Fishtown: Local Community Board Unites the Neighborhood One Block at a Time

Fishtown: Local Community Board Unites the Neighborhood One Block at a Time

Fishtown has been called one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and the Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA) has a few ideas why. FNA members Jamie Ware, president, Ian Wilson, reporting secretary, and Arthur Meckler, at-large board member, have witnessed countless changes to the neighborhood since they’ve moved there. FNA is a board […]

 

Fishtown: FNA Brings Artists and Community Together to ‘Feed the Fish’

Fishtown: FNA Brings Artists and Community Together to ‘Feed the Fish’

The prominent Fishtown art scene has just taken a new role in engaging local residents and utilizing a green approach for a better community through the neighborhood’s very own mascot: a fish. Throughout Fishtown, people will start to see eccentric fish head topped trashcans popping up left and right on every street corner. These trash-gobbling […]

 

Fishtown: FNA Beautification Addresses Trash Issue in Neighborhood

Fishtown: FNA Beautification Addresses Trash Issue in Neighborhood

Filth and trash have become an increasing concern as the Fishtown population has grown in recent years. The answer to this issue is the Beautification Committee, a sector of the Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), whose sole determination is to keep the neighborhood clean while bringing the community together. “We try to get as many people […]

 

Kensington: Trinity Presbyterian Member Helps Recovering Addicts in Community

Kensington: Trinity Presbyterian Member Helps Recovering Addicts in Community

Kenneth Blood, 66, is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia. In the 35 years he has lived in Kensington, Blood has devoted his time providing rehabilitated addicts with transitional living at Trinity Presbyterian Church. What is your philosophy in terms of your role in the community, specifically Trinity Presbyterian Church? There are people that go to […]

 

Fishtown: Neighbors Feeling a Change For The Better

Fishtown: Neighbors Feeling a Change For The Better

Fishtown has been in a constant state of flux since the neighborhood became less centered on industry following a mass exodus of factories in the 1960s. Lifetime residents of the neighborhood have seen an incredible amount of change in their lifetimes as new families have moved into the neighborhood steadily. At times, gentrification is as […]

 

Casinos: Penn Treaty Special Services District

While the gaming license process is often presented as an us-versus-them scenario pitting the big bad casinos against potential neighbors who want no part of said casinos, the reality is much more nuanced than that. Casino-Free Philadelphia helped represent Fishtown in their fight against SugarHouse Casino, but they were by no means the only group […]

 

Fishtown: 4th Annual Chili Cook-off a Success, Even in the Rain

Fishtown: 4th Annual Chili Cook-off a Success, Even in the Rain

Fishtown held its 4th Annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday at the Skybox at 2424 Studios in Fishtown.The event allows residents and businesses to showcase their best chili-cooking skills with the chance to be awarded Best Restaurant Chili, Best Amateur Chili and a People’s Choice Award. Celebrity judges included Philadelphian Jen Carroll, a finalist on Bravo’s Top […]

 By Josh Mervine

Fishtown: New Dog Park Part of Beautification Initiative

Fishtown: New Dog Park Part of Beautification Initiative

In the near future East Palmer Street will see a new dog park right next to Shissler Recreation Center.  Dog owners in Fishtown consider this new facility “a welcome addition.” Volunteers gathered recently to plant trees, lay woodchips and construct benches to further the progress need to complete the park. Among those who volunteered were […]

 By Matt Carey

Fishtown: Residents Vote In Favor of $926 Million Wynn Casino Project

Fishtown: Residents Vote In Favor of $926 Million Wynn Casino Project

[vimeo 63693541] The Fishtown Neighbors Association granted its support with a 173-55 vote Monday night to billionaire casino developer Steve Wynn’s proposal to build a resort and casino on the Delaware riverfront. Wynn’s $926 million proposal would be the largest privately funded construction project in Pennsylvania history and is one of six proposals before the Pennsylvania […]

 By Megan Park, Josh Mervine and Desirae Holland

Fishtown: Popularity Continues for Annual Chili Cook-Off

Fishtown: Popularity Continues for Annual Chili Cook-Off

It was a full house for the recent Fishtown Neighbors Association Chili Cook-Off. Lines reached out the door for this third annual event held at Skybox Studios, an event space located on the 2400 block of E. York Street in Fishtown. Ten local residents dished up their best chili recipes alongside offerings from several Fishtown […]