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Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk isn’t a neighborhood widely known for its role in the arts, but residents like Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC), would like to see that perception change. “We would like people to realize that art is everywhere in Manayunk,” Lipton said. And it is. Portraits of people from Manayunk, painted by Mat […]

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Manayunk: Lucky’s Last Chance Is Not Your Average Burger Joint

Manayunk: Lucky’s Last Chance Is Not Your Average Burger Joint

Since the restaurant’s opening in 2011, Lucky’s Last Chance has earned recognition for its selection of specialty burgers, hot dogs and craft beers. In 2013, the peanut butter and bacon burger even earned the restaurant the People’s Choice Award at the Philly Burger Brawl. Now, the restaurant is also earning recognition for its role in […]

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Manayunk: Along the Schuylkill River, Kay Sykora Always Finds A Way

Manayunk: Along the Schuylkill River, Kay Sykora Always Finds A Way

Just off of Main Street, the section of Lock Street stretching onto Venice Island bears a sign, which dubs it as “Kay Sykora Way.” Jane Lipton, executive director of Manayunk Development Corporation, petitioned to have the section renamed in Sykora’s honor, and said the word “way” holds a special significance. “It was really appropriate. She […]

 

Roxborough/Manayunk: Younger Population Can Make Positive Impact

Roxborough/Manayunk: Younger Population Can Make Positive Impact

Friday evenings in Manayunk often consist of recent college graduates preparing for a night out on Main Street. This has become the norm for the young adults who rent homes in this community and are taking advantage of the nightlife in their new neighborhood. Beginning in the mid-1990’s, college students and college graduates from the Philly area […]

 

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

For Mary McCarthy and other longtime homeowners, the communities of Manayunk and Roxborough are areas that have rapidly changed during the last 20 years. Since the mid-1990’s, the community has shifted from mostly family style homes to apartments rented primarily by young adults. This change in demographic has brought a multitude of changes to the area, […]

 

Waterfront: For Artisans, Manayunk’s Venice Island Delivers In Debut

Waterfront: For Artisans, Manayunk’s Venice Island Delivers In Debut

Years of planning and hard work went into the creation of the newly opened Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk. An outdoor craft market of about 60 start-ups, home businesses and other do-it-yourself ventures, Philly Mart operates on the grounds of the $45 million project. “We look for vendors that are unique and maybe haven’t done […]

 By Desiree Disney

Manayunk: 2nd Annual StrEat Food Festival

Manayunk: 2nd Annual StrEat Food Festival

Manayunk’s 2nd annual StrEat Food Festival hit Main Street this past Saturday. Locals and out-of-towners swarmed the streets to satisfy their hunger cravings. It was only the second year the Manayunk Development Corporation hosted the event but the streets were packed with vendors and customers. Although the event created more business for Main Street store owners, some felt […]

 By Kailey Meitzler

Manayunk: Ice Festival Features Local Carvers This Weekend

Manayunk: Ice Festival Features Local Carvers This Weekend

  Roger Wing, a sculptor from Powelton Village, has always known that he wanted to be around art in some capacity.  It was his mother who first influenced him with her creative streak and encouragement to draw. Wing began carving wood while he was in college in California, but it wasn’t until years later when […]

 By Michael Gaudini and Bianca Brown

Manayunk: One Key Force Behind the Neighborhood’s Rise

Manayunk: One Key Force Behind the Neighborhood’s Rise

Martha Vidauri loves her job. She even went so far as to say that she thinks it is the most interesting thing about her. And while organizing events for the Manayunk Development Corp. is indeed interesting, it is Vidauri’s work and dedication that really makes the job relevant – not the other way around. Chabaa […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Sometimes a bitter winter season can keep an entire neighborhood indoors until it’s time to visit the local baseball team’s spring training, but last weekend Manayunk held an outdoors ice sculpting event that attracted hundreds to Main Street. The event, dubbed Manayunk on Ice, celebrated the ice sculptures of over 30 different artists whom displayed […]