Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

The Latino population in our area is rich in diversity and culture. There are many local high-profile Hispanic trends and restaurants. Here are five things which you may not know about. The Mexican Consulate Works Closely With the Mexican Cultural Center: Located on the second floor of the Bourse Building at 111 South Independence Mall […]

 

El Bloque de Oro: the Cultural Center of Latino Philadelphia

El Bloque de Oro: the Cultural Center of Latino Philadelphia

Spending a day in “El Bloque de Oro” will have you thinking you’re in a tropical Caribbean island. Fake palm trees sit on every corner down North Fifth Street while store signs are read in Spanish. It is very possible to spend the entire day in this neighborhood and function perfectly only speaking Spanish while […]

 

Taller Puertorriqueño: The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia

Taller Puertorriqueño: The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia

Although Taller Puertorriqueño is divided into two buildings one block apart, the organization is united in its mission to develop and promote Latino art and culture in the community. Since 1974, Taller has been at the heart of the art scene in El Bloque de Oro providing the community with art and art-based educational programs for […]

 By Michael Green

Fairhill: Hispanic Culture and Business Shine on El Bloque de Oro

Fairhill: Hispanic Culture and Business Shine on El Bloque de Oro

[vimeo 49578554] In Fairhill, Latino culture and business converge on North Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue to form what has become affectionately known as “El Bloque de Oro,” or the “Golden Block.” Here, Latino-owned small businesses run up and down the strip, imbuing a cultural identity on the neighborhood which, according to the 2010 census, is 80.6 percent […]

 By Lucy Mushi and Ashlyn Coyne

Fairhill: Watts’ Fitness Studio Keeping Residents Fit

Fairhill: Watts’ Fitness Studio Keeping Residents Fit

Peter Watts’ Fitness Studio is one of the few fitness centers located in Fairhill. This well-equipped facility, located at 2712 N. Fifth Street near Lehigh Avenue, was opened in November 2003 by Watts, a fitness consultant. Before opening this studio, Watts had been teaching classes around the Fairhill area. While teaching he discovered what people needed […]

 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 […]