Sculpture Gym Looks to open in Fishtown!



So exciting and brilliant, this news leaves us all wondering why it hasen’t happend sooner. But wait, it’s not here yet- this amazing project needs all of our help!

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym hopes to be a space for artists and craftspeople to come use equipment such as table saws, band saws, welders and more for a monthly fee. There will also be group classes, one on one training, large work spaces, and storage space.


Much ado about Berks and Belgrade

Award winning cupcakes from Whipped Bakeshop

Award winning cupcakes from Whipped Bakeshop

The best way to get to know a store is to strike up a conversation with its owner.  This adage, from an earlier era of small shops, often gets lost in the city.  Too hurried to do more than wander in and grab something off the self, too preoccupied with worries to do much more than mumble a “hello” to the cashier, we – all too often – allow ourselves to be observers rather than participants within our communities.  The consequence: a tendency to stick with the familiar rather than the untried and a reticence to enter places that don’t sell what we immediately need.  I, perhaps more than most embodied this trend, but, after two visits down to the corner of Belgrade and East Berks Street I can tell you, I have seen the error in my ways. […]

Frankford Ave Improvments to Begin Next Week

A friendly reminder to the denizens of Frankford Ave; Beginning the week of June 21st, and continuing for 5 months, Frankford Ave. streetscape improvements will be installed.  During the project Frankford Ave will remain open to traffic in both directions at all times, however there will be rolling closures of the parking lanes.  Work will[…]

2009 Neighborhood Holiday Walk

HolidayWalkWebThis December 4th, from 5-9pm, the Fishtown Area Business Association, in association with area merchants and the NKCDC, is organizing Fishtown and Kensington’s biggest, most festive First Friday ever!  Spanning Frankford and Girard Avenue with nearly 30 different merchants, galleries and artist’s studios participating, the neighborhood is getting ready to ring in the holiday season with an evening of arts and crafts, good food and drink, live music, and shopping discounts from your favorite merchants!

This event will also feature five new(ish) businesses on Frankford Avenue: the art gallery Extra Extra, café Bella Sera, vintage boutique two percent to glory, dance academy the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, and artist collectivesPart-Time Collective and Piranha Betty’s Art Market.  Be sure to check out these exciting new additions to the Avenue!


In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to shop locally and support the small businesses that are the life blood of our cities and main streets.  Help keep money in the community by coming out and doing your holiday shopping in the neighborhood.

There is plenty to do.  See Philly’s hottest emerging artists, learn to tango, check out live music, get your headshot taken and start that acting career, or just play board games and drink wine!  With Christmas trees, cocoa and all the yule tidings you can handle, we sure hope to see you there!

Check out the participants and specials after the jump!



Frankford Streetscaping Ready to Break Ground

Neighbors viewing renderings of the streetwork

Last night, neighbors from the 1700 to the 2300 blocks of Frankford Avenue gathered at Circle of Hope for an important community meeting.  They were briefed on the details of a million dollar PennDOT project, years in the making, that was about to break ground.  The location:  their own doorsteps.

After years of community planning phases and approval letters being sent between NKCDC, PennDOT and the City of Philadelphia, street improvement work on Frankford Avenue was finally put out to bid several months ago.  A contractor, L.C. Costa Construction Inc, of Warminster, PA was the low bidder with a 1.15 million dollar price tag for the half-mile zone’s street work.  Pending a final commencement order from PennDOT, contractors could begin work as early as the first half of November, and no later than early December.

Details after the jump…