Workers, volunteers and community members came together on a rainy Sunday morning to help fix up their local neighborhood community garden on 15th and Christian streets.
The fourth annual manifestation of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s pop-up efforts kicks off this week with a tropical-themed beer garden and park at 1438-46 South St. The Kenny Gamble-owned property sits adjacent to Lisa Wilson’s Jamaican Jerk Hut, 1436 South St., and when Wilson got a call from Gamble that she’d be hosting a summer of tropicalia, she flipped.
Police are hoping the included video can help them to nab a South of South burglar.
n June 26, the Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey announced he has suspended Kathy Pugh, of the 1000 block of South 18th Street, from her Reports Control Unit position for 30 days. Her dismissal will likely follow the abeyance.
The Anderson Monarchs will host their annual fundraising raffle to support baseball in the inner city 6 p.m. Friday at Anderson Yards, 18th and Fitzwater streets.
“This is a little oasis, it’s very pleasant,” Maris Kobb said on Tuesday night, sitting with her husband, Harold, and an out-of-town visitor from Qatar, Tatjana. “It makes a sense of community.”
By Joseph Myers
Police are seeking a man who tried to break into a South of South site Sunday.
A leasing brochure released in early March has piqued the interest of thousands of South Philadelphians as developer Bart Blatstein prepares to invest in an eyesore at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue.
The American steakhouse has been a tradition since the mid-19th century. What I like about such a site is simple: you know what the menu will be, there will be a seafood dish or two, side dishes are extra and the cocktails are usually first-rate.
Police are hoping that video footage can lead them to two men sought in a thwarted robbery attempt in South of South last month.
Another woman failed in her struggle to keep her possessions in South of South Monday.
What do NBA Hall of Famers Charles “Tarzan” Cooper, Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain, Earl “the Pearl” Monroe and coach John Chaney have in common? They all have played at the Christian Street YMCA, 1724 Christian St., and the longstanding anchor of the South of South neighborhood celebrated a century of service to South Philadelphia on Friday.
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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.