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Grays Ferry

    • SEPTA bus

SEPTA proposes BRT-lite, and a new bus route linking University City, Brewerytown and Grays Ferry

Ah, the signs of springtime in Philadelphia are all around us! Cherry blossoms bloom, river trails crowd, beer gardens pop-up, and new SEPTA bus routes proposed. It’s time once again for…

    • The next segment of the Schuylkill River Trail will run between freight rail tracks and the water's edge from South to Christian streets.

Councilman Johnson’s bill clears path for Schuylkill River Trail extension to Christian Street

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced an ordinance Thursday authorizing the city to accept ownership of a small parcel of land from CSX Railroad, removing the final obstacle to the Schuylkill River Trail’s…

    • 30th Street Bridge after officials threw the switch

Eyes on the Trail: Officials respond to Schuylkill River crime with lighting and town watch

Emil Nunez liked to walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. During the day, he could admire the trail’s handful of landscaped gardens, the silty river’s languid tranquility, and the statues dotted…

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ABOUT GRAYS FERRY

The area developed because it was an important crossing of the Schuylkill River, called Mahdee's River. The river is now spanned by several bridges, including the Grey's Ferry Bridge and several rail bridges.

Gray's Ferry is bounded by 25th Street to the Schuylkill River, Morris Street to Grays Ferry Avenue. The neighborhood takes its name from the ferry, owned by George Gray, that used to cross the Schuylkill River in this area.

This area housed the Schuykill Arsenal, which played a large role in supplying both the Lewis and Clark Expedition and military goods for the Civil War. Until recently, Gray's Ferry has been a hotbed for racial tension. In 1997, tensions between the Irish Catholics living in the area’s middle income row housing and the African Americans living in the neighborhoods low income housing projects exploded in a series of violent crimes, often taking place in the community's playgrounds. Since that time, the tension has subsided, partially due to the recent housing boom in Philadelphia, which brought in many young professionals to the area.  Today Gray's Ferry prides itself on being a tight knit community where everyone is like family. While the community has an unpleasant past, residents are hopeful that the new Greater Gray's Ferry Estates will help attract new residents. 


RESOURCES

Grays Ferry Community website

South Philly Review on Grays Ferry 

 
Floating Bridge at Gray's Ferry
The Floating Bridge across the Schuylkill River at Gray's Ferry was originally built by the British during their 1777-78 occupation of Philadelphia.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN GRAYS FERRY

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