Kristian Leuzzi is sitting at one of the tables inside Stogie Joe’s Tavern while the patrons in the adjoining room enjoy a late afternoon lunch. Unlike some of his East Passyunk Avenue neighbors, he doesn’t have any international culinary experiences or James Beard Award nominations associated with his name.
Jon Geeting, a writer with a trained eye on planning and public spaces, published a blog post with ThisOldCity.com on Feb. 3 that went viral.
It’s 3 p.m. Monday, and chef Amy Selevan is preparing Lucky 13’s bar for the evening crowd. She is in charge of the menu at the East Passyunk Crossing establishment located at 1820 S. 13th St., but doubles as a bartender certain nights.
Police hope surveillance footage can lead to the arrest of a man who burglarized an East Passyunk Crossing school.
Each time Wayne Knight’s character would annoy Jerry Seinfeld on the latter’s eponymous sitcom, the comedian would declare his displeasure by blaring “Newman!”
When Letty Santarelli became the girls’ basketball coach at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., in 2012, she knew her team, though coming off a solid season that included a District 12 Class AA City Title loss to Prep Charter, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., possessed second fiddle status at the East Passyunk Crossing-based institution because of the success of the boys’ squad.
Laurel arrived on the East Passyunk Crossing dining scene the first week of November, and things haven’t slowed down since.
Four patrons of an East Passyunk Crossing bar became robbery victims Saturday.
Last week’s snow and bitter temperatures kept me in the kitchen for several hours each day. I simmered a big pot of meatballs, roasted a chicken, made chicken soup with the chicken bones and changed the salads and side dishes to keep mealtimes interesting.
Frank Sherlock shuns shouting for people to ponder poetry as a self-involved pursuit, believing verse must cause communities to converse. The resident of the 1000 block of Morris Street yearns for citizens to perk up their pens and energize their ears and will spend the next two years championing compositions as the City of Philadelphia’s second poet laureate.
East Passyunk Avenue recently gained some national notoriety thanks to Nick Elmi being crowned the Season 11 winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” His 22-seat BYOB Laurel, 1617 E. Passyunk Ave., is one of five new East Passyunk Restaurant Week participants. Twenty-four establishments have checked in for this second go-around, taking place Feb. 23 through March 1, making the answer to the “where should we eat” dilemma more complex. The East Passyunk Restaurant Week site (eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com) should serve as a helpful resource for reservation seekers as it breaks down the options in the $15, $25 and $35 price points. Laurel, which falls under the most expensive category, is doing a limited 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday engagement only. Several other participants also have limited seatings, but the information is easily assessable by clicking on the individual menus. Will BYOB, 1911 E. Passyunk Ave., is opening on Monday and Tuesday this year so more diners can enjoy the Restaurant Week menu while Noord, another newcomer at 1046 Tasker St., is adding a Tuesday seating — a night the 38-seat establishment is typically closed. Other first-time participants include Lucky 13, 1820 S. 13th St., Karina’s Ristorante, 1520 E. Passyunk Ave., and Pub on Passyunk East,...
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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.