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: Colorful Changes are on the Horizon for Front Street

Fairhill: Colorful Changes are on the Horizon for Front Street

Front Street will be receiving some changes in the near future. The Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises also known as HACE, is looking to make changes to better Front Street as well as the community. Maria Gonzalez, president of HACE has one goal in mind when executing the plans. “We support all the small […]

 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 Mike Green and Sarah Higgins

Fairhill: Asian Business Struggles on El Centro de Oro

Fairhill: Asian Business Struggles on El Centro de Oro

The Sylvan Professional Nails salon, located on the 2900 block of North Fifth Street, is an anomaly in the Fairhill neighborhood. Located on the commercialized El Centro de Oro, the center of Philadelphia’s Hispanic community, is the salon and an Asian-owned business, which opened a mere two months ago. The business keeps its doors propped […]

 By Jared Brooks and Mia Cammisa

Fairhill: Local Non-Profit Gives Artists a New Canvas

Fairhill: Local Non-Profit Gives Artists a New Canvas

Art is something that is a mainstay in Fairhill. From graffiti-covered buildings to walls adorned with murals, the controversial yet strikingly beautiful expressions can be found almost anywhere. HACE, a nonprofit organization attending to the Hispanic community of Philadelphia, has given residents of Fairhill a more orthodox forum for this. Starting this summer, the 30-year […]

 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 Jessica Herring and R. Chase Grier

Fairhill: Fifth Annual Fiesta Caribena

Fairhill: Fifth Annual Fiesta Caribena

Maria Gonzalez handed out fliers enthusiastically while flashing a big smile to everyone who approached her table. Maria Gonzalez, the vice president of HACE, the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, sat behind a table in Fairhill Square Park on a warm, sunny Saturday to sign up residents for HACE’s various services. But the multicolored […]