Lets explore Kensington, north of Trenton Avenue

You don’t have to be a Photo League member to come on my Photo Walks.

Lets explore the heart of old industrial Philly, the workshop of the world.

This is a rapidly gentrifying area just like Fishtown was 12 years ago when I returned to Philly. This will be a safe walk as we are staying below Kensington Ave and east of Front st.

We will meet at Amalgam Comics, a cool coffee shop/bookstore combo. Right on Frankford Ave at Huntington. We will hang out a bit and have some coffee before we set out.

First we will explore a stretch of Frankford Ave down past the NKCDC office and a new bar that may be open by then. Then head north on Hagert St by Atlantis, the Lost Bar (what a great name) and Philadelphia Brewing, home of Kenzinger, Walt Wit and others beers. They have the best brewery tour, but we’ll save that for a repeat visit in the summer.

Then a left at Amber and the land of new condos and apartments on every block.
I think an architecture student could do a detailed study of all the modern styles. Bring your wide angle lens if you have one.

At Front St is the classic Diaz Flat Fix garage on a triangular plot. Across the street is the newer Five Sisters Ice Cream. Bit by bit revitalization is progressing.

We will walk under the EL for a block to capture that typical Philly grittiness. Get your people shots. But even here, across the street is a new condo development that stands out with red windows.

Right on Coral St for the best shots of the iconic milk bottle atop the abandoned Harbison’s Dairy complex. You know you are in Kensington if you can see the bottle. http://www.philaplace.org/story/878/

On to E Arizona St. Whole blocks of new construction. At the end of the block at Jasper St is a very large factory conversion. East on Jasper and to the Comly Auctioneers building. Next is another factory conversion, HagertLoft Apartments.

Are you getting the idea that this is an up and coming area?

South on Hagert past the Health Sciences Academy and Coral St Arts House.

A right on Amber St and two short blocks to the Monkey Bar. Back in the 80’s and 90’s was the Monkey Club and private. Now a public bar with a free rec room upstairs with pool, shuffle board and other games. And the best city wide: Narragansett beer and ginger brandy shot for $4.00 Try it or just have a Kenzinger. Friendly people and chill not like those bars where people look at you funny if you are not a regular.

A prize will be awarded to the first person who calls out Beer Belly Blvd when we pass it. It’s not a real street but there is a street sign. If you already know where it is stand down and don’t spoil it for the others. So photogs keep your eagle eyes operating so you don’t miss it.

$10 paid at start. Free for first time attendees to my photowalks. Come along and have fun and get to know us.
Sorry Meetup is going down the tubes; won’t let me add additional images or map. That right, get ride of all the features and call it an upgrade.

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