Fairhill: Promoting Latino Culture and Resources Through Community Events

Fairhill: Promoting Latino Culture and Resources Through Community Events

El Centro de Oro, the golden center, fosters Latino dance, music and culture in Fairhill, while also bringing light to an abundance of resources available in the community. This has been showcased since 1979 at the Feria Del Barrio celebration. The annual celebration is put on by Taller Puertorriqueño, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, HACE and Raices […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Latino Organizations Band Together for Change

Fairhill: Latino Organizations Band Together for Change

Take a trip up 5th Street between Cumberland Street and Allegheny Avenue and you’ll be transported to Fairhill, a district distinct from any other neighborhood in the city. Puerto Rican flags adorn almost every conceivable surface, from porch awnings to car antennae to license plates – an unmistakable indicator of the residents’ ethnic roots. You’ll be […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Centro Musical Is More Than Just Music

Fairhill: Centro Musical Is More Than Just Music

Latin music radiates along El Centro de Oro, the block along 5th Street near Lehigh Avenue, drawing a steady stream of customers into the store like the warm, familiar voice of a close friend. Centro Musical is deeply entwined with El Centro de Oro, or “The Golden Block,” the colloquial nickname for the neighborhood, and has […]

 

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

“Welcome to the center of gold” as the mural reads, or in this case the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairhill section, located at the intersection of 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue. Fairhill has the highest concentration of Latino residents of any neighborhood in Philadelphia, but it is just one of many Latino hotspots located throughout the […]

 By Kadida Kenner and Tom Knopp

Fairhill: Halal Live Poultry Shop Has Cross-Cultural Appeal

Fairhill: Halal Live Poultry Shop Has Cross-Cultural Appeal

What’s for dinner tonight? For the diverse clientele of the Saba Halal Live Poultry Shop, it’s likely to be the freshest-tasting chicken, guinea hen, rabbit, duck, goat and beef, reminiscent of the poultry and meats found in their birth countries. At Saba’s, located at 162-B W. Lehigh Ave., the raucous sounds of clucking roosters and […]

 By Kaitlyn Dougherty and Timothy Brennan

Fairhill: The 27th Annual Feria del Bario

Fairhill: The 27th Annual Feria del Bario

Salsa and samba music played in the background as people gathered on the streets. The scent of guacamole, barbeque, and tamales lingered in the air as booths set up artwork, food, flags and clothes. Colors of red, blue and white dominated as Puerto Rico’s flag and colors were displayed proudly at the festival. Taller Puertorriqueño […]

 By Danielle Grossman and Charlie Creitz

Fairhill: Dominoes are the ‘Big’ Game in North Philadelphia

Fairhill: Dominoes are the ‘Big’ Game in North Philadelphia

Dominoes. How important can the game be? “We cannot wait until the finals,” said player Gabriel Martinez. It’s the second to the last week of the year-long tournament and the teams are ready to take home the big win. Over 100 teams within the Latino community in North Philadelphia have participated in this exciting game of […]