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The Hook Neighborhood Newsletter
A vaccination event, mental health resources and business reopenings.
May 24, 2021
Good morning, Fishtown

Several Fishtown restaurants, like Joe’s Steaks, Zig Zag BBQ and more, were highlighted in articles about the best cheesesteaks and barbeque in the city.

Rivers Casino is hosting a vaccination event on Wednesday for residents and people who work in the city and are 12 years or older. Scroll to The Hook’s vaccine resource page for more info about how to sign up.

Also, this edition includes local mental health resources for any resident who may need them following the recent reports of abuse at Fishtown-area breweries.

Have a good week,

Kelly Brennan ([email protected] @_kellybrennan)

This Week’s Forecast

🌷Mindfulness sessions are happening weekly on Tuesday evenings now at the Crease Street Garden at📍1238 Crease Street. Check out The Hook’s public events calendar below to learn more.

What’s Happening in the Neighborhood
Saturday, May 29 @ 3:00 PM
Where: Franny Lou's Porch📍2400 Coral Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125
What: Head over to Franny Lou's to support local artists and to hear live music and speakers from local social justice organizations.
Hosted by: Franny Lou's Porch and Good Fxcking Music
Cost: Donation-based. Purchase tickets here.
More details: Click here
Neighborhood News
Sixers and Red Bull Doubling Up on Matisse Thybulle Campaign that Already Raised $26,000 for Charity - Crossing Broad
MAY 19, 2021
If you’ve been through Fishtown in the past few months, you’ve seen the Matisse Thybulle mural painted on the side of Garage. You can’t miss it because it’s huge and it sits at an intersection with a lot of foot traffic. The artwork was done by Philadelphia artist Gloss Black and celebrates Thybulle’s impact on […]
Crossing Broad
The best cheesesteaks to eat in Philly right now
MAY 21, 2021
Twelve quality versions of the city's most iconic sandwich.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Where to Eat Barbecue in Philadelphia
MAY 18, 2021
There's never been a better time to eat barbecue in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Magazine
Local Mental Health Resources

Content warning: The news articles below may be difficult to read.

In the past few days, owners of breweries with locations in Fishtown — Tired Hands Brewing Company and Evil Genius Beer Co. — have received allegations of workplace abuse, racism, sexism and sexual assault, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Forbes reported.

In light of this, we’ve compiled a list of local mental health resources if you or someone you know may need help right now. If there’s anything else The Hook can share to help, please email [email protected].


Fishtown Wellness Center
The Fishtown Wellness Center, located at📍430 Belgrade St, 1st floor, Philadelphia, PA 19125, offers the following services:

  • Virtual and in-person individual and group therapy
  • Addiction and recovery services
  • And more specialized care

Healthy Minds Philly
Healthy Minds is an online mental health resource tool. It offers the following:

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Philadelphia
NAMI Philadelphia is a mental health organization that offers virtual support groups.

  • Connect with NAMI Philadelphia on Facebook.

Women Organized Against Rape - Philadelphia
WOAR is an anti-sexual violence group that offers:

  • A 24-hour hotline: 215-985-3333
  • Individual and group therapy sessions
  • Resources for survivors of sexual assault

WOAR also offers a Safe Bars Philly program, which trains bars to respond and reduce the risk of sexual harassment and assault.

You can sign up to become a safe bar here, or you can see a list of WOAR’s certified safe bars here.

☎️ For immediate assistance, contact the following crisis hotlines:

  • Philadelphia Suicide Crisis & Intervention Hotline: 215-686-4420
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
Neighbor brings Tiny Art Gallery to Cumberland Street

Sarah Rado, a Fishtown resident who moved to Philadelphia 10 years ago, is showcasing local art in her tiny art gallery at📍2416 E Cumberland Street.

Rado is an artist and marketing professional who lost her job during the pandemic. The tiny art gallery she created alongside her husband is intended to support local artists and businesses which have struggled during the pandemic, she said.

Rado was also inspired by the other community-based work happening in Fishtown, like the neighborhood’s two community fridges and its Little Free Libraries.

“Let's make this neighborhood thrive, and it's a beautiful thing,” she added.

The reception of the gallery has been “phenomenal,” Rado said, adding that her neighbors have been supportive of this work.

“Don't be shy. Come over and look at the art,” Rado said about Fishtown residents. “If I'm home, I'm going to come out and talk to you and get to know my neighbors.”

Here’s how the gallery works. Artists can contact Rado through the gallery’s Instagram to have their work in the space. Residents can purchase any of the pieces through Venmo or PayPal and all of the proceeds will go to the artist.

Follow the gallery on Instagram and check out its website for more information about purchasing art or having your art featured in the gallery.

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse Fundraising to Support Reopening

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse at📍2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 is raising money to support reopening its shop to the public in June and its first outdoor Juneteenth celebration on June 19 in collaboration with the New Kensington CDC and the Black Child Book Fair.

➡️You can donate to the shop here.
Getting Vaccinated in Philly

🆕 Rivers Casino is hosting a free vaccination event on Wednesday, May 26 from 2-6 p.m. at📍1001 N Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125.

They are offering the two-dose Pfizer vaccine to any resident or person who works in Philadelphia and is 12 years or older. Your second dose will be scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, from 2-6 p.m.

(A parent or guardian must accompany children 12-17 years old to this vaccination event.)

Sign up here and learn more here.

Also, the Fishtown Neighbors Association put together infographics that break down getting vaccinated in Fishtown. Check them out and share them here.

Get more vaccine resources below.

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Upcoming Community Meetings
Monday, May 24 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Check back here for Zoom link.
What: The Fishtown Neighbors Association's Safety Committee will hold its monthly virtual meeting to discuss topics like pedestrian safety, 311 training, package safety and more. New members are welcome.
More Details: Click here

Thursday, May 27 @ 6:30 PM
Where: Email [email protected] for Zoom info
What: The Fishtown Neighbors Association's Beautification Committee will hold its monthly virtual meeting to discuss upcoming beautification projects in the neighborhood.
More Details: Click here

Oxford Street Home for Sale
1134 E Oxford St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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This 950-square-foot home has a recently updated kitchen and fenced-in backyard.
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