Best of Northwest Philly

They were the stories that happened in your community – from the Venice Island renovation project to the future of Chelten Plaza.

Over the last year, our photographers and reporters have covered all angles of Northwest Philadelphia and below we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite stories.

Is there a story you think we missed, tell us about the one that impacted you the most in the comments section below.


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Nathan Blum

Brain-injury survivor completes cross-country ride

By Brian Hickey

Around 11 a.m. Friday, Doug Markgraf pedaled up to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s front door. More »


Nathan Blum

East Falls resident works to preserve WWII veterans’ stories

By Bernard J. Scally

With the dwindling number of World War II veterans still alive, one man is doing his part to preserve the stories of those who have been dubbed, “The Greatest Generation.”  More »


Nathan Blum

Officials break ground on Manayunk’s long-awaited Venice Island renovation project

By Matthew Grady

Mayor Nutter, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and approximately 50 additional municipal emissaries and guests were present Tuesday morning on Manayunk’s Venice Island for an official groundbreaking ceremony.  More »


Nathan Blum

27 years of bike race loyalty from Levering Street family

By Max Matza

Nearly five decades ago, long before the Philadelphia Bike Race appeared at her front step, Peg Andrews moved into her house on Levering Street with her husband, Anthony.  More »


Nathan Blum

8th District Council Primary 2011

Complete coverage of 8th District from the NewsWorks Northwest Philadephia staff.  More »



Nathan Blum

Mifflin insiders say racial discrimination suit was act of retaliation

By Aaron Moselle

Several people with ties to an East Falls elementary school sharply dispute the allegations in a quartet of civil rights lawsuits filed recently against Philadelphia School District officials.  More »


Nathan Blum

The aim at the new St. James – provide top-notch schooling at low tuition

By Megan Pinto, Video by Kimberly Paynter

 Big changes are in store for the historic St. James the Less site on W. Clearfield Street in the “Lower Falls,” or Allegheny West this year. More »


Nathan Blum

84-year-old park attack victim speaks out

By Vanessa Martinez

Scabs have formed around Jim Shea’s right eye. Eight stitches mend a laceration he suffered from an attack in Wissahickon Valley Park Monday afternoon.  More »


Nathan Blum

Councilwoman’s move would fast-track Chelten Plaza plan

By Amy Z. Quinn of PlanPhilly for NewsWorks

After months of protests and public hearings on the Chelten Plaza controversy in Germantown, a move by Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller could short-circuit the zoning appeal at the heart of the issue.  More »

Nathan Blum

Willing hands

By Jen Howard

The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northwest Philadelphia is a major volunteer-fueled undertaking. But it isn’t the first or only volunteer network to serve the homeless; 28 years ago, 11 congregations came together in Union County, New Jersey, to form this type of space-sharing homeless shelter.  More »

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