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Germantown: Bringing The Farm Life To The City

Germantown: Bringing The Farm Life To The City

Philadelphia holds the fifth largest city population in the United States and largely is made up of rowhomes and businesses along busy streets. One of the major identifiers for large cities is that the high quantity of buildings leads to fewer green spaces than there are in rural areas. Located at 215 E. Penn St., Germantown […]

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Fishtown: Tapping Into The Life Of An Irish Evil Genius

Fishtown: Tapping Into The Life Of An Irish Evil Genius

Trevor Hayward left his home in Ireland and came to the United States in 2007 to continue his education. He is now the co-owner of Evil Genius Beer Company, which opened March 8, 2017 on Front Street in Fishtown. Hayward, 33, lived in Portmarnock, which is near Dublin, for the first 23 years of his life. […]

 

Juniata Park: Alumni Keep Spirit Alive In Word And Deed

Juniata Park: Alumni Keep Spirit Alive In Word And Deed

When Northeast Catholic High School shuttered in 2010, many of its alums were understandably upset. Ask any of the graying men in their signature red caps and sweaters you might see around Northeast Philly, warming bar stools and diner booth seats: Their old haunt, the hallways and classrooms where they became men, was no more. […]

 

Kingsessing: West Philly Waste Opens 2017 Season

Kingsessing: West Philly Waste Opens 2017 Season

It was a mild Wednesday night at Kingsessing Park in West Philadelphia when a group of friends and nearby residents gathered to play a game of softball, thus beginning their weekly summer tradition. Ten years ago, a group of punk rock die-hards bonded over the passion that they shared outside of music: baseball. The group […]

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Point Breeze: Hand-Poke Tattoos Driven By Ancient Spirituality

Point Breeze: Hand-Poke Tattoos Driven By Ancient Spirituality

Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in today’s world as people become more and more aware of diversity and the challenges faced by minority groups all around the globe. And the world of tattooing is no exception. Tattoo artist Eliza Mae uses their art form as a way to transform a practice sometimes accused of […]

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Bustleton: Amateur Boxing Champion Punches for the Gold

Bustleton: Amateur Boxing Champion Punches for the Gold

While 15-year-old Natalie Dove awaits to defend her No. 1 junior women’s boxing ranking in the amateurs, she is focusing on her bigger dream: Winning the 2020 Olympic gold medal for her gym and country.    “It’s almost here and I am ready,” said Dove, who has been training for the gold since she was […]

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West Oak Lane: Flowers Bring Family Closer

West Oak Lane: Flowers Bring Family Closer

It all started in Virginia. The 15-year-old Paul Beale would rush to the flower shop after school and on weekends to be able to work with flowers. “I’ve always wanted to work with flowers,” Beale said. “It makes me feel closer to nature. You get to have so many different options to work with.” Shortly […]

 

West Philadelphia: A Slice of Japan in Fairmount Park

West Philadelphia: A Slice of Japan in Fairmount Park

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is getting ready for a partial roof replacement later this summer. While most might find this subject to be of no interest, there is actually a unique story behind it. The roof on the home is made out of hinoki bark. “Hinoki roofs are a pretty rare thing to find […]

 

Bustleton: Neighborhood Boxing Gym Opens Up The Ring To Families

Bustleton: Neighborhood Boxing Gym Opens Up The Ring To Families

When people think of Philadelphia boxing gyms, a family environment is probably the last thing that comes to mind. At Philly’s Next Champ gym at 1810 Grant Ave. in Bustleton, families train together. “We have whole families here taking classes,” said 49-year-old boxing trainer Mike Cassell. “I never saw that in a gym growing up.” Cassell, […]

 

Fifth Street: Small Businesses Nourish the Neighborhood

Fifth Street: Small Businesses Nourish the Neighborhood

North Fifth Street has been busy with small business, shoppers and community activists for years. The small businesses on the street have a waterfall effect that has nourished the neighborhoods it runs through. According to one store owner along the strip, a main concern is safety – providing a safe environment would allow for more […]

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