Did you hear about the Far Northeast’s drug and prostitution problem?
Yep, since 2008, photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge has been capturing the drug and prostitution along Kensington Avenue. And while his blog makes for a great read, he’s got the geographer all wrong.
“An elevated train runs the full length of Kensington Avenue, approximately 3 miles into the far North East section of the city.” continue reading »
Yes, Orthodox Street and Oxford Avenue sound kind of similar. Both have Os and Xs. But, uh, they’re different.
Following in the footsteps of Philadelphia Weekly, Action News over the weekend referred to Frankford’s Margaret Orthodox El stop at the Margaret Oxford Station:
“…Officers responded to the Margaret Oxford Station…” continue reading »
Friday – The Frankford Gazette has photos and video from Friday’s Unlitter Us rally at Frankford Avenue and Pratt Street. continue reading »
We have no mercy for Philadelphia Weekly food critic Brian McManus, because this mistake is just downright stupid.
McManus recently reviewed Frankford’s Billy’s Chili Pot, and although his assessment of the place paints a pretty bleak pretty of Frankford, that’s not what we’re taking issue with.
To get to Billy’s Chili, McManus had to take the El. From Center City. That left him a solid 20 minutes to stare at the Market-Frankford Line map. The map with all the names of the stops.
And then, McManus got off the El at the Margaret-Orthodox stop. He must have heard the voice recording announce the name of the stop.
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Photo courtesy of SEPTA Watch.
There is a 10-year age difference between the Costa brothers. They live in two different neighborhoods of the Northeast — William in Mayfair, Joseph in Parkwood. And they were victims of two separate attacks on the Market-Frankford El last week.
William, 47, told SEPTA police (and the Daily News) he was pushed to the ground by two teenage girls last Thursday as he was about to board the train at Frankford Transportation Center just after 8 a.m.
He told authorities two additional girls video taped the incident, while a boy kicked him as he lay on the ground. The group hopped on the train and fled. continue reading »
Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here.
Police are looking for the man who robbed a TD Bank on Grant Avenue yesterday morning. The bank, at 2520 Grant Ave., was the first among two. The second occurred just 45 minutes later at a TD branch in Abington. Police are looking for a man with a beard with gray hair. He was wearing a black jacket and a black hat with a blue symbol. He may also have red dye on his clothing from when he dropped the money when a dye pack exploded.
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By Shannon McDonald
Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with last week’s assault on the Market-Frankford line.
David A. Kaplan, 39, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman while she held her baby on the El Thursday. Kaplan sat next to the woman and held a knife to her side as he assaulted her from the Frankford Transportation Center to the Eighth Street stop.
Second District officers arrested Kaplan after responding to a call about a person with a knife on the 6900-block of Rising Sun Avenue and matched the offender to a composite sketch.
Kaplan was found guilty of three counts of theft last year, and sentenced to 12 months’ probation.
By Shannon McDonald
A mother holding her baby was sexually assaulted on the El Thursday afternoon. The 22-year-old boarded the train at Bridge and Pratt while holding her young baby. Then a man sat down next to her, pressing a knife into her side, concealing it as he sexually assaulted her all the way to Eighth and Market streets. He then got off the train, walking in the opposite direction of the woman. Other people were on the train at the time, though no one could see the knife. The suspect is a white man, 35 to 40 years old, clean shaven with slicked back blonde hair.
The Devon Theater in Mayfair has seen a renaissance. It reopens this Friday.
By Christopher Wink
The Devon hasn’t gotten this much attention in generations. Perhaps neither has Mayfair.
But now that the Frankford Avenue institution has made the long transition back to prominence, opening this weekend as the Devon Center for Performing Arts. It will mark another measure in the long transition from 1946 first-run movie theater to adult-film movieplex in the 1970s to second-run theater and to abandoned eyesore.
After a gala and private screening on Friday, with a possible appearance by Mayor Michael Nutter, the Devon opens on Saturday with a sold-out performance of Nunsense, a musical comedy.
“We’re in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood,” said Michael Pickering, the Devon’s artistic director. “Nunsense was a no-brainer.”
But don’t be fooled by the Devon’s location, far from the glitz of Center City’s Avenue of the Arts or the established arts scene of Old City. The Northeast is about to get its first professional performing arts center, by way of a decidedly working-class neighborhood.
The Devon is an all-union house, including its paid, professional actors, some from Philadelphia’s growing dramatic community. Still, its long-term strategy for success in the Northeast is heavy on community.
Read more, see video and other photos after the jump.
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