The increase in popularity for Pennsport is a result of the expansion of Passyunk Square and Queens Village. As both neighborhoods grow at a rapid pace, the next-door neighborhood has begun to take in the overflow. That is not to say that Pennsport does not have an identity of its’ own, because the history of this neighborhood dates further back than almost any other in the City of Philadelphia.
Pennsport has and continues to be home for many Swedish, Irish and Italian families. Over the years, these families started a tradition known as Mummers Day: which is celebrated on New Years Day. Broad Street turns into a flamboyant parade of over 10,000 men dressed as women… It is the closest thing to Pride that I’ve ever experienced! Unfortunately for us, these men are not gay, but rather dress in these gaudy, excessive, and extravagant costumes as a way to ring in the New Year. If you think New Years Eve is wild, wait until you experience Mummers Day for the first time. (Picture)
Since Pennsport is just beginning to gain momentum as a desirable neighborhood for Philadelphia transplants, there isn’t as much going on as some of the neighborhoods that surround it. With that being said, it is only a matter of time until they begin pop up out of the woodworks. As a matter of fact, South Helm BYOB- one of my favorite restaurants in the city, recently opened its’ second location in Pennsport. This farm-to-table restaurant prides itself on a regularly changing menu and a unique dining experience. I have a strong feeling that South Helm will soon be accompanied by many other hot restaurants and bars. For now though, the proximity to Passyunk Square and Queens Village enables residents to fulfill whatever craving they may desire that night.
Pennsport is located almost directly next to the I 95 ramp for those that commute out of the city for work. Since Pennsport is fairly deep in South Philadelphia, street parking is easier than some of its competing neighborhoods. A vehicle is definitely not needed in this neighborhood however, and it scored a 93/100 walk score and a 90/100 bike score.
Places to eat: South Helm, Gooey Looie’s, Khmer Kitchen