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.
“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.”
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.
Police are searching for the person(s) responsible for applying spray paint to eight vehicles in Queen Village last week.
One day after suffering gunshot wounds to her face and left arm, a Queen Village resident died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Chef Alex Boonphaya, the owner of Circles Contemporary Asian Cuisine, 1516 Tasker St., last week teamed up with fellow culinary heavyweight Silvestre Rincon to open Tuk Tuk Real, 429 South St.
Hailing from a huge family, Mohan Parmar developed an immediate and irrepressible interest in food by helping his mother to prepare meals. A few decades removed from his early efforts, the 47-year-old is still promoting culinary curiosity as the owner of Lovash Restaurant, 236-38 South St.
Police are looking for the shooter of the 32-year-old victim, whose body they found on the floor of a residence within Courtyard Apartments at Riverview, 1021 S. Fourth St., just after 10 p.m.
I don’t know how many Italian restaurants there are in the city, but I do know that the price ranges go from very expensive to quite moderate.
About two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra announced a new director for its Tune-Up Philly (TUP) initiative. Paul Smith, a Queen Village resident, will lead the successful after-school musical education program as his predecessor and colleague, Delia Raab-Snyder, assumes a new music teacher position.
The Central Detective Division last week announced it is seeking William Mack as the suspect in four gunpoint robberies of food delivery persons, with two of the incidents occurring in South Philly. They identified the 43-year-old Camden resident after analyzing the details of 12 such crimes since March 21. In each matter, authorities determined that someone would call a restaurant whose delivery person uses an electric bicycle, which, their report notes, tends to retail for nearly $1,200, then rob the worker of the ride, a cell phone and cash by administering threats with a firearm. Officials released dates and locations for the dozen complaints, with the 10th, details of which they have not released, occurring July 15 on the 600 block of Catharine Street. In the most recent documented case, the victim was set to drop off food on the 1700 block of Catharine Street when an unknown offender approached from behind and pointed a black gun at him, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. When the motorist said he had no money on him because the customers had paid online, the supposed gunman allegedly demanded his iPhone 5, grabbed his electric mountain bike and fled eastbound on Catharine Street....
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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