Manayunk

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Family, Funk and Fun

Manayunk: Family, Funk and Fun

On the corner of Main and Gay streets, Laura Cheadle and her band impressed a gathering of music lovers basking on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Manayunk. Cheadle boasted her band’s family routes.  Her father, James Cheadle, accompanied the keyboard while two of her brothers completed the ensemble–James Cheadle on an addtional keyboard and Nick Cheadle on […]

 By Julie Achilles and Damon Fillman

Manayunk: Fun Run for Fools

Manayunk: Fun Run for Fools

Despite the chilly winds and misty rain on Friday, no spirits were dampened as more than 200 people dressed in bright colors and silly wigs gathered to participate in the inaugural Manayunk Fools Run. Although the title conjures visions of a rowdy Main Street pub crawl, this 5K charity run along the Fairmount Park Towpath […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

East Falls: Business Opportunities

East Falls: Business Opportunities

For businesses looking to set up shop in Philadelphia, plenty of options are available–and while Center City offers a great, urban location for new businesses, East Falls is being promoted as a setting with unique characteristics. Gina Snyder, director of the East Falls Development Corp., helps outline opportunities in East Falls to prospective business owners. […]

 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 […]