On Friday night, the rooftop of the Wharton Lofts, 1148 Wharton St., was packed to capacity — more than 200 Philadelphians had come for various reasons, but all of them had a common interest: Columbus Square Park.
Lisa Kaplan started her fifth year as the principal of the Jackson School, 1213 S. 13th St., with her recess space under construction.
Beer lovers, get ready to pour into South Philadelphia’s Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St., for the fifth annual Pucker Up! Sour Fest taking place August 16 through 22.
Two men became the victims of a bicycle gang in Passyunk Square Sunday.
Through July 31, Geno’s Steaks, 1219 S. Ninth St., is holding a golden ticket contest.
Police arrested a Lower Moyamensing man for allegedly burglarizing a Passyunk Square eatery.
Capitolo Playground, 900 Federal St., hosted June 18’s Youth Soccer Club Spring Banquet for its three groups of registrants.
A man lost blood and cash in a Passyunk Square-based attack Saturday.
Three aggressors made it a bad night for a man in Passyunk Square Monday.
Andrew Jackson School, 1213 S. 12th St., experienced a shocking loss last week when 7-year-old Sebastian Gerena fell victim to a rare congenital heart defect.
May 20, when U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled that denying same-sex couples the rights and benefits of marriage was unconstitutional, City Hall’s Register of Wills began issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
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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)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (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
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.;
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