Art

 By James Riggio and Max Webber

Germantown: Papermaking at the Birthplace of American Paper

Germantown: Papermaking at the Birthplace of American Paper

[vimeo 20005894] Philadelphia is home to a lot of firsts, including the first known American flag in 1777 and the first meeting of the U. S. Congress in 1789. Nearly a century earlier, however, there was another important, albeit lesser known, first in Philadelphia: the construction of the first paper mill in British North America, […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Sometimes a bitter winter season can keep an entire neighborhood indoors until it’s time to visit the local baseball team’s spring training, but last weekend Manayunk held an outdoors ice sculpting event that attracted hundreds to Main Street. The event, dubbed Manayunk on Ice, celebrated the ice sculptures of over 30 different artists whom displayed […]

 By Lucy Mushi and Ashlyn Coyne

Fairhill: Raices Culturales Brings Diverse Latino Culture in the Community

Fairhill: Raices Culturales Brings Diverse Latino Culture in the Community

As you walk north of  Fifth Avenue toward Somerset Street in the business strip of Fairhill you  will pass by an important cultural organization. Raices Culturales  Latino Americana or Latin American Cultural Roots, with the rear entrance at the corner of North Fifth Street and Somerset Street, is a place to visit for anybody interested in […]

 By Megan Paolini and Ian Romano

Morrell Park: Musician Gives the Spotlight Another Round

Morrell Park: Musician Gives the Spotlight Another Round

Angel Casiano loves music. He has rocked his guitar over the span of two decades. But after a five-year hiatus from playing live, the Morrell Park performer and writer is ready to tour the venues again. Casiano said he will try to play at every open stage in the region while writing about the experience […]

 By Julie Achilles and Damon Fillman

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Destination Schuylkill Project hosted “Hang Out to Help Out,” a green gathering at the Bourbon Blue in Manayunk on Feb. 5, to garner support and funding for its upcoming projects. The group, which facilitates maintenance of trails, bridges and open space along the river, is purely volunteer-based. “There are projects within our immediate community that […]

 By Kellie Meyer

Center City: ‘Dumpster Divers’ Clean Up

Center City: ‘Dumpster Divers’ Clean Up

[vimeo 19465785] Neil Benson is not typical. In his house, for example, old-fashioned knick-knacks line up under his cluttered window. A sticker on the front door reads ‘Dumpster Diver’, with a picture of a woman diving. What’s inside can only get more interesting. Benson is a ‘Dumpster Diver’ — with a twist. This is visible […]

 By James Riggio and Max Webber

Germantown: Exhibition Spotlights Local Mid-20th Century Lithographer

Germantown: Exhibition Spotlights Local Mid-20th Century Lithographer

[vimeo 19472087] Nestled in the basement of Olney Hall at La Salle University is a small art museum that contains pieces from all over the world dating back to as early as ancient Greece. For three-month periods, the La Salle Art Museum holds special exhibitions and currently on display is prominent Germantown artist Benton Spruance, […]

 By Ashlyn Coyne and Lucy Mushi

Fairhill: Multicultural Vibrancy Comes to Life

Fairhill: Multicultural Vibrancy Comes to Life

Driving past the numerous abandoned and ramshackle houses in Fairhill, a beacon of light appears at the corner of Fifth and Lehigh Avenue, towering over the neighboring gas station and buildings. With its beautifully displayed mural and eye-catching graphics, it is hard to ignore the Taller Puertorriqueno building. Immediately after entering the downstairs book store, […]

 By Samantha Krotzer and Andrew Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: Rhythm of a Neighborhood

West Oak Lane: Rhythm of a Neighborhood

[swfobject]45730[/swfobject] Two women dressed in designer coats, silk blouses and four-inch heels walk in unison and huddle close together to fight the chill of the wind. For a Thursday evening, their formal attire is quite different from most of the people they pass by in West Oak Lane. They’re going to Relish, a restaurant that […]

 By Kait Privitera and Eric Pellini

Kensington: Development Bringing In New Residents

Kensington: Development Bringing In New Residents

Click here for an interactive map featuring links to positive developments in Kensington. There are many reasons why new residents looking to move to Philadelphia are starting to consider Kensington as a viable option. Prospective residents are seeing it as a chance to move away from the other overpriced and overcrowded areas of the city […]