South Kensington

 

South Kensington: 3rd Ward Showcases Work of Marcella Marsella

South Kensington: 3rd Ward Showcases Work of Marcella Marsella

[vimeo 69430787] “Where were you when Michael Jackson died?” artist Marcella Marsella said as she started her presentation of art work. While a few people remembered their location, others remained silent. Marsella began her slideshow with a Google Maps snapshot pinpointing her exact location outside of the art store and gallery, Needles and Pens in San […]

 By Sara Khan and Alyssa Saylor

Plan Philly: New Brewery Under Construction in South Kensington

Plan Philly: New Brewery Under Construction in South Kensington

The Fifth Street neighborhood block between Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Montgomery and Germantown Avenues will soon be the home of the Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. Construction is under way for this brewery that will also have a restaurant and pub attached. The brewery is expected to open over the summer with the pub’s opening […]

 By Alyssa Saylor and Sara Khan

Plan Philly: South Kensington Business Owner May Lose Seven Properties

Plan Philly: South Kensington Business Owner May Lose Seven Properties

Mel Anthanasiadis, the owner of El Greco Pizza & Luncheonette, has been quite popular over the past year and a half. His struggle to keep his seven properties in South Kensington has been featured in City Paper, News Works and other Philadelphia media outlets. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Arab American Community Development Association […]

 By Sara Khan and Alyssa Saylor

Plan Philly: South Kensington Residents Mixed on Spitting

Plan Philly: South Kensington Residents Mixed on Spitting

Pedestrians need to focus while walking down a street—sometimes just to watch out for spit. South Kensington residents explained that spitting is common. Some said they found it gross, while other residents who do actually spit on the street or sidewalk explained why. “I think it’s disgusting. You shouldn’t be doing that with kids playing […]

 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 Colin Lindsley and Diana Cooper

Kensington: 3rd Ward Opens Its Brooklyn Workspace and Education Center in Philadelphia

Kensington: 3rd Ward Opens Its Brooklyn Workspace and Education Center in Philadelphia

In a former church turned 2,700-square-foot factory building in Kensington, 3rd Ward Philadelphia has been rebuilt to provide the old factory walls with a workshop atmosphere once again. With reconstruction beginning in 2009, 3rd Ward is now finally ready to open its doors at the end of the month. 3rd Ward is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary […]

 By Alyssa Saylor

Plan Philly: South Kensington Residents Volunteer for Philly Cleanup

Plan Philly:  South Kensington Residents Volunteer for Philly Cleanup

[vimeo 63975571] The streets in South Kensington were fairly busy this weekend. Residents were saying goodbye to trash and blight and hello to clean streets. Thanks to help from the South Kensington Community Partners and the Olde Kensington Neighborhood Association, brooms, trash bags, gloves, shovels and other cleaning items were given away to residents to […]

 By Sara Khan and Diana Cooper

Plan Philly: Alternative Currency Aids South Kensington Development

Plan Philly: Alternative Currency Aids South Kensington Development

Cleaning up in South Kensington can have some tasty results—including discounted grilled cheese sandwiches or parlor pizza—as a new alternative community currency strives to reward residents giving back to their neighborhood. “Equal Dollars are not a payment for labor,” said Sara Reed, community outreach and marketing coordinator for Equal Dollars Community Currency. “We give them […]

 By Alyssa Saylor and Sara Khan

Plan Philly: Residents Look Forward to Community Gardens

Plan Philly: Residents Look Forward to Community Gardens

Scarecrows and shovels, trash cans and gardening gloves are strewn about in South Kensington community gardens. Few plants are blooming, but preparations are underway for another year of community-based gardening. “I think that community gardens can really bring people out from the community [and] give you a chance to meet your neighbors or people living […]

 By Sara Khan and Alyssa Saylor

Plan Philly: South Kensington Block Deals with Rodents, Vacancy and Broken Sidewalks

Plan Philly: South Kensington Block Deals with Rodents, Vacancy and Broken Sidewalks

[vimeo 63194999] The 1800 block of North Fourth Street starts with a small yard where children love to play in the summer. Several ignored lots with overgrown grass and trash weave in between the red brick townhouses. The “Rat House”—an abandoned building that breeds fearless rats—sits between another empty lot and a family residence. A […]