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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 […]

 

Queen Village: History of Old Swedes Shapes Its Future

Queen Village: History of Old Swedes Shapes Its Future

When William Penn was designing Philadelphia, he mapped out his ideal city by using a grid system. Modern day Philadelphia greatly differs from Franklin’s plans but his first assigned plot of land remains in existence today as the oldest, still worshipping, church building in Pennsylvania. Gloria Dei Old Swedes’ Episcopal Church resides on four acres […]

 

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 […]

 

Queen Village: Gloria Dei is More Than a Church

Queen Village: Gloria Dei is More Than a Church

Want to hang out with a few of your church leaders from Gloria Dei the Old Swedes’ Episcopal Church? Look for them at the bar. “We grew the hops ourselves,” said Paula Minacci, one of the two church sextons. “Literally right here in the neighborhood.” Minacci, who is responsible for taking care of the church […]

 

Queen Village: The Woman Behind Bus Stop Boutique

Queen Village: The Woman Behind Bus Stop Boutique

“Well, the simple answer is for love,” said London native, Elena Brennan, explaining why she came to America in 1985. After getting married in London, she and her husband at the time moved to the United States. Romanticism and passion go hand-in-hand and Brennan’s fully stocked and beautifully decorated boutique shows the amount of passion she […]

 

Queen Village: Five Thrift Shops Where You Should Buy, Sell and Donate

Queen Village: Five Thrift Shops Where You Should Buy, Sell and Donate

Thrift shops, like Retrospect (above), are popping up all around Philadelphia, and the center of the used and vintage craze is Queen Village. With Fabric Row on 4th Street, many thrift and vintage shops have appeared on neighboring 5th and South Streets. Each one has its own flair. Some take solely donations while others are willing […]

 

Queen Village: The Philly Art Center Offers a Safe Environment to Take Risks and Learn

Queen Village: The Philly Art Center Offers a Safe Environment to Take Risks and Learn

If anybody walked through South Philadelphia, it’s easy to see why Philadelphia seems to be well known as an art scene as of late thanks to mosaic glass walls and building-length murals. Across the street from one particularly bright glass mosaic building stands the Philly Art Center. In a city where schools have been cutting […]

 

South Philadelphia: Five Things To Do This Summer

South Philadelphia: Five Things To Do This Summer

South Philadelphia is home to several summer hotspots, from the Italian Market to Citizens Bank Park. Although open-air markets and Phillies games can be fun, there are a lot of other things do in the area that some locals might not know about. There are a plethora of hidden gems in the city, but these five places are […]

 

South Philadelphia: Five Places to Eat Ethnic Cuisine

South Philadelphia: Five Places to Eat Ethnic Cuisine

Forget Pat’s and Geno’s. South Philadelphia’s food culture encompasses much more than just cheesesteaks. The area is home to a vibrant mix of ethnic communities and it is only apropos that South Philadelphia’s gastronomical offerings reflect that. From homestyle Vietnamese dishes to Middle Eastern schwarma straight off a vertical spit, it’s pretty easy to get a […]

 

5th Street: Five Places You Need To Know

5th Street: Five Places You Need To Know

While 5th Street is home to many diverse groups of people, one aspect seems to be valued among everyone – a close-knit and long-lasting community. These five places have served multiple generations and remain at the heart of what makes 5th Street tick. Centro Musical North 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue  Centro Musical has been […]