Olde Kensington: The Circus Comes to North Philly

Olde Kensington: The Circus Comes to North Philly

Residents gawked from stoops and car windows as people flew dozens of feet above their heads. Nestled on the edge of Olde Kensington, Fly School Circus Arts treats residents to their very own circus in North Philadelphia. There are no elephants, lion tamers or clowns here, only a handful of students defying gravity on the […]

 By: Kathryn Schwartz

North Central: Hidden ‘Suburb’ on Custis Place ‘

North Central: Hidden ‘Suburb’ on Custis Place ‘

The residents of the Yorktown section of North Philadelphia consider themselves to be a very tight knit community. But the residents of Custis Place, just off the corner of 12th Street and Girard Avenue, consider themselves more than a community. They are a family. With the a majority of the block still housing either original […]

 By Liza George

North Central: Increased Voter Turnout

North Central: Increased Voter Turnout

The presidential election witnessed an increase in voter participation in some sections of Philadelphia, veteran observers said. At the Norman Blumberg Apartments Community Center, Irene McDonald made sure that everyone who is registered to vote was voting. “I have been a committee worker for over ten years,” McDonald said. “So I know most of the […]

 By Liza George, Ryan Shellenberger and Autumn Kelly

North Central Philadelphia: Community Roots Grow Business

North Central Philadelphia: Community Roots Grow Business

Sheila Johnson left her corporate banking job in Center City and returned to her community to help run the University Thriftshop at 1723 Cecil B. Moore Ave. This business is about recycling items that people have discarded. Johnson owns the thrift jointly with a friend who owns a moving and storage company. Johnson’s son Stephen […]

 By Colin Kerrigan and Sherrell Williams

Strawberry Mansion: Leslie Pinckney Hill Elementary School Gets Ready For New School Year

Strawberry Mansion: Leslie Pinckney Hill Elementary School Gets Ready For New School Year

Back to school mayhem has begun but teachers at Leslie Pinckney Hill Elementary School are ready for the new year. “I am very excited, I love shopping for school supplies,” said Geralyn McGinty, a second-grade teacher in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood school. “I love the beginning of the school year.” She was putting the finishing […]