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Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

The Latino population in our area is rich in diversity and culture. There are many local high-profile Hispanic trends and restaurants. Here are five things which you may not know about. The Mexican Consulate Works Closely With the Mexican Cultural Center: Located on the second floor of the Bourse Building at 111 South Independence Mall […]

 

Kensington: Congreso Partners with Comcast to Beautify the Community

Kensington: Congreso Partners with Comcast to Beautify the Community

The Latino community was out in full force for Comcast Cares Day at Congreso’s headquarters at 215 West Somerset St. in eastern North Philadelphia. The partnership between Comcast and Congreso had volunteers show up as early as 8 a.m. undeterred by the brisk, windy conditions. “I promise and have it on good authority that it’s […]

 

Latino Philadelphia: 5 People Making a Difference

Latino Philadelphia: 5 People Making a Difference

Father Bruce Lewandowski (above), Vicar for Cultural Ministries, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For the past three years Father Bruce Lewandowski has overseen the Office for Hispanic Catholics as the Vicar for Cultural Ministries at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. His primary goal is to make sure the estimated 200,000 Hispanic Catholics of Philadelphia know that the church […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Fairhill: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Media coverage in Fairhill tends to be of a negative nature, usually focusing on crime. In order to provide a better understanding of this unique and culturally diverse community, here are five things you might not know about this neighborhood.   1. Fairhill houses the largest Latino population within the city. Sixty percent of Fairhill’s population is of […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Latino Organizations Band Together for Change

Fairhill: Latino Organizations Band Together for Change

Take a trip up 5th Street between Cumberland Street and Allegheny Avenue and you’ll be transported to Fairhill, a district distinct from any other neighborhood in the city. Puerto Rican flags adorn almost every conceivable surface, from porch awnings to car antennae to license plates – an unmistakable indicator of the residents’ ethnic roots. You’ll be […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Centro Musical Is More Than Just Music

Fairhill: Centro Musical Is More Than Just Music

Latin music radiates along El Centro de Oro, the block along 5th Street near Lehigh Avenue, drawing a steady stream of customers into the store like the warm, familiar voice of a close friend. Centro Musical is deeply entwined with El Centro de Oro, or “The Golden Block,” the colloquial nickname for the neighborhood, and has […]

 By Charles Brown

Fairhill: Demolished Landmark Symbolizes Tough Times for Catholic Parishes

Fairhill: Demolished Landmark Symbolizes Tough Times for Catholic Parishes

The image is all too familiar of Industrial Era edifices – crumbling walls, blown-out windows, a palpable eeriness from the abandonment.  But this isn’t a description of the typical forsaken warehouse that has come to define North Philadelphia’s landscape. The blighted building in question is the remains of St. Bonaventure, a once-looming Gothic church that […]

 

El Bloque de Oro: the Cultural Center of Latino Philadelphia

El Bloque de Oro: the Cultural Center of Latino Philadelphia

Spending a day in “El Bloque de Oro” will have you thinking you’re in a tropical Caribbean island. Fake palm trees sit on every corner down North Fifth Street while store signs are read in Spanish. It is very possible to spend the entire day in this neighborhood and function perfectly only speaking Spanish while […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Historic Fairhill Cleans Up the Neighborhood

Modest and unassuming Quaker memorials at the Fairhill Burial Ground reach no taller than a shinbone and stand in great contrast to the looming trees growing throughout the cemetery. “Quakers believe in the inherent equality of all people and that no one person is over another,” said Brandi Levine, executive director of Historic Fairhill Inc. […]

 

Taller Puertorriqueño: The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia

Taller Puertorriqueño: The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia

Although Taller Puertorriqueño is divided into two buildings one block apart, the organization is united in its mission to develop and promote Latino art and culture in the community. Since 1974, Taller has been at the heart of the art scene in El Bloque de Oro providing the community with art and art-based educational programs for […]