The stage inside The Shore Road Tavern hosts underground musicians. Photo/Shannon Dougherty
Robbins Avenue might be best known for carrying Northeast Philadelphians to the Shore across the Tacony Palmyra Bridge, but it’s also home to The Shore Road Tavern.
The bar has Kathleen Fiedler’s family for the last few decades. For the past nine years, she and husband Mike had been silent partners alongside her father until an accident prevented Kathleen’s father from the running the business on his own.
“This is a longstanding corner neighborhood bar,” Mike Fiedler said. “People consider this place their home away from home. Eagles games, The Golden Cup, any event people put in their bets and pack this place up.”
But there is more to the bar than just drinks and socializing. Within the past two years, the bar has embarked down a new road to bring in new customers — incorporating live music from bands in the underground scene. continue reading »
Murders in the Northeast Philadelphia police districts over the last decade. Image/AxisPhilly
“In the 10 years between 2003 and 2012, there were 3,442 murders and 15,277 shootings in Philadelphia.” This, according to stats compiled for a joint reporting project by AxisPhilly and City Paper.
The data is available on this map, which shows the number of murders and shootings in Philadelphia over the last decade. continue reading »
St. Tim’s parishioners organized a flea market to help cover the cost of building repairs. Photo/Lili Zheng
St. Timothy’s Church has a long and sacred history in Northeast Philadelphia. The Mayfair Catholic parish has been 1928, and recently welcomed new students from parishes the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has closed.
Those changes, as well as repairs and improvements to the property over the years, come with a big price.
Sr. Mary Elizabeth Farrell has been with the parish for the last 57 years and recalled the recent fixtures that required attention.
“To fix the elevators, that was $40,000. That was the bill and now, we need windows in the convent,” Farrell explained. continue reading »
A post-mass pancake breakfast continues a St. Leo tradition and welcomes Consolation parishioners. Photo/Shannon Dougherty
Catholic school closures around Philly have been making headlines for years. But the parishes that stand behind those schools are struggling as well, and some of them are now being instructed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to merge.
St. Leo’s and Our Lady of Consolation, both located in Tacony, are now worshipping as one. The transition for churchgoers is underway to attend the main location at Consolation, though there is one morning mass still being held at the St. Leo’s location on Sunday mornings. continue reading »
Now called Joe’s Steaks and Sodas Shop, Chink’s Steaks is pictured here in March 2009. Photo/Shannon McDonald
A few months ago, Joseph Groh decided to abandon the name of the 64-year-old Chink’s Steaks in Wissinoming. As of March, the steak shop has been known as Joe’s Steaks and Sodas shop.
Although it was a childhood nickname for original owner, Sam Sherman, Groh knew it was also an offensive term for Chinese people. continue reading »
Data complied by the Tacony CDC show an increase in completed construction permits in the neighborhood.
From 2009 to 2012, Tacony saw a 25 percent increase in completed construction permits.
That’s one of the numbers the Tacony CDC is celebrating after using the LicenseToInspect app to crunch neighborhood construction permit data. continue reading »
Police have arrested a man for stealing copper wires from a home, allegedly resulting in the property’s explosion and collapse.
The vacant house at 4716 Howell St. in Wissinoming collapsed after Saturday’s explosion, which officials told NBC10 was the result of a natural gas leak brought on by the missing wires. continue reading »
This suspect is wanted in a Tacony bank robbery. Image/Philadelphia Police
Police in Northeast Philadelphia are looking for two different suspects wanted for bank robberies this month.
The most recent robbery took place Saturday in the 8th District at the Bank of America at 2439 Welsh Rd. The suspect, also thought to be the man who robbed a Bridesburg bank earlier this month, fled without money after handing the teller a demand note. continue reading »
Q: I really want to buy a home in the Northeast but the absolute most I can afford is $100,000. I really don’t want a fixer-upper or anything that “needs TLC.” What can I get for that price and where should I be looking?
A: In the Multiple Listing Service Trend, there are 268 homes listed for sale today in Northeast Philadelphia for $100,000 and under. Out of those homes, there are 116 active listings that are noted as “Average +” continue reading »
Short dumping in industrial areas of Holmesburg and Tacony has community leaders worried about quality of life issues and fires. Photo/Steven Mitchell
This is the second in a two-part series about quality of life issues in Tacony and Holmesburg, and the neighborhoods’ approach to growing stronger together. You can read the first part here.
Short dumping is a problem all over Philadelphia, and in some Northeast neighborhoods, the issue is weighing down the community.
Short dumping is the illegal act of disposing trash and debris on a street or vacant lot. Industrial areas — like those along Torresdale Avenue and State Road in Holmesburg and Tacony — tend to be dark at night, which allows for people to come and dump their trash and other items in this area.
The railroad tracks at James Street and Bleigh Avenue is a particular hotspot for short dumping. There, you’ll see trash and other debris, as well as abandoned tires. continue reading »