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Northeast Philadelpia is a more residential area of the city, although it is home to burgeoning Russian, Brazillian, and Indian communities and restaurants. Northeast Philly is home to Franklin Mills Mall, claimed to be the most visited attraction in Pennsylvania.


The Northeast is notable for bargain shopping, Northeast Philadelphia is home to Franklin Mills Mall, with many popular brands having large outlet stores there.

The Far Northeast is the farthest north you can get in Philadelphia without leaving the city. This section is mostly residential and somewhat suburban in character, with some light industrial parks. The lower portion of the Northeast tends to have a more dense, urban feel. The Pennypack portions of Fairmount Park run through the Northeast and the Far Northeast.

Port Richmond is largely populated by people of Polish and Irish decent. Known for various Polish businesses as well as restaurants. This section of the city is known for its authentic Polish cuisine. Many different grade schools, public and parochial, are in Port Richmond. This area of the city is very convenient to Center City, Olde City, South Philly, the Northeast, as well as New Jersey via the Betsy Ross Bridge. Access to the El as well as the trolley and bus routes also make this area a great place to live and commute to different areas of the city. Affordable housing is also a perk of the Port Richmond area. This neighborhood is made up of mostly row homes and various types of apartments. Many businesses thrive along Aramingo Ave, which is a heavy populated avenue in this neighborhood.

Lawndale is a diverse, residential neighborhood located between Cottman Avenue and Rising Sun Avenue/Roosevelt Boulevard.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Heading eastbound on the Market-Frankford Line, Church station through the Frankford Transportation Center are all located in the Northeast (or a more liberal definition of the Northeast may claim as far west as Girard station to be in the Northeast). SEPTA's Trenton Line, West Trenton Line, and Fox Chase Line trains have stops in the Northeast as well.

By car[edit]

Easily accessible via I-95 (Exit's 27 though 35), Route 1, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Neshaminy exit). This is also a good part of the city to have a car, since distances are greater, and on-street parking in greater supply.

By plane[edit]

Philadelphia Northeast Airport (PNE) [3] is Pennsylvania's sixth busiest airport, providing U.S. Customs, Immigrations and United States Department of Agriculture services to corporate international travel—more casual visitors can arrive this way only if they are lucky enough to have their own aircraft! The Airport averages 215-based aircraft,dominated by single engine aircraft, plus twins, jets, turboprops and helicopters.

By bus[edit]

An abundance of SEPTA buses serve the Northeast.

By boat[edit]

There are a few boat ramps along the Delaware river. The gates are often closed at 10:30 by police, check online for times.

Linden Ave

See[edit][add listing]

  • Franklin Mills Mall

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Devon Theater for the Performing Arts, [4]. Formerly an old, tiny movie theater closed down about a decade ago, the Devon has recently been renovated and now shows plays, concerts, comedians, and more.
  • Wissinoming Park, [5]. Frankford and Cheltenham Ave
  • AMC Movie Theatre Conveniently located inside The Franklin Mills Mall
  • Pennypack Park, 2.5 miles of scenic beauty. Complete with bike, horse, and hiking trails, this is a must see on a nice day. The best entrance is at Frankford & Ashburner, at the King's Highway Bridge. Around during the summer months? The Friends of Pennypack Park host a summer concert series every Wednesday featuring local favorites. Park at the entrance at Welsh and Cresco and follow the crowd.
  • The Delaware Riverfront, The Delaware Riverfront at Linden Ave has a great park for picnics, along with the popular boat ramp.
  • Flyers Skate Zone [6], Comly Road. Here in the two rink facility they have public hockey, birthday parties, public skating, and hockey leagues. Besides two rinks there also is a pro-shop, snack bar, and an arcade.
  • Thunderbird Lanes [7], Bowling is always a good time! If you are looking for an old school family bowling alley then thunderbird lanes is the place for you! Located on Holme Ave they have cosmo, karaoke bowling every friday night from 12:30- 3:30 am as well as discount bowling throughout the week!
  • Brunswick Zone[8]If you were looking for more then the average bowling alley then you would be interested in Brunswick Zone which is located on Street Road in Feasterville. Only minutes away from the Franklin Mills Mall, it has bowling, an arcade, laser tag, pool tables, bar and lounge, and food! The Brunswick Zone is always a good time!

  • Burholme Park. Burholme Park is a public park that provides playing fields for sport organizations. The property is home to three baseball diamonds, a football field, and three soccer fields. Burholme also contains a playground and is very popular for sledding because of its large and distinct hill. The park is situated next to Jeanes Hospital as well as a mini-golf and driving range facility.  edit

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Bustleton Ave, Castor ave, Frankford Ave, Rising Sun Ave, among others are the main shopping streets in lower Northeast Philly. Northeast Philadelphia is also home to one of the Philadelphia's regions largest outlet malls, Franklin Mills. There also two other malls in Bucks County (outside the City of Philadelphia) about ten to thirty minutes away from the Neshaminy Mall and Oxford Valley Mall (depending on which route you take as there are many).

  • Franklin Mills, (""phone=""), [1]. If you are a shopper then you have picked the right place to shop! In the Far Northeast is the Franklin Mills Mall which is a huge outlet mall. Located on Knights Road, Franklin Mills Mall is home to over 200 stores, X-games skate park, restaurants, and movie theatre '.  edit
  • Artifax. Artifax is a producer and distributor of fine tobacco and accessories, conveniently located just around the corner from Steve's: Prince of Steaks. Although small, Artifax is a discrete shop one can go to if inclined to purchase any type of tobacco product or accessory, from plain old cigarette tobacco to intricate and extravagant glass pipes.  edit
  • Roosevelt Mall. A shopping district that includes a multitude of outlets that will meet each and every one of your shopping needs. Stores located in the mall include Macy's, Verizon Wireless, Hot Topic, J&J Tatoos, Shogun III Hibachi Restaurant, CVS, GNC, Foot Locker, ToysRus, Modells, Wings2Go, Hallmark, Salerno Pizzeria, Best Buy, Staples, Mandee, and Wine&Spirits.  edit

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Now Philadelphia was not named one on the fattest cities in the country for no reason! In Philadelphia there is always a place to eat and go to to have a good time! The Northeast has lots to choose from! From Dave and Busters, Nifty Fiftys, Texas Roadhouse and Chickees and Petes you will never leave the Far Northeast Hungry. Do not forget to grab a Philadelphia Soft Pretzel, Rita's Water Ice, and Cheese Steak as well as stopping by a Wa-Wa and grabbing a Tastykake.

  • Benny the Bum's, 991 Bustleton Ave (in Northeast Philadelphia), +1 215 673-3000, [2]. "THE" seafood capitol of the Northeast. The atmosphere is casual, upbeat, and definitely fun, decorated with antiques, period signage, and collectible memorabilia. A real crabhouse.  edit
  • Chink's Steaks, [9]. The ultimate cheesesteak since 1949. A great (to some, superior) alternative to Pat's or Geno's. 6030 Torresdale Ave.
  • Johnnie's Italian Restaurant, 4201 Comly St.
  • Twistee Treat, 6900 Frankford Ave. A little building shaped like an ice cream cone.
  • Blue Ox Bistro. Just north of Lawndale in Fox Chase, this popular restaurant is home to a wide variety of beers-at least ten brands on tap-as well as regional and national craft bottle beers and Belgian and German imports. German favorites such as beef roulade and schnitzel are the anchors to the Ox’s exquisite menu. If German entrees do not tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other choices from the Ox's collection of salads, sandwiches and continental entrees. And of course, your youngsters are always welcome to utilize the children’s menu.  edit
  • Nick's Roast Beef. A neighborhood tavern most well-known for its legendary roast beef sandwiches, Nick's Roast Beef has undergone its fair share of development since its humble beginnings in 1969. Lawndale locals flock to this friendly neighborhood pub and restaurant located on Cottman Avenue. A welcoming and friendly atmosphere combined with great food and fun makes Nick's Roast Beef a fine location to wine and dine.  edit
  • Steve's Steaks. A contender with the many other infamous cheese steak houses in Philadelphia, Steve's Steaks is a wholesome neighborhood cheese steak spot in Lawndale owned and Operated by native Steve Iliescu and his family. In 1992,1998, 2005, and 2007, Steve's was voted "Best Cheesesteak" by Philadelphia Magazine. On November 27th 1998, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to make the world’s largest cheese steak for the Guinness Book of World Records. The steak itself was 365 feet long and was made by 22 local cheese steak restaurants, all competing to be the best of the biggest. Ultimately, Steve's was crowned the winner.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The normal bar in Northeast Philadelphia are corner pubs, holding about 100 people. The area around Cottman and Frankford Ave. have a large selection of bar's to choose from, with reasonable beer specials (just ask the bartender). Few have a cover charge of $3 to $5 if a band is playing, don't be embarrased to turn it down and go to a different place.

  • The Grey Lodge, [10]. Ranked as one of the top 50 bars (for their selection of beer) in the US by Beer Advocate. 6235 Frankford Ave.
  • Chickie's and Pete's, [11]. Nationally recognized as one of the top sports bar's in America. The Roosevelt Blvd. location is larger than the Frankford Ave.
  • Pat's Shamrock Sports Grill [12] is located at Cottman and Frankford in the heart of a Irish section called Mayfair and is always a good stop for a good bite to eat or some live entertainment.

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