. It soon became one of the thirteen original colonies of the U.S. The Narragansett Native Americans previously occupied Rhode Island's land.

British taxation held back the city’s economical growth in its fishing, farming and nautical enterprises. Providence joined the allegiance against the British Crown and opposed the Sugar Act, a taxation that negatively affected Providence’s international rum trade. The famous Gaspee Affair of 1772 involved the residents of Providence leading the first violent attack of the American Revolution.

After the war, Providence’s economical industrials changed from maritime activities to manufacturing, especially in jewelry and textiles. Such industries drew many immigrants from Western Europe, like Italy, Ireland, England, Portugal and Cape Verde of Africa, all of which greatly contribute to the demographical populations of the state today.

The jewelry industry boomed in the 1920s. The Great Depression hit hard economically, leading to population decreases as a result of the decline of nationwide trends. Organized crime rose to the forefront in Providence in the 1950s through the 1980s, primarily situated in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood. Providence became a notorious mob scene led by mafia boss Raymond L. S. Patriarca.

River walk along Waterplace Park
River walk along Waterplace Park

The “Renaissance City” got its nickname in the 1990s when Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci Jr came into his second term. After investing millions local and national funds throughout the city in the 1970s, falling populations became stabilized. Cianci pushed for an emphasis on the city’s strength in the arts, entertainment and revitalized the city’s natural landscape. He brought Rhode Island the Providence Bruins hockey team, uncovered Providence’s rivers, relocated a large section of the railroad underground, created the now famous Waterplace Park and river walks, and sanctioned the construction of the Bank of America Skating Rink and gigantic Providence Place Mall.


Providence's climate is humid continental/subtropical climate. This means high humidity year-round, with hot, wet summers and cold, snowy winters. Unlike other inland states in New England, Rhode Island's position along the Atlantic coast keeps Providence's temperatures relatively warm. Precipitation is a mainstay in Providence's climate. Spring and summer months often have bouts of rainfall and winter months are regularly hit with snowfall and blizzards. Providence's position on the coast of the Narragansett Bay leaves the city susceptible to hurricanes, but such occurrences are rare.

Get in from TF Green

  • Car: take I-95 North. Approx. 20 minutes.
  • Bus:
    • The #20 bus goes to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence by way of Elmwood and Roger Williams Park and Zoo, and takes approximately 40 minutes.
    • The #14 bus goes directly to and from Kennedy Plaza and takes approximately 15-25 minutes, also connects to Newport, Narragansett, and East Greenwich.
    • The #66 bus also makes a direct route to Kennedy Plaza, also connects to URI.
Bus route information from RIPTA's website [3].

A commuter rail will be an option available in the near future.

  • Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) is much larger and is generally used for most international flights.

Get in from Logan

  • Car: take I-95 South. Approx. 1 hour (potentially much longer in traffic).
  • Public transit: take the MBTA [4] Silver Line bus (it's a BRT line) to South Station and take an MBTA commuter train to Providence. Approx. 1hr 30 mins in travel time. Add waiting time of 1-2 hours if you haven't planned which commuter train to catch. The commuter rail leaves you in downtown Providence.
  • MBTA, 100 Gaspee St., +1 617 222-5000, [5]. MBTA runs a commuter rail between Boston and Providence on the Providence/Stoughton line (formerly the Attleboro/Stoughton line). It is $7.75 for a one way trip taking about an hour.
  • Amtrak's Acela and Regional , 100 Gaspee St., 1-800-USA-RAIL, [6] routes continue to the south and west to Washington and Virginia, but from the north Boston it is most economical to take the MBTA. Service is rather frequent. The Acela train takes just under 3 hours to arrive at New York's Penn Station on the way to points further south.

By car

For those driving, I-95 will serve you well from Boston or New York areas, Rt. 146 is better when coming from Worcester or western Massachusetts area. I-195 connects to Cape Cod and eastern Massachusetts. Driving from TF Green Airport (PVD) [7], head north on I-95. Driving to the airport exit 13 on I-95.

Providence-Newport Ferry
Providence-Newport Ferry
  • RIPTA, +1 401 781-9400, [8]. Services across all of Rhode Island and throughout Providence, with a central hub in Kennedy Plaza.
  • Bonanza Bus Lines, [9].
  • Greyhound Bus, [10].
  • Fung Wah Bus, [11]]
  • Providence to Newport Water Ferry, 265 Melrose Street, +1 401 781 9400, [12]. In a one hour and 25 minute ride you can travel on the ferry from Newport RI to Providence RI. Its only $8 Round Trip. Service was suspended in October 2008.

Get around

Downtown Providence is very compact and can easily be covered walking. There is some parking available throughout the city, but R.I.P.T.A's[13] public transport network is extensive and an alternative to driving. Although public transit in Providence is almost entirely comprised of buses, the buses are on-time, reliable, and much of RIPTA's bus fleet is new. The coverage is still lacking and most of the time the best alternative is walking. Kennedy Plaza, RIPTA's downtown bus station, has recently undergone a major overhaul and is well laid out with digital displays at each terminal that tell when the next bus will be coming.

Two of the downtown lines are run completely on natural gas trackless trolleys (called the Providence LINK Trolley), and cover most of historic Providence. Base fare is $1.75, though students from some local colleges can get a discounted monthly bus pass or RipTiks.

  • Brown University, 45 Prospect Street, +1 401 863-2378, [14].
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Two College Street, +1 401 454-6100, [15].
  • Providence College, 549 River Av., +1 401 865-1000, [16].
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence, 8 Abbott Park Place, +1 401 598-2348, [17].
  • Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, +1 401 456-8000, [18].
  • University of Rhode Island (Feinstein Providence Campus), 80 Washington Street, +1 401 277-5000, [19].


Providence is a city rich in unique architecture, beautiful streetscapes and stimulating intellectual pursuits. One of America's older cities, Providence features many historic buildings like the Rhode Island State House and the Trinity Repertory Theater. These locations, among others, exemplify some of the country's best 19th and 20th century architecture. The RISD museum and Roger Williams Park Zoo offer days of fun sightseeing for adults and children alike.

  • Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design, 224 Benefit Street, +1 401 454-6500 (fax: +1 401 454-6556), [20]. Tu-Su 10-5PM. The museum building is a gem. It houses over 80,000 pieces of art from all over the world, ranging from ancient to modern times.
  • Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street, +1 401 521-7266, [21]. Daily 9AM-4:30PM. The Memorial is on a common lot of the original settlement of Providence, and celebrates our Freedom of Religion as first proclaimed by Roger Williams (1603-1683) and now set forth in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The memorial is set upon 4.5 acres of landscaped park and includes several interpretive exhibits about Roger Williams and his time, including a short film. Free.
  • Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson and Wales University, 315 Harborside Blvd. Tu-Su, 10AM-5PM.This museum documents the history of the culinary and hospitality industries, which includes a diner and stove museum.
  • The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave, "+1 401" 785-9457 ext.221 [22] Museum: Su-Sa 10AM-5PM. Admission is $2, $1 for children under 7. Planetarium: Weekends 2PM-5PM, also open on holidays and school vacation (summer, winter and spring break). Admission is $3, $2 for children under 7. Founded in 1896, the Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and houses the state’s sole public planetarium. The museum is modest in size, yet houses a wide array of local selections: birds, marine animals, insects, floral and faunal species, minerals, fossils and much more. Exhibits specializing in the tools and textiles of New England’s Native American populations can bee seen here. The building's colonial style of architecture is history lesson in itself. See the museum for a quiet and intimate learning experience. This museum is highly recommended for children, as it hosts tons of interactive activities and workshops. The Cormack Planetarium offers multiple programs and exhibitions such as Cosmic Collisions, Field Trip to the Moon, Our Place In Space, Sky Views, and much more. Shows rotate often and are offered to both general and family audiences. The planetarium now features a state-of-the-art Zeiss star projector and an enlarged domed ceiling, which is able to show the starry sky and the motions of the planets at unprecedented detail.
  • Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, +1 401 222-2357, [23]. M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM. Built from 1894 to 1901. The current state house is a wonder that has the world's fourth-largest self-supported marble dome. This monumental amazement is 300 feet long, 180 wide, and 233 feet high. Features inside this gigantic building are: the Bell Room, American Revolution regiment flags, a Rotunda, Gun Room, the State Library, House and Senate Chambers and Lounges, Charter room, and many other fascinating tantalizing rooms including one that houses the original 1663 portrait of George Washington by RI native Gilbert Stuart; whose painting is the same face that went on the U.S. one dollar bill. Designed by the notable McKim, Mead and White architectural firm.
Downcity Providence in the evening
Downcity Providence in the evening
  • Brown University, 45 Prospect Street, +1 401 863-2378. The school's Ivy League campus, dating back to the 1700's, features buildings from nearly every American architectural movement. Best to visit in May-September when school is largely out of session and weather is amenable to walking.
  • Besides the State House and Benefit Street Providence has some significant works of architecture, of the more noteworthy:
  • Old Stone Bank - S. Main St. & Crawford St. Greek Revival building from 1854.
  • The Arcade - Westminster St. The oldest enclosed shopping mall in America from 1828. Also in Greek Revival style, replete with Ionic columns.
  • City Hall - Dorrance St. & Washington St. Finished in 1878, the Second Empire Baroque City Hall only survives today because of former Mayor Buddy Cianci's careful restoration in 1975.
  • Industrial Trust Tower (Bank of America Tower) - Kennedy Plaza. The tallest building in Providence is an intent Art Deco impression from 1928.
  • Trinity Repertory Theater - Washington St. & Empire St. This 1912 building, clad in terra-cotta houses the area's finest reportory company.
  • Providence County Courthouse - S. Main St. & College St. Built in 1930, the Courthouse is one of the earliest examples of architectural contextualism anywhere. The building's large mass is tastefully fragmented and detailed.
  • First Baptist Church - Main St. & Waterman St. Built on the site of the original 1638 First Baptist Church, this 1775 edifice is beautifully restored.
  • Cranston Street Armory - Cranston St.
  • Biltmore Hotel - The 1922 Neo-Federal Beaux-Arts styled hotel. Dorrance St. & Washington St.
  • Federal Courthouse - Exchange St. & Washington St.
  • Athenaeum - The fourth oldest library in the country. Benefit St. & College St.
  • Market Square - College St. & S. Main St.
  • Waterfire[24] centers on a series of 100 fires that burn on the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river. The fires are burned from sunset to past midnight and they are cared for by black-clad performers in boats. If you want to experience something that is very relaxing while still taking in the urban life of downtown Providence, go and see Waterfire. There are no admission charges. Be wary, however, WaterFire is quite popular with locals and visitors alike, and tends to draw large crowds. If you do plan to attend WaterFire, walking or taking public transportation into Kennedy Plaza is strongly recommended as most surrounding streets become very congested.
  • Benefit Street and College Hill - The tree-lined Benefit Street contains an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century houses and mansions. Additionally, a popular overlook of the Downtown Providence skyline and Rhode Island State House is available at Prospect Park on Prospect Street. Popular with visitors to the city, Benefit Street is also host to the seasonal Providence Ghost Walk, where one may see the ghost of poet Edgar Allan Poe strolling down Benefit, who was said to spend extended amounts of time in the city.
  • Federal Hill: This famous Providence area is located just west of downtown, and is quickly and easily accessible from downtown by walking, biking, or trolley ride. This area is known for its Italian heritage, and is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Some have even compared it to Little Italy in NYC. In 1994, the movie “Federal Hill” was filmed here. At present, Showtime is filming its second season of their critically-acclaimed series "Brotherhood" in and around the Federal Hill area; a neighborhood referred to in the series as "The Hill", a fictitious Providence neighborhood representative of Federal Hill. There is plenty to do in Federal Hill, including shopping, dining, and nightlife. There are many nationally renowned Italian restaurants here, including Andino's, Old Canteen, and Cassarino's. There are also a number of retailers whose specialty is “Authentic Italian Food,” such as Venda Ravioli, Via Roma, and Tony's Colonial. Gasbarro's Wines is also located on Atwells, and carries an extensive variety of wines, both local and international. Impressive bakeries and pastry/confection shops also in the Federal Hill area are Scialo Bakery, Pastiche, and Ocean State Chocolates. Running roughly parallel to Atwells Avenue is Broadway. Broadway has been referred to as the "Bellevue Avenue" of Providence due to the number of large Victorian mansions lining both sides of the street, in reference to the famous mansion-lined Bellevue Avenue of nearby Newport, Rhode Island.
  • The East Side- The East Side (not to be confused with East Providence) starts on the east side of Waterplace park and sits atop College Hill. Within the East Side, lies the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. One of the oldest parts of the city, the East Side is home to historical houses and buildings and a plethora of unique areas including, the Blackstone District, College Hill District, and the India Point district. The East Side is great for walking around, visiting eclectic shops along famous Thayer Street, and viewing other parts of Providence from the East Side's Prospect Park, located on Congdon Street (between Benifit and Prospect).
  • Thomas Street - Between Benefit (to the east) and North Main (to the west).
  • Westminster Street - Between Memorial Boulevard (to the east) and Empire Street (to the west).
  • North & South Main Street - Between Planet Street (to the south) and Meeting Street (to the north)
  • Weybosset Street - Between Westminster (to the east) and Dorrance Street (to the west).
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo - 1000 Elmwood Ave., +1 401-785-3510, [25]. The park is free of charge, and open anytime of the day and any day of the week. The zoo opens Daily 9AM-5PM (Mid April-mid October); 9AM-4PM (Mid Oct-mid Apr). This is the third oldest zoo in the United States and features more than just animals. The zoo features a park, a dinosaur exhibit, and blends history and culture with the animals each area houses. Adults $12, Seniors $8, Ages 3-12 $6.
Special Events at the Roger Williams Park Zoo:
  • Thanksgiving for the Animals - Celebrate Thanksgiving in a wild way by helping to make enriching treats for zoo residents. From paper mache prey filled with edible treats to stimulating scents hidden in an exhibit area, enriching activities help the mentally and physically challenged our animals.
  • Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, Francis St. at Memorial Blvd. Finished in 1994, Waterplace Park is probably the most accepted recent addition to the city owing to its historic and unassuming look. Featuring cobblestone paths and unobtrusively shaped concrete form, the park follows Providence's downtown rivers quietly below the level of automobile traffic. You'll usually find a few people enjoying the park quietly. Come here during Waterfire (below under "do") to see the park at its best.
  • The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on Federal Hill in May. It is sponsored by the Holy Ghost Parish. For further information, the following number is listed on the Order of the Sons of Italy Organization Phone: +1 770 421-9137.
  • Bright Night Providence - Dec. 31. Citywide, +1 401 621-6123, [26]. Artist-run arts oriented New Year’s Eve celebration. Featuring hundreds of the best local sings, actors, dancers, acrobats, musicians, magicians and clowns to celebrate Rhode Island’s most important cultural asset — its artists.
  • Columbus Day is celebrated on Columbus Day Weekend on Federal Hill. It consists of a parade on Sunday, outdoor vendors, and a who’s who of Italian “hierarchy”.
Bunny on the street at Foo Fest 2009
Bunny on the street at Foo Fest 2009
  • “The Stroll” is a twice a year event, June and October, where you can walk Federal Hill and sample 22 restaurants and 11 boutiques and shops. For hours and exact dates call the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau at +1 401 274-1636 extension 230 or 231, or register online[27]. Included in the $20 price for sampling, are coupons for two free beverages.
  • Foo Fest is an urban street party hosted by AS220 each summer. The Foo Fest features numerous interactive art installations and games, with local artists showcasing their creations. Live, original, local musicians play all day, usually featuring one special guest headlining act. This festival caters to people and kids of all ages in the alternative or arts scene. $5. Times and dates subject to change each year, so check out the website [28]
  • Providence SoundSession is a popular, multi-genre summer music festival and concert series. Over the course of a week at number clubs, cafes, parks and stages, SoundSessions presents live gospel, reggae, pop, indie rock, hip hop, jazz, comedy, techno, soul and much more. Times, locations and ticket prices vary. [29]
Inside AS220's "Dreyfus" building downtown.
Inside AS220's "Dreyfus" building downtown.
  • AS220, 115 Empire St., +1 401 831-9327. A non-profit community arts center. The building features four art galleries, performance space, 19 artist studios and a bar/café. Events are booked every night at AS220; these include art exhibits, live music and panel discussions. AS220 features many Rhode Island artists, but national acts are booked here often. Notable recurring events include:
    • Fools Ball. AS220's signature gala event. This yearly party spans five days and countless exhibits. Every year brings a new theme (the Harlem Renaissance in 2004, for example). Major events usually include live music, art exhibits, dinners and film screenings.
    • Providence Poetry Slam. Held on the first and fourth Thursday of every month. This eclectic event, one of the venue's most popular, features both local and national poets and musicians. All artists (novice and professional) and spectators are welcome; the Providence Slam team has had great success in the national Poetry Slam over the past decade.
    • Geek Dinners. Held on the last Wednesday of every month. These dinners allow those involved in Rhode Island's technology industry to communicate and collaborate. Geek Dinners always have a featured presentation or discussion. Topics vary greatly, from Startups to Web Services to hardware.
  • Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, +1 401 421-2997, [30]. Located in the center of Providence, and hosts a plethora of shows, from stand-up comic Larry the Cable Guy, to the kid's show Dora the Explorer, to the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The center also features local and national music, and local musicians have the unique chance to perform before a large audience here. The audiences sometimes include students from grades 6-9, and at the end the students will be asked to submit a card grading the performance.
  • Trinity Repertory Company - 201 Washington St., Box Office Phone: +1 401 351-4242. A nationally-renowned theater downtown. Trinity Rep seats 820 and has an estimated annual audience of 160,000. Trinity Rep has produced over 50 world premiere plays and a balance of both contemporary and classic works. The venue features six subscription productions each year and an annual production of A Christmas Carol. Shows scheduled for 2007 include: Our Town, A Delicate Balance, The Fantasticks and The Clean House.
Trinity Repertory Company
Trinity Repertory Company
  • Dunkin' Donuts Center, One LaSalle Square, Box Office: +1 401 331-6700, [31]. A 14,500 seat indoor sports and entertainment arena located in downtown Providence which brings in over a million people annually. It holds various musical events, Providence Bruins ice hockey, basketball, and almost every type of show for kids. Has events such as Champions on Ice, featuring Olympic medalist Michele Kwan and others, Coheed And Cambria/Avenged Sevefold Co-Headline Tour, and every PC Friars and Providence Bruins home game. Ticket prices will usually vary depending on the event, and can range from $30.00 for a concert to $150.00 for a special event (such as ice skating). Wheelchair accessible.
  • Rhode Island Convention Center Providence. A multipurpose facility available for almost any event, from dog shows to dinner banquets. Special Events at the Rhode Island Convention Center:
  • Northeast International Auto Show - Automobile extravaganza featuring hundreds of new model cars, trucks, minivans and sport-utility vehicles from more than twenty import and domestic manufactures.
  • Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show - More than twenty-eight gardens, lectures and demonstration, children’s activities, bookstore and more than 200 garden-related vendor booths. [32]
  • The Home Show - Largest and most informative consumer home show in southern New England. Features hundreds of exhibitors and displays of the latest products and services for building, remodeling and decorating homes. Variety of seminars and demonstrations. [33]
  • Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington Street, +1 401 331-5876, [34]. (Also known as Lupos at the Strand), a midsized musical venue in downtown Providence a few blocks from the Providence Place Mall. It's housed in a historic five story theater and hosts punk bands, alternative, hip-hop, blues, reggae, and many other types of music which are set for a larger venue, but can't quite fill the Roseland Ballroom or similar larger gigs. However, it also brings the groups who would normally be set for a much larger stage, such as De La Soul, Coheed And Cambria, or George Clinton and the P-Funk. With slightly less expensive tickets than a bigger venue, and a much more personal experience, Lupos is a great show worth going to any day.
  • The Century Lounge, 5 Elbow Street, +1 401 751-2255, [35]. This establishment attracts a large amount of different styles, but its focused mostly on rock, alternative, and blues. Although it isn't very big, the inside is composed of exposed brick and wood, and gives the place a warmer, cozier feel than your typical venue. It also has a bar, and a very good sound system for a building that size. The bands that come to the lounge are usually progressing bands which have gotten some publicity, and regional bands of the area. Ticket prices are relatively low, ranging from $5-20.00. The Century Lounge is a good bet for a cheap show with a personal feel, or to see and support local bands.
  • Club Hell, 73 Richmond Street. While known for its unique nightclub atmosphere, Club Hell has recently become a music venue as well. It is a small yet intimate place with bar and a dance floor. Past musical acts include local success story ZOX and The Von Bondies. Tickets usually run from $5-15.


Downcity Providence

Downcity is the new place to grab a cappuccino or snag a great pair of jeans [36]. You can drool over must-have furnishings or stop for a bistro lunch. Browse art books. Then toast a day well spent. You can do it all in Downcity Providence, home to a collection of fine design, fashion, and dining opportunities.

  • Providence Open Market Saturdays May 23rd- June 28th 10PM-4PM, Saturdays September 5th- October 17th, 10PM-4PM [37]. The Providence Open Market, now in its 3rd season, is the city’s only Open-Air Market where you can shop for artisan made goods, fine art, and fresh produce. Located Lippitt Park on the East Side of providence, the Market features a different group of artists every week ensuring that each visit will be unique. This year, the Providence Open Market is committed to partnering with community based artist and development organizations.
  • Design Within Reach, 210 Westminster St., +1 401 831-1452, [38]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. DWR is the source for for fully licensed modern classics. Their 3,000 square foot studio is on the ground floor of the circa 1900 Wilkinson building, and hosts a sizable assortment of their designs for the home and work space, all ready for test driving.
  • OOP!, 220 Westminster St., +1 401 270-4366, [39]. M-Th 10AM-8PM, Fr+Sa 10AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-5PM. OOP!, a Providence institution for the past 18 years for all things whimsical and wonderful. OOP! specializes in handmade contemporary crafts, furniture, jewelry, toys, home accessories, and fun stuff from here, there, and everywhere. OOP!'s largest store is located at 220 Westminster Street.
  • Butterfield, 232 Westminster St., +1 401 273-3331, [40]. T, W, F, Sa 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Butterfield is a well known resource for beautiful quality home furnishings and accessories. Featuring Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams furniture, along with an always changing assortment of lighting, mirrors, jewelry, bedding, ceramics, and apothecary. Interior design consultations also available.
  • Symposium Books, 240 Westminster St., +1 401 273-7900, [41]. M-Wed 10AM-6PM, Th-Sa 12PM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Sympoium Books consistently offers some of the finest books in Providence. Browse their diverse selection of carefully chosen titles in a broad range of subjects, specializing in Academic, Scholarly, Literary, Art, Architecture, Photography, Design, and University Press books. Most books are discounted at 10-80% off all the time!
  • Queen of Hearts, 186 Union St., +1 401 421-1471, Tu-Sa 11AM-7PM. Queen of Hearts is before all else, an original women's clothing and accessories boutique, but is also a showroom for visual art, home goods, gifts, and lifestyle paraphernalia. Merchandise is all one-of-a-kind, handmade material, designed and created by local and regional artists and designers.
  • Clover, 233 Westminster St., +1 401 490-4626, [42]. Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Clover offers a collection of women's and men's clothing that provide a contemporary and unique selection of lines, styles, and versatile offerings for both "dressed up" and "dressed down" occasions. Clover displays its carefully chosen pieces in a modern and clean showroom-like environment, and merges established labels with young emerging designers.
  • Elsa Arms, 231 Westminster St., +1 401 383-5558, Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Elsa Arms is an upscale women's clothing boutique located in the Peerless Building, right in the heart of the "Downcity Renaissance." Stop in for an exquisite shopping experience and see the latest offerings from Adam+Eve, Alice & Olivia, Nili Lotan, Rag & Bone, and many others.
  • Homestyle, 229 Westminster St., +1 401 277-1159, [43]. Daily, 10AM-7PM. At Homestyle, fine art pieces sit among top-shelf/great value upholstery, accent home furnishings, and truly artful gifts. A savvy, creative, staff is available to assist you in selecting just the right piece, or come in and browse at your leisure. Extraordinary gifts in a wide range of price points make Homestyle the "go-to" place for unique gifts in all categories from hostess to housewarming to wedding to birthday.
  • Eno, 225 Westminster St., +1 401 521-2000, [44]. M-Sa 12PM-10PM. Eno is Downcity's full-service spirits shop, with an extensive selection of wine, beer, and fine liquors. The store, with its bank vault decor, is an environment for wine connoisseurs and novices alike, and an expert staff is on hand at all times to assist your selection. Eno hosts regular tastings and food pairings and offers delivery service to downtown residents and employees.
  • Bowl and Board, 217 Westminster St., +1 401 521-0504, [45]. M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Bowl and Board carries a tremendous variety of items for the home...literally everything but the kitchen sink. They offer locally made furniture, linens, a variety of kitchen gadgets, rugs, dishes, children's toys, jewelry, stationary, picture frames, clocks, you name it.
  • American Apparel , 159 Weybosset St., +1 401 861-0007, [46]. M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Located on Weybosset Street between Eddy and Union, American Apparel is the world famous LA-based manufacturer and retailer of clothing for men, women, kids, and dogs. All stages of production occur under one roof at their downtown Los Angeles factory- from the cutting and sewing, right through to the photography and marketing.

Thayer Street is the place to go if looking for a pleasurable and eclectic shopping experience. It is good for those who enjoy walking outside from store to store. It is also a good place to buy gifts because many of the stores sell quirky trinkets. Located near two Colleges, it attracts many young adults. It could be called an “artsy” street with stores that sell, beads, imported clothing, handmade crafts, clothes, art, house wares, and books.

  • Bead Works, 290 Thayer St, +1 401 861-4540, [47]. M-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su 12PM-5PM. The store sells beads of all kinds. Some are imported from Africa; others are made with swarvoski crystal. There are glass, wood, stone, gem stone and metal beads. Price ranges are generally 15c-5$ per bead. The store also offers it's patron’s lessons in how to build a necklace, as well as workshop tables for customers to make their own unique beaded creations.
  • Army/Navy Surplus, 279 Thayer St, +1 401 272-8217. Offers a large selection of Military Clothing and camouflage attire. Carries authentic, new and used army supplies such as pocket knives.Also carries police uniforms as well as outerwear such as hats and footwear for almost every type of outdoor activity or occupation. Prices range from moderate to high according to whether items are new or used.
  • Berk’s Shoes and Clothing 278 Thayer Street, Phone: +1 401 831-0174. Reasonably priced clothing averaging around $30 for tops. Shoes tend to be more pricey with various not so well known designer shoes averaging around $150 a pair. Some sandals on sale for $20-$40.
  • Brown University Book Store, 244 Thayer Street, +1 401 863-3168. The last independent trade (Ivy League) college bookstore in the country, it offers only new books as well as Brown University merchandise.
  • City Sports 271 Thayer St, +1 401 521-6555. Carries various types of sports apparel and equipment accommodating almost every lifestyle and sport.
  • Details Clothing 277 Thayer St, +1 401 751-1870. Offers a wide variety of inexpensive jewelry ranging in price from $5-$40.Also specializes in leg ware such as stockings and leg warmers with all items under $40.
  • Foreign Affairs Warehouse, 219 Thayer St, +1 401 274-1484. M-Tu 11AM-6:30PM, W-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 12-6PM. Thrift shop which offers a variety of vintage clothing and shoes, ranging in price from bargain finds at $5 to high priced designer items at around $100.
  • Pie in the Sky 225 Thayer St, +1 401 861-3954, M-Tu 11AM-6PM, F 11AM-8PM. Specializes in sterling silver jewelry and semi-precious stones. This store also offers a mix of decorative items such as candles, incense and jewelry boxes. Prices for items are generally moderately priced ranging from $5-$400.
  • Shades Plus 281 Thayer St, +1 401 861-9309. This unique shop specializes in classic party favors and novelty items. Some items include: Magic 8 Balls, yo-yo's, snow domes, wind-up chattering teeth and gummy rats, whoopee cushions and joy buzzers. Also offers moderately to higher priced TV collectibles such as stickers and lunch boxes. Stocks hundreds of different Pez dispensers, Hello Kitty and friends collectibles, Sailor Moon and novelty candy. Also carries high-end hair care products and sunglasses averaging from $50-$200.
  • Spectrum, 253 Thayer St, +1 401 421-1010, [48]. Features clothes, jewelry, books, incense, and gifts meant to enhance well-being. Many of the products are imported from Asia. Those looking for exotic, handmade clothes, tapestries, and jewelry would enjoy this store.
  • Second-Time-Around clothing, 294 Thayer St. Offers quality second hand selections that retail for usually half the original retail price with most items sold at %30-%40 off.
  • ZuZu's Petals! 288 Thayer St, +1 401 331-9846 [49]. Voted best for party dresses in 2005 by Rhode Island Monthly, ZuZu's carries casual dresses, accessories and seasonal items. Some of the designers that ZuZu's carries include: Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, BCBG Max Azria, Milly, Shoshanna, Rebecca Taylor, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Susana Monaco, and Maria Bianca Nero.
Shopping in Downtown Providence at Providence Place Mall
Shopping in Downtown Providence at Providence Place Mall
  • Providence Place Mall, 1 Providence Place, +1 401 270-1000, [50]. M-Sa 10AM-9:30PM (except Dave & Buster's which is open until 1AM) Sunday 11AM-7PM: Witness RI's most anticipated establishment since the building of the historic downtown Arcade. The enormous and well accommodating mall houses 3+ main floors of various shops, including a wide array of specialty items, clothing, shoes, books, and one IMAX and Showcase Cinemas theater each on the fourth floor. There are a handful of lower level restaurants to dine in as well as a food court on the third floor, and a Dave & Busters Restaurant on the fourth floor.

Shop the city

Rhode Islanders can be quite secretive about the city's hidden treasures. Outside of the State's most frequented shop spots lies many other great opportunities to find that special item or to simply discover something new and exciting.

  • Specialty Stores:
    • Comina Inc 201 Wayland Ave, +1 401 273-7665, M-Sa 10AM-5:30PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Sells a variety of items including jewelry and furniture. Items have a wide range in pricing from $10 to $1000 for larger pieces of furniture.
    • Frog and Toad 795 Hope St, +1 401 831-3434, M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-4PM. A 'Mom and Pop' shop for over eight years, Frog and Toad offers local art and handcrafted items, fair trade pieces from around the world, and an ecclectic range of cards, jewelry, home goods, gifts for all occasions, and clothing. Complimentary gift wrapping.
    • Nanita Variety Store, 1364 Broad St, +1 401 467-2560. Sells a variety of adult items at average to moderate prices, including lingerie and other typical products found in adult stores.
    • Franklin Rogers Limited, 142 Westminister, +1 401 454-8170. Offers average priced mens ware specializing in fine suits and business attire, in addition to casual menswear such as sweaters and golf attire.
    • M&M Step & Style, 1282 N. Main St, +1 401 621-4710. Specializes in casual hip-hop clothing for males and females at reasonable prices ranging from $20-$50.
    • In the Bag, 141 Elmgrove Ave, +1 401 521-5300. In the Bag sells designer bags straight from New York. The owner will get you any bag you want from a designer's show room.
    • risd|works, 10 Westminster Street, +1 401 277-4949, [51]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. risd|works sells functional pieces designed by Rhode Island School of Design Alumni and Faculty. Great for finding fun and unique gifts.
    • Fresh Purls, 769A Hope Street, +1 401 720-8220, [52] Mon Closed, Tu 10AM-5PM, We 10AM-5:30PM, Th Noon-7PM, Fr 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4:30PM Su 11AM-3PM (Closed Sundays Memorial Day - Labor Day). Local yarn store with a variety of fibers for knitting and crochet. Drop in Knit Therapy Wed evening 6:30PM-8:30PM. Classes available.
  • Easy Coast Tatooing and Body, 170 Atwells Ave, +1 401 331-5623. Clean facility and friendly employees.
  • Armageddon Record, 436 Broadway St, +1 401 521-6667. Armageddon shop is on Broadway,just a short walk from downtown. Run by two members from the band Dropdead, they specialize in rare and obscure rock albums and local music from around Rhode Island. They also specialize in music zines and t-shirts.
  • B-Sharp Music, 265 Broadway St, +1 401 223–2112. B-sharp music is located across the street (literally!) from Armageddon shop at 265 Broadway. A musical instrument shop, they stock rare and hard to find items from Orange and Hughes and Kettner guitar amps as well as making and stocking their own effects pedals. They also specialize in vintage instrument and amplification repair.
  • Consignment/Thrift:
    • Into The Wardrobe, 117 Brook St, +1 401 831-7660. Tu-F 11AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Sells a variety of consignment items, ranging from inexpensive tops around $5 to some more moderately priced items such as gowns ranging in price from 30-up to $100.
    • Clothing Collaborative, 220 Elmwood Ave, +1 401 421-5753. M-F 9AM-4PM. Sells typical items found at a consignment shop, offers a variety of business dress and casual attire. Most items are moderately priced ranging from $5-$40.
    • Act II, 802 Hope St, +1 401 274-2223. Act II is a second-hand store that sells antique jewelry and designer clothes such as Lacoste and Burberry.
  • 3 Steeple Street serving dishes like smoked trout and Maryland crab cakes within stone slate walls and wooden plank floors in the second-oldest industrial building in the United States. $16-$33.
Sakura Restaurant
Sakura Restaurant
  • Union Station Brewery, 36 Exchange Ter. +1 401 274-2739. Serves bar & grill-type food, but come for the beer! Union Station brews its own beer in 6 different styles. Can't decide which to get? They'll serve you 5oz of each for $7.50. The namesake comes from the fact that the restaurant was carved out of the original 1898 Union Station.
  • Fire + Ice, 48 Providence Place, +1 401 270-4040, [53]. M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 10AM-10PM. Improvisational grill, allows customers to have their meal (fresh meats, seafood, pastas, internationally influenced sauces, and both exotic and traditional vegetables) cooked specifically to their liking right in front of them. Interaction with the cooks, customers, and the crazy décor make for an exciting, delicious, and completely unique dining experience. $7.95 Lunch-$14.95 Dinner. ('All grilled food is included in the price, desserts and alcoholic beverages are an additional fee.)
  • Pizzeria Regina, 81 Providence Place (Take exit 22C off I-95 and follow the signs for Providence Place Mall), +1 401 270-4245, [54]. M-Sa 10AM-9:30PM, Su 11AM-7PM. A throwback to the Original Regina Pizza located in Boston’s North End, Pizzeria Regina provides a wide selection of toppings layered on a special dough to create one of the best tasting slices of pizza in the area. Some may be inconvenienced by the location (the Providence Place Mall’s food court) but the food is well worth the hassle. $10.00 for a small pizza - $17.00 for a large, $2.00 per slice.
  • The Capital Grille, 1 Union Station, +1 401 521-5600, [55]. The Capital Grille has exquisite dry aged steaks and a friendly, but comfortable atmosphere. They also have an award winning wine list. Eating here is always excellent. This is the original restaurant in the Capital Grille chain.
  • Capriccio, 2 Pine St., +1 401 421-1320, [56]. M-Th 11:30PM-10:30PM; F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM and Su 11:30AM-9PM. This restaurant is definitely the best of Providence. Extended wine list (more than 550), fabulous wait staff, exquisite food are some of the things that make this restaurant as good as it is. The food is expensive, but worth it. Many of the items on the menu are made by your table. You can not go wrong with the Steak Diane, cooked tableside, or any other dish on the menu for that matter!
  • East Side Pockets, 278 Thayer St., +1 401 453-1100, M-Sa 10AM-12PM. East Side Pockets has excellent falafel, served in pockets, in salads, or alone, along with a range of other Middle Eastern fare. Vegetarian and vegan options. Pockets are less than $5.00. Take out or counter seating.
  • The Cheesecake Factory, 94 Providence Place, +1 401 270-4010, [57]. M-Th 11:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-12:30PM, Su 10AM-11PM. Upscale dining, The Cheesecake Factory offers more than 200 menu selections including 50 cheesecakes and desserts. $10 - $20 entrées. The Cheesecake Factory is a nationwide chain.
  • Moda, 525 South Water St., +1 401 331-2288, [58]. Contemporary international cuisine with Latin and Asian overtones set in a modern New York City style lounge/dining room. Meals $15-$30.
  • Providence Byblos, 235 Meeting Street., +1 401 453-9727, [59]. Voted Best middle eastern restaurant and best burger in Rhode Island for 2006. The Providence Byblos serves authentic Lebanese foods and hosts a Lebanese Hookah Lounge on the second floor open 7PM-1AM Monday-Thursday and until 2AM Friday-Saturday. [60]
Providence Byblos Hookah Lounge
Providence Byblos Hookah Lounge
  • Temple Downtown, 120 Francis St., +1 401 919-5050, [61]. Temple Downtown restaurant and lounge provides an intimate dining experience. The menu includes a wide variety of eclectic choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a signature cocktail list. Private rooms and booths available.
  • Cuban Revolution, 50 Aborn St., +1 401 331-8829, [62]. M-Sa 11AM-12AM.Cuban Revolution features a signature, award winning Latin menu. Voted Best Sandwich in Rhode Island in 2003. Meals $6-$12.
  • Antonio’s Pizza, 258 Thayer St.,+1 401 455-3600. A popular pizzeria chain that features pizza by the slice in almost 40 unique varieties, including chicken quesadilla and tortellini.
  • Rue De L'Espoir, 99 Hope Street, +401 751-8890, [63]. Offers unique dining experiences in breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Set in the historic East Side district of Providence, "The Rue" features food specializing in fresh regional cooking, with influences from France, Italy, and Asia. Charming and warm ambience, friendly wait staff and an impressive menu. Interesting choices are their cheese board and Monday's "Dollar Daze," with $1 apps at the bar.
  • Sakura, 231 Wickenden Street, +1 401 331-6861, [64]. Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi, in true Japanese style, at Sakura. Meals $6-$20.
  • Kabob and Curry, 261 Thayer Street, +1 401 273-8844, [65].M-Th 11AM-10:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-10PM. Voted the best Indian food in Rhode Island. Takeout and delivery available. Meals $11-$16.
  • julian's, 318 Broadway, +401 861-1770, [66]. Famous for their brunch, dinner and drinks, julian's is a haven for the alternative scene with exotic and original foods, vegetarian and vegan specialties, rare beers and most of all, local art. The decor of julian's is floor to ceiling art, featuring sculpture, mixed media, paintings, prints and kitsch collectables. Just about every inch of the dining room and bar is artistically modified. julian's hosts events such as Beer Dinners, where patrons pay a fixed fee for a meal, a special brew and live music. julian's also offers homemade catsup, hot sauce, granola and tote bags. A must-visit spot for an adventurous eater and an art appreciator.
Vintage figurines in julian's bathroom
Vintage figurines in julian's bathroom
  • Pastiche, 92 Spruce St , +1 401 861-5190, [67].Tu-Th 8:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 8:30AM-11:30PM, Su 10AM-10PM. An intimate European style cafe serving sophisticated fine desserts.
  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, GTech Center 10 Memorial Blvd., +1 401 272-2271, [68]. M-Th 5PM-10PM,F4:30PM-11PM, Sa 4PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse serves New Orleans-inspired appetizers, U.S. Fine steaks, fresh seafood, classic desserts, and an award winning wine list. Private dining rooms available.
  • Fellini's Pizzeria, 166 Wickenden Street, +1 401 751-6737, [69].Su-W open until 12AM, Th-Sa open until 2AM . New York style, thin-crust pizza with creative toppings. Free delivery for Providence area.
  • Shanghai, 272 Thayer St, +1 401 331-0077. Su-W 11AM-11PM, Th-Sa: 11AM-12AM. A popular restaurant on the East side; Shanghai serves Chinese/Vietnamese style fresh cuisine. Available for delivery.
  • La Creperie, 82 Fones Aly, +1 401 751-5536. M-Th 10AM-12AM, F 10AM-2AM, Sa 9AM-2AM, Su 9AM-12AM. La Creperie specializes in crepes and offers affordable plates, wraps and smoothies.
  • Taqueria Pacifica, 103 Empire St.,+1 401 621-8785. A Mexican restaurant specializing in West Coast food for “East Coast dudes”. They are located inside AS220 directly across from the bar. They offer a variety of options under 10 dollars, and the portions are very generous. In the summertime, they often will use the Taqueria truck which they used before they moved into their permanent space in on Empire street.
  • Not Just Snacks, 833 Hope Street, +1 401 831-1150. This is a small restaurant that serves very traditional Indian and Pakistani food at an affordable price. This family owned and handicapped accessible business is open from 11AM-9PM 7 days a week. They do not take reservations but you can call in to place an order either to be eaten there or to take out. They do not serve and drinks that are alcoholic. However, they are a BYOB establishment and will provide you with glasses for beer or wine upon request. Both the outside and inside of the buildings are very unassuming so make sure when looking for it your eyes are peeled.
  • Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzura), 210 Atwells Av., +1 401 272-9030 (fax +1 401 272-4814, [70]. M-Th, 5PM-10PM, F,Sat 5PM-10:30PM, Su 12PM-9PM. Also an upscale restaurant where reservations are required.The atmosphere is romantic, with live music, fireplace, and ok for families/children. The attire is casual though there is a small dancing area. They serve Italian and seafood. Pricing is moderate to expensive.
  • Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen Restaurant, 120 Atwells Av., +1 401 751-5544. W-M 12PM-10PM. "Elegant Dining" with a taste of Italy. All meals cooked to order. Reservations and valet parking are available. Voted Best Restaurant RI Monthly and by Food & Beverage Magazine.
  • Mediterraneo Restaurant, 134 Atwells Av., +1 401 331-7760. Lunch M-F 11:30AM-3PM, dinner M-F 3PM-10:30PM and Sa-Su 4PM-10:30PM. Creative, traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine with a distinct Mediterranean flair. Award winning design with a lively European ambiance, alfresco sidewalk dining (weather permitting) and an authentic Italian antipasto bar. Slightly expensive pricing.
  • Caserta Pizzeria, 121 Spruce St., +1 401 621-3618 or +1 401 621-9190. Tu-Su 9:30AM-10:30PM. Good family restaurant. Originator of the Wimpy Skippy. Enjoy traditional style pizza in a casual atmosphere. Voted best pizza and spinach pie by R.I. Monthly Magazine.
  • Cassarino's, 177 Atwells Ave, +1 401 751-3333, [71]. Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-3PM. Dinner M-Th 3PM-10PM, F 3PM-11PM, Sa 12PM-11PM. Cassarino's Ristorante serves authentic Italian Cuisine. Voted "Best Italian Restaurant in Providence" by Rhode Island Monthly.Meals $7-$16.
  • Angelo's Civita Farnese, 141 Atwells Ave, +1 401 621-8171, [72]. Su 12AM-9PM, M-Th 11:30AM-9PM,F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Angelo's serves award-winning home-style Italian food. Meals $6-$15
  • Jessie's Dessert Bar, 230 Atwells Avenue., +1 401 351-5377. Su-Th 7AM-10PM, F-Sa 7AM-12PM. Jessie's Dessert Bar is an old-fashioned ice cream bar and dessert bar that serves gourmet desserts, coffee, gelato, and ice cream. Also open for breakfast.
  • Cassarino's Restaurant,177 Atwells Ave, +1 401 751-3333. Open M-Th 3PM-10PM. Sa 12-11PM. Voted "Best Italian Restaurant" in 2001, 2002, and 2003 by and "Best Italian Restaurant in Providence" by Rhode Island Monthly, Cassarino's Restaurant on Historic Federal Hill has established itself as one of Rhode Island's premiere Italian eateries.


Although the city of Providence may be small compared to other states' capitals, it has quite a bustling nightlife. There are a variety of bars and clubs to suit any taste and price range - from hip eclectic bars in the artsy college area, to upscale martini bars downtown, techno and hip-hop clubs for the younger crowd, and casual pubs and brewhouses scattered throughout the city, there is certainly something for everybody.

  • 3 Steeple Street Bistro & Bar, 125 Canal St, +1 401 272-3620, [73]. M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa until 11PM. Located in the second oldest industrial building in the U.S., overlooks the Waterfire canal.
Photo of the bar at 3 Steeple Street.
Photo of the bar at 3 Steeple Street.
  • Bar One, 1 Throop Aly, +1 401 621-7112. This bar has a small dance floor, cheap drinks, and attracts a younger college crowd.
  • Fish Co Bar & Grill, 515 South Water St., +1 401 421-5796. Daily 3:30PM-1AM. Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and R&B. Thursdays ladies get in free. $1 Corona until 11PM. $3 margaritas. Pool tables, lounge areas and booth tables. The bar acts like an island, where the dance floor is located to the left of the small stage. There is another bar located in the back of the place. Outside enclosed area for smokers.
  • Club Hell, 73 Richmond St, +1 401 351-1977. Contrary to the name, Club Hell is a pleasant club with a lot to offer. This club is usually filled with a lot of college-aged kids, features a large dance floor and a lot of flat screen TVs. Drinks aren’t terribly priced and there is always a lot of entertainment going on.
  • The Hi-Hat, 3 Davol Sq, +1 401 453-6500, [74]. M-Th 4PM-1AM, F-Sa 4PM-2AM, Su 6PM-12AM. Features live jazz, Latin, soul, R&B, soft rock, and even swing music in an elegant, upscale atmosphere. Has small dance floor, and a cozy room with fireplaces in the back. Extensive wine and champagne list. Cover charge on weekends, usually ~$8.
  • Monet Lounge, 115 Harris Ave, +1 401 580-4847. This lounge/nightclub is a nice setting for a night of dancing or just lounging, they provide plush couches and bar stools. In addition there is a large VIP section if you're interested in your own private party. Cover charge; dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
  • Olives, 108 North Main St, +1 401 751-1200, [75]. Dining: Tu-Th 5PM-1AM, F-Sa 5PM-2AM, Su 5PM-9PM, Bar: 12PM-1AM. Restaurant, martini bar, and nightclub. Ages 21-plus after dinner. Drink menu includes 65 different martinis, ranging from $7 to $9.
  • PROV, 99 Chestnut St., +1 401 621-8888. This is more of a bar than a club but still has a nice dance floor, an elegant environment for an evening of drinks. There is usually a DJ playing new hits and shot girls walking around for your convenience. Dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
  • Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant, 50 Exchange Ter., +1 401 272-1953, [76]. Su-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM. Great place to throw back a pint o' Guinness in a fun, festive atmosphere. Attracts crowds of all ages. Features live music, karaoke, and many other events.
  • Tantric 1070 North Main St, +1 401 273-1070, [77]. This club is located downtown providence. Features include Red Carpet Thursdays, $2 Corona and shots. Dance floor, Hip Hop and R&B music. Admission to Tantric is usually $10.
Photo of Tazza Caffe & Bar.
Photo of Tazza Caffe & Bar.
  • Tazza Caffe & Bar, 250 Westminster St., +1 401 421-3300, [78]. M-W 7AM-12AM, Th 7AM-1AM, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 8AM-2AM, Su 9AM-5PM. Features live music ranging from jazz and blues, to funk and world music, in a funky, artsy atmosphere. No cover. Drink price: $3-9.
  • Trinity Brewhouse, 186 Fountain St., +1 401 453-2337, [79]. M-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 12PM-1AM (food served until Midnight everyday). In addition to a great selection of beer on tap, features six beers (two light, two dark, two amber) that are brewed daily on-site. The same beer is never brewed two days in a row.
  • Ultra the Nightclub, 172 Pine St., +1 401 454-5483. This nightclub has a large Hip-Hop room and a Techno/House music room with plenty of dance floor to fulfill your dancing desires. Small cover charge and reasonably priced drinks allow for an exciting night for under 50 dollars. Dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
  • Viva, 230 Thayer St., +1 401 272-7600. Popular with RISD and Brown students. Tables are cleared at 11PM to create a dance floor, DJ spins hip-hop and dance music. Features extensive wine list, bottled and draft beer list, variety of champagne and martinis. Can get quite crowded on weekends, plan on arriving before 1AM to guarantee a spot inside.
  • Mirabar, 35 Richmond Street, +401 331-6761.[80]. Sun-Thurs 3pm-1am. Fri-Sat 3pm-2am. Self-proclaimed Rhode Island's best gay men's bar and dance club. Laser lights, high-energy dance floor, shirtless shot boys and themed nights. Fun for girls and boys! This is a hot-spot for the trendy gay male crowd and their gal pals. Not recommended for gays who don't like loud dance music and/or like to mingle.
  • The Dark Lady 124 Snow Street, +401831-4297. Mon-Thurs 9PM-1AM, Fri-Sat 9PM-2AM. Open 7 nights a week and always has something going on. A popular spot for cross-dressers and transsexuals, with live drag shows featuring local talent. The Dark Lady's performers are known to socialize with patrons. Great place for meeting those in the transsexual/cross-dressing scene.
  • Courtyard Providence Downtown, 32 Exchange Terrace at Memorial Blvd, +1 401 272-1191 (fax: +1 401 272-1416), [81]. Although a little on the pricey side, the Courtyard Hotel in downtown Providence offers all the amenities that Marriott's are known for. Close to WaterPlace Park and the Rhode Island Convention Center, as well as the Providence Shopping Center.
  • Hilton Providence, 21 Atwells Av., +1 401 831-3900, [82]. Located within walking distance to Federal Hill, the Hilton Providence is comprised of 274 guestrooms. There is a restaurant and Starbucks in the hotel. The Hilton is adjacent to Dunkin Donuts Center and RI Convention Center.
  • Hotel Dolce Villa, 63 DePasquale Square, +1 401 383-7031,[83]. This 14-suite hotel offers guests luxury accommodation located in the historic Federal Hill. Each room is equipped with memory-foam beds, kitchens, and whirlpool tubs. At the rear of the hotel is Smoke, a tobacco and liquor bar.
  • The Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson Street, +1 401 861-8000, [84]. The Hotel Providence is located within the heart of the arts and entertainment district of downtown Providence. The 80 room hotel offers its guests a restaurant on premises as well as fitness services, trainers are available by advanced request.
  • Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St., +1 401 421-0700 (toll free: 1-800-294-7709), [85]. Historic 1922 building (on National Register of Historic Places). A plaque high up on the lobby columns commemorates the high water mark of the 1954 hurricane that struck Providence. Adjacent to Kennedy Plaza.
  • Providence Marriot Downtown, 1 Orms Street, +1 401 272-2400 (toll free: 866-384-4011), [86]. Downtown location.
  • Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor, 220 India Street, +1 401 272-5577,[87]. The Radisson Hotel overlooks the harbor and is located a mile away from Brown University. Rooms are equipped with free high-speed wireless. Many rooms have views of the Providence Harbor.
  • Westin Providence, One West Exchange Street, +1 401 598-8000 (fax: +1 401 598-8200), [88]. Pricey hotel built 1993, featuring unparalleled views of the city, sky walk connection to Providence Place Mall.
  • Christopher Dodge House, 11 West Park St, Phone: +1 401 351-6111, Fax: +1 401 351-4261, [89]. 15 rooms. Walking distance from Providence Place Mall, downtown and Brown University. Each spacious guest room offers early American reproduction furniture, Stearns and Foster mattresses a private bath and much more. $130-$200.
  • Mowry-Nicholson House, 57 Brownell St., +1 401 351-6111 (fax: +1 401 351-4261), [90]. Bed and Breakfast with panoramic views of historic Providence. Comfortable rooms & suites, all with private baths.
  • Old Court Bed & Breakfast, 144 Benefit St, Phone: +1 401 751-2002, [91]. This 11-room bed and breakfast is decorated with memorabilia from the 19th century. Each room has a private attached bathroom. Old Court Bed & Breakfast is located close to all the major city attractions. Prices range from $115-$199, depending on the season.
  • On March 1, 2005, Rhode Island put a smoking ban into effect. Smoking in bars, restaurants, and other businesses is prohibited.

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PROVIDENCE, the second largest city of New England, capital of Rhode Island, U.S.A., the county-seat of Providence county, and a port of entry, situated at the head of Providence river (the N. arm of Narragansett Bay) and at the influx of the Seekonk (or Blackstone), Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket rivers, about 35 in. from the Atlantic ocean, 45 m. by rail S.S.W. of Boston, and 188 m. E.N.E. of New York. Pop. (1890), 132,146; (190o), 175,597; (1905, state census), 198,635, of whom 65,746 were foreign-born, including 17,155 Irish, 12,114 Italians, 9795 English, 4221 English Canadians, 4005 French Canadians, 3685 Russians, 3347 Swedes, 2211 Germans, 2173 Portuguese (including some Bravas from the Cape Verde Islands), and 1930 Scotsmen. The figure for 1910 was 224,326. Providence is served by the New York, New Haven & Hartford railway and by steamboat lines to Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Norfolk. It extends over an area of more than 18 sq. m., and is irregularly laid out. The Seekonk and Providence rivers mark the eastern boundary, the Providence and Moshassuck rivers divide the middle and northern portion of the city into the east and west sides, and the Woonasquatucket river divides the west side into the northern and southern parts. The west side is a level or gently rolling plain only a few feet above the sea, but on the eastern side are a plateau and hills rising to a maximum height of about 200 ft. The larger and newer portion of the business district is along the western bank of the Providence, and some of the best business houses are on made land. The part of the city which has most historic interest is on the east side, where are the most attractive residences. Most of the manufactories are along the banks of the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck. The names of streets - Pound, Sovereign, Shilling, Dollar, Doubloon, Benevolent, Benefit, Hope, Friendship, Peace, &c., reflect the early commercial importance of the city and its strong Quaker element.

The principal building is the large State House, completed in 1902, of Georgia marble and white granite, surmounted by a central dome of marble, 235 ft. high, and standing on a rise of ground (Capitol Hill) about a m. north by west of the steamboat landing at the head of Providence river; in the state chamber is a full length portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. The old State House on Benefit Street, on the east side, is now used as the 6th district (Providence and North Providence) court-house. Near the centre of the city (in Exchange Place) is the city-hall (1878), a handsome structure of granite; on its façade is a medallion of Roger Williams. Across Exchange Place from the city-hall is the Federal Building (1908), which houses the post-office, custom-house, U.S. courts, &c. The county court-house (1877) is the only other prominent government building. The Arcade (1828), 225 ft. long, with six massive Ionic columns at each entrance, the Butler Exchange, and a few other fine buildings fronting on Westminster Street are among the more prominent business buildings. In Cranston Street, between Waterloo and Dexter, is an Armory, with the largest hall in New England. A handsome public library building, opened in 190o, lying between Fountain, Greene and Washington Streets, houses a good collection of 140,000 vols. (in 1909); other libraries are the State Library (30,000 volumes), the State Law Library (50,000 volumes) in the Providence county courthouse, the Providence Athenaeum (the Providence Library, established in 1753, united in 1836 with the Providence Athenaeum, established in 1831; in 1909 it had 73,000 volumes), the library of the Rhode Island Historical Society (established 1822; with 30,000 volumes and 50,000 pamphlets in 1909), and the libraries of Brown University. The meeting-house of the First Baptist Church, founded by Roger Williams, the oldest organization of this sect in the United States, was built in 1775 and was designed to resemble St Martin's-in-the-Fields, London. Its bell still rings the curfew at nine o'clock every evening; and the commencements of Brown University are held here. The Friends' meeting-house, another interesting old building, was erected in 1759. The Beneficent Church (Congregational, 1809-1810) is in the Colonial style, with a rounded dome. The Church of the Blessed Sacrament (Roman Catholic), in Academy Street, was designed by John La Farge. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul (1878)(1878) is of brown stone and has excellent interior decorations. Providence is the see of a Protestant Epicopal bishop. In Cathedral Square is a statue (1889) by Henry Hudson Kitson of Thomas A. Doyle, mayor of the city (1864-1869, 1870-1881, and from 1884 until his death in 1886). There is an equestrian statue (1887) by Launt Thompson of General A. E. Burnside in City Hall Park. In front of the post-office are two allegorical groups ("Providence" and "the United States") by J. Massey Rhind. In Columbus Park is a replica of Bartholdi's "Columbus," which was cast in silver by Providence metal workers for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Other statues are Hippolyte Hubert's Ebenezer Knight Dexter (erected 1894), George Thomas Brewster's bronze "Genius of Religious Liberty" on the dome of the State House, Franklin Simmons's Roger Williams (1877) in Roger Williams Park, a Hellenic bronze "Pancratiast" (190o, presented to the city by Paul Bajnotti of Turin) also in Roger Williams Park, and a Hellenistic statue of Augustus on the campus of Brown University. Two fountains also are worth mention: the Bajnotti Memorial Fountain in City Hall Park, a memorial to the wife of Paul Bajnotti, representing "The Struggle of Life" and designed by Enid Yandell; and the Elisha Dyer Memorial Fountain, a bronze athlete, by H. H. Kitson. There are art collections in Brown University and in the Annmary Brown Memorial (given to the city as a memorial to his wife, a daughter of Nicholas Brown, by Rush C. Hawkins, b. 1831). Among interesting old houses of the 18th century are the Admiral Hopkins House, in Hopkins Park, the Stephen Hopkins House (1742; 9 Hopkins St.), the John Carter Brown House (1791; 357 Benefit St.), and the John Brown House (1786; 52 Power St.). There are many colonial houses, red brick with marble trimmings, set well back from the street, with an occasional walled garden. There are many musical societies in Providence, including the Chopin Club (1879), the Anion Club (1880), the Einklang Singing Society (1890; German), the Verdandi Swedish Singing Society (1894), and the Providence Musical Association (1904). Other clubs are the Brown Union, University Club, a cricket and a polo club, golf clubs, yacht clubs and canoe clubs, the Handicraft Club, the Providence Art Club, the Hope Club and the Deutsche Gesellschaft.

Under the municipal park commissioners there are 33 public parks with a total area of 644.38 acres, and the city supports summer playgrounds; the state board of metropolitan park commissioners controls a large park system in the metropolitan park district, and a system of boulevards, connecting the several parks and other public reservations; there are nine metropolitan reservations, containing 677 acres, the largest being Lincoln Woods, of 460 acres, 4 m. north of the State House. Other metropolitan reservations are: Woonasquatucket Reservation (J3 acres; 22 m. west of the State House); Edgewood Beach (22 m. south of the State House); and the Ten Mile River Reservation (too acres; 4 4 m. north-east of the State House) on both sides of Ten Mile River. The finest municipal reservation is Roger Williams Park (432 acres, of which 140 are water), with 9 m. of drives and boulevards, in the southern part of the city, 22 m. from the State House. It was a part of the original tract ceded to Roger Williams by Miantonomo; 107 acres were a farm which Betsy Williams (d. 1871), a lineal descendant of Roger Williams, left to the city by will. In the park are a chain of lakes with a shore front of 72 m., a boat-house, a casino, a speedway and athletic grounds, a municipal natural history museum, and the Betsy Williams Cottage (1775). Other municipal parks are: Neutaconkanut (402 acres; 22 m. west of the State House) on high land commanding a view to the east and south; Davis Park (382 acres) with amusement grounds; Blackstone Park (43 acres, r2 m. east of the State House) along the Seekonk river; Hopkins Park (4 m. north of the State House), comprising the estate of Esek Hopkins (1718-1802), commander of the American Navy in the War of Independence, with a historical museum in the Admiral Hopkins House; and City Hall Park. Blackstone Boulevard is 14 m. long; and Pleasant Valley Parkway is ri m. long. Enclosed by a railing near the eastern end of Power Street, on the bank of the Seekonk, is What Cheer Slate' Rock, according to tradition the first landing place of Roger Williams. In the North Burial Ground are the remains of Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785), a citizen of Providence, a delegate to the Albany convention of 1754, a colonial governor of Rhode Island (1755-1757, 1758-1762, 1763--1765, and 1767-1768), a member of the Continental Congress in1774-1780and a signer of the Declara= tion of Independence; of William Barton (1748-1831), who in the War of Independence captured General Richard Prescott near Newport on the 10th of July 1777; of Francis Wayland; and of Nicholas Brown, who was a patron of Brown University and one of the founders of the Providence Athenaeum and of the Butler Hospital for the Insane.

On the steep slope of College Hill (or Prospect Hill) in the east side near the business district, is Brown University (1764)-one of the eight colleges in the United States founded before 1776closely connected with the history of Providence, Rhode Island, and the Baptist Church in America. It has an undergraduate department for men, with courses, largely elective, leading to the degrees of A.B. and Ph.B., and courses, almost wholly prescribed, in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. It includes, besides "The Women's College in Brown University," a separate college for women, and a graduate department open to both men and women. The campus is shaded by some fine old elms and is surrounded by an iron fence with beautiful memorial gates. In 1910 there were twenty-two buildings, including the following: University Hall (erected in 1770 and used during the War of Independence as barracks and hospital by American and French soldiers); Sayles Memorial Hall (1881), containing the chapel, lecture halls and seminary rooms; three library buildings, the John Hay Library (which occupies the site of the old President's House), the old University Library (1878) and the John Carter Brown Library (1904); the Ladd Astronomical Observatory, with a 12-in. equatorial and much other valuable equipment; Rhode Island Hall (1840), containing a biological laboratory and a natural history museum; Manning Hall (1834), containing an art museum; Wilson Hall (1891), containing a physical and a psychological laboratory; Rogers Hall (1862), a chemical laboratory; an engineering building (1903); the Lyman gymnasium (1891) and Colgate Hoyt swimming pool (1904); an administration building (1902); the Sayles gymnasium (1906) for women; Rockefeller Hall (1903), occupied by the Brown Union, a students' organization and the Young Men's Christian Association; the residence halls: University Hall (1770, remodelled 1883), Hope College (1822 and 1891), Slater Hall (1879), Marcy Hall (1895), and Caswell Hall (1903); and the Carrie (clock) Tower, erected in 1904 by Paul Bajnotti, of Turin, Italy, as a memorial to his wife, Carrie Mathilde Brown, of Providence. Besides the general library, containing (1909) about 164,000 volumes, the university owns the separately housed John Carter Brown Library of 20,000 volumes, one of So called because Roger Williams was greeted here by Indians, who said "What cheer, Netop ?" ("Netop" meaning friend).

the best collections in the world of material on early American history (especially of books printed before 1800), which, with an endowment of $500,000, was presented to the university in 1901 in accordance with the will of John Nicholas Brown, the son of John Carter Brown (1797-1874) a prominent Providence merchant, who began the collection. In 1909 the university had an endowment fund of $3,416,744, 90 instructors and 993 students, of whom 88 were graduates; of the undergraduates 179 were enrolled in the Women's College.. The charter of the institution requires that it shall be governed by a board of thirtysix trustees, of whom twenty-two shall be Baptists, five Friends, four Congregationalists, and five Episcopalians, and by twelve fellows (including the president) of whom eight (including; the president) shall be Baptists, "and the rest indifferently of any or all denominations." At the time it was framed the charter was considered extraordinarily liberal. Only two provisions are included regarding the character of instruction to be offered: first that "the public teaching shall in general respect the sciences," and second, that "into this liberal and catholic institution shall never be admitted any religious tests, but on the contrary all the members hereof shall forever enjoy full, free, absolute and uninterrupted liberty of conscience." The government has always been largely nonsectarian in spirit, and a movement was on foot in 1910 to abolish the denominational requirements for trustees and fellows.

Brown University, the first institution for higher education established by American Baptists, was incorporated in 1764, and although still under its original charter was known for the first forty years as Rhode Island College. The Latin or preparatory school was opened at Warren in 1764 and the college was started there in 1766, but in 1770 the institution was removed to Providence. Although its work was interrupted by the War of Independence, the institution was reopened in 1782 and ten years later it began to receive aid from Nicholas Brown (1769-1841), a wealthy merchant who graduated from the Rhode Island College in 1786; it was named in his honour in 1804, and up to the time of his death his gifts amounted to about $160,000. Dr Francis Wayland, the most eminent of its presidents, began his administration in 1827 and in twenty-eight years of service as its head he established the elective system and greatly raised the standard of scholarship. Brown actually became a university under Elisha Benjamin Andrews, who was president in 1889-1898, who developed the graduate school and undergraduate instruction in history and social and political science, and who was succeeded in 1899 by William Herbert Perry Faunce (b. 1859), who graduated at Brown in 1880. In 1900 and 1901 more than $2,000,000 was added to the endowment of the university. The Women's College was founded in 1891, and in 1897 it was accepted by the corporation as a department of the university. Among distinguished alumni of Brown are Henry Wheaton (1785-1848), John Hay, Richard Olney, James Burrill Angell (b. 1829) Adoniram Judson, William Learned Marcy, Wilbur Fisk, Horace Mann, Samuel Gridley Howe, Barnas Sears, Edwards Amasa Park, Samuel Sullivan Cox, George Park Fisher, George Dana Boardman, Alexander Lyman Holley, and Albert Harkness.

In Providence are the Rhode Island Normal School (in the north part of the city, in Gaspee St.; established in 1854; discontinued in 1857; re-established in 1871), which has a fine building (1898), the Rhode Island Institute for the Deaf (1876), and the Rhode Island School of Design (1877; partially supported by the state, since 1882, and by the city), affiliated with Brown University. The following secondary schools are in the city: four high schools, one of which is technical, La Salle Academy (1871; Roman Catholic, under the Brothers of the Christian Schools), Saint Xavier's Academy (Roman Catholic), the Academy of the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic), Moses Brown School (Friends; at Portsmouth in 1784-1788; re-established in Providence in 1814), the Brown school for boys (nonsectarian), Fielden-Chace school for girls (non-sectarian), and the Lincoln School (non-sectarian). The public school system has benefited by the presence of Brown University, whose faculty has been largely represented on the school committee; by an agreement with the university its professor of the theory and practice of education is director of the training department in the high schools, and there are other schemes of co-operation. Transition classes between the kindergarten and primary were long peculiar to the Providence public schools. In 1908 a "Sunshine School" was established, with sun and fresh-air treatment for invalid pupils.

The Providence Journal (Independent, daily, 182 9), the most important newspaper published in the state, and the Evening Bulletin (Independent, 1863) are controlled by the same company.

The charitable institutions include the Rhode Island Hospital (1863, private), the Prisoners' Aid Association (1872), the Providence Rescue Home and Mission (1896), the Bethany Home of Rhode Island (1892), a temporary home for women; the House of the Good Shepherd (1904), the Lying-In Hospital (1884), Saint Joseph's Hospital (1892; Sisters of St Francis), two dispensaries, a City Hospital for the Treatment of Contagious Diseases (1909) on Capitol Hill; the Butler Hospital for the Insane, which is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country, was established by a bequest of $30,000 left in 1841 by Nicholas Brown, and has about 120 acres of beautiful grounds on the western bank of, the Seekonk; the Dexter Asylum for the Poor (endowed with. the Dexter Fund and limited to those who have a legal settlement in Providence, i.e. have paid taxes on $200 worth of property for five years; and hence a charity of little practical use); a home for aged men (1875), a home for aged women (1856), St Elizabeth's Home (1882, Protestant Episcopal) for incurable and convalescent women; a home for aged coloured women (1890), five temporary homes, the Rhode Island Catholic Orphan Asylum (1851, Sisters of Mercy), St Vincent de Paul's Infant Asylum (1892, Sisters of Divine Providence), St Mary's Orphanage (1873, Protestant Episcopal), the State Home and School (1885) for indigent and neglected children, Providence Children's Friend Society (1835), other homes for children, day nurseries, and the Providence Society for organizing charity (1892).

J ewish charities are prominent. The St Vincent de Paul Society is the organized charity of the Roman Catholic churches. The harbour of Providence and its approaches have been much improved since the middle of the 19th century by the Federal and state governments. Between 1853 and 1873 the low-water depth of the channel was increased from 42 ft. to 12 ft., at a cost of $59,000; from 1878 to 1895 the depth of the channel was further increased to 25 ft., and anchorage basins were created with a minimum depth of 20 ft. for a width of 600 ft., with a minimum depth of 18 ft. for a width of 725 ft., with a minimum depth of 12 ft. for a width of 940 ft., and with a minimum depth of 6 ft. for a width of 1060 ft. Between 1896 and 1906 the channel from Sassafras Point to the ocean was widened to 400 ft. and by 1909 the anchorage area, having a depth of 25 ft., was further increased to about 288 acres. Between 1867 and 1909 the channel of the Seekonk river was dredged to a depth of 16 ft. as far as Pawtucket at the head of navigation. In 1908 the commerce, largely coastwise, of Providence Harbor, amounted to 3,379,594 tons, chiefly coal, general merchandise and fish, valued at $93,309,495. In 1909 the value of the foreign imports, chiefly salt from Turks Island and lumber from Nova Scotia, amounted to $1,893,551, and the value of the exports to $12,517. Of greater importance to Providence than its commerce are its manufactures, the value of which in 1905 was $91,980,963, or 16.9% more than in 1900. Its factory products were valued at 45.5% of the state's total; its wage earners were 40.9% of the state's total; and nearly one-half of the worsted goods and more than one-fourth of all the textiles made in the state were manufactured here, as were four-fifths of the rubber and elastic goods, nine-tenths of the foundry and machine-shop products, and all the gold and silver refined, not from the ore. The Gorham Company engage here in the manufacture of gold, silver and bronze works of art; the American Screw Company, the Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Company, and the Nicholson File Company have factories here; and here the famous Corliss engines were first made about 1847. In 1905 Rhode Island ranked first among the states and Territories of the Union in the value of jewelry manufactured and more than 99% of this was made in Providence, which produced 26.9% (by value) of all the jewelry made in the United States. The value of the jewelry made in Providence in 1905 was $14,317,050, being 15.6% of the value of the city's entire factory product. Closely allied with this manufacture were the reducing and refining of gold and silver sweepings, &c. (none from ore), with a product value in 1905 of $4,260,698, and silversmithing and the manufacture of silver-ware with products in 1905 valued at $5,323,264. Actually the largest industry in 1905 was the manufacture of worsted goods, valued at $21,020,892. Other important manufactures are foundry and machine-shop products (1905, $9,358,687), woollen goods ($2,080,658), cotton goods ($1,025,264) and cotton small wares ($1,967,298), dyeing and finishing textiles ($2,254,074), rubber and elastic goods ($2,167,983), and malt liquors ($1,427,246).

Providence is governed under a city charter of 1832, subsequently amended. A town meeting is still held annually for the administration of the fund (referred to above) called the Dexter donation. Under the city charter only citizens who pay a tax on $134 worth of real property or $20o worth of personal property may vote for members of the city council. Until 1842 there was the further requirements that every voter should be the eldest son of a freeholder. The city council is composed of: a board of aldermen, one from each of the ten wards, which may redistrict the city every five years, and until 1895 acted as a returning board, and which is presided over by the mayor; and a common council of four members from each ward, elected in open ward-meeting by the qualified freeholders of the ward. Elections are annual. The aldermen and common council meet together to organize and to elect municipal officers, not otherwise provided for. The greater size of the common council gives it the power in joint sessions; and although the vote of the city for mayor is normally Democratic, the vote of the qualified freeholders (which is only about 40% of the total vote) for common-councilmen and aldermen is always Republican.

The two houses acted before 1895 as a board of registration; the council now chooses a board of three members with a term of three years. The city council and a school committee of 33 members (3 ex officio; 30 elected by wards, one each year from each ward for a three-year term) control the public schools. The mayor has had the veto power only since 1854; and until 1866 his veto could be overridden by a majority vote; a threefifths vote of each chamber is now necessary. The mayor was at the head of the police department until 1901, when a commission of three was created; until 1906 these police commissioners were appointed by the governor of the state, but they are now chosen by the mayor with the approval of the board of aldermen. In the same way the mayor appoints a commissioner of public works for a term of three years. The three commissioners of the fire department and the three members of the board for the assessment of taxes are chosen by the city council. The city treasurer (since 1858) and the overseer of the poor and the harbour-master (since 1866) are elected by popular vote. The municipality owns and operates the waterworks and there are municipal bath-houses.

Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, an exile from Massachusetts, and its early history is closely bound up with the early history of Rhode Island, it being one of the four towns out of which this commonwealth was formed. Having agreed with Canonicus and Miantonomo, the Narraganset sachems, for the purchase of a considerable tract of land, Williams built his house about 50 ft. east of what is now North Main Street and nearly opposite the confluence of the Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket rivers, and he named the place Providence in recognition of his divine guidance hither. He and a few companions who had accompanied him into exile immediately established a town government with monthly town meetings, and in the next year, 1637, after the arrival of a few more settlers, a plantation covenant was adopted which laid the basis of the future commonwealth on a new principle - the complete separation of religious and civil affairs. In 1644 Williams secured a charter uniting Providence, Aquidneck (Portsmouth), and Newport, as "The Incorporation of Providence Plantations in the Narraganset Bay in New England"; these three towns (and Warwick) organized in Providence in May 1647 under this government. The charter of the 24th of November 1663, to the Governor and Company. of the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, perpetuated the name Providence Plantations, which still remains a part of the legal title of the state. Providence was incorporated as a town by the Colonial Assembly in 1649; in 1730-1731, when the area of Providence was 370 sq. m., Scituate (including Foster), Glocester (including Burrillville), and Smithfield (including North Smithfield and Lincoln) were set off; in the next thirty years the area of the township was reduced to 51 sq. m. by the separation of Cranston, Johnston and North Providence, parts of which have been re-annexed since 1860. Providence was chartered as a city in 1832. During King Philip's War, in 1676, the town was attacked by Indians and the northern half was burned. In June 1772, a British schooner, the "Gaspee," while chasing a Providence packet-boat ran aground at what has since become known as Gaspee Point, whereupon its capture was planned by John Brown (1736-1828), a Providence merchant, and the plan - including the burning of the vessel - was carried out under the command of Abraham Whipple (1733-1819). During the war much privateering was carried on from Providence. The British occupation of Newport during the War of Independence caused the transfer of the important foreign commerce of that city to Providence, but as a consequence of their superior railway facilities most of this went to New York and Boston before the middle of the 19th century. In September 1815 Providence was visited by a gale which did about $1,000,000 damage to its shipping and other property. In 1830 Providence had ceased to be a great port and had begun to be a textile manufacturing place. Until 1900 Providence was one of the two capitals of the state, Newport being the other; since 1900 it has been the sole capital.

See H. C. Dorr, "The Planting and Growth of Providence," in the Rhode Island Historical Tracts (Providence, 1882); W. A. Greene and others, The Providence Plantations for Two Hundred and Fifty Years (Providence, 1886); W. R. Staples, Annals of the Town of Providence (Providence, 1843); W. B. Weeden, "Providence, the Colony of Hope," in L. P. Powell's Historic Towns of New England (New York, 1898); H. K. Stokes, "Finances and Administration of Providence" (Baltimore, 1903) in Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science; and William Kirk and others, A Modern City: Providence, Rhode Island, and Its Activities (Chicago, 1909).

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  1. God, or a guardian deity.
  2. Any of several cities in the United States, especially the capital of Rhode Island


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literally means foresight, but is generally used to denote God's preserving and governing all things by means of second causes (Ps 1835; 63:8; Acts 17:28; Col 1:17; Heb 1:3). God's providence extends to the natural world (Ps 10414; 135:5-7; Acts 14:17), the brute creation (Ps 10421-29; Mt 6:26; 10:29), and the affairs of men (1Chr 16:31; Ps 477; Prov 21:1; Job 12:23; Dan 2:21; 4:25), and of individuals (1Sam 2:6; Ps 1830; Lk 1:53; James 4:13-15). It extends also to the free actions of men (Ex 12:36; 1Sam 24:9-15; Ps 3314, 15; Prov 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1), and things sinful (2 Sam 16:10; 24:1; Rom 11:32; Acts 4:27, 28), as well as to their good actions (Phil 2:13; 4:13; 2Cor 12:9, 10; Eph 2:10; Gal 5:22-25).

As regards sinful actions of men, they are represented as occurring by God's permission (Gen 45:5; 50:20. Comp. 1Sam 6:6; Ex 7:13; 14:17; Acts 2:3; 3:18; 4:27, 28), and as controlled (Ps 7610) and overruled for good (Gen 50:20; Acts 3:13). God does not cause or approve of sin, but only limits, restrains, overrules it for good.

The mode of God's providential government is altogether unexplained. We only know that it is a fact that God does govern all his creatures and all their actions; that this government is universal (Ps 10317-19), particular (Mt 10:29-31), efficacious (Ps 3311; Job 23:13), embraces events apparently contingent (Prov 16:9, 33; 19:21; 21:1), is consistent with his own perfection (2 Tim 2:13), and to his own glory (Rom 9:17; 11:36).

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