April 7, 2014 — In the past weeks, we visited the streets of Rittenhouse and Fairmount, Old City and Elfreth’s Alley, University City and Powelton Village, and Fishtown and Queen Village. Today, we’ll venture to Chestnut Hill and Manayunk.
Chestnut Hill sits in Northwest Philadelphia, bounded by Northwestern Avenue to the west, Stenton Avenue to the northeast and the Mount Airy neighborhood to the southeast.
The neighborhood is well-known as one of the more affluent sections of Philadelphia. It offers plenty of 19th and early 20th century residences designed by prominent Philadelphia architects.
The train stations in Chestnut Hill pay homage to the days gone by.
The main road through Chestnut Hill is Germantown Avenue. It’s a playground of unique shops, restaurants and pubs for visitors and residents looking for something special.
Chestnut Hill draws an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 gardeners and art lovers each year during the annual Home and Garden Festival, when over 150 home and garden vendors, artists, and craftsmen display their wares. This year’s event is scheduled for May 4.
Manayunk is also located in the northwestern section of Philadelphia, on the banks of the Schuylkill River. William Penn and the Lenape Indians referred to the Schuylkill River as “Manaiung”, their word for “river”. The word was altered to Manayunk and adopted as the area’s name.
Historically, Manayunk was a working class community. In recent years, however, the neighborhood has been gentrified, and the population has shifted to younger upper middle class professionals and families. The nightlife in Manayunk draws visitors from all over the Delaware Valley. Main Street is the place to be if you want to have a good time.
The neighborhood was named a National Historic District in 1983.
It is often said that the girls in Manayunk have nice legs because they walk along streets that could rival San Francisco when it comes to steep inclines.
Next week, we’ll wrap up the series with the streets of South Philadelphia, and the Greater Northeast.