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By Joseph Myers

Doubly devious

A pair of at-large men assaulted two males in Passyunk Square.

Posted Dec. 19, 2014

Toying Around

Dante Coletti, a junior at Prep Charter High School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., is helping the South Philly Review’s annual toy drive through tomorrow at La Casa Dei Pazzi Social Club, 1143 Federal St.

Posted Dec. 19, 2014

SliCE’s Pizza of the Seven Fishes

Believe it or not, Marlo Dilks, one half of the mastermind creation team behind SliCE, wasn’t a big fan of pizza growing up in South Philadelphia.

Posted Dec. 18, 2014

The Gaslight’s Polish Style Meatball Sauce

Day off? These days, those words really don’t exist in Jason Cichonski’s weekly routine.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

Global Crepes & Local Shakes’ Bananas Foster Crepe

History is littered with misnomers, such as The Hundred Years’ War, which lasted 116 years, and Frederic Chopin’s “Minute Waltz,” which requires roughly two minutes to complete, so when Liza Hussain opened Global Crepes & Local Shakes, 1309 S. Ninth St., in December, she aimed for total accuracy.

Posted Nov. 21, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Supposed thieves busted

Police arrested three men for allegedly assaulting two men in Passyunk Square.

Posted Nov. 21, 2014


By Phyllis Stein-Novack


When it opened five years ago, Fond immediately became a destination restaurant for those of us who appreciate fine contemporary French food and impeccable service

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

Pasta and Puccini

Franco’s High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St., will blend two Italian delights, food and music, with a Dinner and Opera celebration at 6:15 p.m. Nov.

Posted Nov. 14, 2014

Diving in head first

An intense demonstration of the questionable morals that often surround American success, Theatre Exile’s production of the Lucas Hnath play "Red Speedo" aims to cast a shadow much larger than the sum of its parts.

Posted Nov. 14, 2014


By Corey Carter

Dignifying the Departed

Personnel from Geno’s Steaks, 1219 S. Ninth St., unveiled the Path of Honor Oct. 30.

Posted Nov. 6, 2014


By SPR Staff

Enviable honor

Sure to make competitors green with envy, Valley Green Bank, 1536 S. Broad St., received the Best Overall Design honor in the 2014 Storefront Challenge Oct. 14.

Posted Nov. 6, 2014

Philly Cuzz to present rock, hop and doo-wop show

The 63-year-old entertainer will note the majesty of melodies and heartiness of harmonies as the promoter of and performer at Saturday’s Rock, Hop & Doo-wop celebration at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St.

Posted Oct. 30, 2014


Passyunk Square

Boundaries: Washington Avenue to Tasker Street, Sixth 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’s roots are as an Indian village and Queen Christina later bequeathed the area as a 1,000-acre parcel to Lt. Swen Shute in return for services rendered to the King of Sweden. The northeastern boundary fell around the parallel of 12th Street. It became a township very early during Western settlement, with Federal Road (later Federal Street) a major thoroughfare.


Brief History: Passyunk Square traces its roots to Colonial times, when Gen. George Washington housed many of his soldiers on the 800 and 900 blocks of Federal. Passyunk Avenue from Tasker to Broad got its start as an upscale shopping mecca. Restaurants, specialty food stores, pharmacies, furniture shops, clothing and shoe and jewelry stores dotted the avenue, just as they do now. 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.


Famous Residents: Major league catcher John Marzano was a native of 12th and Wharton streets; Willie Mosconi, child prodigy/pool champion, of Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue


Major Landmarks: East Passyunk Avenue; the Lower Italian Market, said to be the country’s oldest open-air market, Ninth from Washington to Wharton; Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, Ninth and Passyunk; the fountain at the junction of Passyunk, 11th and Tasker.


Architecture: Large brownstones dating back to the 1870s and ’80s dot main streets like Federal and Wharton. Trinities built as early as the 1880s line smaller streets and alleys. Some of these homes have been combined to form single-family dwellings.


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); 182nd, Babette Josephs (D); 184th, William F. Keller (D); 186th, Jordan Harris (D)

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

Ward: 1st; 2nd

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

Civic Groups: Passyunk Square Civic Association; South Broad Street Neighborhood Association

Library: South Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St.

Schools: Christopher Columbus Charter School, 1242-46 S. 12th St. and 916 Christian St. in Bella Vista; Andrew Jackson School, 1213 S. 12th St.; Eliza B. Kirkbride School, 1501 S. Seventh St.; The Rock School, 1101 S. Broad St.;

Places Of Worship: Annunciation B.V.M. Church, 1511 S. 10th St.; Bo De Buddhist Temple, 1114-20 S. 13th St.; Calvary A M E Church, 604 Dickinson St.; Emmanuel Chapel, 835 Reed St.; The First Indonesian Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Gereja Protestan Indonesia, 1127 S. Broad St.; Freedom Church, 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard; Grace Settlement House, 1032 Federal; Movimiento Iglesia Christiana Pentecostal Church, 617-619 Reed St.; Maron's, 1010 Ellsworth St.;

Rec Centers: Columbus-DiProspero Square, 12th and Wharton; South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave.

Parks and Playgrounds: Capitolo Playground, Ninth and Federal; Gold Star Park, Sixth and Wharton; Jefferson Square, Fourth Street and Washington Avenue; Paolone Park, 718 Sears St.; Sacks Playground, Fourth Street and Washington Avenue; Washington Avenue Green, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue

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