River Wards

 By Melanie Menkevich and Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Through Bikes and Bars

Fishtown: Through Bikes and Bars

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 like this […]

 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

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 of the […]

 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 Meghan Grever, Lydie Miller and Anthony Trivelli

Pulaski Park: Once Forgotten, Now Found

Pulaski Park: Once Forgotten, Now Found

On an unseasonably warm March afternoon, a group of four fishermen lines the pier at Pulaski Park. They bait their hooks with shrimp and cast their lines into the Delaware River. Some days they catch catfish. Other days they don’t. But they visit the park frequently, especially in the warmer months, to fish and to […]

 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 Anthony Trivelli

Port Richmond Industry: Giving Back

Port Richmond Industry: Giving Back

Imagine driving through an industrial complex. Instantly, your mind flashes to smoking pipelines that are beating our ozone layer into a bloody pulp. You imagine lonely, littered, and seemingly abandoned streets. You see lines of over-sized factories surrounded in menacing barbed wire fences and uninviting empty lots that you know could be used for so […]