Northern Liberties

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Kensington: After-School Program Allows For A Comeback In The Arts

Kensington: After-School Program Allows For A Comeback In The Arts

After the school day was over at John Moffet Elementary, eager students sat attentively in an auditorium holding a tabla (“hand drum”) in one arm while rhythmically tapping with the other. With the help of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Moffet has been able to maintain an after-school program that focuses on enriching students through art […]

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Fitness: Five Unique Places to Get Healthy

Fitness: Five Unique Places to Get Healthy

With so many fitness options in Philadelphia, it is tough to find a place that offers unique programs and experiences that you cannot get elsewhere. Several places around the city allow for a different way to help you feel your best. Warrior Gym – South Philadelphia Located in South Philadelphia near the corner of 12th and Mifflin […]

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Olde Kensington: Imam Aims To Build Stronger Ties Within The Community

Olde Kensington: Imam Aims To Build Stronger Ties Within The Community

Mohamed Shehata, an imam at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, was born and raised in Egypt. An imam at a mosque typically leads prayer and leads the mosque. Shehata came into the Philadelphia community in 2001 after accepting the offer of leading the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society community. Since then, he has worked on building better relationships between Muslims and […]

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Kensington/Northern Liberties: Five Coffee Shops Worth Visiting

Kensington/Northern Liberties: Five Coffee Shops Worth Visiting

Gentrification of Northern Liberties and Kensington has shifted these neighborhoods into a new direction. With many diverse people living the area, it has caused a rise in the openings of new cafes. According to a 2015 report on the city’s independent economy published by the Center City District, the number of self-employed people ranges from 30,000 to 35,000. Some come to cafes to […]

 

Amateur Sports: Philadelphia Cornhole Becoming a Stitch in Philadelphia Community

Amateur Sports: Philadelphia Cornhole Becoming a Stitch in Philadelphia Community

Cornhole, like most sports, has the power to bring people together, and sometimes that comradery translates into other areas of life. Andy Banas and Chad Puchalski created the Philadelphia Cornhole League in 2013. They are also business partners at Independence Print Company, which specializes in screen printing, embroidery and promotional products. [vimeo 146930934 w=500 h=281] “We saw the opportunity build […]

 

Northern Liberties: With Increased Crime Comes Self-Defense Classes

Northern Liberties: With Increased Crime Comes Self-Defense Classes

After a 20-year-old waitress named Sabina O’Donnell was beaten, raped and strangled in Northern Liberties five years ago, Lawrence Whitaker, chief instructor of at Urban Defense on 6th Street near Fairmount Avenue, knew he needed to do something so the same wouldn’t happen to others. He started a class, Defense for Women, which teaches women the skills […]

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Northern Liberties: Liberty Lands Brings the Community Closer

Northern Liberties: Liberty Lands Brings the Community Closer

The Liberty Lands committee wakes up early many Saturday mornings not to drink coffee and relax but to plant trees, clean up trash and pull out weeds from more than 30 garden plots. Liberty Lands sits along North 3rd Street in Northern Liberties, covering two acres of land. The existence and upkeep of this park is all […]

 

Northern Liberties: Getting the Community’s Hands Dirty

Northern Liberties: Getting the Community’s Hands Dirty

Terrariums hang from the ceiling and green plants are everywhere inside City Planter. The former warehouse on 4th Street neat Brown is now a gardener’s sanctuary, with shelves of green plants and colorful flowers spilling out to the sidewalk, bringing their store out into the community. The employees take great pride in the work they do for the store, their […]

 

Northern Liberties: How a Business Owner Ditched the Usual

Northern Liberties: How a Business Owner Ditched the Usual

From small, intimate restaurants with tables under twinkling lights to hardcore boxing and martial arts gyms, Northern Liberties is a place to discover hidden gems. Ritual Ritual is no exception. The 2nd Street store welcomes you into their world of design, creativity and inspiration as soon as you open the door. Owner Angela Monaco, 30, […]

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Northern Liberties: Fitness Trainer Takes the Extra Steps to Bring Strength to Philadelphia

Northern Liberties: Fitness Trainer Takes the Extra Steps to Bring Strength to Philadelphia

John Edwin, founder of Strength Personal Training and co-owner of Strength Academy in Northern Liberties, works everyday to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle and reach out to the community around him and beyond. How did you get started in the fitness training business?  I have a degree is exercise physiology and my initial thought was […]