I feel inclined to write on behalf of Johnny Chang’s located at the corner of Broad and Shunk streets.
By Joseph Myers
The Philadelphia Police Department is looking for help in nabbing a man for his completion or contemplation of four burglaries last week.
By Phyllis Stein-Novack
While watching The Travel Channel several weeks ago, I happened upon a rerun of “No Reservations,” where retired chef and recent Peabody Award winner Anthony Bourdain decided to eat lunch at a restaurant in New York’s Chinatown.
By Bill Gelman
Things just haven’t been the same at the South Philly Review these last several months. I always look forward to those walks downstairs to strike up conversations with my colleagues in the advertising department. Mark Romano’s desk is the one that faces the door, and he was typically the first one to greet me.
The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association announced the winners of its Professional Keystone Press Awards Contest March 27, endowing the South Philly Review with four honors in the Division V weekly publications over 10,000 circulation category. The May 16, 2013 Throwback Issue, which honored 30 South Philadelphians who have made their mark in such fields as entertainment and sports, won the First Place Special Project accolade for Art Director Brendan Moss, Editor Bill Gelman and Managing Editor Joseph Myers. Myers claimed First Place Headline Writing praise for “You say you want a revelation,” (May 23, 2013) “Law and mortar” (Feb. 7, 2013) and “The hunger frames” (May 2, 2013). He took Second Place Sports Story kudos for “Birdie watching” (Oct. 17, 2013) and Honorable Mention renown for “Bok to basics” (May 9, 2013). The association will commend the victors May 31 at The Penn Stater in State College. ■ Comment at southphillyreview.com/news/briefs....
Perhaps the biggest well-known secret to Nick Maiale’s success at Lil Nick’s Deli, 1311 W. Moyamensing Ave., is his refusal to find a home for an appliance so many delis and restaurants rely on: A freezer.
No matter where one’s culinary allegiance lies, establishments charge themselves with ensuring that diehards and novices will have a plethora of delicious dishes from which to choose. Italian eateries have long enjoyed favor in South Philly, but other cultures have grown competitive, with Johnny Chang’s, 2601 S. Broad St., emerging as this year’s top ethnic restaurant (non-Italian).
Jason Douglas is all about entertaining his crowd. Whether it’s at a wedding, bat mitzvah or church event, he makes sure everyone is having fun, thus making him South Philly’s favorite disc jockey.
There are a lot more smiling faces around South Philly this week. Why? For some it’s the sheer excitement over no longer having to bundle up in that heavy winter coat. For others, especially children, the upbeat mood comes as a result of the long winter hiatus of no Pop’s Water Ice, 1337 Oregon Ave., finally being over. It means the Readers’ Choice voters can finally return to the place that serves up the neighborhood’s best gelati.
By Joseph Myers
he human condition abounds in uncertainty, but for 4,500 parishioners, Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 1121 Jackson St., registers as a surety in securing salvation. The 109-year-old worship site has achieved blessed status, receiving readers’ nods as the top church.
There is nothing wrong with the golden oldies or the Golden Boys, for that matter. Judging by the final tallies in the South Philly celebrity category, Readers’ Choice voters feel the same way as they once again crowned Bobby Rydell, who has claimed multiple victories in this rotating ballot item, the winner.
Jason Douglas almost went to college on a soccer scholarship. Instead, he chose to continue the family business. Now that leap of faith has resulted in DanceAdelphia, 1100 Snyder Ave., earning top plaudits for ballet program.
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Boundaries: Snyder to Oregon avenues, Broad to Eighth streets
Origin of Name: Moyamensing Avenue crosses diagonally through the neighborhood’s boundaries from northeast to southwest. Although situated on the east side of Broad, the postal designation for Moyamensing Avenue, south of Snyder Avenue, is “West.” Since this is confusing, the designation “Lower” was chosen. Soon after, “LoMo,” an abbreviation of Lower Moyamensing, became a common term.
Brief History: Moyamensing Township included ground turned over by the Dutch to the English and Wicaco, except such parts of the latter that were in Southwark. Its northern boundary was South Street and below the existing parts of Southwark; its eastern boundary was the Delaware River, and its western boundary was Schuylkill Sixth, now known as 17th Street.
In 1816, Moyamensing was estimated to be 3 miles by 2 miles over 2,560 acres. By act of March 24, 1812, its inhabitants were incorporated as “the township of Moyamensing.”
In April 4, 1831, the township was divided into East and West. It was one of the earliest created after the settlement of Pennsylvania, and became part of Philadelphia in 1854.
Moyamensing Prison was built between 1822-35 at 10th and Reed streets. A portion of it also housed a Debtors Prison. The structure was demolished in 1967.
Famous residents: Robert Marcucci, of 10th and Porter streets, discovered and managed Frankie Avalon of 10th Street and Moyamensing Avenue and Fabian of 11th and Shunk streets; Bobby Rydell is a singer from the 2400 block of South 11th Street
Major Landmarks: The Brush Factory; Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 1144 Jackson St., which was established in 1889; Methodist Hospital, Broad and Wolf streets.
U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District: 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
State House District: 184th, William F. Keller (D)
City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Library: Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad St.
Schools: Our Lady of Hope Regional Catholic School, 1248 Jackson St.; Abram S. Jenks School, 2501 S. 13th St.; Francis Scott Key School, 2230 S. Eighth St.; Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2407 S. Broad; South Philadelphia High, 2101 S. Broad St.