By Phyllis Stein-Novack
The results of my highly unscientific survey have led me to believe that Sunday brunch is the most popular dining out meal. There are two ways to avoid the long lines for a table: arrive early or later in the afternoon.
By Joseph Myers
Bing Bing Dim Sum, 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., recently unveiled a new menu with dim sum items and shareable large plates.
While an eventual endowment of pleasure can result from an encounter with pain, one must often conclude that fostering acceptance is more likely than reveling in joy once despair desires to devastate.
Having logged only three months as a South Philly inhabitant, Alex McCormick is yearning to undertake geographic adventures to immerse himself in the environs’ storied past, exciting present, and boundless future.
The rumor mills churned and overflowed with whispers of “Wheel of Fortune” coming to East Passyunk Avenue this week, and they turned out to be mostly misguided.
By Mark McCormick
On Monday morning, the Varallo family of Ristorante Pesto burst in celebration at the ending of “The Rachael Ray Show,” when the restaurant took home the show’s first ever Little Italy Showdown competition title.
On Oct. 15, Mike Napoli, a freshman at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., along with John Murawski, executive director of alumni relations, traveled to Archbishop Ryan High School as one of 17 StoneMore Partners L.P. scholars.
By Joseph Myers
Aleida Garcia has held many titles in her 57-year existence, but no label can conquer her identity as a mother.
The 1900 block of South Jessup Street is a hotbed for East Passyunk Crossing civic participation.
By Joseph Myers
“The pain from losing a child is crippling and can lead you to wonder what to do with the rest of your life,” Aleida Garcia said Monday from her residence on the 1800 block of South Juniper Street.
It’s an all-consuming construction project that forces complete road closure from Tasker to Moore streets in shifts, and it’s causing many headaches.
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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)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (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
Library: South Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St., in Newbold/Point Breeze
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.