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    • 1213 N. 5th | Harman Deutsch

Commission approves two housing projects on 5th Street

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved plans on Tuesday for two major housing developments scheduled for N. 5th Street in Northern Liberties and South Kensington. The projects, at Fairmount and just…

    • Finnegan's Wake

Offices planned for Finnigan's Wake building at 3rd and Spring Garden

Once ranked among the top 25 douchiest bars in Philadelphia, Finnigan’s Wake, at 3rd and Spring Garden streets in Northern Liberties, is set to be converted into offices. On Thursday, Councilman…

    • Festival Pier site, courtesy of DRWC

In Festival Pier a chance to set new course for waterfront development

This May I’ll go see The Replacements play at Festival Pier – one of many seasonal concerts that will bring the drab slab at the end of Spring Garden Street fleetingly…

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ABOUT NORTHERN LIBERTIES

Northern Liberties, formerly known as a “red-light district," is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The neighborhood extends from Girard Avenue to Callowhill Street and from North 6th Street to the banks of the Delaware River. Northern Liberties was in existence long before the city of Philadelphia had even been established. Its name comes from “Northern Liberties Township,” which appeared in local legislature from the 1770s. By 1854, it was annexed to the district of Philadelphia, allowing Philadelphia to surpass Baltimore as the second largest city in the United States. Being located outside of the bustling city allowed Northern Liberties to thrive industrially. Many manufacturing mills, factories, and plants produced the tools and commodities needed within the city. By the 19th century, many Immigrants began to populate this area. Their heritage can still be seen today in the areas numerous and highly varied churches. In 1985, the area was declared as a historic district that is now dedicated to preserving the Italianate, Greek Revival, and Federal style buildings that characterize the area.  Today Northern Liberties is a beautiful community with close to 4,500 residents and known for its eclectic collection of restaurants, shops, and art galleries.


RESOURCES

EveryBlock: Up-To-the-Minute Northern Liberties News

Northern Liberties Civic Association 
Northern Liberties Neighbors Association

Northern Liberties Business Owners Association

UPCOMING EVENTS IN NORTHERN LIBERTIES

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