August 8, 2016 |
About 90 years after his grandfather helped introduce talking movies to Philadelphians, Bruce Frank returns with an innovation of his own. He has named his new business Revolutions, opening at month's end in Fishtown's Penn Treaty Village development. You can call Revolutions an MVE - industry term for a multi-venue entertainment site. Just don't call it a bowling alley, because it's much more than that. While spinning gears, balls, bottles, and turntables seek to create what Frank calls "the wow factor," Revolutions' primary come-on will be 26 lanes of Brunswick bowling tweaked with some pretty cool creature comforts and technology.
February 21, 2012
By Donna Cooper In his new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 , Charles Murray uses Fishtown as a prototypical white, lower-class community in decline. Philadelphians know Fishtown as one of a few city neighborhoods attracting urban hipsters and young families. Where Sanka was once considered gourmet, La Colombe is now widely sold. I should know; I've lived in Fishtown for 27 years. An earlier book that Murray cowrote, The Bell Curve , was roundly criticized for its flawed conclusion that blacks are on average less intelligent than whites.
November 13, 2001
I was intrigued by Monica Yant Kinney's column "City line serves as dividing line" (Inquirer, Nov. 6) but also confused by the statement, "The droves fleeing Fishtown for Flourtown... " While I know Kinney probably used this as a metaphor for urban flight to the suburbs, I can't imagine a more inaccurate one. Fishtown is probably one of the strongest neighborhoods in the city. It did not experience "white flight" in the 1950s, and it hasn't to this day. I am not talking about it being one of the strongest Philadelphia neighborhoods, but one of the strongest in America.
March 28, 2016 |
Gone are the days in the 1940s and '50s when Clete Cunningham's father opened a welding supply company in what oldtimers call Fishtown, and "there was so much manufacturing in the city that there was plenty of business to go around. " But these days, amid coffee shops and brew pubs, the area has been rebranded as East Kinsington and is becoming a business incubator, nurturing small arts- and tech-based companies. "They are tiny little customers now, but we know from experience that some of them will grow into huge, multimillion dollar corporations," said Cunningham, who leads J.A. Cunningham Equipment Inc., founded in 1946 on Trenton Avenue.
August 13, 2003
I'VE JUST READ one of the most positive, well-written Daily News letters of all time: "A Celebration of Fishtown " (Aug. 7). I couldn't agree with Mr. Kilpatrick more. Do I live in Fishtown? No, not yet. My family is moving there at the end of the month, and we made our decision based on many of the points this neighborhood son brings up. We knew for years that Fishtown was a solid, family-oriented, working-class neighborhood with quality people. We now live in Fairmount, another great city neighborhood whose residents have many friends and family in Fishtown.
May 7, 2013 |
For jewelry artisan Sarah Lewis, this month is a time for celebration. Celebration, yes. Easy breathing, no. She opened her boutique in Fishtown, Philadelphia's latest neighborhood-on-a-comeback, on May 6, 2011. Experts say five years in business is needed before survival can be declared for small start-ups. Lewis's smile gave way to a slightly pained expression when she was asked last week about her total investment to bring Adorn Boutique to life at 1314 Frankford Ave. There's a mortgage, and the cost of transforming the former welding shop into an inviting retail outpost.
March 27, 2013
By A.J. Thomson Call it a Wynn-win for Philadelphia. The 300-room casino-hotel for Philadelphia proposed by Steve Wynn would sit about five blocks from my home in Fishtown, and extend up into lower Port Richmond. It should be the only site up for discussion. Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd., which has similar operations in Las Vegas and Macau, is intent on building a destination resort on this 60-acre site, which extends along North Beach Street from Palmer to Cumberland Streets.
October 23, 2015 |
The latest branch of Tandoor India, beneath the El tracks along Front Street, seems to be in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of it all. Just a few years ago, this industrial landscape at the northern edge of Fishtown was relatively obscure. Today, it's on the cusp of major gentrification, and, just a half-block from the Berks station on the Market-Frankford line, it's almost convenient for a midday kebab run from Center City (there's also a parking lot). It may be worth it. Shafi Gaffar and his partner, Ray Ibrahim, who last year bought and rehabbed University City's somewhat tired Tandoor India, have given a smart makeover to the lofty warehouse space of this seven-month-old Fishtown location.
September 2, 2016
In a city of pizza riches, Fishtown already serves some of the best, from the cheffy Neapolitans at Wm. Mulherin's Sons to the crispy cult rounds at Pizzeria Beddia. With the recent arrival of Medusa along its northern edge, the neighborhood now has another worthy destination - a starkly modern and spacious bilevel hall that makes the wood-fired pizza experience all the more accessible. The view from its second floor deck, gazing north from the corner of York and Gaul over the rooftops of rapidly gentrifying Kensington and Port Richmond, is a draw in itself.
April 22, 2012 |
Coming Apart, the book I published a few months ago, tracks the cultural divergences in America's classes from 1960 to 2010, focusing on whites as a way of getting people to understand that the problems I describe aren't driven by minorities. I used Belmont, an affluent Boston suburb, as my label for the white upper middle class, and Fishtown, referring to Philadelphia's own Fishtown, one of the oldest white working-class communities in America, as my label for the white working class.