Northern Liberties

 

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 […]

 

Port Richmond: ‘River Wards Cafe’ and Apartments Coming to Richmond Street

Port Richmond: ‘River Wards Cafe’ and Apartments Coming to Richmond Street

When Joe Livewell uncovered the “ghost sign” beneath the plaster, a hand-painted advertisement of a boy holding bread, it solidified the fact that Richmond Street was once a place for foot traffic, a place where ads, like the one for Kolb’s Pan-Dandy Bread, were viewed on a street that held and still holds much of Port […]

 

Northern Liberties: Dancing Towards a Better Future

Northern Liberties: Dancing Towards a Better Future

Living Arts Dance and Fitness Studio was started by Jaquetta Colson. Originally form Washington, D.C., Colson studied dance at the Duke Ellington School for Performing Arts as well as the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre School in New York. Colson also studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she earned her B.F.A. […]

 

Northern Liberties: Healing, Helping and Finding Homes for Animals

Northern Liberties: Healing, Helping and Finding Homes for Animals

Street Tails Animal Rescue’s mission is to give the homeless and unwanted the second chance they all deserve- with a focus on those with special needs. The volunteers at STAR devote their time, energy, and love to give those animals another shot at a happy healthy life. One of the unique qualities of STAR is […]

 

Northern Liberties: ‘Fight Firm MMA’ Teaches Hard-Hitting Art of Muay Thai

Northern Liberties: ‘Fight Firm MMA’ Teaches Hard-Hitting Art of Muay Thai

Mixed martial arts, particularly under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner, is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. According to Sports Business Daily, MMA had the 13th-largest general fan base and eighth-largest general fan base out of every sport in the world in 2012. Considering the UFC was purchased by Zuffa in January 2001, the rapid […]

 

Northern Liberties: Finding a STAR in the Community

Northern Liberties: Finding a STAR in the Community

The Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR) is an organization that has helped to get animals adopted and into good “forever” homes for around 10 years. The animals they receive are older and usually have medical issues. Deb Rand, a woman who never thought she would work at a place like STAR, now sits on the board […]