Point Breeze

 

Point Breeze: Immigrant-Owned Businesses Thrive

Point Breeze: Immigrant-Owned Businesses Thrive

The numerous immigrants that call Point Breeze home brought with them more than their own languages and customs when they settled here: they brought their food. Flavors from Southeast Asia and south of the border crowd store shelves and spice up restaurant menus as immigrant-owned businesses sell a taste of home. El Soto Deli and […]

 

Point Breeze: The Greening of a Neighborhood

Point Breeze homes don’t typically come with yards. An unbroken line of rowhouse after rowhouse is the dominant motif for several blocks on end, going up and down the compact neighborhood wedged just south of Center City between Washington Avenue and Moore Streets. Still, the neighborhood boasts plenty of green. “The philosophy is everything that […]

 

Newbold: The Dolphin Tavern Spurs Change on South Broad Street

Newbold: The Dolphin Tavern Spurs Change on South Broad Street

Pictured above: A female go-go dancer atop a dance-floor platform at The Dolphin Tavern. One afternoon more than a decade ago, Melissa Blimline (as she was then known) wandered to The Dolphin Tavern for a beer while waiting for her bus home to arrive. When she approached the door, however, she found it locked — […]

 

Point Breeze: Neighborhood Bar Becomes Spot for Both Old and New Residents

Point Breeze: Neighborhood Bar Becomes Spot for Both Old and New Residents

“I’m a permanent fixture here,” said Sam DiCarro, a lifelong regular at Tap Room on 19th, a neighborhood bar in Point Breeze. After changing hands many times throughout the years, Michael Strauss and Pete Fry acquired the catty-corner bar in late October. With some cosmetic help, as well as a total rebuild of the food and […]

 

Point Breeze: Aquinas Center Supports Immigrant Communities

The diversity in the residents of Point Breeze is hard to miss. It’s plastered on neighborhood storefronts and in advertisements that hail them back to homelands thousands of miles from Philly. The Aquinas Center, located at the corner of 17th and Morris Streets, was established a little more than a year ago and has since […]

 

Point Breeze: Preserving the Historic 19th Street Baptist Church

Point Breeze: Preserving the Historic 19th Street Baptist Church

The 19th Baptist Street Church reached a crisis point in September of 2011. Hurricane Irene and a small earthquake dislodged much of the exterior masonry and threatened the structural integrity of the building, located at 1235 South 19th Street. The visible exterior issues attracted Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, who condemned the building and threatened […]

 

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry: People Making a Difference

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry: People Making a Difference

They work in Point Breeze and Grays Ferry, from the banks of the Schuylkill River to a skate warehouse on Alter Street, with one goal in mind: improving daily life for their neighbors and their neighborhoods. Meet the men and women turning their passions into positive changes for Point Breeze and Grays Ferry residents.  Scott Kimiec […]

 

Point Breeze: Block Location, Location and Food

Point Breeze: Block Location, Location and Food

Old establishments meet new residential renovations here on the 1100 block of South 15th Street. On the northwest corner, a family deli called Melino’s has been serving up hoagies for generations. “My grandfather started the business in the 1900’s,” said owner Mark Melino. “My Dad worked here, I worked here and my son worked here. We […]

 

Newbold: Change Signals Complacency at 1700 Wharton Street

Newbold: Change Signals Complacency at 1700 Wharton Street

Seventy-year-old Tom Stack hobbles over to his ivy-green recliner and leans back, lighting a cigarette and hoisting his metal cane between his legs. He then stares over the room, points — sans hauteur or pomp — to his assortment of hard-to-come-by antiques and custom-crafted decorations and trails off into a synopsis of life on the […]

 

Newbold: Newbold Neighbors Elect New President

Newbold: Newbold Neighbors Elect New President

Newbold Neighbors Association announced the results of its February annual election, resulting in a handful of fillings for previously unoccupied positions and the naming of its next president, Anthony Coratolo. Coratolo, a 31-year-old engineer who graduated from Drexel University in 2006, previously held a co-chair position on the organization’s Clean and Green Committee, which coordinates organic […]