Rust Belt Rising Almanac Book Release

Philadelphia Publisher Explores Urban Renewal With Release of Contemporary Almanac

Philadelphia Publisher, Nic Esposito, Explores Urban Renewal With Release of Contemporary Almanac

Taken from Clair Margheim (Head & The Hand Press) – The Head & The Hand Press will celebrate the renewal and growth occurring in Rust Belt cities with a book release party and a Free Library of Philadelphia discussion panel of the publication, The Rust Belt Rising Almanac. The Almanac is a collection of stories and snapshots about growth, change and loss in America’s Rust Belt cities – from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and Cleveland to Detroit.

Neighbors, friends and those in the Philadelphia surrounding area are invited to the Frankford Avenue First Friday on June 7 to stop in participating shops, where the almanac will be showcased, for a celebration of literature and renewal, sponsored by New Kensington Community Development Corporation. The night will also include a reading by Almanac contributor Jeffrey Ziga of Little Baby’s Ice Cream atop their parklet, along with an Almanac inspired ice cream flavor. The celebration will continue into the evening with a dance party at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym’s beautifully renovated warehouse workspace.


Meet the Mural Artist!


Please join us on Wednesday, August 18, at 6 p.m. for an occasion to meet the French exchange artists at the VIKING MILL BUilding Mural SIte , and Preview the Mural
in Progress.

(2026 East Hagert Street )

Food and DrinkS PROVIDED.

Another hidden gem in 19125

From its headquarters on Crease Street, Usiloquy Dance Designs stages preformances, educational outreach, lectures & demonstrations of Bharatanatyam Dance.  The group’s artistic director, Shaily Dadiala, lives in Fishtown, and is looking for ways to better connect her art and her neighbrohood. If your interested in hosting a Bharatanatyam demonstration at your venue during First Friday, or any other[…]

Sculpture Derby a Smashing Success

Many Thank-yous to everyone who helped make the 2010 Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby a success!  (Especially Mayor Nutter, and most importantly Kathryn at NKCDC who’s hard work and vision has brought the derby here to Kensington and helped it grow over the past four years!)  If you wernt able to make it, take a look[…]

Kinetic Derby + Post Derby Events

This Saturday, beginning at noon, the Trenton Avenue Arts festival will be poppin off (def. 2). As part of that spectacular showcase of local artisans the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby will commence at 12:30pm, departing from Trenton and Susquehanna.
And if that isn’t enough excitement for you, there will be a full slate of after derby events throughout the neighborhood at popular First Friday locations (click though the jump for more info).  […]

19125 Cleanup Tosses 200 Bags of Trash!

Last Saturday saw a stunning success in the 19125 Fall Cleanup, which united the NKCDC, the Fishtown Neighbors Association, the Olde Richmond Civic Association, and the East Kensington Neighbors Association with a day of community spirit.

Over 100 volunteers came out to remove more than 200 bags of trash from the streets of Fishtown and Kensington.  With the assistance of the City of Philadelphia and the Streets Department, debris from the cleanup was quickly collected before 1pm.

Of course, no Cleanup would be complete without the generous efforts of the Philadelphia Brewing Co., which provided a scrumptious post-cleanup BBQ at their HQ.  NKCDC and the community at large are greatful to the Bartons and the entire PBC staff for their hard work and their extraordinary hosting abilities.

The BBQ was also made possible by generous donations from Fishtown Beverage, Kissin’ Fresh Meats, Thriftway, and Dunkin’ Donuts

Thanks to everyone who came out!

More photos from the cleanup after the jump, courtesy of Miguel Rilloraza, who also participated in the cleanup.