By Genevieve LeMay and Anna Berezowska

East Falls: A Cemetery for Millionaires

East Falls: A Cemetery for Millionaires

  Millionaire’s Row. It’s not exactly something you’d associate with a cemetery. But then again, neither are Atlantic City and Tacony. At least, you wouldn’t by just looking at one of the biggest mausoleums on Millionaire’s Row in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Laurel Hill Cemetery, located on 3822 Ridge Ave., is home to the Disston mausoleum […]

 By Anna Berezowska and Genevieve LeMay

Germantown: Shrine to Mary Attracts Many Catholics

Germantown: Shrine to Mary Attracts Many Catholics

Do you want to stand two feet away from a piece of cloth that Mary, the mother of Jesus, supposedly touched? If you answered in the affirmative, then you might want to visit the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. The shrine is located at 500 E. Chelten Ave., in a residential area, just steps away […]

 By Anna Berezowska and Genevieve LeMay

Germantown: Longtime Resident Talks About His Neighborhood

Germantown: Longtime Resident Talks About His Neighborhood

Driving down Germantown’s business corridor between 5 and 6:30 p.m., you’ll see nearly all the businesses putting up their metal gates and bars.  They’re losing a third of a business day because they need to close early out of fear and lack of security. “In Manayunk, shops are staying open till 11:30 p.m., midnight,” said […]

 By Anna Berezowska and Genevieve LeMay

Germantown: ACES Serves Up a Lovefest

Germantown: ACES Serves Up a Lovefest

“We celebrate Valentine’s Day by acknowledging and thanking our Veterans, whether they’re here or not,” said Dr. Althea Hankins while scouring the crowd for a Tuskegee airmen who happened to be missing in action. Staring back at Hankins, a medical doctor by day and curator on the weekends, was a small crowd of 15 people. […]

 By Anna Berezowska and Genevieve LeMay

Germantown: A Town Of Its Own

Germantown: A Town Of Its Own

Germantown has a reputation of being one of those neighborhoods for Philadelphians. It is poor. African-Americans are the majority; whites are a minority. The robbery rate is high. All of these facts might lead a someone to easily make assumptions about the neighborhood. But there’s no other place where you’ll find documents of a botanist […]

 By Anna Berezowska and Genevieve LeMay

Germantown: Historical Society At A Standstill

Germantown: Historical Society At A Standstill

Hobbling around the dark oak table, Eugene Stackhouse beamed with excitement upon mention of the history in Germantown. Stackhouse, 68, the former president of the Germantown Historical Society still walks around like he runs the show, while the other volunteers obey his commands. The Germantown Historical Society stands on the 5500 block of Germantown Avenue […]

 By Max Webber and James Riggio

Germantown: Historic Building Serves Local Seniors

Germantown: Historic Building Serves Local Seniors

While Vernon Park is less verdant and bustling in the middle of winter, many Germantown seniors can be found playing pool, cards or even the Nintendo Wii inside a century old library building nearby. Center in the Park, Germantown’s senior center, occupies the former Germantown Branch Library building on 5818 Germantown Ave. This time of […]

 By Sean Rossman and Drew O'Meara

Cedar Park: Neighborhood Rehabs Church into Community Center

Cedar Park: Neighborhood Rehabs Church into Community Center

The tallest building on Baltimore Avenue in Cedar Park neighborhood is the Victorian-style tower of the Calvary United Methodist Church. The building looks like something out of Notre Dame as it seems to look over the five-corner intersection on Baltimore Avenue. The stately look of this building that was built in two parts in 1906, […]