Queen Village

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

Queen Village: Historic Homes Have Stories To Tell

Queen Village: Historic Homes Have Stories To Tell

Imagine Queen Village as it was in the early 1800s—a growing community located right outside of the capitol of a fairly recently independent nation. The U.S. Naval Shipyard was on the rise and offering plenty of jobs, although they were very low paying. The devastation of the yellow fever epidemic, which had swept the city […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

Queen Village: Used Book Store Offers More Than Books

Queen Village: Used Book Store Offers More Than Books

Mostly Books, located at 529 Bainbridge St., is not your average used book store. Although it’s mostly books, hence the name, it also carries many other unique items. The store offers used CDs, artwork, personal photographs, DVDs, tapes and books on almost every subject. Mostly Books may look small from the outside, but once inside […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Keeping Health a High Priority

Queen Village: Keeping Health a High Priority

Since its opening in 1969 Essene Market & Café, located at 719 S. Fourth St., has been providing the surrounding neighborhood with the some of the healthiest and most wholesome food around. Not only does Essene support organic and local farmers, it actually has the largest selection of organically grown produce and natural foods in […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin

Bella Vista: Fleisher Art Memorial Encourages the Community to Create

Bella Vista: Fleisher Art Memorial Encourages the Community to Create

Founded in 1898, the Fleisher Art Memorial, which was previously known as the Graphic Sketch Club, had a relatively simple mission—to provide arts education and instruction to individuals within the community. Although the name and the location of the institution have changed over the years, not much else differs in terms of the focus and […]

 By Jessica Gray

South Philadelphia: Nebinger School on the Rise

Faced with low test scores and gentrification in South Philadelphia, Ralph Burnley became the new principal in August of the George W. Nebinger School. The South Philadelphia school, which is located at Sixth and Carpenter streets, lies on the cusp of the up-and-coming Bella Vista and Queen Village neighborhoods. Despite the recent underperformance of the […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

South Philadelphia: The City’s Earliest Suburbs Become a Desired Destination

South Philadelphia: The City’s Earliest Suburbs Become a Desired Destination

Let’s face it, the area is great. It’s old and quaint and its historic charm seems to translate seamlessly with current expectations of modern living. For residents of Bella Vista and Queen Village, many of whom have been living in the area for decades, South Philadelphia is an ideal place to live and invest both […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Reinventing the Wheel

Queen Village: Reinventing the Wheel

The spring-cleaning bug—we’ve all felt it. It’s that almost insatiable need to rearrange a room, dust and polish everything within sight and of course, throw stuff out. It is a time to get rid of all the stuff that you can’t remember why you ever bought in the first place. Out with the old and […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

Queen Village: A Thrift Store Helps AIDS Sufferers

Philly AIDS Thrift located on 514 Bainbridge St.  has a reputation for having almost anything one could possibly think of.  The store has so many items they seemingly fall out of the front door onto the sidewalk. Beyond having a wide variety of clothing, music, jewelry and house wares, Philly AIDS Thrift has a charitable […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

For many individuals living in the city, biking is more than just exercise or a convenient way around town—it is a lifestyle. Thusly, it is important that there are shops around town that cater accordingly to these individuals. This is where Bryan VanArsdale stepped in. Realizing that there was a huge market and need for […]

 By Rebecca Howe and Emily Heinz

Community Policing: An Innovative Strategy in South Philadelphia

Community Policing: An Innovative Strategy in South Philadelphia

THE VIEW FROM THE POLICE The officers of the South Street police detail, located at Ninth and South streets, attended a Friday evening roll call in preparation to head out to serve and protect the area. With their helmets on and their bikes ready, the police officers are prepared for another night of interaction with […]

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