Archives: March 2013

Don't Miss The Third Annual Chili Cookoff!

Posted on: March 29, 2013

On April 7th from 12-4pm, Elfant Wissahickon is proud to sponsor the third annual Chestnut Hill Rotary Club Chili Cookoff at the Lutheran Seminary-Brossman Center (7301 Germantown Avenue).

You can find out more information HERE or purchase tickets HERE

Finding peacefulness along Pine Street

Posted on: March 28, 2013

Philadelphia may be one of the largest cities in the country, but anyone who has walked through one of her many neighborhoods in the fading twilight will attest to a calming sense of solitude that can take you by surprise. Here, in the middle of dense row homes and towering skyscrapers, a writer finds a sense of space and silence, as she walks down Pine Street  (Article Courtesy of NewsWorks)

Neighborhood Profile: ERDENHEIM and FLOURTOWN

Posted on: March 25, 2013


Erdenheim is a community in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The primary commercial areas are located along the Bethlehem Pike. Erdenheim was laid out in 1892. It used to be known as “Heydricksdale” and simply “Wheelpump” after a local inn, but was changed to “Erdenheim” which is German for “earthly home”.

Flourtown is also in  Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. An ample flow of water found in Wissahickon Creek and its tributaries supported at least three local mills. It was from this industry that Flourtown took its name.  (From Wikipedia)

Boundaries: Erdenheim is bordered by Whitemarsh, Flourtown, Wyndmoor and Philadelphia. Flourtown is adjacent to the neighborhoods of Erdenheim, Oreland, Whitemarsh and Chestnut Hill.

Zip Code:  19038 and 19031

What To See / Do: The Black Horse InnThe Springfield Mill, Yeakle and Miller Houses.

Schools:  Mount Saint Joseph Academy, St. Genevieve School, Erdenheim Elementary School, Carson Valley School.

Public Transportation:  SEPTA bus transportation is available in the neighborhood. 


36 Hours in Philadelphia

Posted on: March 21, 2013

Its no secret that Philadelphia has been growing in the last few years at a rapid-fire rate. Dozens of new restaurants, museums, bars and hotels sprout up around town daily. The New York Times has taken notice and spent 36 hours in Philadelphia exploring the wonderful amenities this city has to offer. Check out the article HERE!

Neighborhood Profile: GRADUATE HOSPITAL

Posted on: March 18, 2013

History:  Prior to Act of Consolidation, 1854, this neighborhood was part of Moyamensing Township. Moyamensing was originally chartered by the Dutch governor Alexander d’Hinoyossa, and in 1684, William Penn confirmed the title.

The neighborhood began taking shape after the Civil War. In 1870, it was predominantly an Irish American community; however, the neighborhood was in a transitional period, and by 1920, a majority of its residents were African Americans. It continued to experience significant in-migration from the south prior to, during, and immediately after World War II. It remained a solid working-class neighborhood for most of the first half of the twentieth century.

In the 1960s a crosstown expressway running along South Street was planned. Those plans would have created a barrier between center city and the neighborhoods to the south. The result was widespread abandonment of properties in SWCC and the decay of the South Street business corridor. The loss of jobs and residents caused the neighborhood to decline as buildings were abandoned and left to deteriorate.

In recent years the area has experienced growth and gentrification. Hundreds of single family homes and condominium units have been built or refurbished. As a result of the neighborhood’s proximity to Center City and increasing desirability, a variety of new businesses catering to the increasingly gentrified population have opened.

Graduate Hospital goes by many names (Center City South, South of South, G-Ho), which is fitting for a neighborhood that draws its personality from the people inside it: young transplants, born-and-raised neighbors, hip urban professionals, craft beer crowds and more. In recent years, the area stretching from Lombard Street to Washington Avenue and from Broad Street to Gray’s Ferry Avenue has accumulated a healthy dose of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and markets that reflect the area’s residential and cool vibe. (From Wikipedia / Visit Philly)

Boundaries: The neighborhood is bordered on the north by South Street, on the south by Washington Avenue, on the west by the Schuylkill River, and by Broad Street on the east.

Zip Code:  19146

What To See / Do: The Marian Anderson HouseFranklin Hose Company No. 28William S. Peirce SchoolPhiladelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Freight Shed, Royal Theater and Tindley Temple United Methodist Church.

Dining, Shopping and Events: SOSNA.

Schools:  Public: Chester A. Arthur Elementary School, Edwin Stanton Elementary School, Philadelphia High School CAPA.

Charter: Universal Institute Charter School.

Public Transportation:  SEPTA bus transportation is available in the neighborhood. There are two metro stops along the Broad Street Line.


Philadelphia's Faded Signs

Posted on: March 14, 2013

You can track the history of Philadelphia in so many different ways. You can visit the numerous historic sights, enjoy the many murals tracing our history and heritage or take a lazy afternoon walk through one of our world class museums. But local writer Lawrence O’Toole found a unique way to connect with Philly’s storied past, through it’s faded signage. This recent article in Changing Skyline is a unique celebration of Philadelphia’s history. (Photo: Michael S. Wirtz, Staff Photographer,

Neighborhood Profile: ROXBOROUGH

Posted on: March 4, 2013

History:  Most of modern day Roxborough was once part of Roxborough Township which was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia following the passage of the Act of Consolidation, 1854. At this time Roxborough was the home of the areas wealthiest; the owners of the Manayunk mills. These mills didn’t just produce anything from textiles to plastic containers, they also produced exuberant fortunes for the mill owners, much of which was funneled back into the community. This money went into building build schools, parks, and even a large Victorian manor built for the area’s elderly women, The Roxborough Home for Women.

The commercial spine of the neighborhood is Ridge Avenue, which, as its name suggests, runs along the ridge between the Wissahickon Creek and the Schuylkill River. Most businesses are located on Ridge Avenue and most residents are within walking distance to it. Several coffee shops, like “Crossroads” a cafe built in an old shoe store, and restaurants, like local favorites Bob’s Diner and Roma’s Bakery, have opened recently, along with boutiques and yoga studios. (From Wikipedia)

Boundaries: Roxborough is bordered to the southwest, along the Schuylkill River, by Manayunk, to the northeast by the Wissahickon Creek section of Fairmount Park, and to the southeast by East Falls.

Zip Code:  19128

What To See / Do: Delaware Valley Opera CompanyManayunk-Roxborough Art Center, Wissahickon Valley

Dining, Shopping and Events: Explore Roxborough

Schools:  Public:  Roxborough High School, WB Saul High School, Cook Wissahickon, and Shawmont Elementary.

Private:  Roman Catholic High School and J.W. Hallahan High School

Public Transportation:  SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line stops in the Wissahickon section of Roxborough, continues through Manayunk, and stops again at the Ivy Ridge station in Roxborough.

The neighborhood is also served by the SEPTA 35 Bus Route.