Neighborhoods

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Port Richmond: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Port Richmond: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Robert McCormac is a firm believer in the saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” McCormac started out in the salvage business, learning from Jomar retail shop owner, Dick Segal. Segal taught him how to take anything and sell it. After working in the salvage business for many years, McCormac decided to try his luck […]

 

East Falls: Glassblowing Studio Is All Access To The Public

East Falls: Glassblowing Studio Is All Access To The Public

With the help of over-sized tweezers, a wooden paddle and a 2,000 degree furnace, Nikolaj Christensen and his coworkers at East Falls Glassworks are able to turn molten glass into a masterpiece. Nikolaj Christensen is the director and head glassblower at the East Falls Glassworks. Christensen’s passion for glassblowing began in 2001 when taking an […]

 

PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com Magazine

PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com Magazine

In the summer of 2017, through a generous donation from Lew and Janet Klein, PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com invited five former students (Jonathan Ginsburg, Jared Phillips, Ramona Roberts, Brianna Spause and Bob Stewart) to participate in a fellowship program to continue reporting throughout the summer. Each week we posted stories online about the happenings of particular neighborhoods from […]

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Strawberry Mansion: For Students at Hank Gathers Center, Success is Top Priority

Strawberry Mansion: For Students at Hank Gathers Center, Success is Top Priority

It’s 10 a.m. Saturday when the young, aspiring basketball players of Hank Gathers Recreation Center trickle into the gymnasium. By 11 a.m., practice has started. The gym is full as coaches Rodney Richardson and George Major order push-ups and suicides to warm up. The Hank Gathers basketball program has seen its successes including participants and […]

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Brewerytown: Stylist Veronica Dunbar Shares Her ‘Fit for a Queen’ Dream

Brewerytown: Stylist Veronica Dunbar Shares Her ‘Fit for a Queen’ Dream

Veronica Dunbar has called Brewerytown home for two years now. Originally from Southwest Philadelphia, she grew up in her father’s barbershop, where he worked for nearly 40 years. Surrounded by hairstylists from a young age, she knew this would be a profession that would not only feel like home, but bring positivity to those she […]

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Callowhill: Mission Accomplished for Roman Catholic Point Guard Lynn Greer III

Callowhill: Mission Accomplished for Roman Catholic Point Guard Lynn Greer III

As Lynn Greer III warmed up in the layup line before Roman Catholic High School’s game against Neumann-Goretti just over a year ago, the freshman felt pain he never suffered before. When he landed, Greer’s tendon peeled back from his knee cap, but it didn’t totally separate from the knee. So, instead of playing at […]

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North Philadelphia: Colwin Williams Goes From Prison to Protector of City’s At Risk Youth

North Philadelphia: Colwin Williams Goes From Prison to Protector of City’s At Risk Youth

Colwin Williams first began getting in trouble in school, fighting in order to appear tough. As he got older, the trouble continued. He got caught up in drugs and by his early 20s, Williams had spent years in and out of county jail for armed robberies — a result, he said, of trying to support […]

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Germantown: Building Community One Conversation at a Time

Germantown: Building Community One Conversation at a Time

Keith Schenck sees familiar faces on every Germantown corner. Schenck, a photographer, is involved in an artists’ collective as a leader and mentor. He and fellow artists organized two One Love Guns Down events to raise funds to fight gun violence in Philadelphia. He works closely with the Friends of Germantown Northwest to host fundraisers and community-building activities […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Preschools Are Important, But Underfunded

Strawberry Mansion: Preschools Are Important, But Underfunded

Amanda Bowman always imagined herself as a mother. When the time came for her to have children, she was presented with two surprises. The first: she would have to raise them as a single parent. The second: she was having twins. Despite the challenges that faced her, she knew she was going to send them […]

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Local Music: Marley McNamara Builds Community Behind The Scenes

Local Music: Marley McNamara Builds Community Behind The Scenes

Marley McNamara turned her passion for music into a career. McNamara became involved with the Philadelphia music scene through a job tending bar at World Cafe Live. From there, McNamara began booking small shows at the venue. She built friendships with people and started booking shows full-time. McNamara took her music career further and began […]