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    • Manayunk Bridge from Venice Island | Lindsay Lazarski/Keystone Crossroads

Manayunk Bridge reopens today as a trail, a symbol of a changing economy

Iconic. Ever since it opened in 1918, the Manayunk Bridge has been iconic, a symbol for its namesake section of Philadelphia. “It's one of those things that's always been the symbol…

    • Saint John the Baptist Church, 2015 | Credit: Bradley Maule

Salvation for a neighborhood icon in Manayunk

Father Kevin Lawrence can tell you exactly where he was in the evening of April 29, 2014: sitting at the counter at Dalessandro’s on Henry Avenue in Roxborough, having ordered his…

    • Schuylkill River, Manayunk, December 1926 | (Image 7050) Aero Service Corp., courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX

From Above: Manayunk and Venice Island, 1926

For this installment of From Above, we head upriver to Manayunk for a look at what this manufacturing enclave looked like 90 years ago. This is the first summer that…



Manyunk, home to the first canal in the United States, is a neighborhood in North West Philadelphia. The neighborhood extends from the Schuykill River to Bridge Avenue and from Leverington Avenue to Lincoln Drive. The name, Manyunk, comes from the language of the Lenape Indians in which the word “Manaiung” means river, later the Indian word was Americanized and turned into Manyunk. The Manyunk Canal not only promoted development within the area but provided water power for the manufacturing industries that made Philadelphia one of the nations primary industrial cities of the time. Like other neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Manyunk was a hotspot for immigrants in the early 1900’s. With English, Irish, Italians, and Portuguese all calling Manyunk home, it quickly became a culturally diverse and unique section of Philadelphia. With the construction of the King of Prussia mall in 1960, the area took an economic hit, only really recovering 20 years ago when they began a gentrification regiment. Today the area is full of youth and opportunity with a thriving main street complete with unique shops and restaurants as well as large chain options. Manyunk offers a wide variety of recreational activities as well as affordable one-of-a-kind a housing opportunities that are sure to fit any budget.


Manyunk community page 

Manyunk opportunities

Manyunk Wikipedia article

Main Street Manayunk
Flat Rock was the original name given to the section of the Schuylkill River where rapids churned through the rocks in the section of the river above the Wissahickon Creek.


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