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East Falls: Town Watch Is Appreciated but Understaffed

East Falls: Town Watch Is Appreciated but Understaffed

Once every month, Mary Jane Fullman organizes meetings for the East Falls Town Watch, an organization that she has been a part of since its inception in 1998. Since then, she has assumed the role of president within the organization. The East Falls Town Watch consists of 12 people, with Fullman running the entire nonprofit […]

 

Northern Liberties: Five Unique Places To Find Caffeine

Northern Liberties: Five Unique Places To Find Caffeine

Northern Liberties has no shortage of cafés to get caffeine. Throughout this small section of Philadelphia, a number of places offer something unique or with twist to give customers something different to try.   One Shot Coffee One Shot Coffee (seen above), located at 217 W. George St., has a menu full of unique drinks including […]

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West Oak Lane: Five Must-See Landmarks in the Philadelphia National Cemetery

West Oak Lane: Five Must-See Landmarks in the Philadelphia National Cemetery

West Oak Lane is a vibrant residential neighborhood in Upper Northern Philadelphia that is home to one of the United States’ 135 national cemeteries. On the corner of Haines Street and Limekiln Pike lies the Philadelphia National Cemetery, an armed forces cemetery established in 1862. This burial ground contains the graves of soldiers who served […]

 

Mayfair: Good Vibes And Music At The Pennypack Music Festival

Mayfair: Good Vibes And Music At The Pennypack Music Festival

On most summer Wednesday evenings, in the upper part of Mayfair, residents can hear faint sounds coming from the woods. Not the sounds of nature but rather some of the most iconic music songs ever performed. Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, John Mellencamp and Pink Floyd are just some of the […]

 

Nicetown: Empowerment Starts In The Kitchen

Nicetown: Empowerment Starts In The Kitchen

A youth advocate, chef and lifelong North Philadelphia resident, Ariq Barrett saw a lack of role models in his community and wanted to reach youths on a different level. His solution? Black Boyz Can Cook is a program that creates a space where young black boys could learn the principles of healthy eating, entrepreneurship, community […]

 

Point Breeze: Clean Point Breeze Streets Gets Ready To Enter Its Second Phase

Point Breeze: Clean Point Breeze Streets Gets Ready To Enter Its Second Phase

Philadelphia is a city laden with litter on its streets and sidewalks. While the Philadelphia Streets Department outlines its sanitation expectations online, including penalties for not complying with these expectations, residents continue to leave trash on the ground. “There’s a lot of trash, and it needs to be picked up,” said Christopher Lillis, director of […]

 

How To: Help Keep Neighborhood Elections Fair

How To: Help Keep Neighborhood Elections Fair

The primary way democracy thrives and survives is through fair elections. But who exactly is making sure the elections are fair? Is it some far off big-moneyed or well-connected power player? Nope. It’s people from your neighborhood. And if it is not folks you know then it should be you. The people making sure elections […]

 

Parkside: A New Fence and Growing Gardens at the Pump Track.

Parkside: A New Fence and Growing Gardens at the Pump Track.

The Philly Pump Track on Parkside Avenue offers a different bicycle riding experience. It’s called pumping. The idea is to use your body and momentum to propel your way through the track without pedaling. But there is more than just a clay track to ride a bike on at the pump track. Over the past […]

 

Northeast: Brain Waste Drags Down Immigrants And Economy

Northeast: Brain Waste Drags Down Immigrants And Economy

All along Bustleton Avenue are businesses built by foreign-born people who came to the U.S. in pursuit of a better life. Yet many highly educated and skilled immigrants are underemployed in Northeast Philadelphia and the U.S. “Over 40 percent of immigrants in Philadelphia hold at least a bachelor’s degree,” said Nikki Pumphrey, director of strategic […]

 

Northeast Philadelphia: A Home For Immigrants To Live

Northeast Philadelphia: A Home For Immigrants To Live

Since the ’80s, neighborhoods such as Bustleton, Somerton and Fox Chase have become a haven for Eastern European immigrants. Signs written in Russian can be seen throughout Bustleton Avenue, which hosts many immigrant businesses. One immigrant business featured along a strip mall at 9859 Bustleton Ave. is Palace Royal, a kosher restaurant owned by Ukrainian […]

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