Fishtown

 By Melanie Menkevich and Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Through Bikes and Bars

Fishtown: Through Bikes and Bars

[vimeo 20289764] A black SUV drives down a lit Girard Avenue, music blaring and tires screeching.  Two girls lean out of the window and scream in unison, “It’s thirsty Thursday!” Conveying the mood of the evening, the young patrons of a local bar watch the vehicle drive by and smile, as if in agreement.  Sightings […]

 By Tiffany Wilson and Danielle Wilmer

Fishtown: Going Green in Housing

Fishtown: Going Green in Housing

Improved recycling, hybrid cars and other ways of going green have become increasingly popular in recent years. “It’s a pattern, not a trend,” says Jim Maransky, owner and developer of The IceHouse Condominiums, located in the heart of Fishtown.  Maransky says: “No one is buying cars that get eight miles to the gallon anymore.  Why […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Fishtown: Taking a Gamble

Fishtown: Taking a Gamble

[vimeo 18642359] The frantic lights of the slots machine reflecting off the mirrored walls, the metronome-like rhythm of the roulette wheel carrying both a small steel ball and the hopes of many, the roar from a craps table after the roll of a seven and the curious absence of windows and clocks are all hallmarks […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Is Gambling Addictive?

Is Gambling Addictive?

Bill Kearney is a self-described “former compulsive casino gambling degenerate.” And even though he stops short of the word addict, many who are seduced by lure of fast money and big winnings find themselves in the clutches of an often misunderstood and underreported form of addiction. Take Kearney’s story. An entrepreneur in his twenties, he […]

 By Brian Gatti

Fishtown: Firefighters Unhappy with Mayor’s Budget Cuts

Fishtown: Firefighters Unhappy with Mayor’s Budget Cuts

Imagine, for a moment, you are back in elementary school. You are the kid who is always being bullied around and picked on. Perhaps you were. You know what it feels like, and it isn’t a good feeling. The people of the Fishtown community in Philadelphia could make a case for being bullied. The only […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Fishtown and its Parks

Fishtown and its Parks

Catherine Whalen’s day begins like many young, single mothers. Her alarm clock pierces the calm of the Fishtown morning at 6 a.m., leaving her just enough time to get her two children out of bed, fed, dressed and prepared for school and for her to arrive at work on time.  In the afternoon, the process […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Rock ‘n’ Roll Renaissance Revives Fishtown

Rock ‘n’ Roll Renaissance Revives Fishtown

When you think of music in Philadelphia, undoubtedly certain areas come to mind: the melodic jazz tones born of North Philadelphia, the gritty, stark hip hop that rises from the tough streets of the western reaches of the city, the soaring strings of Gamble and Huff’s downtown soul or the smooth voices of the street […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Fishtown’s Music

Fishtown’s Music

A slideshow illustrating some of the hottest spots for today’s up-and-coming music acts. Featuring the song “Comin’ Home” by Murder by Death, who recently performed at Johnny Brenda’s.

 By Justin Elson

Fishtown: The Writing on the Wall

Fishtown: The Writing on the Wall

Running down Frankford Avenue to catch an arriving train, we can hear the reverberations grow louder, amplified through the steel supports that line the street. We hustle up the steps, taking two or three at a time, move through the turnstile with an urban-honed precision and dash toward the end of the platform in a […]

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