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Old 01-11-2019, 04:18 AM
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Grew up in the Rhawnhurst section.......Rhawnhurst elem, Castor Ave. Wilson Middle, Cottman, Ave, & Central High. We lived next to Rhawnhurst Elem. on Hartel St. The Northeast wheree we lived was a great neighborhood back then... Tyson, Merben, Benner, & Orleans 6 were the movie theatres back then. My sister & I would take the 59 PTC to Margaret & Orthodox and take the Frankford El downtown to Wanamakers, Gimbels and Strawbridges at 8th and Market. Our neighborhood declined into such a crime fest. My mother survived an attempted home invasion thanks to the dog in 2000. She finally agreed to move out and sell the house. My mother and father went to Olney High way back.... By the way....EAGLES fan here all the way.....
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:59 AM
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I grew up in Springfield (Montco) My Mom grew up in West Oak Lane, my Grandfather had a butcher stand in the Reading Terminal Market for 30 plus years
Nice my Grandparents moved from 5th & Poplar to Walnut Lane, the edge of Germantown, thus my love for Dalessandro's Steaks.

Spent many a morning in the RS /Sportsman & Bungalow After Hour Clubs along Baltimore Pike.
Worked second shift and they were the only ones open.

Still go to Reading Terminal.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:10 AM
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Originally Posted by D.M.D. View Post
Grew up in the Rhawnhurst section.......Rhawnhurst elem, Castor Ave. Wilson Middle, Cottman, Ave, & Central High. We lived next to Rhawnhurst Elem. on Hartel St. The Northeast wheree we lived was a great neighborhood back then... Tyson, Merben, Benner, & Orleans 6 were the movie theatres back then. My sister & I would take the 59 PTC to Margaret & Orthodox and take the Frankford El downtown to Wanamakers, Gimbels and Strawbridges at 8th and Market. Our neighborhood declined into such a crime fest. My mother survived an attempted home invasion thanks to the dog in 2000. She finally agreed to move out and sell the house. My mother and father went to Olney High way back.... By the way....EAGLES fan here all the way.....
Spent many a day at Bridge & Pratt and Margaret & Orthodox.
Mom lived briefly on 4600 Paul Street near Margaret.Don't think she realized how bad it was so we then moved to Amber & Dauphin for a bit.

None of our family owned vehicles and it was PTC/Septa everywhere.

I took the 50 trolly from Rising Sun & Olney to 4th & Brown & back to grade school for 8 years while I lived with my Aunt.

Forget what bus it was but took it from Rising Sun & Olney up to 5 Points in the NE to fish the Pennypack Creek as a kid.

I used to sneak on the trackless trolleys from Bridge and Pratt and ride them up to the far NE & back because I thought they were cool.


And GO EAGLES!

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Old 01-11-2019, 05:27 AM
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WOW......Haven't thought about the neighborhoods for years. My fathers parents lived on Sellers St in Frankford...Kresge's was at the corner of Sellers and Frankford Ave. There also was a very small Sticky Bun bakery across from the 59 stop at Margaret and Orthodox.....I can still smell and remember that as a kid. Reading Terminal was always a great place to go as a kid. We also use to eat at the Horn and Hardart, automat on Market St. We also had an H&H at Large and Cottman. Kresge's was across the street. Times were WAAAAAAAAAY different back then. My mothers home invasion back in 2000 really just did it for me......
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
Was Born and raised thank you !

There are a lot of nice places in Phllly as stated above from the many comments!

Matter of fact going in the city next weekend to celebrate my daughters 21st B Day at a Brazilian Steak House and see a show!

Take my wife in every 2 weeks to Jefferson Hospital.

Season Ticket holder for the Eagles.

Even though I moved to Delaware and bought a few acres, we spend a lot of time in the city!
Chose to live closer to 2 bays for fishing.

So to answer your question Yes, I have and continue too.

Come on down and I'll take you for a tour!

And Sorry we offended you when snowballs were thrown at Santa in the SIXTIES!
Not offended. I don't even know what you're talking about and if I did...I wasn't even alive in the 60's.

No tour necessary. I have family in Cherry Hill so I'm in the area from time to time.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:36 AM
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My first visit to Philly in the early 80's left me with a very bad impression. It was the time of the MOVE movement. The city had an air of tension fear that was unsettling. Some may remember the mayor ordering the removal of the group from their homes that led to many families being burned alive when tear gas charges ignited their buildings.

So when my youngest son was recruited by Temple University, in the city's north end, an area known for poverty and crime, I was pretty reluctant about it.

After many visits and weekend stays in neighborhoods throughout the city, including the neighborhood near but off campus, I've come to a 180 degree turn and now love the city. Many great examples of what to do have been shared but what I see is what happened to Boston or New York in the 70's happening in Philly now - investment, rehabbing of beautiful, historic buildings, lots of young people moving in and a positive energy and vibe that you can feel. I find the locals friendly and welcoming.

Yes, it's a large city with still too much poverty and a large black population that may make some white folks nervous, but give it a chance and mark my words that in the next 20 years, Philly will be even a better city than it is today.
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And if you are extremely lucky maybe you can get a reservation at Zahav, a 4 to 5 star Israeli restaurant.
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
Spent many a day at Bridge & Pratt and Margaret & Orthodox.
Mom lived briefly on 4600 Paul Street near Margaret.Don't think she realized how bad it was so we then moved to Amber & Dauphin for a bit.

None of our family owned vehicles and it was PTC/Septa everywhere.

I took the 50 trolly from Rising Sun & Olney to 4th & Brown & back to grade school for 8 years while I lived with my Aunt.

Forget what bus it was but took it from Rising Sun & Olney up to 5 Points in the NE to fish the Pennypack Creek as a kid.

I used to sneak on the trackless trolleys from Bridge and Pratt and ride them up to the far NE & back because I thought they were cool.


And GO EAGLES!
Grew up on Gale St. which was a block over from Rising Sun & Olney Ave. Also took the bus up to Pennypack to fish for carp and catfish.

Remember getting up at 3am on the weekends to take the bus/trolley to Wissahickon Creek for trout season the spring.

We sold my parents house on Gale Street in 1989 and the neighborhood was quickly going down hill then. It was a great place to grow up but I wouldn't set foot back there now.
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Grew up on Gale St. which was a block over from Rising Sun & Olney Ave. Also took the bus up to Pennypack to fish for carp and catfish.

Remember getting up at 3am on the weekends to take the bus/trolley to Wissahickon Creek for trout season the spring.

We sold my parents house on Gale Street in 1989 and the neighborhood was quickly going down hill then. It was a great place to grow up but I wouldn't set foot back there now.
Lived on Rosehill between Rising Sun & B Street off of Olney.

Had Friends on Gale, don't recall the last names...Gale would take you to the front entrance of the playground. I do remember that,

Did you get water ice & pretzels from the fat guy in the truck by the playground?
I'm going back to the late 60's to mid 70's.

Learned how to play Pinochle at the playground.

We used to go under the Walnut lane Bridge to the creek and fish up to the Valley Green Bridge , walk down the other side and swim at Devil pool off of the Wissahickon.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:09 AM
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If you think the streets are bad, wait till you get on the water, we have some real characters on the river!

Funny how we're always more frightened of the unknowns than what we're familiar with... Philly is fine, just bring a smile and leave any attitudes at home, you'll have a great time!

All the suggested places are good, if it's overwhelming, get a day pass to the hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tours, you get to see a lot and learn some history along the way at your own pace.
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
Lived on Rosehill between Rising Sun & B Street off of Olney.

Had Friends on Gale, don't recall the last names...Gale would take you to the front entrance of the playground. I do remember that,

Did you get water ice & pretzels from the fat guy in the truck by the playground?
I'm going back to the late 60's to mid 70's.

Learned how to play Pinochle at the playground.

We used to go under the Walnut lane Bridge to the creek and fish up to the Valley Green Bridge , walk down the other side and swim at Devil pool off of the Wissahickon.

That's the same timeframe I was there. I grew up on Gale and left after high school in 75. I don't remember anyone on Rosehill. I had a friend over on Ormes...his name was Nowak.

Yes, the top of the street opened to the playground. I patronized the fat water ice guy many times for pretzels and water ice.

We would get off the trolley and have a long walk to the Valley Green Inn and we would fish from there up towards Devils Pool.
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Originally Posted by bgtuna View Post
That's the same timeframe I was there. I grew up on Gale and left after high school in 75. I don't remember anyone on Rosehill. I had a friend over on Ormes...his name was Nowak.

Yes, the top of the street opened to the playground. I patronized the fat water ice guy many times for pretzels and water ice.

We would get off the trolley and have a long walk to the Valley Green Inn and we would fish from there up towards Devils Pool.
Was one Chet Nowak or Novak I think? That rings a bell.

I used to hang with the Duponts from Ormes as well.Jim & Joe with a sister Beth who my brother married for a bit.
Few others from Ormes but can't remember shit anymore.

Used to play wiffle ball / halfies & wire ball down at the end of Rosehill & Chew by Athos Steel and sled down Chew street in the winter right across rising Sun into the Park.

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Geez.......Halfies & wire ball.....No one plays that today. My mother REALLY got pissed when I took the broom and cut the handle off...............................................
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
Was one Chet Nowak or Novak I think? That rings a bell.

I used to hang with the Duponts from Ormes as well.Jim & Joe with a sister Beth who my brother married for a bit.
Few others from Ormes but can't remember shit anymore.

Used to play wiffle ball / halfies & wire ball down at the end of Rosehill & Chew by Athos Steel and sled down Chew street in the winter right across rising Sun into the Park.
Sorry to hijack the OP's thread with a ride down memory lane.

Yes, his name was Chet....he had a younger brother but I can't remember what his name was. The Duponts don't ring a bell in my aging mind.

I hung around Clarkson & Westford in my 8th grade/high school years. Played many games of wall ball, wire ball, half ball, etc. We would buy pimple balls from Ray Ann's drug store.
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Sorry to hijack the OP's thread with a ride down memory lane.

Yes, his name was Chet....he had a younger brother but I can't remember what his name was. The Duponts don't ring a bell in my aging mind.

I hung around Clarkson & Westford in my 8th grade/high school years. Played many games of wall ball, wire ball, half ball, etc. We would buy pimple balls from Ray Ann's drug store.
Small World! Also got comic books from Ray Anns!

Thanks for the memories!

OP Enjoy Philly!
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Geez.......Halfies & wire ball.....No one plays that today. My mother REALLY got pissed when I took the broom and cut the handle off...............................................
Pinki Ball... grant and academy here. left in 92 and never looked back.
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If the weather is nice, happy hour on the Moshulu at Penns Landing. You can eat there too if you like tourist food, but there are so many better options. Make a reservation and after happy hour, head over to La Famiglia Ristorante on Front street for an awesome dinner. If you have a group, try to get the wine cellar room.

Cardinal Dougherty grad here....lots of great memories above.
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Lived at K&A til we moved to glenwood ave at castor and Frankfort aves. Went to st Joan of arc grade school then We moved to torresdale. Went to Ryan high class of 1984.

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