Manayunk

 By Julie Achilles and Damon Fillman

Manayunk: Main Street’s Hidden History

Manayunk: Main Street’s Hidden History

Just over the Green Lane Bridge at 4441 Main St. in Manayunk resides Loring Aluminum Building Products, which has been serving the tri-state area’s construction needs since 1969. But the story doesn’t end there. The old building that houses Loring was once a hub of Philadelphia vaudeville and cinema in the 1930s and 40s. Main […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Generational Conflict

Manayunk: Generational Conflict

Every Friday night the streets of Manayunk are littered with empty beer bottles and drunken college students stumbling back to their homes.  The locals are tired of it and are demanding a change. The Manayunk Neighborhood Council, a non-profit civic association that advocates for a clean, safe and quiet Manayunk, is determined to battle the […]

 By Damon Fillman

Manayunk: An Author Returns Home

Manayunk: An Author Returns Home

Author Tom McAllister, who grew up on the 300 block of Hermitage Street, returned last week to Manayunk to promote his book, Bury Me in My Jersey, a memoir describing his obsession with football and how it helped him cope with the loss of his father. McAllister, 29, who now lives in New Jersey, remembered a […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: The Spiral Bookcase

Manayunk: The Spiral Bookcase

The Spiral Bookcase, an independent bookstore at 112 Cotton St., welcomed local author Tom McAllister on Saturday to discuss his recent book Bury Me in My Jersey—a memoir detailing the events of a fanatical Philadelphia Eagles’ fan and a tribute to his father. Ann Tetreault, who founded the store last July, tries to host events […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Archilles

Manayunk: Pretzel Park

Manayunk: Pretzel Park

Many families spent time at Pretzel Park over the weekend to enjoy the unusually pleasant weather—with highs in the 60s—stepping away from their heated homes while enjoying games of tag and other fun in the sun activities. Pretzel Park, also known as Manayunk’s Dog Park, was founded in 1920 but not renovated or maintained until […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Divine and Dividing Issues

Manayunk: Divine and Dividing Issues

As they struggle with long-term demographic changes and the impact of a new round of clergy abuse scandals, the Catholic parishes of Manayunk warmly welcomed Cardinal Justin Rigali on Sunday. Cardinal Rigali celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Josaphat’s Church and preached a homily that referred  to the problems outlined recently in a Philadelphia […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Sometimes a bitter winter season can keep an entire neighborhood indoors until it’s time to visit the local baseball team’s spring training, but last weekend Manayunk held an outdoors ice sculpting event that attracted hundreds to Main Street. The event, dubbed Manayunk on Ice, celebrated the ice sculptures of over 30 different artists whom displayed […]

 By Damon Fillman

Manayunk: A Rare Murder?

Manayunk: A Rare Murder?

Manayunk’s pristine, almost idyllic setting is a rare place for a suspicious death, which is why many residents were shocked after hearing about the death of Ellen Rae Greenberg. Greenberg, a 27-year-old teacher at Juniata Park Academy on 801 E. Hunting Park Ave., was discovered fatally stabbed in the chest at her Venice Loft Condominium […]

 By Julie Achilles and Damon Fillman

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Destination Schuylkill Project hosted “Hang Out to Help Out,” a green gathering at the Bourbon Blue in Manayunk on Feb. 5, to garner support and funding for its upcoming projects. The group, which facilitates maintenance of trails, bridges and open space along the river, is purely volunteer-based. “There are projects within our immediate community that […]

 

Manayunk: Friends of the Canal

Manayunk: Friends of the Canal

When a local non-profit organization offers to host events dedicated to educating its citizens about environmental responsibility, it is rarely rejected. Since 1996, Friends of the Manayunk Canal has been operating as a source of protection for Fairmount Park’s Towpath, Venice Island and the Manayunk Canal. How do they remain relevant in the community? By […]

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