Graduate Hospital: Local Neighborhood Organizations Are Making Sure You’ll Love It Here

Graduate Hospital: Local Neighborhood Organizations Are Making Sure You’ll Love It Here

A community is only as good as its people allow it to be, and the folks living west of Broad on South Street have taken this notion to heart. Both the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) and the South Street West Business Association (SSWBA) are extremely active in the area around Graduate Hospital, with […]

 

South Philadelphia: Five Hobby Shops To Pique Your Interest

South Philadelphia: Five Hobby Shops To Pique Your Interest

South Philadelphia is known for its diverse residents. It’s no surprise the area also has a wide range of specialty shops. Whether you’re new to the area, or a native who just wants to try something new, we put together a list of stores to check out to start a collection or hobby of your own. […]

 

South Philadelphia: Influx of Youth, Dwindling Faith and a Shifting Cultural Melting Pot

South Philadelphia: Influx of Youth, Dwindling Faith and a Shifting Cultural Melting Pot

The idea of South Philadelphia generates several common images of cheesesteaks, rabid sports fans and scenes of Rocky Balboa running through the Italian Market. The South Philadelphia area, particularly east of Broad Street, had been one of the most popular landing spots for Italian immigrants moving to Philadelphia in the 19th and 20th centuries. The […]

 

East Passyunk: A Destination for All Generations

East Passyunk: A Destination for All Generations

Cheesesteaks, “youse guys” and boxing may not be out of Philadelphia’s culture quite yet but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t eventually be on the brink of extinction. Maybe not but they are being pushed to the side. The diviest bars are starting to be replaced by craft beer specialty shops and lavish, upmarket liquor stores. […]

 

East Passyunk: Selling Knick Knacks Made in Philadelphia

East Passyunk: Selling Knick Knacks Made in Philadelphia

A T-shirt that reads, “single with cats,” is one of the first things a customer see when they walk into Knack Philadelphia. That and a tote bag that states, “cats are my bag.” “I have two cats,” said Jen Pirrone, owner of Knack Philadelphia. “Everyone who shops here loves cats, I think pretty much everyone […]

 

Queen Village: The Philly Art Center Offers a Safe Environment to Take Risks and Learn

Queen Village: The Philly Art Center Offers a Safe Environment to Take Risks and Learn

If anybody walked through South Philadelphia, it’s easy to see why Philadelphia seems to be well known as an art scene as of late thanks to mosaic glass walls and building-length murals. Across the street from one particularly bright glass mosaic building stands the Philly Art Center. In a city where schools have been cutting […]

 By Jim Sauls

South of South Street: Julian Abele Park Teams Up With PAWS

South of South Street: Julian Abele Park Teams Up With PAWS

Every major city has stray animals. Whether they were born there or put on the street by owners who could not or did not want to take care of them, all of them want a warm place to sleep at night. The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter located in Center City. Their […]

 Brittany Hahn

South of South Street: Sweet Freedom Bakery – A Treasure for Fussy Bellies

South of South Street: Sweet Freedom Bakery – A Treasure for Fussy Bellies

Sweet Freedom Bakery has been satisfying people with food allergies since 2010. Located on South Street just west of Broad, Sweet Freedom claims to be Philadelphia’s first and only all-allergy-friendly bakery. All of Sweet Freedom’s treats are vegan and free of corn, gluten, wheat, tree nuts and soy. The sweeteners used are the most natural […]

 By Megan Schmidt, Sarah Marino and Jonah Martinson

South of South: Outside at Odunde

South of South: Outside at Odunde

Each year up to 500,000 people gather in South of South Street Philadelphia to celebrate the annual Odunde festival. The Odunde festival covers over 12-city blocks and is packed with vendors, musicians and food stands selling hand crafted jewelry, sculptures and artwork. The festival is hosted by Odunde, Inc., a cultural organization which works to […]

 By Morgyn Seigfried and Casey Brannigan

South Philadelphia: Neighborhood Association Unites the Community

South Philadelphia: Neighborhood Association Unites the Community

[vimeo 65076889] The South of South Neighborhood Association continues to strive to better the community through its nonprofit initiatives. Since its founding in 1989, SOSNA has taken on many roles for its neighborhood. “[SOSNA] had a thrift shop at one point. It did a lot of housing counseling. It even partnered with real estate developers to do […]