In a conversation with Jeff Graybill, the project engineer for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, his enthusiasm about his current undertaking is nothing less than contagious. Graybill is presently leading a construction site at 22nd and Venango streets in the Nicetown/Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia, and he’s excited about it. The building, being created by the […]
Temple University’s brand new School of Medicine building may look shiny, fancy and full of activity on the outside, but Tioga businessman Andrei Soldatov said the inside is a whole different story. “It’s like a ghost building,” Soldatov said of the building’s interior. “It looks nice, but it’s almost empty.” Though he is not affiliated […]
Most people need nothing more than snacks, soda and cigarettes from their local corner grocery store. They don’t expect to find rows of fish laid out on mounds of ice, with pairs of beady round eyes peering through the glass display case. That is exactly what one will find at Wayne & Berkley II, though, […]
When some teens at the Allegheny West Foundation’s after-school program were sent texts encouraging them to attend the recent flash mobs in Center City, they ignored them altogether and stayed in the center, reading and socializing. Jacques Louis, child development director of the program, located at the Panati Recreation Center at 22nd and Clearfield streets, […]
In the concrete jungle of North Philadelphia, amid the broken sidewalks, fading stop signs and aging brownstones, stands a refreshingly out-of-place building. Its small garden peels back from the sidewalks of the quiet block. The refurbished warehouse and former conveyor belt storage unit no longer looks like the industrial building it once was. Instead, the […]
Like every agency within city government, the Philadelphia Police Department has taken some cuts in its budget. But 39th Police District Capt. Stephen Glenn wouldn’t know anything about that. “We’re not doing any worse off,” Glenn said. “With budget restrictions I don’t know if the police department is hiring at the same level now. But […]
Not many in Nicetown or Tioga can say their neighborhood doesn’t have multiple options when it comes to public transportation from SEPTA. All Regional Rail lines, except the R4, crisscross the neighborhood like a deformed tic-tac-toe board. Buses constantly crawl across various streets in the neighborhood. SEPTA’s CCT Connect for disabled riders is also in […]
The bookstores of the Tioga and Nicetown community are much more than stacks of literature and textbooks. They serve as a forum for the community and an educational outlet for the people of the neighborhood. When customers walk up to the poster-clad staircase of Black and Nobel Bookstore, the employees and owner Hakim Hopkins immediately welcome them with smiles and hearty handshakes. It seems as if Hopkins knows just about every customer on a personal basis.