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Neighborhood Guide: Frankford & the Lower Northeast






Frankford/Lower Northeast
Frankford locals have an expression for stopping mid-conversation when the El rumbles overhead: The Frankford Pause. Running below the northernmost stretch of SEPTA's Market-Frankford line, the Frankford Avenue commercial corridor has recently seen an influx of investment and enthusiasm. Organized under the banner "Revitalize the corridor, revitalize the neighborhood," Frankford is on track for an urban reboot. The next step involves attracting and sustaining a new generation of businesses and neo-manufacturing entrepreneurs through collaborative spaces (like Global Dye Works) and the work of the Frankford Community Development Corporation

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Frankford is a neighborhood in the Lower Northeast section of the city, about six miles from Center City. The Frankford Avenue commercial corridor runs roughly from Womrath Park to the Frankford Transportation Center.

City of Philadelphia Planning Commission, District Plan: Lower Northeast

Getting Connected
Community Development Corporations
Frankford Community Development Corporation

Community Groups
Frankford Civic Association
Frankford Business and Professional Association  
Northwood Civic Association
Northeast EPIC Stakeholders
Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Committee

Media & Press
Frankford Gazette
NEast Philly.com 

Local Landmarks
The Historical Society of Frankford is a museum and library documenting the history of the Northeast Philadelphia region. Monthly programming tackles special topics relating to Frankford. 

Gilbert's Upholstery is a family-owned business with over 40-years of experience in furniture restoration. The Pons brothers man a storefront antique shop while completing ambitious rehabs in their multi-level space. 

Iqraa Café is the only restaurant on the corridor serving breakfast everyday, all day. The husband and wife team serve up Belgian waffles, battered fried fish and brown bag lunch specials.

Globe Dye Works is a former yarn-dying factory that has been transformed into a community of artists and fabricators. Offering affordable workspace, Global Dye Works is on its way to becoming one of the city's top creative compounds.

Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library, housed in a three-story landmark brick building from 1796, celebrates the history of the advocacy group with a collection of Civil War artifacts, books and memorabilia.  

Imagining Frankford is a collaborative project between the community and Mural Arts. It supports murals along Frankford Avenue reflecting the corridor's strong history.

Getting Around 
SEPTA offers a range of travel options to Frankford Avenue, including the Market-Frankford Line and Bus Routes 3 and 5. Contact Customer Service 215-580-7800 or visit SEPTA.org for schedules, fares and maps.
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