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Sweet sentiment

Melissa Torre, the owner of Cookie Confidential, 517 S. Fifth St., is honoring the memory of Joyce Craig-Lewis by selling special red velvet cupcakes, with all proceeds going to a fund set up for the children of the fallen figure, who last month became the first woman firefighter to die in the line of duty.

Posted Jan. 5, 2015


By Joseph Myers

Nothing gained

lice are looking for a man who would have burglarized a Queen Village home if not for an alarm system.

Posted Dec. 24, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Not twice shy

Police are looking for a man who took numerous goods, including $14,500 in jewelry, from an auto in Queen Village.

Posted Dec. 19, 2014

A noble Noel

Beginning tomorrow and lasting through Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Eve and Day, Bistrot La Minette, 623 S. Sixth St., will offer traditional five-course French Christmas dinners.

Posted Dec. 11, 2014


By Bill Chenevert

A South Street Dance drop-in

A much-beloved Pearl Arts & Crafts on South Street has officially been converted into Millennium Dance Complex, 417 South St. And with an opening weekend that kicked off on Black Friday and included choreographers who have worked for Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Beyoncé,

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

Bartell banters in 'Old Jews Telling Jokes'

November normally finds folks feeling especially fond of their blessings, with G Bartell able to consider the calendar particularly thought-provoking this year.

Posted Nov. 26, 2014

Bethesda Project's Meck out to hinder hunger and homelessness

Courtesy of her Lehigh County upbringing, Kathy Meck has developed an affinity for inclusivity, deeming downtrodden denizens worthy of as much, if not more, attention and affection as fortunate figures.

Posted Nov. 13, 2014


By Bill Chenevert

Tom Wolf to become Pennsylvania's governor

Pennsylvania has a new governor, and his name is Tom Wolf, a Democrat from York, Pa., who will take office in January of 2015. With approximately 55 percent of Pennsylvania’s popular vote (nearly 1.9 million votes), Wolf topped Republican incumbent Tom Corbett’s 45 percent (just shy of 1.6 million votes).

Posted Nov. 7, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Doubly dangerous

At approximately 2:41 a.m., police responded to the 200 block of Carpenter Street for a report of a shooting, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. There they met with the complainant, who stated that he had been walking toward Second Street from the 100 block of Carpenter Street when two figures approached him.

Posted Oct. 31, 2014


By Bill Chenevert

The greening of Bainbridge Green

South Street Headhouse District’s executive director Michael Harris, and Queen Village Neighbors Association’s president Jeff Hornstein are very optimistic about the future of Bainbridge Green in part because of Jonathan Rubin. Rubin, as chair of the Friends of Bainbridge Green, is leading the charge to turn Bainbridge Street, between South Third and Fifth streets, into something much more than it is now.

Posted Oct. 23, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Dough gooders

“I believe in good karma,” Marlo Dilks said of what primarily pushes her to hone an altruistic lifestyle. “In general, I feel I’m a very fortunate person, so I want to create positive energy and be as inclusive as possible.”

Posted Oct. 9, 2014


By Amanda L. Snyder

Starting forward

Lionel Simmons may be better known for his basketball feats, but residents at a Queen Village public housing development see him in a different light.

Posted Oct. 10, 2014


Queen Village

Boundaries: Lombard Street to Washington Avenue, the Delaware River to Sixth Street.


Origin of Name: William Penn called it Southwark because it reminded him of a similar neighborhood on the south bank of the Thames River in London.

In the late 1970s, it was renamed Queen Village after Queen Christina of Sweden to recognize her role in promoting the original settlements. Although some say Queen Village encompasses Southwark, the latter is still used for the adjacent neighborhood.


Brief history: Settled by the Swedes in the 1600s and originally named Wicaco, it was deemed a “peaceful place” using the Lenni Lenape tribal word. William Penn changed the name to Southwark.
The Swedes mostly lived along Christian Street. In 1699, they built a wood-framed church at Front and Christian streets. The following year, it was consecrated Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, and exists today at 916 S. Swanson St.

Commercial activities were very prominent and maritime jobs were plentiful. Residents worked as shipbuilders, rope- and sail-makers, sailors, dock workers, carpenters and craftsmen.
Southwark was officially recognized as a community in 1854.

Spanish-speaking immigrants arrived in the 19th century, and found housing and work in this neighborhood.

Members of the Cuban Revolutionary Party also lived in Southwark, and a cigar-making industry thrived. The Bayuk Brothers Tobacco Co., for example, was the largest cigar producer in Philadelphia in the early 20th century.

One beacon of the nautical era still stands in Queen Village. It is the steeple of the 158-year-old Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1001 S. Fourth St., which guided ships across the Delaware River. During the late 1950s, the church became an unofficial community center, offering its facilities to neighborhood groups, youth workers and civic-betterment organizations.

In 2000, the Courtyard Apartments at Riverview, Fifth Street and Washington Avenue, replaced the two towers at Southwark Plaza. When the old housing development was imploded, neighbors worried about damage to Emanuel Church’s steeple, but it survived unscathed.

Another old building, Mount Sinai Hospital, Fourth and Reed streets, and its surrounding blocks also have undergone a conversion. The hospital closed in 1998, and construction on the Jefferson Square housing complex began soon after, spanning mostly neighboring Pennsport but also part of Queen Village.


Famous Residents: Twist originator Chubby Checker, formerly of the 500 block of Christian Street; Brother Bill McDonald, who worked with the Servants of the Poor to provide food and clothing to the neighborhood needy, was locally well-known; painter/sculptor/filmmaker/photographer Man Ray, who participated in the Cubist, Dadaist and Surrealist art movements;  Sacramento Kings and La Salle University basketball star Lionel “L-Train” Simmons; and the first mayor of Philadelphia, William Shippen; Larry Fine, born Louis Feinberg, one of the Three Stooges, of Third and South streets


Major Landmarks: Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, formerly at 1001 S. Fourth St., and its steeple; the former Southwark Towers; Sparks’ Shot Tower, the first shot tower built in the United States and one of only three remaining, is surrounded by a playground at Front and Carpenter streets; Betsy Ross was married at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, now a National Historic Landmark; Theatre Of Living Arts, 334 South St.; Jefferson Square, Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St.; South Street


Architecture: Single-family units, townhouses


U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)

U.S. Senators: Bob Casey (D); Pat Toomey (R)

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State House District: 175th, Michael H. O'Brien (D)

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

Ward: 2nd

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

Civic Groups: Queen Village Neighbors Association, Queen Village Town Watch.

Libraries: Santore, 932 S Seventh St.

Schools: William Meredith Elementary, 725 S. Fifth St.; Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St.

Places of Worship: Emanuel Lutheran Church, Fourth and Carpenter streets; Gloria Dei Old Swede's Church, 916 S. Swanson St.; Greater Mount Olive AME Church, 19 Fitzwater St.; Nazareth Baptist Church, 1009 S. Third St.; Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Church, 754 S. Third St.; Sayers Memorial United Methodist Church, 61 Catharine St.; St. John the Evangelist, Third and Reed streets; St. Phillips Neri Church, 218 Queen St.; St. Stanislaus, 242 Fitzwater St.

Rec Centers: Palumbo Rec, 10th and Fitzwater streets, in Bella Vista; Rizzo Rink, 1001 S. Front St., in Pennsport

Parks/Gardens: Mario Lanza Park, Second and Catharine streets; Moyamensing Point, Second and Christian; Shot Tower, Front and Carpenter streets; Weccacoe, 405-25 Queen St.; Bodine Street Community Garden, 914 S. Bodine St. and 939-941 S. Third St.; Southwark Queen Village Community Garden, 311-15 Christian St.; Washington Avenue Green, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue


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