Fishtown is a neighborhood in the northeast portion of Philadelphia, located just south of Kensington and north of Northern Liberties. The area is defined by the triangle created by the Delaware River, Frankford Avenue, and York Street.
The name Fishtown is appropriately named as the area was a former hub for the commercial fishing industry on the Delaware River. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the fishing rights were taken over by the German-American families from central New Jersey, down the Delaware River, to Cape May, New Jersey. Many of the settlers of this particular area can be traced back to Irish, German, and Polish Catholic immigration.
Today, Fishtown is a perfect picture of housing revitalization happening in the city. This neighborhood is lined with modestly sized homes, but now welcomes new construction and fully rehabbed homes. The arrival of new businesses, restaurants, art galleries, and green spaces planted around every corner make this a residential paradise. Located just a few miles north of Center City, Fishtown is a quick 10 minute El ride into the city or a 30 minute bike ride.
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