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Bella Vista/Queen Village: Five Places to Grab a Cup of Joe

Bella Vista/Queen Village: Five Places to Grab a Cup of Joe

Bella Vista and Queen Village are neighborhoods in South Philadelphia that won’t stop growing. With a highly walkable neighborhood and an abundance of retail and restaurants, there are always great options to grab a cup of coffee or tea. Whether you want to enjoy a beverage in the comforts of these diverse coffee shops, or […]

 

Queen Village: Community Gardeners Prepare for Winter

Queen Village: Community Gardeners Prepare for Winter

As the temperatures dropped, local gardeners came out in droves to clean up their community garden before hanging up their racks, hoses, pruners and shovels for the season. The Southwark Queen Village Community Garden hosted its fifth cleanup before the approaching winter season after months of growing plants, fruits, herbs and vegetables. Gardeners pruned dry leaves […]

 

Hawthorne: Men are Ready, Willing and Able to Make a Change in Their Lives

Hawthorne: Men are Ready, Willing and Able to Make a Change in Their Lives

Some days, Sylvester Cooper, spends seven consecutive days at work, cooking and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to the men at Ready, Willing and Able on Bainbridge Street. Cooper, 55, is a kitchen supervisor at RWA but it wasn’t always that way. The Philadelphia native once struggled with drugs and alcohol addiction to the point where he […]

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Bella Vista: Parishioners Study Family Teachings, Offer Church Tours Ahead of Papal Visit

Bella Vista: Parishioners Study Family Teachings, Offer Church Tours Ahead of Papal Visit

People all over the world have anticipated the arrival of Pope Francis to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, which is the largest gathering of Catholic families in the world. One local South Philadelphia parish in Bella Vista shared plans and preparation for the pope’s visit to Philadelphia. Saint Paul and Saint Mary Magdalen […]

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Queen Village/Bella Vista/Hawthorne: Five Great Parks

Queen Village/Bella Vista/Hawthorne: Five Great Parks

Where does one go when all the popular and well-known parks in the city like Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square are too crowded? Head South. In the Queen Village, Bella Vista and Hawthorne area of South Philadelphia, there are a variety of great parks to choose from. Many people go to these parks to relax, walk […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: The Art of Removing Graffiti

Arts & Entertainment: The Art of Removing Graffiti

Artistic creation can be visually appealing to anyone. Street art is a way for people to share their work with a broad audience without the awkwardness of attending a cramped gallery showing. It is right in front of them whether they like it or not. Some street art is commissioned, other street art is illegal […]

 

South Philadelphia: Influx of Youth, Dwindling Faith and a Shifting Cultural Melting Pot

South Philadelphia: Influx of Youth, Dwindling Faith and a Shifting Cultural Melting Pot

The idea of South Philadelphia generates several common images of cheesesteaks, rabid sports fans and scenes of Rocky Balboa running through the Italian Market. The South Philadelphia area, particularly east of Broad Street, had been one of the most popular landing spots for Italian immigrants moving to Philadelphia in the 19th and 20th centuries. The […]

 

Bella Vista: Food Artist Promotes Healthy Habits

Bella Vista: Food Artist Promotes Healthy Habits

Linda Fernandez wanted to make Cheez-It art. “Why not?” she said to her two colleagues at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in the Bella Vista neighborhood of South Philadelphia. “There’s already holes in them for you to work with.” Fernandez has continuously looked for new ways to express herself through art. Lately, she has […]

 

South Street: Meet Isaiah Zagar, the Mosaic Man

South Street: Meet Isaiah Zagar, the Mosaic Man

Anyone who knows Philadelphia artist Isaiah Zagar will tell you that he is a storyteller at heart. His stories are told through the jagged and shimmering pieces of tile, glass and what some would consider garbage that he has arranged into large-scale mosaic masterpieces. For those who don’t know Zagar personally, they are likely to […]

 

Queen Village: A Modern Makeover for Fabric Row

Queen Village: A Modern Makeover for Fabric Row

Business owners on South Fourth Street have been actively working with the Headhouse District on an ongoing streetscape project. Located between South and Catherine Streets, the area is well-known as Historic Fabric Row. It became a hot spot for Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s who made a living by selling textiles. As businesses became successful after World War II, many […]