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 By Sarah Fry

Germantown: Honeyfest Held at Historic Wyck House

Germantown: Honeyfest Held at Historic Wyck House

Philadelphia was buzzing last weekend as bee enthusiasts from across the country joined in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Lorenzo L. Langstroth, the inventor of the modern bee hive, in three day city wide event that was held on Sept, 10-12. Honeyfest took place at multiple locations, including South Front Street, to dedicate […]

 

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

View an Interactive Map of the Neighborhoods We Cover The New York Times Gives Philly Neighborhoods a Nice Shout Out Columbia Journalism Review Features Philadelphia Neighborhoods Philadelphia Neighborhoods Wins Four Keystone Awards and two SPJ Awards Baltimore Wants a Publication Like Ours City Paper: PN Reporter Earns Top Award Chronicle of Higher Ed: PN is […]

 By Meggan Kole and Lena Kravets

Germantown: Still Waiting for Answers

Germantown: Still Waiting for Answers

Syed Alam opens his Germantown store Rahman Body Oils, Beads and Variety every morning just as he has for the past 13 years he has owned it.  In some ways, nothing much has changed over the years at the store.  In other ways, everything changed last year.  Alam used to run the store with his […]

 By Meggan Kole and Lena Kravets

Germantown: Finding the Way Through Service and Prayer

Germantown: Finding the Way Through Service and Prayer

They come in broken and addicted. Twelve months later, they leave as happy, productive members of society.  Teen Challenge, a faith-based rehabilitation program in Germantown, is providing a place where lives are completely turned around.  But there are no twelve steps to overcoming your addiction here.  In fact, little focus is placed on the addiction […]

 By Andrea DeSabato

Feltonville: The Impact of One Night

Feltonville: The Impact of One Night

Feltonville was never a neighborhood in Philadelphia that was well known to many people outside of those who call it home until tragedy struck about two weeks ago.  Now the 4500 block of North Third Street has never received more attention. A memorial for the victims of this tragedy filled with stuffed animals, candles, cards, […]

 By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: The View from the Street

Strawberry Mansion: The View from the Street

Derrick Ford is the self-proclaimed “mayor” of North Philadelphia and he is known as “Rick” in Strawberry Mansion. Not only does he work for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, a funding source for substance abuse treatment, but he is also a licensed therapist and a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department’s “Heads Up” program, where he speaks out on the danger and reality of drugs.

 By Jerry Brennan

Hunting Park: A Night on the Police Beat

Hunting Park: A Night on the Police Beat

In Hunting Park, a neighborhood known for drugs, police officers Matt Dydak and John Teetz claim the majority of the people involved in these criminal activities actually come from outside of the neighborhood. “It’s a shame for the people that live here. A lot of the people that come down here are drug addicts from […]

 By Sande Friedman and Sydni Grant

Germantown: Art Therapy for Prison Inmates

Germantown: Art Therapy for Prison Inmates

[vimeo 18637551] Making quality of life for people in prison easier isn’t exactly at the top of many people’s to-do lists. In fact, it probably wouldn’t even be a consideration to many people. However, a recent trend among quality-of-life advocates has appeared with the use of art therapy for prison inmates, including people with life […]

 By Rebecca Howe and Emily Heinz

Community Policing: An Innovative Strategy in South Philadelphia

Community Policing: An Innovative Strategy in South Philadelphia

THE VIEW FROM THE POLICE The officers of the South Street police detail, located at Ninth and South streets, attended a Friday evening roll call in preparation to head out to serve and protect the area. With their helmets on and their bikes ready, the police officers are prepared for another night of interaction with […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny and Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: Foundation Seeks to Stop Violence

Ridge Avenue: Foundation Seeks to Stop Violence

On a spring afternoon in 1992, Sultan Jihad Ahmad got into a fight with two youths close to his age. With a shotgun in their possession, the opposing youth shot 15-year-old Ahmad six times–once in each leg, once in his side, once in his back and a final shot in the back of his head. […]