Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Holier-than-thou Philebrity can’t find our borders

Outside media don’t care about the Northeast. We have all seen them misuse, misspell and mistake our neighborhoods and our streets, so we at NEast mag wanted to do something about it. When they get it wrong, we set it right in a segment we like to call Right NEast/Wrong NEast.

By Shannon McDonald

We know by now Philebrity hates The NEast. And if snarky comments about our hair weren’t enough, there are these lovely remarks: Oh come on. Look at a map. H-Valley is bordered by Welsh Rd. and Red Lion Road. It may have a different zip or pizza pretzel place but it’s culturally Norfeast.

I’ve always been of the mind that the Norfeast itself is NOT PHILADELPHIA, either Those comments came from one of yesterday’s Philebrity posts, which called out Valley Swim Club for kicking out a group of black summer camps kids. Racist and ridiculous, yes. Northeast Philly? Nope, sorry. Valley Swim Club is in Huntingdon Valley, which is not only not Northeast, it’s not Philadelphia.

Philebrity owned up to this in the comments section (see above), but with about as much class as the Valley Swim Club employees used to segregate their pool. The only thing NEast about this story are the camp kids, who belong to Creative Steps Day Camp at Devereaux and Summerdale avenues.

Sure, Huntingdon Valley borders the Northeast. And Fishtown borders North Philly, but I don’t see Philebrity (which is run out of Fishtown) eager to link the two. If Huntingdon Valley and the Northeast were the same, there’d be no need for the former. Suburbs exist for people who dislike and fear the city. The Northeast is home to our city’s cops, firefighters and schoolteachers; they are paying taxes and raising families inside city limits. Can’t say the same for those in Huntingdon Valley.

Say what you want about The NEast, but at least keep it accurate.

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