March 31, 2014 – In parts one, two, and three, we visited the streets of Rittenhouse and Fairmount, Old City and Elfreth’s Alley, and University City and Powelton Village. Today, we will venture north and south of center city to visit Fishtown and Queen Village.
Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood sits northeast of Center City, its borders defined the Delaware River, Frankford Avenue, and York Street. The name comes from the area’s former role as the center of the fishing industry on the Delaware River.
Each first Friday of the month on Frankford Avenue, the galleries feature an open house celebration for artists to display what they have been working on. It’s the perfect way to get a feel of what Fishtown has to offer.
This spot along the Delaware River is an open space park that commemorates William Penn’s treaty of peace with the chief of the Lenape Turtle Clan, Tamanend in 1683.
It began as a working class neighborhood, became impoverished, and then experienced gentrification. Fishtown is the trendy place to be now that artists and professionals have moved into the area.
Strolling along Frankford Avenue you’re bound to see an old-fashioned trolley car patrolling the area.
Much of the area has an industrial feel, but there are upscale lofts and restaurant/bars in the old factory buildings. This one houses Fetta Sau, a member of the Starr Restaurants around Philadelphia. Owner Stephen Starr, also owns Buddakan, Barclay Prime, and several other Philadelphia area restaurants.
Queen Village is a residential neighborhood immediately south of center city. Its boundaries are the south side of Lombard Street to the north side of Washington Avenue, and Front Street to 6th Street.
Fourth Street, widely known for its variety of fabric shops, is known as Fabric Row.
The residential area of Queen Village is charming and popular with young singles and families alike.
A song you may hear on any oldies station asks, “Where do all the hippies meet?” On South Street, of course, home to popular bars and restaurants and unique shops for hippies young and old.
Part five of the series continues next Monday, when we’ll visit Chestnut Hill and Manayunk.