Point Breeze

 

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 […]

 

Newbold: reNewbold a ‘Game-Changer’ for Neighborhood

Newbold: reNewbold a ‘Game-Changer’ for Neighborhood

Despite a barrage of snowstorms and nearby gas leaks this winter, LPMG Companies’ reNewbold project at 16th and Moore streets still has Fall 2014 in the crosshairs as a completion date, with the nine-home-construction Phase 1 beginning to wrap up this spring. “It’s been very rough with this weather, and it’s funny because everyone in […]

 

Point Breeze: Local girls learn business basics

From her post at the helm of the Point Breeze Avenue Business Association, Ella Butcher routinely deals with big league movers and shakers to attract new business to The Breeze. After hours, however, she meets with a decidedly younger set of developers: at-risk girls, ages 10 and up. As part of her Peaches and Cream Foundation, the […]

 

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry: People to Know

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry: People to Know

Family, home, work and recreation are the building blocks of a strong community. A functional, healthy community needs dedicated leaders. Some leaders foster new businesses and encourage homeowners, while others provide a safe haven for youth and new immigrants. Meet the men and women working block-by-block to make Point Breeze and Grays Ferry better places […]

 

Newbold: Five Gay Men Keeping Residence in the Neighborhood

Newbold: Five Gay Men Keeping Residence in the Neighborhood

Philadelphia at large is hardly a closeted town. Rainbows mark the city’s Gayborhood street signs as symbols for LGBT-friendly businesses, and it has earned an overall progressive reputation on the national level. Last fall, it nabbed a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard and just last month, Comcast received […]