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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
On Wednesday, June 21st, Philadelphia will be participating in Make Music Day, an “all day, open access, free ‘do it yourself’ festival.” The festival is curated by the Make Music Alliance and spans 750 cities in 120 countries. This is a fortuitous opportunity for artists of all skill levels and experience to showcase their talent[…]
The 11th Annual “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest featuring Philly Soul Stock is a free, outdoor festival located in the Cecil B. Moore community of North Philadelphia. The festival provides festival participants with loads of free and fun stuff to do, like a Kids Zone with face painting, moon bounce, and rock climbing, health[…]
First Friday coinciding with Philadelphia Beer Week? What an amazing way to kickoff summer around the neighborhood! Xhale Lounge 453 E Girard Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only Mantra Lounge 312 E Girard Special speakers, musical meditation, and vegan dinner all for 10 bucks, every Friday night 6-8 pm! NicNacs4Peanuts 306 E Girard Ave[…]
Check out this month’s a-MAY-zing First Friday events! Pink Slime Gallery 454 E Girard Join the QC Malt crew at PINK SLIME Gallery for the release of the new zine, Quaker City Classic Chow: A celebration of the food and the city we love. There’ll be a cheese fountain, plenty of QC Malt, and a[…]
April showers bring May flowers, but April First Fridays bring amazing events to the neighborhood! Pink Slime Gallery 454 E Girard A QC Malt zine release and art show celebrating the spirit and community of the Quaker city in a creative homage to the classic chow that makes Philly so damn Philly. Xhale Lounge 453 E[…]
The River Wards Sound Collective, a musician and music entrepreneur cooperative housed by NKCDC, is seeking submissions for songs and cover art as an upcoming community mixtape project! We’re asking for entries of one song or piece of artwork sent to RiverWardsSoundCollective@gmail.com. Submissions are due by midnight on April 17th! Any and all genres are encouraged to[…]
Bring in the Spring with all these amazing First Friday events around the neighborhood! Xhale Lounge 453 E Girard Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only Vape O2 411 E Girard March Spring Sale 12pm-10pm Up to 35% e-juice, free swag, free batteries, 10% off starter kits, surprise gift with every purchase! This is what we[…]
Show your local businesses some love by checking out these great First Friday events in the neighborhood! Tartareperia 18.64 1204 N Front St Pink Slime Gallery 454 E Girard Xhale Lounge 453 E Girard Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only Vape O2 411 E Girard Ave February Love Sale! We decided to show[…]
Taking a stroll through the menagerie of neighborhoods that make up the River Wards, it’s impossible to ignore the palpable presence of musicians, record stores, venues, and music related businesses. NKCDC , through Frankford Avenue Arts, believes in harnessing our area’s artistic strengths in order to promote community development and growth. As such, NKCDC is[…]