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.

More Townhomes Are Coming to the Delaware Waterfront

Ask ten people and you'll probably get ten opinions on what to do with the Delaware River waterfront. Historically, the Delaware was the center of commerce for Philadelphia, bringing goods in, shipping goods out, and providing countless jobs in this endeavor. As times have changed and shipping has become less of a thing in this town, the waterfront has undergone a massive transformation, and currently accommodates a mishmash of uses, including shopping centers, public space, [...]
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Seven Homes Finally Finishing Near Konrad Square Park?

We'll forgive you if you've never heard of Dakota Street, as it's one of those streets that disappears and reappears in Fishtown, seemingly with little rhyme or reason. It's even more understandable if you couldn't find the 2300 block of E. Dakota St. on the map, since it doesn't show up on Google Maps due to the fact that it ends after a hundred feet and isn't wide enough to drive on. While this is a challenge for [...]
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Zoning Notice Prompts Exploration of 2200 Block of Frankford

If you've spent even five minutes in Fishtown over the last number of years, you've surely caught wind that Frankford Avenue is one of the most exciting commercial corridors in Philadelphia. Countless businesses have opened on the corridor, including independent stores, local chains, bars, restaurants- and national retailers are even starting to catch on. And yet, with all these new businesses, many of which are associated with new buildings, Frankford Avenue still has tremendous room to [...]
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Plans Scrapped on Susquehanna, as is Old Post Office

Last week, when we called your attention to the upcoming five-home project at the corner of Memphis & Susquehanna, we missed an opportunity to provide an update on another project just down the street. In the interest of correcting that oversight, let us now turn our attention to 2210 E. Susquehanna Ave., home to the Bethel Baptist Church for over thirty years. Unlike many churches we've covered over the years, Bethel Baptist wasn't a gorgeous stone edifice [...]
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Five New Homes Replacing Junk-Filled Fishtown Lot

Fishtown is a white hot neighborhood, buoyed by the eclectic Frankford Avenue commercial corridor and a seemingly unending parade of development projects throughout the area. We know this not only because Forbes Magazine says so, but because we've been paying close attention over the last decade, providing you with the play by play. But this wasn't always the case. For decades, this was a working class neighborhood, ignored by developers, hipsters, and property assessors alike. With negligible [...]
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Arbor House Makes a Statement on York Street

Exteriors of new construction homes and condos are fairly predictable in Philadelphia in 2019. Standard new construction usually calls for brick facades, bay windows clad in metal, and vinyl siding in the rear. Higher end models usually get some stone on the first floor before moving onto bricks, a slightly more expensive material on the bays, and a swap of vinyl for the aforementioned metal cladding in the back. These architectural trends are commonly decried by people who [...]
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‘For Sale’ Sign on a Warehouse Near Frankford Avenue

When carpenter Daniel McClellan bought the old warehouse at 4 E. Palmer St. back in 2001, Fishtown was a very different place than it is today. The neighborhood was still working class, and most of the people that lived there had deep roots in the community. Frankford Avenue was a sleepy local corridor, with a mix of vacant lots, old industrial buildings, and established local businesses. Frankford Hall was still a number of years away, ditto just about [...]
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Renderings For Upcoming Apartment Building on Norris Street

Back in the spring, we told you to expect a new apartment building on a pie-slice-shaped property at 2110 E. Norris St., a parcel that's been used as warehouse/office space for a framing company in recent years. Even if you've never been on this block of Norris Street, you've probably still seen this building from across the field next to the Kensington CAPA High School. The ‘Kensington Football’ sign on the side of the building refers to the Kensington [...]
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The Fletcher Twins, Not an Obnoxious Pair of Kids From Your Elementary School

For all of the development that Fishtown has seen over the last decade or so, you'd think there wouldn't be any vacant land left to redevelop. But that's not actually the case, and the neighborhood still has plenty of room to grow. Perhaps counterintuitively, the street with the biggest development potential is probably Frankford Avenue, despite that fact that the corridor is already in pretty good shape already. But if you walk up and down Frankford, [...]
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Little Leopard Street Has a Couple Projects On Deck

Leopard Street is such an amazing street name. You know you'd feel amazing about yourself if you had a Leopard Street address. Who wouldn't? So it's kind of a shame that Leopard Street only exists for two blocks in the entire city, running north-south between Front Street and Frankford Avenue, starting at Richmond Street and disappearing after Thompson Street. Exactly 47 property owners have the pleasure of a Leopard Street address, and the way we [...]
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