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3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Guess what? SERVPRO is still OPEN!

According to Governor Wolf's list of businesses exempt from closing, due to his efforts to slow the spread of this novel coronavirus, we have been deemed an essential business!

We have maintained our normal working hours (24/7/365), providing services to those who need the professionals at SERVPRO to tackle their disasters!

It's definitely been business as usual, and we want you to know that there is a lot of truth behind our "Here to Help" mindset; not only have we remained open during this difficult time, but we are even HIRING!

For more information on the vast services we provide, or want to learn more about our job opportunities, give us a call to discuss!

Cleaning Turn-Out Gear for FREE?!

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

As most of our followers know, we are always trying to find different ways to support our first responders.

To help with these efforts, we are rolling out a new promotion for our Turnout Gear Cleaning service:

If your fire department has never used our Esporta Wash Systems before, we will clean your first, FIVE (5) sets for FREE!

That's right — fire departments will now have the opportunity to see how much of a difference our Esporta machines actually make when it comes to thoroughly cleaning soiled turnout gear.

We make it a great priority to give back to our communities in any way that we can; assisting the great and brave people from our local fire departments through these efforts is a great way to do that!

Give us a call TODAY for more information!

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton supports Philadelphia First Responders

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

female accepting a check on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation Robyn Colajezzi accepts a donation on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton supports Philadelphia Fire Departments.  Robyn Colajezzi serves on The Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation.  Robyn is seen here accepting a donation on behalf of The PFDF.

Torresdale Philadelphia - Did You Know ?

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

The Frankford Avenue bridge over the Poquessing Creek bordering Torresdale

Torresdale, also formerly known as Torrisdale, is a neighborhood in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia. Torresdale is located along the Delaware River between Holmesburg and Bensalem Township in neighboring Bucks County.

The adjacent confluence of the Poquessing Creek with the Delaware River had been favored by William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme, as the site for the city that Penn planned to found. Although a more southerly site was finally selected, Holme and others acquired property there, where he is buried.,_Philadelphia

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American Red Cross holds their annual, Philadelphia Boots and Badges Blood Drive

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross held their annual, Philadelphia Boots and Badges Blood Drive in June, which is said to be a “friendly contest with a serious purpose.”

Channel 6: Action News, of Philadelphia, PA, covered this annual competition, reporting that different police departments, in and around Philadelphia, compete to see who can recruit the most eligible blood donors.

This year, the police-training academy in Northeast Philadelphia served as the location of the contest. Here, a number of officers were more than willing and able to give blood to an important cause.

There were many people present for this year’s “blood battle”, almost topping last year’s total (177 donors).

For more information about blood drives, or to find one near you, please visit:

Parkwood Philadelphia - Did You Know ?

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

Parkwood Philadelphia

Parkwood is a neighborhood located in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The neighborhood's boundaries include the Byberry East Industrial Park to the north and northwest, Poquessing Creek to the east, Knights Road to the southeast and Woodhaven Road to the southwest. The neighborhood was developed by Hyman Korman in the 1960-62 as a planned residential community. The predominant housing type is the brick row house. The Parkwood Shopping Center is a local shopping destination, while the Philadelphia Mills mall is a regional shopping destination on Knights Road to the east of Parkwood's residential area.,_Philadelphia

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Somerton - Did You Know ?

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Someone Philadelphia

Somerton is a neighborhood in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The neighborhood is bounded by Red Lion Road on the south, Roosevelt Boulevard on the east, East County Line Road and Poquessing Creek on the north, and the Philadelphia County / Montgomery County line on the west. Somerton is adjacent to the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bustleton, Normandy, and Byberry, the townships of Bensalem and Lower Southampton in Bucks County, and Lower Moreland Township in Montgomery County. The area is home to a large and fast-growing foreign-born population, most notably of Russianand Indian immigrants.,_Philadelphia

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Bustleton - Did You Know ?

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Bustleton Philadelphia

The Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia is located in the Far Northeast, north of Rhawnhurst and Fox Chase and south of Somerton; sitting between Roosevelt Boulevard to the east, the city boundary to the west, Red Lion Road (PA-63) to the north, and Pennypack Park to the south, it is centered at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Bustleton Avenue (PA-532) and is completely included in the 19115 postal ZIP code.,_Philadelphia

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Palisades Community Foundation 5K Challenge

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

This Saturday, May 18th, SERVPRO will be in attendance for Palisades Community Foundation's 5K and Community Fair, which will be held on Palisades High School's All-Purpose Track and surrounding campus.

We will be located underneath our SERVPRO tent, providing shade for patrons, bottled water to cool off, and a Gold Medal creation-station for the kids!

The Community Fair takes place after the 5K’s award ceremony, where vendors will be set up offering FREE health screenings, a wide variety of foods and beverages, fun and games, and more!

This event is for all ages and will occur rain or shine — come out for a day filled with fun activities for the entire family.

For more information, please visit: Palisades Community Foundation 5K Challenge

SERVPRO Aids Convoy of Hope!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

On Saturday, March 27, SERVPRO of Germantown participated at the community event, Convoy of Hope, which was held at Hunting Park in Philadelphia!

SERVPRO provided a resting area under our tent for First Responders and other patrons to relax during the day’s festivities, as well as several generators to power the event, around 80 cases of specially branded, SERVPRO water, and dumpsters/trashcans that were distributed throughout the park for the Convoy!

This event was eye opening for our staff, as thousands of people funneled in throughout the course of the day to take advantage of the opportunities the Convoy of Hope had to offer. Patrons had access to FREE clothes, shoes, food, haircuts, breast cancer screenings, a job search tent, and much more!

SERVPRO is extremely humbled to have partnered with an international, humanitarian-relief organization in order to give back to the community; we are grateful to have assisted them and applaud them for their driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response.

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton: Citizen's Police Academy Graduates!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

On Tuesday, April 23rd, our employees, Robyn M Colajezzi and Rob D'Emilio Jr., graduated from Quakertown Police Department’s, Citizen’s Police Academy.

Over the course of 8 weeks, students gained knowledge of: the police department’s K9 Unit and Special Response Team, self-defense tactics, firearms training, and much more, before shooting pistols at the police department’s firing range.

The culmination of the academy was bittersweet, for the friendships made and lessons learned will always be a constant reminder of the great experiences we’ve had while enrolled in this “fraternity”, as Chief Scott McElree called it at the graduation ceremony.

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton would like to thank the Quakertown Police Department for allowing our staff to take part in the academy, as well as Chief Scott McElree and Sgt. Steven Stoneback for offering this wonderful opportunity to the public.

We highly suggest registering for next year’s academy — we’ll see you there!

SERVPRO to Host FREE Continuing Education Courses!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is hosting TWO FREE Continuing Education Courses, as well as a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and game of golf for all attendees! Where: Hilton Garden Inn located in Fort Washington (see attached flier for address) When: Thursday, May 9th from 7:30am to 12 noon Classes Offered: Mitigation Awareness and Response, 2 Credits (120264) AND Restoring Contaminated Building, 2 Credits (120258) These courses are designed to assist insurance agents and adjusters in understanding what to expect from a good restoration professional, as well as special procedures used when responding to storms and large loss situations. If enjoying a beautiful day, eating free food, playing a free game of Golf, and taking free Continuing Education courses is something you’d love to be a part of, be sure to reach out to Robyn Colajezzi at, or call (267) 227-0748 to register! 

Phillies Contest Winner, Donald J. Smith!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Yesterday afternoon, Rob, Digital Marketing Manager at SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton, met with Donald J. Smith, the winner of our Philadelphia Phillies Ticket Giveaway. Donald won five tickets for this Saturday’s game against the Marlins, and will be taking his great nephew to his first ever Phillies game!

We asked Donald to come prepared for a few pictures, and he showed up like a true, Phillies fan should — decked out in Phillies gear!

We hope Donald and his family have a great time at the game and would like to thank all of those who have participated in this contest!

Go Phillies!

P.S. If you’ve participated in this contest and are disappointed you did not win, don’t worry! We will be announcing our next contest very soon! You DO NOT want to miss this next one! Spread the word…

FREE Stop the Bleed Event!

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

On Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 12pm, Richland Township Fire and Rescue is hosting a Stop the Bleed event which is FREE with registration. The training, food and light beverages will all be provided!

The training will be provided by Focus! Safety Training, who will teach the class techniques that will ultimately help save lives. All of which focus on stopping a person from bleeding, like correctly applying a tourniquet to their wound!

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton will be sponsoring this event, providing barbecue for all those who attend.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign that is designed to train people how to save lives in emergency situations that involve critical blood loss.

For more information involving this event, please email your questions to

One Week Away from Phillies Giveaway Winner!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

There is one week left to enter in our contest!

WIN Five (5) tickets to see The Phillies take on The Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 27, 2019!!!

1) Like this post
2) Like all three (3) of our Facebook Pages: 

Please visit our Facebook pages for more information about this contest! We urge you to enter if you haven't yet!

** No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win.
** This promotion/giveaway is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, The Philadelphia Phillies, The Miami Marlins and/or by Citizen’s Bank Park or any of its affiliates.
** Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the images used in this flyer. The images used belong to their respective copyright holders.

Fire Weather Warning

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

ATTENTION: Fire Weather Watch 

AFFECTED AREAS: The Poconos, the Lehigh Valley, Berks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Also, Northwestern, Central and Southern New Jersey, as well as the entire state of Delaware. 

From 10:00am until 9:00pm, Wednesday, April 3.

Winds: West 20 to 25mph with gusts of 30 to 35mph.

Humidity: 20% to 30%

Temperatures: High 60s. 

Impacts: Gusty winds and very dry air will create conditions that may promote the rapid spread of wildfires. 

Like any other weather warning, instances such as these should be taken seriously and should be cause for concern, which warrants sufficient preparation to avoid and/or limit potential damages.

For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions, and wildfire prevention and education, please visit your state forestry or environmental protection website. 

No matter the weather or what nature throws your way, SERVPRO has your back! 

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Pennridge Chamber of Commerce's St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

This passed Saturday, March 16th, the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual, St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest. The parade, beginning at Pennridge South Middle School, ended at the Sellersville firehouse where festivities took place.

We were excited to have two of our SERVPRO Storm Troopers make appearances during the parade, who were giving out candy and taking pictures with patrons. We are also pleased with the large amount of people inquiring about our services underneath our tent, before taking one of the free, SERVPRO tote bags to carry treats and gifts from the festival.

Sarah Liebel, our Community Outreach Manager, was able to connect with a lot of people in our area. “We had such a great time at Celtic Fest,” said Liebel, “there were many activities to participate in and people having fun.”

Our continued involvement in the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade has been an awesome experience every year and we can’t wait to participate again!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Donating Citizen Care Bags

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

(From left to right) Robyn Colajezzi, Deputy Chief Johnson, Cherice Corley

On March 14th, SERVPRO of Germantown (SERVPROs of Pennypack/Bustleton & Upper Bucks) organized the assortment of 100 Citizen Care Bags and donated them to the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation. From there, the Foundation will provide these bags to CAT Teams (Community Action Teams), whose specialists are chosen by the Fire Prevention Division, the Fire Code Unit and the Fire Marshal’s Office. These units assist the Fire Department’s ability to provide residents with fire protection care and aid 24/7/365.

SERVPROs own, Robyn Colajezzi, Director of Commercial Marketing and Development, met with Cherice Corley, president of the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation, and Charles W. Johnson, Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Division, to hand off our Citizen Care Bags.

The Citizen Care Bags will be provided to fire victims after being secured, away from the fire. The bags contain water, snacks, first aid kits, socks, diapers and wipes, pacifiers, toiletries and other items that are organized in children and adult marked bags.

We are thrilled to be working with the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation in order to help fire victims receive care, safety and Citizen Care Bags to relieve them of these unfortunate situations!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

The History of Northeast Philadelphia

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

City of Philadelphia

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is proud to be a part of this great section of our great City of Philadelphia. Information  Northeast PhiladelphiaNot to be confused with North Philadelphia East.Northeast PhiladelphiaNeighborhood of PhiladelphiaPenn Treaty Park in Fishtown<object5E48-4F44-BBA6-A5E4DAD52D2F" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="240" height="258" data-file-width="536" data-file-height="575">Map of Philadelphia County with Northeast highlighted, which contains the Near Northeast neighborhood. Click for larger image.Country<object261B-4110-9880-A6EE5C6F9C63" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="23" height="12" data-file-width="1235" data-file-height="650"> United States of AmericaState<object70A1-44F4-AA25-238E77CBCD81" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="23" height="15" data-file-width="675" data-file-height="450"> PennsylvaniaCounty<object4CF3-4910-86FA-05904C679EA9" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="23" height="15" data-file-width="800" data-file-height="533">PhiladelphiaCity<object40DD-4649-8CFD-B38B2D6C7676" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="23" height="15" data-file-width="800" data-file-height="533">PhiladelphiaArea • Total50.8 sq mi (132 km2)Population (2010) • Total528,810 • Density10,455/sq mi (4,037/km2)ZIP code19111, 19124, 19135, 19149, 19152, 19114, 19115, 19116, 19136, 19154

Northeast Philadelphia, nicknamed Northeast Philly, the Northeast and the Great Northeast, is a section of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the 2000 Census, the Northeast has a sizable percentage of the city's 1.547 million people[1]—a population of between 300,000 and 450,000, depending on how the area is defined. Beginning in the 1980s, many of the Northeast's middle class children graduated from college and settled in suburbs, especially nearby Bucks County. The Northeast is home to a large working class Irish American population,[2] but is also home to Polish, German, Jewish, Italian, and Russian neighborhoods.


Due to the size of the Northeast, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission divides it into two regions called "Near Northeast" and "Far Northeast", the names being derived from their distance from Center City. The term "Near Northeast" is not used colloquially ("Lower Northeast" is more commonly used), but the term "Far Northeast" is in widespread use. The demarcation line between the two sections is typically given as Cottman Avenue.[3]

Northeast Philadelphia is bounded by the Delaware River on the east, Bucks County on the north, and Montgomery County on the west. The southern limit is given as Frankford/Tacony Creek or Adams Avenue.[4]

The neighborhoods that make up Northeast Philadelphia include Crescentville, Lawndale, Rhawnhurst, Tacony, Holme Circle, Holmesburg, Upper Holmesburg, Mayfair, Morrell Park, Oxford Circle, Bustleton, Parkwood, Somerton, Fox Chase, Castor Gardens, Burholme, Bell's Corner, Normandy, Summerdale, Modena Park, Pennypack Woods, and Winchester Park.


<object2446-48CB-BF16-ACCCE3A37482" data="blob:"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="220" height="220" data-file-width="1950" data-file-height="1947"> The Northeast in 1900, showing the region still to be a collection of towns and farms.

Early European settlement

The first European settlement in the Northeast was by Swedish farmers, who emigrated there when the area was a part of the New Sweden colony.[5] They were followed by English Quakers, including Thomas Holme, who came to begin the settlement of William Penn's Pennsylvania colony in the late 1680s. In the years to follow, Northeast Philadelphia developed as a scattering of small towns and farms that were a part of Philadelphia County, but not the City of Philadelphia. Before consolidation with the City, what is now the Northeast consisted of the townships of Byberry, Delaware, Lower Dublin, Moreland, and Oxford, (largely rural areas); and the boroughs of Bridesburg, Frankford, and White Hall, which were more urbanized.[6]

Growth in industry and farming

While most of the land in what is now the Northeast was dedicated to farming, the presence of many creeks, along with proximity to Philadelphia proper, made the towns of the Northeast suitable for industrial development. The Northeast's first factory was the Rowland Shovel Works on the Pennypack Creek. In 1802, it produced the first shovel made in the United States.[7] More mills and factories followed along the Pennypack and Frankford Creeks, and traces of the mill races and dams remain to this day. The most famous of these factories was the Disston Saw Works in Tacony, founded by English industrialist Henry Disston, whose saw blades were world-renowned.[7][8]

Consolidation and population increase

By 1854, the entire County of Philadelphia was incorporated into the City.[6] In spite of the political incorporation, the Northeast retained its old development patterns for a time, and the dense populations and urban style of housing that marked older, more traditional sections of the city had not yet found their way there.[9] In the first three decades of the 20th century, rapid industrialization led to the growth of industrial sections of the northeast and the neighborhoods surrounding them.[10] These demographic changes, along with the building of the Market-Frankford Line train and new arterial highways, such as the Roosevelt Boulevard, brought new middle class populations to the lower half of the Northeast.[11] Vast tracts of row homes were built in that section of the Northeast for new arrivals in the 1920s and 1930s, typically with small, but valued front lawns, which impart a "garden suburb" quality to much of the Northeast, reducing the sense of physical density felt elsewhere in the city.[12] Much of this development occurred east of Roosevelt Boulevard (Mayfair, Torresdale) and in Oxford Circle.[11]

Post-war growth

After World War II, newer arrivals, armed with the mortgage benefits of the GI Bill, brought the baby boom to the Northeast. This newer population was heavily Jewish or ethnic Catholic[13] (including Irish-, Italian-, Polish-, and German-Americans) and completed the development of the region, filling in undeveloped areas of Rhawnhurst and Bell's Corner and developing the previously rural Far Northeast. As older sections of the city lost populations of young families, the Northeast's school-age population swelled, requiring rapid expansion of schools, libraries, cinemas, shopping, transportation, restaurants and other needed amenities.[14]

The period from 1945 through the 1970s was marked in many American cities by urban decline in older, more industrial areas. This was especially true in Philadelphia, in which much of the city's North, West and South sections lost population, factories, jobs and commerce, especially associated with "white flight." During the postwar period, the Northeast experienced a heavy influx of growing middle-class families, and had become an almost exclusively white community. This aroused controversy in the 1960s and 1970s, as passions for and against school busing were focused on the Northeast, to address racial imbalances, especially in the city's public schools. That racial imbalance was ultimately addressed by the upward mobility enjoyed by many of the graduates of the Northeast's excellent public and parochial school systems, who made their way out of the Northeast and into the suburbs from the 1980s onward, making room for new arrivals from the city's Latino, African American and Asian populations.[15]

A separate identity

In the 1980s, the Northeast developed along a separate path from much of the rest of the city. In addition to the racial differences mentioned above, the political climate in the Northeast was balanced evenly between Republicans and Democrats, while the rest of the city almost uniformly voted for the latter party.[16] As a result, many Northeasters became more and more discontented with the high city taxes and a perceived imbalance in the services they received for them.[17] This discontent grew to give rise to a secessionist movement, led by State Senator Frank "Hank" Salvatore, among others. Salvatore introduced a bill in the State Senate to allow the Northeast to become a separate county called Liberty County, but the bill failed to progress beyond this stage.[17] As the Philadelphia economy grew stronger, and most discontented people fled to the suburbs, and a new, more popular mayor, Ed Rendell, was elected, the call for secession waned, and the section settled back into life as a part of the city.

Today, the Northeast enjoys greater racial balance and relative stability. The region is uniformly developed, but like many American urban communities, it has witnessed the loss of manufacturing, factory conversions to marginal retail "outlets," and growing vacancies along shopping avenues, especially in the southern part of the region. During the housing boom of the first decade of the 21st century, property tax advantages granted to new construction within the city limits led to a growth in residential units and an escalation of existing home prices in the Northeast.[18]


According to the 2010 census, 432,073 people live in the Northeast section of Philadelphia.[19] (Map)

Racial demographics

  • Non-Hispanic White: 252,022 (58.3%)
  • Non-Hispanic Black: 77,681 (18.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 60,020 (13.9%)
  • Asian: 31,658 (7.3%)
  • Mixed or Other: 10,692 (2.5%)
  • Native American: 7,777 (1.8%)[20]

Irish Americans

See also: History of the Irish Americans in Philadelphia and Philadelphia nativist riots

The Irish have been in the city of Philadelphia since the pre-American Revolution period. The spur of the Irish Famine drew many Irish immigrants to the city.

Today, the Irish in Philadelphia make up 14.2% of the city's population, the largest ethnicity in the city.[21] Although there are Irish in almost every area of the city, they still are predominantly located within Northeast Philadelphia,[2] especially in neighborhoods such as Kensington, Fishtown, and Mayfair.

Political representation and government

While Philadelphia as a whole is heavily Democratic, there is consistent competition between Republicans and Democrats in some parts of the Northeast. Republicans currently hold two of the State House seats, and a portion of another, in the Northeast and one non at-large Philadelphia City Council seat. As of 2011, no Republican represents any part of the Northeast in the United States Congress, with the exception of the small portion within the 8th district.[22]

U.S. House of Representatives

Almost all of Northeast Philadelphia is in the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, and is currently represented by Brendan Boyle. Some small parts of the section fall into the 1st, 2nd district or 8th districts.[23]

Pennsylvania legislature


In the Pennsylvania State Senate, most of the Northeast is in the 5th district, represented by John P. Sabatina, Jr.,[24] while smaller parts are represented by Shirley Kitchen (the 3rd district),[25] and Tina Tartaglione[26] (the 2nd district)[23] All are Democrats.

House of Representatives

The Northeast is split among several State House districts, including those of Democrats Ed Neilson, Kevin Boyle, Michael Driscoll, Jared Solomon, Jason Dawkins, and Isabella Fitzgerald, and Republican Martina White. Republicans John Taylor and Tom Murt also represents part of the Northeast.[27]

Philadelphia City Council

In the Philadelphia City Council, the Far Northeast is represented by the 10th district councilman and Council Minority (Republican) Leader, Brian O'Neill.[28] The Lower Northeast is divided among five other council districts, all represented by Democrats, including the 1st, represented by Mark Squilla, the 5th, represented by Council President Darrell Clarke, the 6th, represented by Bobby Henon, the 7th, represented by Maria Quiñones-Sanchez,[29] and the 9th, represented by Marian Tasco.[30][31] Republican Denny O'Brien, who represented parts of the Northeast for several decades in the State House, now holds one of the Council's at-large seats.

Mayor of Philadelphia

The Republican candidate for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007, Al Taubenberger, resides in the Northeast.[32]

Public safety

The Philadelphia Police Department patrols four districts within its Northeast Division, including the 7th and 8th districts in the Far Northeast, and the 2nd and 15th in the Near Northeast.

Economy and attractions

Northeast Philadelphia is home to Philadelphia Mills, formerly known as Franklin Mills, a shopping mall that was built on what was once Liberty Bell Park Racetrack, and is one of the most visited attractions in the state.[33] The lower sections of the Northeast still boast pleasant shopping avenues lined by stores and restaurants, such as Castor Avenue. Major shopping centers along Cottman Avenue include, the Cottman-Bustleton Center, and the Roosevelt Mall which opened in 1964 at Cottman Avenue and the Roosevelt Boulevard.[34]

Also present in the Northeast are two nationally recognized medical establishments, Friends Hospital[35] and Fox Chase Cancer Center.[36]

Prior to its disestablishment, Ransome Airlines had its headquarters on the grounds of Northeast Philadelphia Airport.[37]


The first school was founded in the Northeast in 1723 by Silas Crispin, Thomas Holme's son-in-law.[38] The Northeast is home to Fox Chase Farm, an educational facility that is the only working farm left in the Philadelphia city limits.[39]

Colleges and universities

The main campus of Holy Family University is located in Northeast Philadelphia. The university, founded in 1954, has more than two thousand students.[40]

Primary and secondary schools

The School District of Philadelphia operates public schools in the area. Public high schools in the area include Northeast, Abraham Lincoln, Samuel S. Fels High School, Frankford, George Washington.[41] and Swenson. Several publicly funded charter high schools also operate in Northeast Philadelphia, including Philadelphia Academy, MaST, Franklin Towne and Maritime Academy Charter High School. Northeast Philadelphia is also home to a public magnet school, The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia operates Catholic schools. Catholic high schools in Northeast Philadelphia include Archbishop Ryan, Father Judge, Cardinal Dougherty, Northeast Catholic, and St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls.[42] It was announced in October 2009 that both Cardinal Dougherty and Northeast Catholic would be closed due to decreasing enrollments.[citation needed] Nazareth Academy is an independent Catholic high school founded and operated by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

News media

A free weekly newspaper, the Northeast Times, is distributed throughout the Northeast. A second free newspaper, the Northeast News Gleaner, was also printed there until it closed December 11, 2008. Two citywide newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, both dailies, also cover the Northeast.


A prominent geographic feature and recreation destination in Northeast Philadelphia is Pennypack Creek, which runs through Pennypack Park. The park's 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) of woodlands span the width of the Northeast, and serve as a natural oasis amid urban development. The park is home to the oldest stone arch bridge still in use in the United States, built in 1697 on what is now Frankford Avenue.[43][44] The section is also home to many playgrounds and smaller parks, including Burholme Park.


The Northeast's main highways are Interstate 95 (Delaware Expressway).[13] and Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. 1)[13] Secondary major arteries include Cottman Avenue (PA 73), Frankford Avenue (US 13), Woodhaven Road (PA 63), Grant Avenue, Oxford Avenue (PA-232), State Road, Bustleton Avenue (PA-532), Bridge Street, Harbison Avenue, and Academy Road.

The Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, the only Delaware River crossing in Philadelphia not operated by the Delaware River Port Authority (thus resulting in a cheaper toll), allows one to drive between the Tacony section of the city and Palmyra, New Jersey.[45]

The Northeast is also served by SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line, often called the "Frankford El" or "the El" because portions of the rail line are elevated above streets below, including Frankford and Kensington avenues. The northernmost and easternmost terminus of the line is at the Frankford Transportation Center, Frankford Avenue and Bridge Street. Three commuter rail lines also serve the Northeast. An extension of the Broad Street Line along Roosevelt Boulevard has been proposed. Many SEPTA bus routes and all three of its trackless trolley routes run through the Northeast, although north-south buses run more frequently than west-east ones. Most north-south routes terminate at the Frankford Transportation Center.[46]

One of two airports that serve Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), is located in this section of the city. PNE is the sixth busiest airport in Pennsylvania.[47]

National Ice Cream Day

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Bassets Ice Cream since 1861

A great history lesson on Bassets Ice Cream

Found at:

1861 — Lewis Dubois Bassett, a Quaker school teacher and farmer, begins making ice cream in his Salem, NJ backyard using a mule-turned churn.

1885 — L.D. begins selling his ice cream from a location at 5th & Market Streets in Philadelphia.

1892 — The Reading Terminal Market opens; Bassetts Ice Cream opens a retail store and moves production into the basement.

1906 — Lewis Lafayette continues operations after the death of his father.

1917 — L.L. dies; his wife, Louise Austin Bassett, assumes management until her son is ready to take over.

1925 — Lewis Lafayette, Jr., the third generation, takes over management of the ice cream store and production at the age of 21.

1935 — L.L., Jr. ships 10 quarts of ice cream, packed in dry ice, via freighter from New York through the Panama Canal to the American Embassy in Tokyo. The voyage takes several weeks but the ice cream arrives in perfect condition.

1959 — L.L., Jr. produces 50 tubs of borscht ice cream for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

1961 — Bassetts celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

1973 — Production moves to 20th & Fairmount Streets in Philadelphia.

1973 — Ann Bassett, great granddaughter of the founder and daughter of L.L., Jr., joins the company.

1975 — Bassetts begins the largest expansion in the company’s 114-year history.

1976 — Ann Bassett is named President after L.L., Jr. retires after 51 years.

1983 — Michael Strange, great-great grandson of the founder, enters the family business.

1986 — L.L., Jr. dies at the age of 82.

1989 — Michael is named President; Ann is CEO.

1994 - Ann Bassett retires, but continues to receive monthly deliveries of Bassetts Ice Cream at her home. 

1996 — Bassetts introduces the Bassetts Ice Cream Sandwich.

2000 — Bassetts introduces website.

2008 – Bassetts Ice Cream is served in China!

2010 – Bassetts introduces six (6) new flavors—Guatemalan Ripple, Matcha, Macadamia Nut, Mango, Peanut Butter Cup and Pomegranate Blueberry Chunk—AND serves ice cream to President Obama at the Bassetts counter in the Reading Terminal Market!

2011 – Bassetts Ice Cream celebrates 150 years!

2011 – Bassetts presents the Bassetts Belgian Chocolate Dipped Super Premium Ice Cream Bar.

2012 – Bassetts introduces the Belgian Chocolate Dipped Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream Bar.

2012 - China partner James Sun opens three new Bassetts locations in China!

2013 - Bassetts announces two new products--Ice Cream Truffles and Ice Cream Cakes.

 Lewis Dubois
Lewis Lafayette
Louise Austin
Lewis Lafayette, Jr.
Ann Bassett
Michael Strange