Flying In South Kensington


"A trapeze student falls into the protective netting at Fly School Circus Arts." | Photo: Joe Gilbride and Grace Nonnemaker, for Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Photo: Joe Gilbride and Grace Nonnemaker, for Philadelphia Neighborhoods

  • Philadelphia Neighborhoods stops by the outdoor classroom of Fly School Circus Arts on a vacant lot in South Kensington, where students can learn how to use the flying trapeze (the school closed for the season last week). And its quickly becoming a neighborhood sight-to-behold. “All types, all shapes and sizes, all ages can come at the same time, which is great,” instructor Mary Kelly Rayel said. “Community outreach is in the plan if I stay in this location. I certainly want everyone to be able to come and enjoy flying trapeze.”
  • A group of East Falls residents drove out to Plymouth Meeting yesterday morning to protest the dereliction of a house on Conrad Street near Indian Queen Lane, reports NewsWorks. Neighbors say they have had to look at the eyesore for over two decades, and that the protest was finally organized after repeated requests for action from the City merely resulted in a temporary placement of the home on Sheriff’s Sale. After the quarter minimum was paid on the $13K tax debt for the house and the sale was called off, neighbors decided to go to the property owner’s decidedly more-kept mansion across the city line. Irked by the surprise, Harry Scott nevertheless admitted that he “didn’t know it was this bad,” and that he would see to the home’s demolition and replacement.
  • Naked Philly discusses the reconsiderations so often made upon the transferring of a prospective redevelopment into new hands. The former Acme warehouse at 31st & Master Streets had previously been billed by Pennrose as 224 units, but McSpain Properties has now opted for a few more amenities for the site, and limiting the number of units to 162. One small issue, though: its hedged name, “The Fairmount at Brewerytown.”

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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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