Kensington: “It’s Not Just A Gurney Street Thing.”

Kensington: “It’s Not Just A Gurney Street Thing.”

Prevention Point Philadelphia has opened a year-round respite at its center in Kensington as a direct response to the City of Philadelphia’s decision to close down and clean up encampments along the Gurney Street Corridor. The organization has been doing winter respite for the past three years, but as of July 31 its doors are […]

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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

 

West Kensington and Fairhill: Five Places to Get a Shape Up Under the El

West Kensington and Fairhill: Five Places to Get a Shape Up Under the El

Kensington Avenue is a bustling promenade featuring all types of characters, businesses and commotion. West Kensington and Fairhill are two neighborhoods in Philadelphia that express an identifiable culture, which involves all who pass through. Here the barber shop and nail salon cultures thrive. With shops offering $5 haircuts and $2 shaves, getting shaped up is […]

 

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 […]

 

Fairhill: Challenging Youth to DREAM

Fairhill: Challenging Youth to DREAM

Brian Fuller, originally from Atlanta, joined with DREAM Philadelphia just last year. As the Programs Director, he has had the opportunity to immerse himself within the Northeast Philadelphia community. As a mentorship and youth organization, DREAM works to provide guidance to young children within the area. What is the mission of DREAM? We are a […]

 

Juniata Park/Feltonville/Fairhill: Porky’s Point

Juniata Park/Feltonville/Fairhill: Porky’s Point

Salsa music is not the only reason why people walk around with a little extra pep in their step on Rising Sun and N. Fifth Street. The smell of fresh traditional Spanish foods lingers in the air in Juniata Park and Feltonville. Porky’s Point Restaurant has served the community well since the 70’s. Porky’s Point […]

 

Juniata Park and Feltonville: Five Places to Know

Juniata Park and Feltonville: Five Places to Know

Fairhill, Juniata Park and Feltonville are located in North Philadelphia. These neighborhoods have and continue to carry on the traditions and lifestyles of many Hispanics, African-Americans and other ethnicities through multiple generations. The streets are painted with vibrant colors. The air carries the sounds of Latin tunes in the area. For any passerby or newly […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Fairhill: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Media coverage in Fairhill tends to be of a negative nature, usually focusing on crime. In order to provide a better understanding of this unique and culturally diverse community, here are five things you might not know about this neighborhood.   1. Fairhill houses the largest Latino population within the city. Sixty percent of Fairhill’s population is of […]

 By Charles Brown

Fairhill: Demolished Landmark Symbolizes Tough Times for Catholic Parishes

Fairhill: Demolished Landmark Symbolizes Tough Times for Catholic Parishes

The image is all too familiar of Industrial Era edifices – crumbling walls, blown-out windows, a palpable eeriness from the abandonment.  But this isn’t a description of the typical forsaken warehouse that has come to define North Philadelphia’s landscape. The blighted building in question is the remains of St. Bonaventure, a once-looming Gothic church that […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Historic Fairhill Cleans Up the Neighborhood

Modest and unassuming Quaker memorials at the Fairhill Burial Ground reach no taller than a shinbone and stand in great contrast to the looming trees growing throughout the cemetery. “Quakers believe in the inherent equality of all people and that no one person is over another,” said Brandi Levine, executive director of Historic Fairhill Inc. […]

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