Port Richmond

 By Doanh Nghiem and Jermar Perry

Port Richmond: Kickin’ it at PAL

Port Richmond: Kickin’ it at PAL

For 19 of the 25 years he’s worn a Philadelphia Police Department uniform Ernie Rehr has worked at the Rizzo Police Athletic League (PAL) center in Port Richmond. “PAL is one of the crime prevention units of the police department where we offer young boys and girls between the ages of six and 18 after […]

 By Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and Danielle Mauro

Port Richmond: Small Businesses Surviving In a Corporate World

Port Richmond: Small Businesses Surviving In a Corporate World

Port Richmond is a neighborhood filled with unique, family owned shops. These “mom and pop” stores are part of what makes this community special to its residents. This community’s family-owned businesses have been around for years and are distinct in what they offer to their loyal customers. Despite their histories and the numerous customers that […]

 By Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste

Port Richmond: Survival on Richmond Street

Port Richmond: Survival on Richmond Street

“Are they giving something away?” asked the trolley driver as he passed Szypula Bakery on Richmond Street in Port Richmond. This line of people pouring out of the doors of Szypula Bakery on Good Friday does not reflect a typical business day. In fact, this scene does not even reflect a typical Friday, as this […]

 By Jermar Perry

Port Richmond: Museum About Slavery

Port Richmond: Museum About Slavery

Joe Ragsdale, owner of the Least We Forget Museum, brushes off the odd fact that his facility focusing on America’s ugly history of slavery seems totally out of place in Port Richmond, a Philadelphia community with few black residents. But, Ragsdale said bluntly, “It’s here because it needs to be here.” The graphic exhibitions inside […]

 By Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and Danielle Mauro

Port Richmond: No Room for Pools

Port Richmond: No Room for Pools

An empty, 40-ounce bottle of Hurricane beer lays poolside at Monkiewicz Recreation Center in Port Richmond. This empty beer bottle is another sign of the lack of funding Philadelphia’s public swimming pools receive, impacting a range of things from simple clean-up to staying open during summer months. According to the “City Budget Breakdown,” only one […]

 By Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and Danielle Mauro

Port Richmond: United by Tragedy

Port Richmond: United by Tragedy

On the 3000 block of Cedar Street in Port Richmond, most of the houses are adorned with orange bows displayed in memory of William “Billy” Panas Jr. Panas was shot and killed by former police officer Frank Tepper on Nov. 21, 2009. According to the testimony of Anthony Picklo, a friend of Billy Panas, he […]

 By Lauren Herman

Port Richmond: Pharmacy Values Community

Port Richmond: Pharmacy Values Community

A small, family-run establishment, the Port Richmond Pharmacy works hard to provide community members with quality care but also tries to make the people of this diverse area feel they are at home when they enter. Brothers Nicholas and John Masino took over as owners of the pharmacy in 2004 in the building that was […]

 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 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 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 […]