Fishtown Philadelphia

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Fishtown is a neighborhood in Philadelphia, located northeast of the Center City neighborhood along the Delaware River. To get there, you can take the Market–Frankford Line rapid transit subway/elevated line of the SEPTA system. Fishtown was known as a working-class Irish Catholic neighborhood, but recently, the neighborhood has seen a large influx of young urban professionals and gentrification.

The name Fishtown derives from the original job of many of its residents. Early settlers were fishermen and over time they controlled the fishing rights to both sides of the Delaware River, even the side that belongs to New Jersey. The legend is that the name of Fishtown was coined by Charles Dickens when he visited the neighborhood in 1842.


The area was originally inhabited by members of the Turtle Clan of the Lenape Indian tribe, known to Europeans as the Delaware Indian tribe. Later this area was settled by the Swedes and British. After the establishment of the United States, Fishtown experienced influxes of German, Polish and Irish Catholic immigrants over the 1800s and early 1900s, who established Fishtown as a working-class neighborhood. In recent years, Fishtown has gentrified rapidly with the influx of exciting new eateries, bars, and young people. Popular Fishtown attractions include the Gallery Walk that occurs on the first Friday of every month along Frankford Avenue. Popular restaurants and bars include Johnny Brenda's, a gastropub that regularly features live Indie bands.


There are a few buildings in Fishtown listed under the National Historic sites registry. See an example of one (the Green Tree Tavern) below:

Information sourced from Wikipedia. Cover image by Eli Pousson and sourced from Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0) and originally posted to Flickr.

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