Fairhill

 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 […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Five Young Leaders

Fairhill: Five Young Leaders

1. “I want to be a journalist because people have the right to know what’s happening in the world around them. I would love to be the vehicle for which people can get those answers,” said 15-year-old Chloe Richardson, who is working every day to become the next big international correspondent. She is particularly interested in […]

 

Fairhill: Spells Writing Lab Fosters Creativity and Literacy

Tucked away on a quiet side street in the Fairhill neighborhood, the Spells Writing Lab sits along the colorful 2500 block of North Alder Street. Mosaic tile and elaborate murals grace the walls of the neighboring buildings, reflecting the creativity that encompasses North Philadelphia’s Village of Arts and Humanities campus. Spells Writing Lab, or Spells, […]

 

Fairhill: Police Athletic League Returns

Fairhill: Police Athletic League Returns

When the PAL Center shut down four years ago due to construction, Chantel Jones said the Fairhill neighborhood took a turn for the worse. “Everybody, since they didn’t have a place to go, they started getting into drugs, they started selling drugs, they started smoking,” said Jones, a PAL volunteer and former member. “I’m the […]

 

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Although they make up just 12 percent of Philadelphia, the city’s Latino population is not shy about making their mark on the community. These are five people within Philadelphia’s Latino community who are dedicated to making a difference. These five people are a small sampling of the noteworthy Latinos who call Philadelphia their home.   […]