SoWe Bar & Kitchen, 918 S. 22nd St., introduced Matthew Gansert as its new chef, and is in the process of updating the fall menu.
Chef Justin Swain may run the kitchen at Rex 1516, 1516 South St., but it doesn’t mean he has to share all of his recipes with customers. One of the 26-year-old’s specials is a gluten-free No Bake Pumpkin Pie.
A male lost his wallet in a Saturday evening attack in South of South.
South of South again served as the location of a robbery Sunday morning.
When their neighborhood association asked South of South residents what they wanted more of in their community, the answer was simple, green space.
A technology-craving thief made off with an iPad Friday night in South of South.
A dispute between a South of South apartment’s tenants left one the victim of a Taser.
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, 2204 Washington Ave., has launched delivery service of its signature pizzas, pastries and a bounty of other hot foods.
Lawrence Whitaker grew up at 29th and Oakford streets, where he learned slap boxing. However, his current talents as a martial arts instructor teaching street smarts could have benefited him as a youth, such as when a guy harassed him on a basketball court.
“I think opera tells stories with the greatest amount of impact,” John Viscardi said last week from his home on the 2400 block of Grays Ferry Avenue. “I feel fortunate to use my voice to convey those tales.”
A South of South bar will unveil a new brew Saturday, with proceeds benefiting a neighboring park.
By Joseph Myers
After transferring from South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., to Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School last year, Louis Myers took to the basketball court knowing he would need time to find his place to shine.
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Boundaries: Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, South Street to Washington Avenue.
Origin of Name: Bordered by the Schuylkill River and Center City, it lies south of South Street. It is also referred to as Graduate Hospital or Southwest Center City.
Brief history: Earliest records indicate the community began as an industrial settlement. Salesmen riding horse-drawn carts or pushcarts supplied residents with daily implements and food. South Street west of Broad was the city’s center of entertainment from the 1920s to the ’60s.
The area has seen significant change over the past two decades. Native Kenny Gamble returned to the area in '89 to revitalizing his old neighborhood. Launching Universal Companies, 800 S. 15th St., in '93, Gamble and his company have played a major role in the area's renewal and blight removal.
Famous Residents: World-renowned opera singer Marian Anderson lived on Martin Street, just around the corner from Union Baptist Church, 19th and Fitzwater streets, where she sang in the choir while Kenny Gamble, songwriter and founder of Philadelphia International Records, grew up near 15th and Christian streets. An alum of Hawthorne's CAPA, Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris grew up near 17th and Christian streets; Sherman Hemsley, George Jefferson on the TV show "The Jeffersons," of 22nd and Christian streets
Major Landmarks: Anderson’s home; Christian Street YMCA, 1724 Christian St.; Clef Club of Jazz, 738 S. Broad St.; Graduate Hospital, 1840 South St., was founded in 1916, but served the health needs of residents as Philadelphia Polyclinic as far back as 1889; the Naval Home, 2420 Grays Ferry Ave. (now being developed into a gated townhome community by Toll Brothers); the defunct Royal Theater, 1500 South St., which opened in the 1920s and was the first movie theater built for African-Americans.
Architecture: Mostly rowhomes and townhouses.
U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)
Police District: 17th, Capt. Martin Derbyshire and Community Relations Officer Freddie McCrea
Places of Worship: Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist, 1437 Christian St.; First African Baptist Church, 1608 Christian St.; Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, 2321 Fitzwater St.; Holy Trinity Baptist Church, 1818 Bainbridge St.; New Day Spring Baptist Church, 1621 Bainbridge St.; New Light Beulah Baptist Church, 1701 Bainbridge St.; Shiloh Baptist Church, 2040 Christian St.; St. Charles Borromeo, 902 S. 20th St.; St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1831 Bainbridge St.; Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 750 S. Broad St.; Union Baptist Church, 1910 Fitzwater St.
Rec Center: Marian Anderson Rec, 744 S. 17th St.; St. Charles Senior Center, 1941 Christian St.
Parks/Playgrounds: Chew Playground, 19th Street and Washington Avenue; Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Montrose streets; Uncle David's Playground, 15th and Catharine streets; Catharine Street Park, 22nd and Catharine streets.