Chinatown

 

South Philadelphia: Voices of Violence

South Philadelphia: Voices of Violence

For five years, Trang Dang has been labeled a victim. “For me, the definition is very hazy,” she said. “But people have always identified me as a victim of violence, so I was like, ‘OK, I guess I was one.’” On Dec. 3, 2009, the day that a wave of anti-Asian racial violence burst through […]

 

Callowhill: Post-Industrial Area Continues to Evolve

Callowhill: Post-Industrial Area Continues to Evolve

Past: Sewing Industry Centralized in Callowhill “The sewing industry was very prominent in the Callowhill neighborhood before the early 1990s,” said Bob Weinstein (right). Weinstein’s father bought the building at 1025 Cherry St. for a commercial sewing machine business in 1951 and Bob Weinstein has been working in the area since 1961. In 1992, Weinstein […]

 

Chinatown: Parking Program Assists Businesses and Customers

Chinatown: Parking Program Assists Businesses and Customers

Philadelphia is a city full of historical places to see, restaurants to eat in and museums to visit. Many of these locations can be found in Chinatown, making it a destination for tourists and city residents alike. Although it is a popular area, some tend to avoid it due to problems with traffic and parking. […]

 

Callowhill: Gallery Owners Showcase Cambodian History and Culture

Callowhill: Gallery Owners Showcase Cambodian History and Culture

In what appears to be a nondescript building on North 11th Street in Callowhill  (sometimes referred to as the Loft District), an organization of artists and art galleries have established spaces to work and show their talents to the Philadelphia area. Among these are the Napoleon gallery, Apple Jacks Studio, and Marginal Utility Inc. The building is owned […]

 

Chinatown: New Restaurants Transform the Area

Chinatown: New Restaurants Transform the Area

Several new restaurants, including Dim Sum Hand Drawn Noodle, Szechuan Dim Sum Restaurant and Hippot Shabu Shabu, launched in Chinatown after this past summer. The area is undergoing a transformation with an influx of immigrants and restaurants, bringing in new tastes and enriching the diversity of this historic neighborhood. “New restaurants that opened in recent years […]

 

Loft District: Creating Green Space on The Old Rail Line.

Loft District: Creating Green Space on The Old Rail Line.

Sarah McEneaney is a painter in the Loft District who began the Reading Viaduct Project in 2003 along with John Struble, a woodworker who also lives in the neighborhood. The project merged with Friends of the Rail Park in October 2013 and they now work together to push for a continuous, three-mile, linear park and recreational […]

 

Chinatown: An Educational Anchor in The Community

Chinatown: An Educational Anchor in The Community

Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School is an anchor in the North Chinatown/ Loft District. The school, which is located on Callowhill Street near 10th, has helped to establish the area as a neighborhood and strengthens the identity of the Chinatown community. FACTS was founded in 2005 by Asian Americans United. It accepts students from kindergarten to eighth […]

 

Chinatown/Loft District: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Provides Stability for Homeless

Chinatown/Loft District: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Provides Stability for Homeless

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, located on 13th at Vine Street, is both the largest emergency shelter and largest indoor feeder of the homeless in the Center City area. Executive Director Dick McMillen (above) was first introduced to the world of rescue mission work when he was in high school and has been involved ever since. […]

 

Chinatown: The Final Night Market of 2014

Chinatown: The Final Night Market of 2014

The final Night Market of the year hit Chinatown last Thursday, with more than 60 of the city’s food trucks along with live music and traditional Chinese dances. The Food Trust organized the first Night Market in Philadelphia in 2010 and it has hosted one of the events on the streets of Chinatown for four years in a row. […]

 

Chinatown: Five Types of Authentic Chinese Foods You Need to Try

Chinatown: Five Types of Authentic Chinese Foods You Need to Try

Food diversity is a part of the Chinese culture due to the abundance of local resources in the different areas of China. When Chinese immigrants came to America, they brought their cooking styles along with them and often catered them to American tastes in order to make a profit. In neighborhoods like Chinatown, however, the […]