Located directly Northeast of Center City, the name Fishtown stems from the area's shad fishing roots that date back to the18th and 19th centuries.   Today, Fishtown's borders are roughly defined by the triangle created by the Delaware River, Frankford Avenue, and York Street. Close to Treaty Park, The Piazza, and Temple University, this neighborhood has become a hot spot for art, entertainment, and new dining establishments and trends. Fishtown even made national notererity cathcing the eye of the New York Times. Other nearby neighborhoods include Northern Liberties, Old City and Northeast Philadelphia.

Old Swimmo is Mostly Gone, Let’s Hope City Pools Are Open Next Summer

As a representative of the Krusty the Clown's Cayman Islands Offshore Holding Corporation once said, "Ah, it's too hot today." A fine day for a swim, wouldn't you say? Unfortunately, if you're a resident of Philadelphia, swimming pools are a little hard to come by this summer, which is to say all the City pools are closed thanks to COVID. In Fishtown, it's effectively been COVID season for years in a manner of speaking, as the [...]
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Now Under Construction: Riverside Row, With I-95 Views

A reader reached out the other day, giving us the heads up that construction is finally moving forward at 1019 E. Columbia Ave., a mere five years after we first looked at the property. Back then, developers had purchased this large parcel at the intersection of Columbia Ave. and Salmon St., and had plans to demolish the industrial building on the site and replace it with nine homes and three duplexes. But the community was unimpressed [...]
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The Columbia Bringing Some Height to E. Columbia

After grabbing a curbside coffee at Steap and Grind the other day, we were heading up the 1400 block of E. Columbia for like two seconds before we noticed a new building had appeared on the block at some point over the last few months. We needed to go back a few years in the Google Maps Street View time machine to remember that a shoddy looking industrial building stood here previously. We can't swear [...]
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Development Opportunity on Frankford Avenue?

Back in the day (and by that we mean like ten years ago), things were radically different on the Frankford Avenue corridor than they are today. As the years have fallen off the calendar, Frankford Avenue has become one of the premier commercial corridors in Philadelphia, with an enviable mix of small businesses that make it a crucial aspect of life in the neighborhood and a destination for people who live elsewhere. A mere ten years [...]
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Sergeant Street Homes Shedding Their Skins After About a Decade

For many decades, until around 2008, a pair of industrial buildings covered the property at 2304-18 E. Sergeant St., despite the fact that the immediate surrounding area is primarily residential. Given the industrial history of the neighborhood, this wasn't an unusual situation, but we nevertheless have to think that most neighbors would have preferred the sight of homes over the sight of these worn down structures. Even back in the mid-aughts, we imagine that at least a [...]
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What’s Happening at 2222 Frankford Avenue?

A reader reached out to us, wondering what's happening at 2222 Frankford Ave., where a building was demolished toward the end of last year. Looking into things, we took a trip down memory lane using Google Maps Street View, and took a look at this property way back in 2007. Holy cow, did this block look awful! The surrounding properties were a mix of vacant land and blighted buildings- 2222 Frankford Ave. might have been the [...]
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You Might Be Assimilated By the Frankford Collective

The blocks of Frankford Avenue between Girard and Delaware Ave. have often played the role of red headed stepchild to the stretch on the other side of Girard, probably because I-95 runs right through the middle of this quarter mile stretch. Nevertheless, it has seen its share of development over the last ten years or so, with the highlight being the renovation of the former Ajax Metals facility into the complex that houses the Fillmore, among [...]
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A Surface Parking Lot Finally Disappears on Frankford Avenue

The 1300 block of Frankford Avenue is one of the most vibrant commercial blocks in the neighborhood, featuring several food-based businesses that drive foot traffic from inside and outside the neighborhood. La Colombe is a landmark in Fishtown, with a beautiful and cavernous space converted from a former industrial building. But don't forget neighborhood corner pub Fishtown Tavern, or dessert mecca Cake Life, or the terrific Kensington Quarters, among others. With all this good stuff on this block, it's [...]
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Will We See a Six Story Mixed-Use Building at York & Aramingo?

The sizable property at 2636 E. York St. has a lengthy industrial history, as you might suspect from looking at it. Turning the clock back to the 1800s, Washington Flint Glassworks made its home here, later giving way to a business called Auto Parts Salvage Company. Gotta love a business with a name that clearly describes what it does. In recent years, the old warehouse was painted blue and Kirk Kredell Hardware operated here, a local [...]
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There’s a Yachtsman Sized Hole on Frankford Avenue

Though we never set foot inside, we were always transfixed by the rounded Formstone-clad building at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Jefferson Street. According to Inga Saffron, the building at 1444 Frankford Ave. possessed a rich history, having been constructed as a red brick home in the 1860s or the 1870s. After about a hundred years, the building was converted into a bar called Dyer's, with a rooming house upstairs. It was around this time that [...]
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