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.
A female used aggression to fight off two would-be thieves in South of South last week.
When Tim Whitaker was a kid, he was obsessed with the radio. On every car ride, he’d bounce around the AM dial and punch the buttons in his dad’s Pontiac to find the stations and disk jockeys he loved most. This was in between Philadelphia and New York City, mostly Bethlehem, but he’s revived his love of radio with his Mighty Writers organization right here in South Philadelphia.
A man could not prevent becoming the victim for two robbers in South of South Friday.
A 19-year-old faces serious charges for allegedly robbing six locations, including a South of South business.
As different age groups were pulled from their tutoring classrooms to be awarded inside the library at Southwark School, 1835 S. Ninth St., Monday, where Dr. Beatriz Garces and her husband Iron Chef Jose Garces were in attendance, it became clear the youngest pupils had the most pride, poise and confidence.
Former Governor Ed Rendell was greeted by a welcoming committee, four students and lifelong educator, Anne Spector, as he climbed the stairs at the entryway of Edwin M. Stanton Elementary School, 1700 Christian St., Friday. As part of his wife’s mission while she served as Pennsylvania’s first lady, Judge Marjorie Rendell initiated a program that would stoke civic engagement and knowledge.
A woman walking through South of South Sunday morning ended up losing her possessions.
Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique’s Holly Ricciardi has announced she will be offering a men-only pie-making class 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23.
Although Ram Krishnan got the ball really rolling on the Nelson Mandela mural that graces the side of his 1600 block of Fitzwater Street home last summer, he had been thinking of and planning the execution for years. Krishnan is an information technology consultant with a history of international business traveling who spent nearly two years in South Africa. Since Mandela’s Dec. 5 passing, the mural he commissioned by artist Ben Slowe, aka Slow Mo, has gotten quite a bit of attention.
Authorities used surveillance videos to nab a suspect in burglaries of four eateries, including two South of South sites. Locating Keith McClary on the 300 block of South 19th Street Saturday, officers arrested the resident of the 700 block of South Martin Street, capping a five-day investigation.
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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.