Having regularly patronized Benna’s Cafe, 1236 S. Eighth St., while working for Society Hill Society, Rob Burdash realized that Nancy Trachtenberg possessed admirable acumen as a business owner and commendable constancy as a food provider
Several months ago, chef Scott Schroeder of the South Philadelphia Tap Room sent out a tweet that he was baking fresh bagels for his Sunday brunch. I wanted to shout the news from the rooftops.
Authorities arrested a Newbold resident for allegedly burglarizing a pair of properties.
By Joe Myers
As a teenager journeying through the culinary universe, Joseph Turrisi had a moment where, upon reflecting on his family’s influence and personal passion, he declared “Wow, I can do this.”
An at-large offender robbed three teenagers in Newbold.
Authorities arrested a Newbold resident for his supposed robbery of a popular java shop.
The Philadelphia Police Department released the image of a man wanted for a Newbold robber
Police arrested a Newbold man for supposedly burglarizing a Point Breeze residence Saturday.
The FBI and the Major Crimes unit are looking for a man who robbed a Newbold bank last week.
A gunman robbed a popular Newbold java location Sunday.
A man remains at large after an attempted robbery of a Newbold establishment.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
Boundaries: Washington Avenue to Wolf Street, Broad to 18th streets.
Origin of Name: Residents gave the name Newbold, still considered Point Breeze (Broad to 25th, Washington to Mifflin) by many residents, to the area as a part of an ongoing revitalization effort. It was also the original name of Hicks Street.
Brief History: Real estate developer John Longacre saw potential in the undeveloped area, so he started purchasing properties that turned into residential and commercial spaces in the early 2000s. Later, he developed the nonprofit, Newbold Community Development Corp., which later shared its boundaries — Tasker to Wolf, Broad to 18th streets — with Newbold Civic Association, which launched around ’06.
Other, mainly newer, residents spanning Washington to Passyunk avenues with like ideas of how to improve their neighborhood began meeting at one another’s homes in ’07. Soon those neighbors formed Newbold Neighbors Association.
While tensions have emerged between the Newbold civic groups, both have similar goals of improving quality of life, mainly by ways of cleaning and greening. However, Newbold Neighbors has also met resistance from some Point Breeze residents, who feel threatened by the new group invading the community where they have lived for a number of years.
Famous Residents: singer/pianist Buddy Greco, a native of the 2000 block of South Chadwick Street; disc jockey Jerry Blavat, formerly of of 17th and Mifflin streets; singer Al Martino, a 15th-and-Tasker-Street native; The Four Aces' lead singer Al Alberts, of the 1800 block of Chadwick Street
Major Landmarks: Mercy LIFE, formerly St. Agnes Continuing Care Center, 1900 S. Broad St.; Richard W. Kubach installed a 19-stool counter at Melrose Diner, 1501 Snyder Ave. nearly 70 years ago; and two abandoned garden plots that became the Bouvier Community Garden, 1348 and 1350 Bouvier St., DiSilvestro Playground, 1500 Morris St.
U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)
Wards: 36th and 48th
Library: South Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St.
Places of Worship: Abundant Harvest House of Prayer, 1715 Snyder Ave.; Collick Missionary Church, 1250 S. 17th St.; The Foundation of I-Kaun-Tao, 1634 S. Broad St.; House of Prayer Baptist Church, 1333 S. 15th St.; International Bethel Church Bethany Phila., 1538 S. Broad St.; International Bethel Church, 1536 S. Broad St.; Miracle Temple of Christ, 1539 McKean St.; Mount Hebron Baptist Church, 1419 Wharton St.; Mount Olivet Church, 1638 Reed St.; St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 1243 S. 17th St.; St. Mary's Holiness Church, 1214 S. 17th St.; St. Rita’s of Cascia Church, 1166 S. Broad St.; St. Thomas Aquinas, 1719 Morris St.; Spirit and Truth Apostolic Church of South Philly, 1442 Wharton St.; Trinity Lutheran Church, 2300 S. 18th St.; and True Gospel Tabernacle, 1606 Mifflin St.
Recreation Centers: Guerin Rec, 16th and Jackson streets.
Parks and Playgrounds: DiSilvestro Playground, 1500 Morris St.; Wilson Park, 15th and Wolf streets