Neighborhood Profile: PASSYUNK SQUARE

Posted on: July 15, 2013

History:  Passyunk Square traces its roots to Colonial times, when Gen. George Washington housed many of his soldiers on the 800 and 900 blocks of Federal. Passyunk Avenue from Tasker to Broad got its start as an upscale shopping mecca. Restaurants, specialty food stores, pharmacies, furniture shops, clothing and shoe and jewelry stores dotted the avenue, just as they do now. In 2002, a city ordinance created the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, which was modeled after merchant-funded initiatives in Center City and Manayunk.  Major landmarks of the neighborhood include East Passyunk Avenue; the Lower Italian Market, said to be the country’s oldest open-air market, Ninth from Washington to Wharton; Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, Ninth and Passyunk and the fountain at the junction of Passyunk, 11th and Tasker. (South Philly Review)

Boundaries: Broad Street to the west, 6th street to the east, Tasker to the south and Washington to the north.

Zip Codes:  19147.

What to See / Do: Visit East Passyunk

More Information: PSCA

Schools: Andrew Jackson (K-8)Eliza Kirkbride (K-8)George Washington (K-8)Southwark (K-8)South Philadelphia (9-12)Neumann Goretti High School, Christopher Columbus Charter School.