Northern Liberties

 By Diana Cooper

Kensington: Little Shop of Dresses Attracts New Customers to Girard Avenue

Kensington: Little Shop of Dresses Attracts New Customers to Girard Avenue

Little Shop of Dresses, formerly known as Once Wed Again, celebrated its grand opening last weekend with discount deals, hors d’oeuvres, champagne and a flock of new customers. “­­­It’s an awesome store,” Yuliya Luts, a local resident, said. “It’s beautiful, [there are] lots of stuff here and the owner is a good girl.” After having […]

 By Diane Scafidi and Victoria Holmes

Northern Liberties: Park Went from Tannery to Greenery

Northern Liberties: Park Went from Tannery to Greenery

The Weeders Club brings gardening gloves and meets for coffee and snacks at Liberty Lands Park for the sole purpose of tending to the community gardens of 37 plots. The Weeders Club is an informal club that consists of neighborhood volunteers. “Every Saturday morning, a collection of us shows up,” Jennifer Gold, garden coordinator at […]

 By Diane Scafidi and Victoria Holmes

Northern Liberties: Need for More Parking, Less Barking for New Market

Northern Liberties: Need for More Parking, Less Barking for New Market

The 900 block of New Market Street typified what much of Northern Liberties looked like. On this one small block, there was a mixture of old row homes occupi0d by longtime residents of the area mixed in with newly constructed condominiums occupied by renters attracted by the gentrification of the neighborhood. During the day, this […]

 By Diane Scafidi and Victoria Holmes

Northern Liberties: Community Concerned About Safety After Fatal Shooting

Northern Liberties: Community Concerned About Safety After Fatal Shooting

Residents of Northern Liberties voiced concerns about the need for an increased police presence in the wake of a shooting yesterday outside a popular bar and restaurant in their neighborhood. The victim, Maurice Kimble of Upper Darby, was shot outside the PYT Restaurant. He was later pronounced dead of his wounds at Hahnemann Hospital. The […]

 By Abby Rosier

Northern Liberties: Residents Receive Free Rain Barrels to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Northern Liberties: Residents Receive Free Rain Barrels to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

The City of Philadelphia is taking strides to address stormwater runoff that has been polluting and eroding creeks and rivers, including the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. The Energy Coordinating Agency and Philadelphia Water Department have provided free rain barrels to the residents of Northern Liberties in order to promote reducing storm water flows to the […]

 By Jade C. McKenzie and Connor Showalter

Northern Liberties: Shop Owner Takes Pride in Business Ventures

Northern Liberties: Shop Owner Takes Pride in Business Ventures

Philadelphia is emerging from rundown outskirts to a new uptown feel with the help of local shop owners planning to defend the crown of the city and help the planning commission revamp and realize they aren’t the only ones seeking a new vision. A New York native turned Philadelphia businessman plans to renovate the city […]

 By Nick Vadala and Sarah Schu

Northern Liberties: Philadelphia Freelancers Have a Home at Devnuts

Northern Liberties: Philadelphia Freelancers Have a Home at Devnuts

Devnuts, located in a 3,000-square-foot collaborative workspace in Northern Liberties, is an organization started in the spring of 2007 by former Drexel students Chris Alfano and John Fazio. Briefly, Devnuts welcomes freelance web developers and designers to make use of their unique incubation space. Matt Monihan, a graduate of the Drexel University School of Business […]

 By Emily Tenenbaum

Northern Liberties: Gardening with Fish

Northern Liberties: Gardening with Fish

It’s the end of spring and heading toward summer. All of the plants are coming into bloom. Everywhere you can see small and large urban gardens throughout the city. All plant life seems to be blooming in green and various bright, brilliant colors. Many of the gardens are a pleasing sight to the eye, yet, […]

 By Samantha Richcrick

Northern Liberties: Pet Expo Seeks Homes for Rescued Dogs

Northern Liberties: Pet Expo Seeks Homes for Rescued Dogs

Man’s best friend is one of the victims of the downturn in the economy. Many families have had to make the difficult decision to give up their beloved pet for adoption to an animal shelter or animal rescue because they can no longer afford them. “We used to receive five percent to 10 percent from owner […]

 By Anna Hyclak

Northern Liberties: Small Businesses Coping with Recession

Northern Liberties: Small Businesses Coping with Recession

The buzz surrounding the project helped attract a diverse group of more than 30 small businesses to the Piazza’s commercial space, including restaurants, galleries, boutiques and a record store. But when the Piazza finally opened on May 16, 2009, Philadelphia was in the heat of a recession. The unemployment rate soared to a staggering 10 […]

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