By Joseph Myers
Two offenders used punches and a baseball bat to inflict damage Saturday in Queen Village. While walking on the 900 block of South Fifth Street at 2:30 p.m., the complainant noted the men exiting a parked vehicle, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. One delivered a punch to his face, while the other used a baseball bat to strike his shins. They then returned to the vehicle, of which he could provide no description, and fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim, who received a private ride to Pennsylvania Hospital for bruising and swelling to his face and legs, described the first figure as white, 6 foot, having facial hair and wearing a gray hoodie and the second as white, 5-foot-10 and also wearing a gray hoodie. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-685-1635, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit phillypolice.com/forms....
By Joseph Myers
Police arrested three individuals for their supposed participation in a Queen Village robbery Friday. While inside her establishment at 6:30 p.m., the owner of Anna G Fashion, 623 South St., reported that the trio entered the store and caused a disturbance, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. After asking the three to leave, she soon had to defend against kicks and punches before they allegedly grabbed merchandise and fled on foot. At approximately 11:30 p.m. that day, authorities stopped them as part of their investigation and arrested two juveniles and Dorianna Joseph, a 19-year-old Upper Darby resident, after the complainant identified them, with Joseph charged with criminal conspiracy, simple assault, retail theft and robbery....
A spat left a Garden State resident dead and another arrested in Queen Village Sunday.
Chef Rand Maltese Chef Rand Maltese averages about 60 hours a week in the kitchen. It’s not exactly the career path one would picture for someone with a communications degree from South Carolina’s College of Charleston, but just like the dishes he prepares daily at Redwood, 340 South St., the 32-year-old chef just needed time to develop his career recipe. “I worked in a cubicle before,” he said. “I am a hands-on guy. I can’t sit at a computer all day.” He got to know one of the current Redwood owners, Daniel Christensen, while working at a South Carolina restaurant. He dabbled as a bartender and server before rewriting his career direction in the kitchen. The duo also worked together at Redwood’s sister Queen Village establishment Copabanana, 344 South St., “Dan always knew I had a passion for...
Authorities responded to a call from the 900 block of South Fifth Street at 12:40 a.m. Monday, finding the complainant suffering from cuts to his hands and a stab wound above his right eye, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The victim stated he had gone to the Queen Village location to speak with a female acquaintance, whom he claims had not told him their relationship was finished.
Authorities used several anonymous tips to capture the third suspect in a trio of robberies.
Having released photos of 20-year-old Keenan Gentry of the 1800 block of South Bancroft Street and 19-year-old Nicholas Pompeii, of the 1900 block of South 17th Street Tuesday, authorities used anonymous tips that day to capture the latter and supposed accomplice Sophorn Ouch, of the 1600 block of South Bancroft Street, for their possible roles in two Queen Village robberies and a Dickinson Square West heist.
An alleged attacker tried to flee a Queen Village crime scene via cab Sunday morning but ended up arrested instead.
Police are searching for two men for their roles in Queen Village- and Point Breeze-situated robberies.
Hoping to alarm more than just birds, this scarecrow on the 100 block of Pemberton Street figures to receive many more looks come Halloween.
A pizza delivery man became prey for four attackers last week in Queen Village.
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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)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State House District: 175th, Michael H. O'Brien (D)
City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)
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.
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.
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