By Amanda L. Snyder
A Passyunk Square native, Nader, 46, has written for some of TV’s popular sitcoms.
Blessed with a friendly disposition and a knack for composition, Roberto Pace deems music a godsend capable of cutting through discord and uplifting spirits.
The nation’s oldest outdoor shopping/dining area is about to be transformed into party central once again as the South Ninth Street Italian Market Festival returns May 18 and 19. The annual family friendly block party will include the procession of saints, live entertainment, crafts and an endless array of food.
As composing and performing have proven his artistic fervor for more than five decades, Peter Nocella welcomes each creative occasion as a chance to display his impressionable identity.
Like any 10-year-old, Jaeden Lieberher loves being lively. Unlike most of his peers, though, the former resident of the 1200 block of South Clarion Street shows off his penchant for activity before millions of eyes.
By Joseph Myers
As the 15-year owner of the four-location Alphabet Academy, Roe Gallo has observed thousands of children mature physically and mentally, with increases in compassion among the latter gains.
Upon coming to Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St., in 2010, chef Paul Trowbridge revamped its menu.
By Joseph Myers
As a voracious reader, especially of the “Harry Potter” tomes, Nina McManus, 14, enjoys coming to understand literary techniques.
While Termini Bros., 1523 S. Eighth St. and 1538 Packer Ave., won the cannoli title last year, the family is sharing it this time around, but Vincent Termini Sr. is still confident in his and his sons’ product.
Food and music undoubtedly sate some of the most sensual cravings. For Frank Borda, tending to such desires proves uniquely enjoyable, as he owns, performs at and serves as the executive chef for FrancoLuigi’s Pizzeria, 1549 S. 13th St.
While wait times could run up to an hour-and-a-half during its busiest hours, patrons are more than willing to linger around for a seat at Green Eggs Café , which reserved top Sunday brunch destination.
The cheesesteak is king of the food chain in Philly. For the eighth-consecutive year, Geno’s Steaks, 1219 S. Ninth St., has taken the crown as South Philly’s best cheesesteak. In addition, it has earned top french fries this year.
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Boundaries: Washington Avenue to Tasker Street, Sixth to Broad streets; 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’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
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, Frank DiCicco
Ward: 1st; 2nd; 39th
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Library: South Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St.
Schools: Annunciation B.V.M. School, 12th and Wharton; Edward W. Bok High School, 1901 S. Ninth St.; 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.; Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St.; The Rock School, 1101 S. Broad St.; Southwark School, 1835 S. Ninth; St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 913 Pierce St.
Places Of Worship: Abundant Life Chinese Mennonite Church, 1731 S. Broad St.; Annunciation B.V.M. Church, 1511 S. 10th St.; Bethany Indonesian Church of God, 1709 S. Broad St.; Bo De Buddhist Temple, 1114-20 S. 13th St.; Calvary A M E Church, 604 Dickinson St.; Emmanuel Chapel, 835 Reed St.; First Christian Assembly, 1900 S. 11th St.; The First Indonesian Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Gereja Protestan Indonesia, 1127 S. Broad St.; Grace Settlement House, 1032 Federal; Indonesian Full Gospel Fellowship Church, 2026 S. 13th St.; Jemaat GPDI South Philadelphia, 1900 S. 11th St.; Movimiento Iglesia Christiana Pentecostal Church, 617-619 Reed St.; Prophetic Church of Christ, 1826 S. Sixth St.; St. John's Baptist Church, 1232 Tasker; St. Maron's, 1010 Ellsworth St.; St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1718 S. Ninth; Successful Bethany Family, 2019 S. Juniper St.
Rec Centers: Columbus-DiProspero Square, 12th and Wharton; Houston Center, 2029 S. Eighth St.; South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave.; Tolentine Community Center, 1025-33 Mifflin St.
Parks and Playgrounds: Capitolo Playground, Ninth and Federal; Gold Star Park, Sixth and Wharton; Jefferson Square, Fourth and Washington; Paolone Park, 718 Sears St.; Sacks Playground, Fourth Street and Washington Avenue