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Frankford Avenue is the commercial core of Kensington cutting through and serving the adjacent Kensington neighborhoods of Fishtown, East Kensington, and Olde Richmond. Historically working class neighborhoods, the demographics in these neighborhoods are changing, particularly in Fishtown, with an influx of younger and more affluent households. Together with the momentum of redevelopment activity from neighborhoods south of Kensington, the development and appeal of Frankford Avenue as an arts corridor has helped spur recent investments along the corridor and in adjacent Kensington neighborhoods. This is evidenced by recent household growth and building permit activity. According to permit records from the City of Philadelphia, over 230 new construction permits were filed in the 19125 ZIP code in the last year alone, with 20 filed on Frankford Ave. New mixed‐use developments on Frankford Ave include Frankford Square, a 14‐unit luxury townhouse development with first‐floor commercial space, and a proposed 170‐unit multi‐family development with ground‐floor commercial. With an active business association and targeted corridor management providing technical support to businesses, streetscape improvements, and promotional events, opening up shop on Frankford Ave has never been easier. To learn more about Frankford Ave email Kae Anderson.
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NEWS & EVENTS
A newcomer to the boutique scene on Frankford Ave, Made and Maker is a well-curated selection of vintage finds and unique designs focusing on clothes, shoes, housewares, jewelry and other artwork. Need a pair of roller skates? How about hand-made mittens from a reservation outside Vancouver? A pink velvet romper? They have it all! There’s[…]
Marie Ulmer turns 99 years Marie will celebrate her 99th birthday on August 31. Marie is Kensington’s most notable artist. Her house and home was on Howard St just around the corner from Berks St, in which, she resided mostly all her life. It was only a few years ago that she needed to move[…]
First Friday? Second Friday? How ’bout both?!?! Lot’s of great stuff happening around the neighborhood. Check it out… ♦ These events will take place on Second Friday The Art Dept. 1638 E Berks The Art Dept. is proud to welcome Michelle Avery Konczyk back to the space. Come join us for the opening reception[…]
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund Deadline: September 30, 2016 The Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) was established in 1991 when Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council authorized the creation of a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation whose mission was to provide funds to enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents. The[…]
We got you covered for all the August First Friday happenings! Check it out… Xhale Lounge 453 E Girard Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only. Vape O2 411 E Girard Summer Sale! All Zen juice – Buy 2 get 1 free All Premium juice 30% off Mods, Tanks, RDA’s – 20-50% off NicNacs4Peanuts[…]
Pop Up Polaroid will be throwing their one year anniversary party at The Art Dept. (1638 E Berks St.) on July 23rd from 3-7pm. There will be an exhibit of polaroid artists, an emulsion lift + negative bleaching workshop, a polaroid print swap, and of course, a photo booth. They’ll also be grilling summer BBQ[…]
Thanks to our friend at the Art Blog, for rounding these up. Check out their full post complete with some political art exhibitions happening across the city. Percent for Art Competition for a piece in Fairmount Park. The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy,[…]
Many of you have expressed to us that gallery/maker spaces are being priced out of the neighborhood. And the barriers to entry of starting your own art space are high and rising. But what if there were 4 artists starting a gallery or makerspace together?? With democratic ownership of the venture, shared decision making power, and[…]
Remember a couple of months ago when you saw those posts about an artist survey floating around? Thanks again for all your input, and don’t worry we listened! The top four responses for what would be most valuable for artists in the neighborhood were: 1. Opportunities for public art installations in the neighborhood 2. Online[…]
Now showing at The River Wards Cafe, 3118 Richmond Street: David Livewell grew up in the South Kensington section of Philadelphia. He is a product of a working class family who lived in the River Wards throughout the ups and downs of the 20th Century. Deeply immersed in all aspects of Philadelphia city living, David[…]