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Conallen comedic in 'The Santaland Diaries'

Keith J. Conallen considers himself “a huge Christmas fan,” even confessing that he owns 62 albums of seasonal tunes.

Posted Dec. 19, 2014

Paradiso’s Warm Octopus Salad

Lately, the news along East Passyunk Avenue seems to be all about who, what and when, referring to the next highly anticipated restaurant opening.

Posted Dec. 11, 2014


By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Danté Espresso Bar Cafe

Nestled among Laurel, Townsend and Paradiso on East Passyunk Avenue is Danté Espresso Bar Cafe.

Posted Dec. 11, 2014

A delectable decade

Paradiso Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1627 E. Passyunk Ave., will mark its 10th anniversary Dec. 1 by presenting a 10-course dinner.

Posted Nov. 26, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Saints advance to PIAA quarterfinals

Practitioners of Roman Catholicism select Sundays as occasions to dignify the divine and give thanks for their blessings.

Posted Nov. 26, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Neumann-Goretti wins City AA pigskin title

Fans of the football team from Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., will forever fancy the first 168 yards that running back Khalil Roane muscled for Saturday versus Prep Charter, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., but they will also likely label him a member of their extended families for his final carry.

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

Saintly outcome

The Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School Saints football team entered the annals Saturday by crushing West Catholic, 34-12, in the Catholic League AA final. The blowout gave the squad its first title since 1954 and snapped the Burrs’ 52-game league winning streak. Contact Managing Editor Joseph Myers at jmyers@southphillyreview.com or ext. 124....

Posted Nov. 14, 2014

Birds of a feather

Only three weeks remain until Thanksgiving Day, and Vanilya Bakery, 1611 E. Passyunk Ave., is looking to help residents appreciative for their blessings with Nov. 18’s four-course Turducken Dinner Demo.

Posted Nov. 6, 2014

Maureen’s Giambotta

Are you tired of consuming soups on cool days and finding yourself “stewing” over what can serve as an alternative to fending off increasingly frigid feelings? Owing to her love for Italian cuisine, Maureen Fratantoni offers a solution with her Giambotta.

Posted Nov. 7, 2014

Ramayana’s Telur Balado

Erwin Siswanto offers specificity to the never-ceasing notion that America is the land of opportunity. The 42-year-old has spent most of the last two decades living an entrepreneurial dream and last month intensified admiration for his native Indonesian fare by opening Ramayana, 1740 S. 11th St.

Posted Nov. 6, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Rapist roaming

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is seeking a man who sexually assaulted a minor in East Passyunk Cross

Posted Oct. 17, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Hardwood helpers

Coaches and players from Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova universities, as well as personnel from the University of Pennsylvania, ventured to Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., Sunday for a Philly Girls Got Game-initiated basketball clinic.

Posted Oct. 10, 2014


East Passyunk Crossing

Boundaries: Tasker to Snyder Avenue, Eighth to Broad streets.


Origin of Name: Spelled in deeds and records a variety of ways, including Perslajingh, Passayunk, Passyonck, Passajon, Passajungh, Passaming and Paisajungh.
Passyunk had its roots as an Indian village; Queen Christina later bequeathed the area as a 1,000-acre parcel to Lt. Swen Shute in return for important services rendered to the King of Sweden. The northeastern boundary fell around the parallel of 12th Street. It became a township at a very early period of Western settlement.



Brief History: Passyunk Avenue from Tasker to Broad streets got its start as an upscale shopping mecca. Restaurants, specialty food stores, pharmacies, furniture shops, clothing, shoe and jewelry stores dotted the avenue. In 2002, a city ordinance created the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, which was modeled after merchant-funded initiatives in Center City and Manayunk. Changing demographics have cause some to deem the area South Philly's "Gayborhood."


Famous Residents: Angelo Dundee: of Eighth and Morris streets, trained Muhammad Ali for 21 years; Charlie Gracie, a rock 'n' roll pioneer from Eighth and Pierce streets appeared on "American Bandstand" and the "Ed Sullivan Show;" Domenico Santo Maida, a native of Satriano, Italy, made his reputation for watercolors of Philadelphia's City Hall


Major Landmarks: East Passyunk Avenue; Joey Giardello statue, Mifflin Street and East Passyunk Avenue; Artist Isaiah Zagar's studio, 1002-12 Watkins St.; Marra's, 1736-38 E. Passyunk Ave.


U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)

U.S. Senators: Bob Casey (D); Pat Toomey (R)

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)

State House District: 175th, Michael H. O'Brien (D); 184th, William F. Keller (D)

City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)

Ward: 1st; 39th

Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins

Civic Groups: East Passyunk Crossing; South Broad Street Neighborhood Association

Library: South Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St., in Newbold/Point Breeze

Schools: Edward W. Bok High School, 1901 S. Ninth St.; Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St.; Southwark School, 1835 S. Ninth; St. Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School, 913 Pierce St.

Places Of Worship: Abundant Life Chinese Mennonite Church, 1731 S. Broad St.; Bethany Indonesian Church of God, 1709 S. Broad St.; First Christian Assembly, 1900 S. 11th St.; Indonesian Full Gospel Fellowship Church, 2026 S. 13th St.; International Bethel Church, 1619 S. Broad St.; Jemaat GPDI South Philadelphia, 1900 S. 11th St.; Prophetic Church of Christ, 1826 S. Sixth St.; St. John's Baptist Church, 1232 Tasker; St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1718 S. Ninth; Successful Bethany Family, 2019 S. Juniper St.

Rec Centers: Houston Center, 2029 S. Eighth St.; Tolentine Community Center, 1025-33 Mifflin St.

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