Welcome to Nicollet Island – East Bank

On the banks of the Mississippi River across from downtown Minneapolis, the Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhood is a crossroads linking Downtown, the University of Minnesota, and the Northeast Arts District. It is in the midst of capturing significant growth during the current wave of development in the City.

Originally called St. Anthony, the area was recognized by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature as a Town in 1855. Today, the neighborhood is the smallest and one of the oldest in Minneapolis [along with Marcy-Holmes and St. Anthony East, which were also parts of the original town of St. Anthony]. Nicollet Island-East Bank includes the City’s only residential island.

It is a neighborhood of contrasts. Nicollet Island provides the setting for 19th Century homes near the River’s edge and for Nicollet Island Park with its commanding views of the river, Downtown and the Stone Arch Bridge. The East Bank – with its eclectic mix of low-rise historic storefronts and modern residential high-rises – reminds visitors of both the East Bank’s early days as the City’s first commercial district and then its first re-birth with major industrial compounds.

Nicollet Island-East Bank includes one of the most heavily used park districts in the Metropolitan Area: The Mississippi Riverfront. This Plan preserves and protects the parks while building better, more attractive connections among the neighborhood’s parks, commercial districts, and residential areas.

Today, the East Bank is once again on the cusp of significant change. Increasingly, unique shops and restaurants are opening in this now-trendy neighborhood, while the last of the remaining industrial sites has closed. Major “opportunity sites” are in or open for redevelopment and will become home to scores of additional businesses and at least hundreds of new residents.

NIEBNA’s Small Area Plan (SAP) directs that the neighborhood of the future will have safe and bustling streets and sidewalks where people can be found walking at all hours of the day and night. In a compact neighborhood teeming with people, tall buildings will comfortably face shorter neighbors; and no two buildings will look exactly alike. The community will be transit oriented and people friendly. It will include the full spectrum of housing, business and other options that will attract and support residents and visitors from across the region and beyond.

The Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association invites the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the Metropolitan Council to join it in this journey, pursuing an even brighter future for this already vibrant neighborhood.


The Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhood comprises Nicollet Island on the Mississippi River just east of downtown and the portion of the eastern riverbank located between Central Avenue and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad line. The neighborhood is at the geographical and historical center of Minneapolis. Hennepin Avenue East and First Avenue Northeast are two […]

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Small Area Plan

Summary This Small Area Plan (Plan) describes the Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhood, its past, its present, and its future. The intended audiences for this Plan are city officials, city staff, other governmental agencies, neighborhood volunteers, developers, and residents. The Plan mandates key changes that will increase the neighborhood’s population and expand its economy by varying […]

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Prior to settlement by Europeans, the area surrounding St. Anthony Falls was inhabited by many Dakota, Ojibwa, and other native Americans and was considered sacred ground for its natural beauty and resources. The River itself served as an important mechanism for travel and transporting goods. Nicollet Island was also used by the Dakota as a […]

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Community Links

Government and Elected Representatives City of Minneapolis – City Council Ward 3 (Jacob Frey) Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 1st District Commissioner (Liz Wielinski) Hennepin County 4th District Commissioner (Peter McLaughlin) State of Minnesota Senate District 60 (Kari Dziedzic) House District 60B (Phyllis Kahn) Nearby Neighborhoods St Anthony East Neighborhood Association (SAENA) St Anthony West […]

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Photo Gallery

We are building a gallery of images of the neighborhood. Use the contact page to let us know if you have images to contribute.

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Business Links

If you have a business in the neighborhood and would like to have a link on our page, use the contact us page.

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Get Involved

We believe an engaged community is the cornerstone of any great neighborhood. Being true to this, there are many ways to get involved with the Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association (NIEBNA), from one-time volunteer opportunities to board positions. You may already be a member. Membership does not require registration/sign-up or payment of dues. If you […]

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