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Cookie Confidential’s Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

As the owner of Cookie Confidential, 517 S. Fifth St., Melissa Torre uses a mix of mental acuity and digital dexterity to produce perpetual and seasonal delights for discerning patrons.

Posted Apr. 10, 2014

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To honor the 10th anniversary of the Field Chamber Music Center, named after board member and violinist Joseph Field and his wife, Marie, Settlement Music School’s Mary Louise Curtis Branch, 416 Queen St., held a free play-in Sunday.

Posted Mar. 6, 2014

Coming soon

Chef Jeremy Nolen is teaming up with respected restaurateurs Doug and Kelly Hager to create Whetstone, a regionally-inspired restaurant and bar that will feature in-house pickling, fermenting, house-cured charcuterie and serve a wide range of rustic favorites.

Posted Feb. 21, 2014


By Bill Chenevert

Boutique hotel planned for Queen Village

Walking around the blocks that neighbor the intersection of Fifth and Bainbridge streets, there are pretty much three answers to the question “Have you heard about the hotel that’s coming?”

Posted Feb. 24, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Queen Village caper

A Queen Village establishment lost valuable items after hours last week.

Posted Feb. 6, 2014


By Joe Myers

Directionally challenged

A man seeking directions ended up assaulted in Queen Village Saturday morning.

Posted Jan. 23, 2014


By Phyllis Stein-Novack

The Good King Tavern

Unless you have been living deep in the Australian Outback, you know I adore French food. I’ve stated I would love to retire in Provence. Olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs form the foundation for simple fare that borders on peasant food. These are the dishes that please me.

Posted Jan. 2, 2014

Ring in 2014

For those still scratching their heads trying to figure out what to do New Year’s Eve, Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South St., is hosting a German-style celebration from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Posted Dec. 26, 2013

New City Stage chronicling 'Frost/Nixon'

While a freshman at The University of the Arts, Marissa Bescript confessed “I just don’t like myself” to instructor Aaron Cromie, with the Barrymore Award winner and Newbold dweller replying “What are you doing about it?”

Posted Dec. 19, 2013

A good omen

The calendar might make many wary to venture outside tomorrow, but Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co., 119 South St., wants to dispel any doubts with drink specials and drinking games from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Posted Dec. 12, 2013


By Bill Chenevert

Painting with a Twist pairs acrylics with spirits

There were five other painters in the room on Dec. 4 excluding Dr. Janet Larson, the brand new proprietor of a franchised Painting with a Twist, 629-31 E. Passyunk Ave. They’d come to relax, paint and drink. The BYOB space took a rundown kitchen supply store and turned it into a beautiful studio with exposed brick, an elevated stage for instruction and long tables full of easels. The space can fit up to 48 painters, but primarily fills to capacity on the weekends when things get a little wilder. A quiet night for the business that’s been open for only a month, Wine’O Clock Wednesdays was an idea Pat Moreta, a trained artist and Larson’s trusted site supervisor, found through a Twitter hashtag and figured it’d be a good night to get folks in the doors to paint. “It’s our own version of a happy hour,” Moreta, a resident of the 1800 block of Wharton Street, said. “It’s kind of hard to get people to party on a weekday, but Wine Wednesdays are more chill and about winding down after work.” Larson knows the importance of unwinding. The proprietor came to Painting with a Twist quite serendipitously. Larson’s a full-time neonatologist working at...

Posted Dec. 12, 2013


By Joseph Myers

Abject objects

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....

Posted Dec. 5, 2013


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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