East Falls

 By Kailey Meitzler and Jon Ristaino

East Falls: Residents Worry About Trash Problem

East Falls: Residents Worry About Trash Problem

Trash accumulating on the streets of East Falls is becoming a problem, some residents maintain. Walking along the streets of East Falls, residents see piles of trash along fence lines and around drainage grates. One of the concerns in East Falls is the abundance of unsanitary trash. It only takes a short walk down Ridge […]

 By Jon Ristaino and Kailey Meitzler

East Falls: Tree Tenders Focus on Community

East Falls: Tree Tenders Focus on Community

The presence of the East Falls Tree Tenders can be felt all over the community, as they have planted nearly 1,000 trees on streets, alleys and well-known public places such as Laurel Hill Cemetery since 1995. While the organization has enhanced the streets of East Falls, they pride themselves most on educating the younger people […]

 By Jon Ristaino

East Falls: Glassblowing Provides Art and Opportunities for the Community

East Falls: Glassblowing Provides Art and Opportunities for the Community

For Nikolaj Christensen, the manager of East Falls Glassworks, glassblowing wasn’t always his career path. While finishing his senior year at Washington University in St. Louis Mo., a friend suggested they take a glassblowing class. Once he started, he was hooked and hasn’t stopped since. After graduating with a degree in architecture, Christensen set out […]

 By Kailey Meitzler and Jonathan Ristaino

East Falls: Local Library Serves as Community Center

East Falls: Local Library Serves as Community Center

While the walls of books are characteristic of a typical institution of learning, the Falls of Schuylkill Library is far from commonplace. Laughter and conversations frequently reverberate off the walls of the nearly 100-year-old building. The library is always full of people, as community members use it as a place to learn and to interact […]

 By Alyssa Andrews

East Falls: Community Looks for Business From Abandoned Property

East Falls: Community Looks for Business From Abandoned Property

At the gateway of East Falls on Ridge Avenue, surrounded by a chain-link fence, lays a large empty lot known as “The Rivage.” Gina Snyder, the executive director of the East Falls Development Corp., looks to this site and sees the future of the local business district. In December, the future may become much clearer. […]

 By Alyssa Andrews

East Falls: Meeting Addressed Home Security Concerns

East Falls: Meeting Addressed Home Security Concerns

The Philadelphia Police’s 39th District hosted a neighborhood meeting Monday night to discuss safety and security due to a recent string of robberies in the district, which includes part of East Falls. About fifteen citizens gathered at the district’s office to learn about prevention options and voiced their concerns to Officer Joseph Lukaitis. “Everybody gets […]

 By Josh Verlin and Alyssa Andrews

East Falls: Trolley Car Cafe Celebrates its First Anniversary

East Falls: Trolley Car Cafe Celebrates its First Anniversary

The Trolley Car Cafe is celebrating an anniversary on Wednesday, its first since moving into an old Fairmount Park pool house in East Falls. The cafe, founded as an offshoot of the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy, prides itself on being an eco-friendly BYOB. “We have solar power and grow many of the vegetables […]

 By Genevieve LeMay

East Falls: Laurel Hill Cemetery is More Than a Final Resting Place

East Falls: Laurel Hill Cemetery is More Than a Final Resting Place

  What would you do if you weren’t able to find where your daughter had been buried the other day because the rain had erased all of the marks of a new grave? The horror of burying one’s child is hard enough on any parent, but the added devastation of being unable to identify the […]

 By Genevieve LeMay and Anna Berezowska

East Falls: A Cemetery for Millionaires

East Falls: A Cemetery for Millionaires

  Millionaire’s Row. It’s not exactly something you’d associate with a cemetery. But then again, neither are Atlantic City and Tacony. At least, you wouldn’t by just looking at one of the biggest mausoleums on Millionaire’s Row in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Laurel Hill Cemetery, located on 3822 Ridge Ave., is home to the Disston mausoleum […]

 By Julie Achilles

East Falls: Arthur Ashe Tennis Center Gives Inner-City Students a Second Chance

East Falls: Arthur Ashe Tennis Center Gives Inner-City Students a Second Chance

For much of his life, 15-year-old Timothy Brooks was stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. It wasn’t until he joined the Second Serve Program at the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center in East Falls, that he finally found a place he belonged. Two years ago, Brooks was living in Delaware […]