River Wards

 By Melanie Menkevich and Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Will Run for Beer

Fishtown: Will Run for Beer

[vimeo 20291164] Free beer was less than 10 minutes away but took 30 minutes to find. The meandering roads of Fishtown led to the winding streets of Kensington and then finally to the stark brick façade of the Philadelphia Brewing Co. (PBC). “Are you looking for the tour?” asked a man moving boxes of freshly […]

 By Melanie Menkevich and Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Artist Sketches the Neighborhood’s History

Fishtown: Artist Sketches the Neighborhood’s History

[vimeo 20375212] Sketches of Fishtown, an art project aimed at fighting gentrification and highlighting the positives in Fishtown, is Jeff Kilpatrick’s gift to his neighborhood. “A lot of things were changing in the neighborhood and a lot of new people were moving in and a lot our old neighbors were moving out,” said Kilpatrick.  “[I […]

 By Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Making Harmony

Fishtown: Making Harmony

[vimeo 20375446] Three musicians are standing outside of a recording studio, talking among one other. Guitars and musical equipment are piled nearby. The conversation resembles a chemistry worthy of band members or life-long friends. But one of them is a teacher, and the other two are students. As the rehearsal room opens, it’s clear that […]

 By Jenn Matusiak and Melanie Menkevich

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Tears fell amidst empty desks and rules of grammar chalk-written on the blackboard.   Candace Morris held back more as she spoke of the Salesian tradition of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. “We try to teach our students […] that you’re not expected to be everything; you’re only expected to be who you are […]

 By Jenn Matusiak and Melanie Menkevich

Fishtown: Vegan Anyone?

Fishtown: Vegan Anyone?

[vimeo 20332435] Fishtown’s old souls brew Folgers and dip their sugary doughnuts in a coffee cup full of whole milk and granulated white sugar. Other Fishtowners take a more dietary-conscious approach.  They see this morning ritual as a lifestyle choice and expect more from their daily wakeup routines.  Their doughnuts are made with flaxseed and […]

 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 Aimee Otis

Port Richmond: Vacant Lots

Port Richmond: Vacant Lots

Marilyn Dombowski awakes each morning to a constant reminder of the vacant lot issue in Philadelphia and Port Richmond, because whenever she wants to sit on her porch, an abandoned lot is the first thing that she sees. “I have one crappy view from my porch,” Dombowski said, “that’s why I don’t like sitting out […]

 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 Bonnie Dugan

Port Richmond: Does a Pink Tank Create Beauty?

Port Richmond: Does a Pink Tank Create Beauty?

A  pink tank sits in the middle of a green grass lot located between Susquehanna and Norris Street, along Frankford Avenue.  It was originally created for the annual Kinetic Sculpture Derby, an event that the Kensington and surrounding areas look forward to each year.  This particular device is a six-man, powered-operated machine that stands out […]

 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 […]