Quality of Life http://www.nlna.org Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:39:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Orkney Park Benefit Brunch At Standard Tap – Sat, Sept 23 http://www.nlna.org/orkney-park-benefit-brunch-at-standard-tap-sat-sept-23/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:43:20 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11451 11am- 3pm at  901 n 2nd st, Phila, Pa 19123

Friends of Orkney Park LLC has partnered with our generous friends at the Standard Tap to host a fundraising brunch. 20% of all food sales will benefit ongoing initiatives for Orkney Park!

Your going out for Brunch anyway, avoid the wait at that other place! Instead, meet your friends at Standard Tap!


​Don’t miss the fun! ​We’ll all be there, ​​and the food
is delcious!

To get involved, please contact us:
Sara Hirschler, Tony Hochstetler, Donald Phillips
Janet Finegar,  Liz Long-Reed, Leslie Kaufman
Danielle Scheffey, Lisa Solis,

267.250.5084 (Donald)

Roadmap for reducing litter & waste by up to 90% over the next 15 years… http://www.nlna.org/roadmap-for-reducing-litter-waste-by-up-to-90-over-the-next-15-years/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:53:59 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11342 A Litter Free City Starts With You.

From the Mayor…

When I took office, I pledged my commitment to make Philadelphia a more beautiful place to live, work, and visit. The plan you hold outlines specific strategies to achieve that goal by ensuring that every neighborhood has litter-free parks, streets, waterways, and public places.

Why Zero Waste? Each year Philadelphia disposes of nearly 1.5 million tons of residential and commercial waste – one ton for every resident. As a city, we spend tens of millions of dollars each year cleaning up short dumping and litter. Although we collectively recycle almost 40 percent of combined residential and commercial waste, we have much work to do to compete with the sustainable cities of the 21st century. If we are to become a greener, more beautiful city, we must dispose of less trash, recycle and reuse more, and embrace new approaches to keeping our shared spaces clean.

The Zero Waste and Litter Executive Order commits Philadelphia to the progressive sustainability goal of Zero Waste by 2035. In doing so, we join other major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, to name just a few. The Order also promotes the use of data-driven practices and rigorous research to identify the most effective ways to tackle these challenges.

But to get there, it will take teamwork. The Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will coordinate across City departments, partner public agencies, and community and private sector stakeholders to collectively address the litter problem. I hope this report will energize concerned residents like you to join in this effort.

Because Zero starts with One – You.

Read more here…

How To Stop Circular & Handbill Deliveries http://www.nlna.org/how-to-stop-circular-handbill-deliveries/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:13:34 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10907 Circulars and handbills can be a neighborhood nuisance. It’s illegal for vendors to put them in residents’ mailboxes. So, instead, they get shoehorned into doors and railings, causing litter on our streets.

What You Can Do

The good news is you can sign up to for a non-delivery list to prevent them from being delivered to your door. The Department of Licenses and Inspections maintains a commercial handbill Non-Delivery list identifying all properties whose owners who request it. If you do not want to receive hand-delivered advertising circulars or handbills, you can fill out this form.

To request non-delivery for local newspapers, complete the form, and provide a list of the local newspapers you do not want to receive.

Form Info

How to Submit

First of all, you need to be the homeowner lessee/agent to fill out the form.

Once you fill out the form, you can mail it to:

Department of Licenses and Inspections
Circular Free Property Coordinator
1401 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1180
Philadelphia, PA 19102

You could also fax it to (215) 686-1443 or email it to operationsvending@phila.org.
(Note: The fax number on the form is wrong. Use the one provided above.)

At the bottom of the form you can choose between two authorization options. According to this site, if you choose not to grant this authorization, the company will only receive a warning. Your authorization to share your address is required in order for the company to be fined. (see yellow highlight in image below.)


Circular Non-Delivery Decal Order Form Philadelphia

Posting Your Decal

Owners of registered properties will receive a “Circular Free Property” decal. When you receive yours, you need to post it somewhere visible from the sidewalk.

Reporting a Violation

View or download instructions here.

Special thanks to

Recycle Bins With Lids Available at the Community Center – Suspended Until Yard Construction Project Is Completed http://www.nlna.org/new-recycling-program-at-the-community-center-bins-with-lids/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:52 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=7098 Recycle Bin w Lid

We’ll let you know when we have more bins as soon as we get them…

The City no longer offers free recycle bins through the NoLibs Community Center.

The small bins formerly provided by The City are just too small. Wind-blown litter from these over-stuffed containers can be seen around the neighborhood after trash pickup most weeks.

So we asked Home Depot to help us out — and they did!

The NLNA has purchased another 100 at-cost bins with lids to distribute to the neighborhood.

They’re BIGGER, BETTER and have A LID! Stop in the Community Center (700 N 3rd St), and pick one up for a $15 donation.
Hours are Mon – Fri 10am to 1pm and Wed 6 to 9pm — NLNA Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street

Using these containers makes a difference in the amount of litter in the neighborhood.

To offset the costs and allow for the program to be self-sustaining, the NLNA asks for a small donation of $15 per bin.

What Goes in your Recycle Bin?

Recyclables needs to be rinsed free of food residue. This is because the oily residues in food interfere with the sorting machines used to separate the items.

The following is a list of acceptable material:

  • Paper — newspaper, cardboard, junk-mail, circulars, stapled or not, pizza box halves (tear away the oily half of the box)
  • Plastic (Nos. 1 through 7 *) — Rinsed milk cartons, juice containers, cleaning supply containers, lids
  • Metal — Rinsed cans, clean aluminum foil
  • Glass — Rinsed containers of any color
  • Rinsed Waxed Containers —  milk cartons, juice boxes
  • Old Cans of Acrylic Paint — Allow the paint to dry completely first.

Plastics are graded by number which can be found embossed on its bottom surface. The number is set inside the universal recycle symbol.  Plastics 1-7 can be recycled.


plastic bags


What Does Not Go In Curbside Pick-Up?

  • Plastic Bags
  • Household Hazardous Waste — like old paint cans
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed Paper or Cups
  • Wet or food-soiled paper
  • Paper Tissues, Towels, or Napkins
  • Porcelain & Non-Container Glass
  • Light Bulbs or Tapes (VHS or Audio)
  • Electronics
  • Needles or Syringes

How do I recycle plastic bags?

  • You can bring your bags back to many area supermarkets. But a better solution is not use plastic bags in the first place – use reusable bags instead.

How do I recycle household hazardous waste?

How do I recycle Styrofoam?

  • Styrofoam is collected along with household hazardous waste.
  • Click HERE for city-wide collection schedules.
  • Styrofoam Peanuts can be recycled at the Northern Liberties Mailbox Store
    at 3rd & Fairmount.


Free Bins (Sometimes) Available at these locations (CALL FIRST!):

Northwest Drop-Off Center
Domino Lane & Umbria Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-2501, ext. 02

Northeast Drop-Off Center
State Road & Ashburner Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-8072, ext. 73

Southwest Drop-Off Center
3033 South 63rd Street (near Passyunk Avenue)
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-4290, ext. 01

Circular Free Stickers Available at the Community Center

If you want to cut down on litter created by all those rain-soaked circulars you see lying around, click on the No Circular sticker below…

No Circular sticker OL


Notes from the Quality of Life Meeting (2/21/17) http://www.nlna.org/notes-from-the-quality-of-life-meeting/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:48 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10754 By Janet Finegar — February 21, 2017

We began by making a list of as many problems/sources of trash on the street as possible. [This list, with a lot of more details about all of the below, will be sent to everyone who attended the meeting or expressed an interest in getting information, and will also be posted on Facebook as a document sometime later today. If you’re interested in getting more information, send a message to Lara at trash@nlna.org]

The list of problems inevitably led to some suggestions of small-scale solutions. We quickly reviewed the various actions that the City of Philadelphia and the NLNA are already taking to combat trash on the street and discussed some of the difficulties, limitations, and roadblocks to those efforts.

There was a general agreement to the assertion that our community needs to take local action in addition to what’s already in place to make a real difference. A few ideas were floated as ways that community members can help with a variety of skills:

  • EVERYONE: use the City’s 311 reporting system for problems, and then tell Lara about the report and ticket number so she can track and follow up (trash@nlna.org). 311 can help with all kinds of issues – even things like repeat-offender neighbors putting out trash wrong.
  • ANYONE: join the Quality Of Life committee to keep helping with ongoing issues (especially with city-based issues like getting more/better street trash cans or to build resources/connections within the neighborhood). Let Lara know at trash@nlna.org that you want to be a part!
  • GRAPHICS SKILLS: help create fliers/brochures/signs/education for the community
  • ANYONE: Start hyper-local organizing on your own block – reach out to neighbors to solve problems right there, organize a block cleanup for the citywide clean up day (4/8) or any other day (NLNA has tools/resources), start a Facebook group/listserv for your block, and keep the NLNA in the loop about what you’re doing.
  • DATA SKILLS: Help create a database for Northern Liberties that could record all kinds of block-by-block information (street can locations, problem areas, vacant lots, street trees, parking issues. . . everything)
    1. Once that database exists, many volunteers needed to do data input for their own block
    2. Plus ongoing maintenance of the database once it exists
  • SOCIAL SKILLS: Help develop, plan, and implement a community-wide direct outreach program to reach every door in the community with Quality of Life information, NLNA information, and a small gift.

That’s the very broad outline. I’m about to work on the detailed description of all this, but the main point is that what we need most of all right now is community commitment to enforcing a set of standards that we all live by – effective complaining, if you will.

A lot of questions and a lot of thornier issues remain – many of them centered around what to do when these kinds of friendly outreach don’t work. Those are the conversations going forward and are things for us all to think about. Many many more ideas are welcome!

Orkney Park Summer Solstice Fundraiser – Wed, June 21 http://www.nlna.org/orkney-park-summer-solstice-fundraiser-wed-june-21/ Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:37:08 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11164 Help rescue
Northern Liberties’
last unsecured
green space!
6pm at 871 Orkney Street
(Enter at the Lawrence Street Playground next to 852 N Lawrence Street)
Rain Date: June 28th
Join us for a lovely evening with neighbors and friends in support
of the Orkney Park Project and to celebrate the first day of summer!
Enjoy live music, delicious refreshments and appetizers generously donated
and sponsored by local restaurants, bars and businesses
RSVP not required but appreciated: email OrkneyParkProject@gmail.com
or check in via our Facebook Page for the event.
$20-40 suggested donation.
Kids and dogs attend for free.
Additional donations are very welcome!
Get your tickets in advance here: http://bit.ly/2sENXi9
All proceeds benefit Friends of Orkney Park Inc,
a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving this last wilderness
of Northern Liberties.

Thanks in advance to:
North Bowl and Oron Daskal
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Urban Village Brewing Company
Callahan Ward Companies
ACME Markets
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
Majestic Wine & Spirits USA, LLC.
Vinedrea Wines
N. 3rd Restaurant
The Blind Pig
Moore Brothers Wine Company
Spuntino of Philly
Standard Tap
The Kettle Black

… and more generous businesses being added!
About the Orkney Park Project:
Orkney Park is Northern Liberties’ last true wilderness! The project consists of community members coming together with the common goal of preserving this neighborhood gem. Orkney Park is a wild life habitat, a bird sanctuary, a nature preserve, a gathering place for friends and family, and so much more!
Follow us on Instagram: @orkneyparkproject
Free Street Trees – Apply by May 1 http://www.nlna.org/free-street-trees-apply-by-may-1/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:28:50 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10884

Free Street Trees available for your Northern Liberties Home or Business!  

Property Owner’s Requests for November 2017 planting are due Monday, May 1.

Tell your friends and neighbors! Trees clean our air, reduce home energy costs, increase home values, and beautify the neighborhood. 

To request a free street tree for your property, please read the site criteria on the Application Form carefully.  If your property qualifies, print out the application, complete it, have the property owner sign it, and deliver the form to the NLNA Office, 700 N. 3rd Street, 19123 by Monday, April 25.  (There’s a mail slot in the Fairmount Ave. side door.)

Questions? Please email Erika at bgoldewag@verizon.net

Neighborhood volunteers will plant your tree in November. 



Sign Up Now – Citywide Cleanup – Sat, April 8 http://www.nlna.org/sign-up-now-citywide-cleanup-sat-april-8/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:56:46 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10798 Saturday April 8 is the 10th Annual City of Philadelphia’s Spring Cleanup – Sign up now to clean up your block!

Registration is easy at this City web page.

NOTE: We’re asking everyone to name their cleanup event starting with “NLNA” so others will easily be able to find it in the online listing.

For example: “NLNA – 800 block N. 5th St Cleanup.”

You can request free tools and supplies – and then your friends and neighbors can sign up for your event at the same web page.

Have questions or need help? Contact NLNA Quality of Life Coordinator Lara Kelly, trash@nlna.org or call the NLNA office at 215-627-6562.

2017 TreeCycling Schedule – Starts Sun, Jan 1 / Ends Sun, Jan 15 http://www.nlna.org/2017-treecycling-schedule-starts-sun-jan-1/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:33:04 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10373 treecycling-2Christmas TreeCycling from January 1 through 15 at Orianna Hill Park!

Sunday, Jan 1 — Naked, De-tinsled, De-balled Christmas Trees will be accepted for drop-off in the picnic area of Orianna Hill Park at Poplar & Orianna Streets.

Folks can drop off at any time.

Saturday, Jan 7 — Trees will be chipped at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm! Bring the kids!

During chipping hours, we could use people to take donations and pull trees to the chipper. To volunteer email park@nlna.org.

Also, due to chipping noise and tree-prunning, the Dog Park will be closed that day.

Jan 8 to 15 — Trees will continue to be accepted for drop-off
at Orianna Hill Park picnic area.

Please make a donation to Orianna Hill Park or Liberty Lands
 to help fund these efforts!

Thanks for your help in reusing our trees!
Friends of Orianna Hill Park


Weeder’s Club Meets Again (and again) on Saturday Mornings at Liberty Lands… http://www.nlna.org/weeders-club-meets-again-on-saturday-mornings-at-liberty-lands/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:30:53 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=5939  

Weeders Club AD

Every Saturday morning from 9m to 11-ish

Tools, Gloves, Instruction, Gossip included! All are welcome, bring the kids!

There will be coffee!

Liberty Lands is your park,
owned and maintained by our neighborhood.
Any time spent helping to clean up
the park is welcome.

Meet-up is at the table in the shade of the kids playground.

Teens can earn Community Service Points!



Notes from the September 2016 Town Watch Meeting http://www.nlna.org/volunteer-northern-liberties-town-watch/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:00:59 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9942 The Basics

Know your neighbors. Looking out for each other starts at home, on your block. If your neighbor knows you work during the weekday, they will be suspicious of movers at your house on a Tuesday afternoon. If that neighbor has your phone number, they can check to see if you’re home, or if your house is getting sacked. That neighbor can call 911. You should be that neighbor.

Cops call this “Eyes and Ears”. Nosy neighbors have long been characterized in a bad light, but actually, it’s all part of being a good neighbor. Bad stuff happens in our neighborhood at all times of the day, it’s important that we look out for each other.

Dog Walkers: You and your dog are your block’s best front line against crime. If you walk a “beat” on a daily basis at about the same time of day or night, you both know your route well. If something isn’t right, you’ll be the first to notice it.

And if the situation is dangerous, you’ll feel it in your gut. Trust that feeling.

First thing to do is be safe.

Never approach a suspicious situation. Hang back, cross the street, approach a house and ring a doorbell if you must.

Then call 911.

What is Suspicious Activity

Any time you see the following, you may be watching a crime unfold:

  • A vehicle circling your block
  • An occupied vehicle that’s been parked for a while
  • One or two people running
  • A large group of people running
  • Use of abandoned property
  • Movers

All of these situations could be perfectly harmless, or not. That’s where your gut comes in. The survival part of your brain (the amygdala) receives far more information much quicker than the thinking part of your brain. If you witness an “off” or dangerous situation – your amygdala will make you feel it. The hair on the back of your neck might stand up, or your gut will twist.

Here are some more obvious examples:

  • Individuals who appear to be “casing” cars or residential doors
  • Individuals who appear to be “nodding off” or “high”
  • Children who appear to be at risk, under the care of individuals who seem altered, non-responsive, or high
  • Drugs being sold
  • Fights or altercations

Stay calm. Stay safe. Start observing.

Where are you? The first thing the 911 operator is going to need to know is where you are. Being aware of cross streets, what block you’re on, or the direction you’re facing is an important habit to cultivate while you walk your dog. You can also report where you are by noticing landmarks or the house numbers. This will make reporting your location much easier.

It’s important, since not all responders know the neighborhood well.

Note the time of day. Responders may not arrive right away. Knowing the time of day helps police find video footage of the incident when canvasing private security cameras.

What does the vehicle look like?

If you’re reporting a situation which involves a vehicle, then let’s face it, the guys are much better at it. But, there’s a lot more to vehicle than it’s make, model, and whether or not it was on Top Gear.

Besides color and whether or not it’s a truck, here a few more things to note:

  • SUV
  • 2-door
  • 4-door
  • clean or dirty
  • bumper stickers
  • dents
  • tinted windows
  • any other distinguishing marks

Wayne NewtonWhat does the perp look like?

You can describe your suspicious character by moving from head to toe:

  • male or female
  • height & build
  • race
  • skin tone
  • hair color, style, length
  • eye color
  • glasses
  • skin imperfections
  • facial tatoos
  • facial hair
  • pronounced adam’s apple
  • cleft chin
  • ears (do they stick out?)
  • clothing
  • undershirt (perp may remove outer garment as they make escape)
  • shoes

RevolverAutomaticNote Weapon

If a weapon is involved you’ll need to describe it. Here’s the difference between a pistol and a hand gun:


Calling 911

Police cannot emphasize enough that you must call 911
if you see suspicious activity.

Your direct reporting is the only way the police know what’s going down in your part of the neighborhood. The dispatch operator is the first person to get your complaint. Here’s something I didn’t know: dispatch operators are not members of the police department. They are civilians like you and me, trained to prioritize calls so that police can respond to serious crimes first.

It’s important to realize this when calling so that you can use phrases that will move your complaint up the hierarchy of their prioritizing system. If a crime is in the process of happening, you’ll get a quicker response.

The example above of a child appearing to be under the care of a sleeping junkie would only by prioritized (highly) if the report were phrased as so, “child is in custody of a non-responsive adult”.

However you phrase it, your calls are recorded. These records help make a strong case for action by police later.

Our neighborhood is the reluctant host to activity spilling over from the Goldman Methadone Clinic at 8th and Girard. This “750-bed clinic” draws addicts from all over the city for treatment. Unfortunately, many patients buy additional drugs after taking their methadone dose. These transactions result in the (sometimes belligerent) zombies you see along Girard from 9th to Front Streets. They also result in more criminal activity happening in the neighborhood.

When calling 911 for situations created by clinic patients please do the following:

  • Keep a detailed record of the call.
  • Ask for and record the Operator’s Number.
  • Describe the situation in detail. Use the term “high” or “unresponsive adult.”
  • Along with the specific location and detailed description of the perpetrator and incident, mention your proximity to the Goldman Clinic at 801 Girard Ave, and your suspicion that the perpetrator is a patient.
  • If you or your neighbor make multiple calls, ask the operator if the previous calls were recorded. It’s important for the operator to properly record calls so that Stg. Massi can identify problem areas and make a case for action.
  • If the situation persists and you feel you need officers on the scene; call again.
  • If, no action is taken, and you feel the station warrants it, say you want “a supervisor, for lack of service.” Sgt. Massi tells us that should raise the call’s priority and he should get word of it immediately. (Officer Massi asked neighbors to use their best judgement and not abuse this maneuver.)

Be persistent. Keep records of your and your neighbors’ calls.

Roll Call Complaint

If the situation is persistent, and enough reports come in, it will be added to the Roll Call Complaints – police will be informed about it during roll call, and be more vigilant.

So remember, being a little nosey about your neighbors is not a bad thing. Get to know them. In the City, we actually live on top of one another. For this reason, if we to band together, we will have an impact on the quality of life for all.

Stay Safe!
Northern Liberties Town Watch

[Original Agenda]

7pm at the Community Center, 700 N. Fairmount (N.3rd & Fairmount)

Several neighbors have expressed interest in attending a Town Watch training, for patrolling and “eyes and ears” awareness.

Up For Discussion:

  • Town Watch patrolling basics
  • Dog-Walkers, the front line of neighborhood safety
  • What is “suspicious activity”
  • How & When to call 911
  • Volunteer needed for social media posts
  • Q&A

Are you interested too? Contact NLNA board member Jeremy Lindemann, jdlindemann@gmail.com or just show up!

Philadephia Circular-Free Program http://www.nlna.org/philadelphias-circular-free-program/ Wed, 18 May 2016 07:00:01 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=902  

No Circular sticker OLProperty owners in Philly that are tired of having take-out menus and ad circulars jammed into their door frames and mailboxes now have a way to stop the problem at the source!

NLNA has purchased Circular-Free Stickers, and is offering them for a donation of $1. Stop by the Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street from 10am and 1pm (6 pm to 9pm on Wednesday nights) to pick one up. There’s a short form that you need to fill out and sign that registers your house with L&I’s commercial handbill Non-Delivery list.

They actually make a difference! Vendors can be fined by L&I if they continue to deliver circulars to your door.

Here is how to to report illegal circular deliveries once you’ve applied a sticker to your door sand registered with the City:

  1. Collect the circulars and send them to the address below.
  2. Please be sure to indicate the date and time you received the material along with your address, on whatever you send. It is also very important that you make sure whatever you send, clearly shows the name and address of the business or phone number.
  3. Please do not hold onto your circulars, flyers, etc. longer than 4 weeks. They will not be processed if they are received after this date.
  4. Regarding coupon bags with store circulars inside – please do not send the contents of the bag – it is only necessary to send the bag itself. If you are able to fax or email a picture of the bag, please be sure to include the portion of the bag where it reads “Redplum”.
  5. If there is additional information you would like to inform the City of related to the delivery of the specific unwanted material, please write a short note and include it with your mailing, email or fax.
Via regular mail:
Department of Licenses and Inspections
Circular Free Property Coordinator
1401 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1180
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Via Fax: 215.686.1443
Email: operationsvending@phila.gov


NLNA PLANT SALE – This Saturday, April 30th http://www.nlna.org/neighborhood-plant-sale/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:43 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=3860 From 9am to 2pm at the Community Center (700 N. 4th Street)

Flowers, Veggies, and Herbs, oh my!

Plant Sale 3

Fill your flower boxes and re-stock your herbs. Pick out your favorite tomatoes. Annual, Perrenial, Sun and Shade Plants. We’ve got them all!


Volunteer for a shift!

The Annual Plant Sale is Saturday April 30, with prep on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday April 25, 27, and 29.

Who wants to play with plants this year? Volunteer to hang out with neighbors while putting together this annual event (that started with a couple of beach chairs and plants on Spring Garden Street!).

Here are the shifts:

April 25Monday 11am to 3pm
Clean and weed Yard • Set up tents and tables
11am — 1pm
1pm — 3pm

April 27 – Wednesday 9am to 3pm
Plant Delivery • Organize plants for display • Label plants • Water plants
9am — 11am
11am — 2pm
2pm — 4pm

April 29 – Friday 10am to 2pm
Finalize displays • Finish pricing • Water plants
10am — Noon
Noon — 2pm

April 30 – Saturday  — 8:30am start time
9am — 11pm
11am — 2pm

Floor — Welcome Customers • Offer Plant Trays • Explain Pricing • Tidy Yard • Keep Displays Tidy • Water Plants
9am — 11pm
11pm —2pm

Clean up
We aim to be out by 3pm at the latest!
Sweep Community Center • Breakdown tables • water plants
2pm — 3pm

Click HERE to volunteer for a shift!

Email sugarvision10@gmail.com if you are interested…


Plant Sale 4Plant Sale 2Plant Sale 6


NLNA Board Nominations And Quality of Life Issues At This Month’s Meeting – Weds, April 27 http://www.nlna.org/nlna-board-nominations-at-this-months-meeting-weds-april-27/ Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:00:40 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9592 NLNA Vote Button

Wednesday, April 27, NL Community Center, 700 N. 3rd St. at 7pm

Nominations for President, Treasurer, 6 regular seats for the Board of Directors, plus one half-term Board seat will be taken at the Northern Liberties general meeting on Wednesday, April 27th.

The election will take place at the general meeting on Thursday, May 19th.  Both meetings will be held at the Northern Liberties Community Center at 3rd & Fairmount Streets, and will begin at 7:00 PM.

Nominations will be closed at the end of the April 27th meeting.

In order to be eligible to run for a seat on the Board, you must be 18 years of age or older, and must live in Northern Liberties, or must own (or operate) a business in Northern Liberties.  In order to be eligible to run for an officer’s seat, you must have served at least one year on the Board of Directors.

In order to be eligible to vote in NLNA elections, you must fill the requirements above, plus you must be registered to vote in NLNA elections.  If you have voted in the past few years you are registered.  If you are new to Northern liberties, or have not voted in NLNA elections since 2006, then you will need to register.

You may register to vote at the general meeting.  Please bring your drivers license or another ID that proves your address.


NLNA Quality of Life Coordinator, Lara Kelly, plus several city officials will be present to discuss the quality of life issues in the neighborhood.

Watch future emails and the NLNA Facebook page for updates and details.


Request a Free Tree for your NoLibs Home or Business – Deadline April 25 http://www.nlna.org/request-a-free-tree-for-your-nolibs-home-or-business/ Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:00:30 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=2693 Tree Planting - illusRequest a Free Street Tree for your Northern Liberties Home or Business! 

Property Owner’s Requests for November 2016 planting are now being accepted, and are due Monday, April 25.
Trees clean our air, reduce home energy costs, increase home values, and beautify the neighborhood. 
To request a free street tree for your property, please read the site criteria on the attached form carefully.  If your property qualifies, print out the application, complete it, have the property owner sign it, and deliver the form to the NLNA Office, 700 N. 3rd Street, 19123 by Monday, April 25.
There’s a mail slot in the Fairmount Ave. side door.

Download the Form HERE.

Neighborhood Cleanup Day – April 16 http://www.nlna.org/neighborhood-cleanup-day-postponed-to-next-saturday-april-16/ Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:00:46 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9512 GUTTER TRASH

Sick of the litter and trash?

The NLNA’s Community Center
will be open 9am-1pm
on Saturday, April 16
with FREE Gloves and Bags…

Be sure to:

  • Recycle – paper, glass, plastics (1 through 7),
    NO plastic bags!
  • Clean up that piggiest house on the street!
  • Clean your gutters and storm drains, so that storm water can run off efficiently.
  • Please, set bagged trash out on any street corner of 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th Streets to make sure the city trucks pick it up.

April 16 is the Mayor’s annual Spring Cleanup – a perfect time to spring-clean your block! The NLNA office at 3rd & Fairmount will be open 9AM-1PM with gloves and bags you can pick up.

Head over to Facebook to communicate with your friends and neighbors HERE.

Liberty Lands Big Spring Workday – Sat, April 16 http://www.nlna.org/liberty-lands-workday-sat-oct-10/ Sun, 08 Nov 2015 07:00:48 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=8973 LibLands PathStarting at 9am

HEADS UP all you lovers of Liberty Lands!

Come one, come all!!!
Come help your neighborhood park sparkle!!!
Starts at 9am, runs until about 2pm,
depending on the weather.
Come out and help your urban greenspace stay awesome!
Come out and get reconnected with your park community!
Lots of projects and tasks to grow food for City Harvest.
Coffee and donuts in the morning and pizza at lunchtime!
Mark Your Calendars Now and Plan To Attend!!!


N. 5th Street Traffic Meeting – Minutes from Mar 9 Meeting http://www.nlna.org/n-5th-street-and-others-traffic-meeting-wed-mar-9/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:00:06 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9430  

Sign Down7 to 9pm at the Northern Liberties Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)

Meeting with City Coucil, Streets Dept, and Planning Commission reps to discuss solutions to 5th St traffic and safety issues. 



UPDATE: UNOFFICIAL minutes, courtesy of neighbor Susan DeAngelus

Also, for a brief writeup, PlanPhilly.com has a nice story – click here

5th Street Traffic and Safety Discussion

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Start 7:10P


  • Traffic safety on 5th street
  • We will talk about other areas, like 2nd Street
  • Tonight is 5th Street emphasis
  • Will take comments on other issues
  • No solutions tonight but clear sense from Streets & City to have basis for next steps;
    6-months to 12-months

Corey Bell, Aide to Council President Darrell Clark, District 5

Mike Carroll, Deputy Commissioner Streets Department

Kisha Duckett, Streets Department Traffic Engineer

5th Street residents are extremely unhappy

  • Poor sight lines, like George Street
  • Speeding
  • Rolling through stop signs
  • Dangerous for bicycles


Matt Ruben (NLNA President): Let’s be clear and direct about concerns, and also civil and productive in tone

CB: aide to Council President Darrell Clark, former neighbor, familiar with 5th Street, will be taking notes; has been working on this since February 2015 when Steve Stanek submitted the proposal/petition

MC: some constraints due to other user considerations; can do something but need to see what the impact is; beginning of the conversation; concept to reality; stay engaged to make things better


Brett Cohen (5th near Girard): formerly lived on 5th near George; understand there is protocol to follow; traffic study? Not just traffic, pedestrians, being safe, cyclists; study how scary it is to cycle (less scary to make bad choices for cycling on other streets than being on 5th Street); what can we do to help?

MC: there is a bias that “traffic” equals cars; pedestrians and cars are traffic; incorporate all modes of transportation; trying to get past to see equity

Stephanie Berrong (900 block North 5th Street): traffic study complete?

MC: there will not be a document to review; field study to be done with different samples of sight lines to be tested; no PPT presentation but data will be collected and options will be developed based on the data; won’t be able to compile anything but will be working on the situation

SB: assessment done at rush hour?

MC: don’t just focus on rush hour; there are more cars but they are moving at a slower rate because of capacity

Steve Stanek: rush hour is when more people are on foot with children and more cars

Rachel: other neighborhoods have a flashing red light on their stop signs or near the school, the school crossing signal with flashing light; is that an option for us at 5th & Brown? A simple flashing red light for the existing stop sign; low visibility

Causes for low visibility: trees, cars parked too close to the corner; vans (tall work vehicles); coming off the expressway

MC: we will take a look, may not be the solution; blowing through stop signs could be a sign of not actually seeing the sign

Question: what is the speed limit?

Answer: 25 mph

Not adequate signage; had to walk the 5th Street corridor for awhile before seeing a sign

(I know of two signs on 5th Street, one on the left in the middle of the 900 block of 5th Street and one on the right side. I use them as markers to my house. They are in the middle of the block near too many trees and light poles. There should be more on the 700 and 800 blocks. – SHD)

Gwen Devereaux: For 38 years I have tried to get something done at 5th & Brown; see how many tickets have been issued there, how many accidents; I’ve been trying to get a traffic light at Brown; I asked a police officer what it would take, the response was not enough deaths

MC: I wish he hadn’t said that…

Stop signs: blowing through, ignoring/not seeing, speeding

MR: why are two lanes being controlled by a stop sign?

MC: A light might not have the desired effect.

Q: What will induce people to stop?

A: Enforcement

Dave (5th & Brown): Let’s try another solution; the wide road gives the impression you are to drive fast, drivers aren’t inclined to stop; how about tightening up the road, curb build outs, cushions; this is a residential area, Bainbridge recently upgraded their medians and added more visibility to their crosswalks; “road diet”

We need a healthy does of what can actually be

  • Walking with two children and dogs and cars come menacingly close
  • Realistic hope to see something done
  • Motorcyclists, 15 individuals; one slowed and rolled through the stop sign, all other 14 blew through the intersection
  • Being pregnant, I can’t get through the intersection fast enough and I feel invisible; 5th & Poplar not well lit

There is no stopping all night; we need enforcement; with a light, the drivers will probably speed up to try to beat it; enforcement would happen but only when called; what about a red light camera?

Speed is an issue, what about a speed camera

Mike: speed cameras are illegal in Pennsylvania

Speed readers?

Mike: We had one on 5th Street and it was vandalized

Michael (5th and Brown): what about a speed bump? (applause), make it just high enough to encourage drivers to slow down

MC: there is a process to request speed cushions; petition process to indicate specifically that this is what is wanted; since there is a consistency about this issue, we can put forth a trial with temporary cushions; have been trying this out in other residential neighborhoods; as 5th Street is arterial, it may address some of the issues; they are not designed to damage cars and emergency vehicles can manage them without delay

MR: could happen?

John (Plan Philly): 1,000 ft. spaced out from a speed restriction device (i.e. stop sign, light, etc.)

Mike: two exceptions; one if the Commissioner says it needs to happen and a pilot program

Q: Are we talking about the trapezoidal cushion?

A: Yes

5th & Poplar: badly lit intersection, there is an aging population in this area as well as many more children, we need some kind of breaking up of the distance from stop sign to stop signs and lights

(Light at Spring Garden Street to light at Fairmount Avenue; stop sign at Brown Street; stop sign at Poplar Street; light at Girard Avenue. – SHD)

MC: can’t do both speed cushions and additional stop signs – one or the other

MC: Crossings: for clear lines of sight, need to lose parking spots near where any new crosswalks are painted

Parrish to Poplar: no parking on West side of the street; “No Parking” signs may be illegal/not official City signs

Q: How to discourage the motorcyclists?

MR: Speed cushions may deter them.

Linda: my daily commute takes me through 7th Street; just having the lines repainted on 7th has made a world of difference – improvement

Parking authority needs to enforce the illegal parking at the corners, to increase sight lines/visibility

Girard has no lines painted either

MR: pretend that money isn’t an issue: any reason not to add curb bump outs at corners where crosswalks are?

MC: some may not work if they are a bus route and the bus needs to make a turn; but no opposition to curb bump outs where they are feasible

SS: let’s bring the focus back to 5th Street from Poplar to Girard; we play “Frogger” every night because there is no place to cross safely; can we get a mirror for George Street so it isn’t a blind entrance onto 5th Street; there are three (3) blind turns along that stretch of the street (George on the right, Cambridge on the left, church parking lot on the right)

6th Street: is this used as a reverse traffic pattern for those going up on 5th Street?

It’s much easier but it’s one lane until Fairmount and there is a slight dip in the road, which is causing a “reverse traffic cushion” due to the slope.

Q: PennDOT owned?

MC: Not this section

Q: Is there a potential for a protected bike lane? (Lots of applause); “5th Street Raceway”

MC: With a bike lane, 2-lane street, plus parking on both sides of the street, it is all not possible; for a bike lane, we’d have to lose a driving lane or parking.

Neighbor: There are no shared lanes; they don’t actually work.

Neighbor: What is the goal: safety or traffic flow?

MC: there are 5,000 cars daily using 5th Street, some may divert with the proposed changes to the street, will 5th Street work better? If we close down one lane it will take time and need legislation and council approval.

BC: with the discussion of the bike lane marker, what about Randolph Street? Change the direction?

KD: what blocks?

MR: 900 to 1100 blocks (Poplar to Girard)

KD: submit a petition to specify which direction you want it to go; need 70% of the blocks being represented

Speed bumps on 2nd Street? They didn’t do anything and people drove over them just as fast or diagonally due to their car make; made more noise

MR: speed grooves were cut in by Tower Properties; due to the complaints of noise, they were filled back in – not the same thing as the city’s speed cushions.

MR: We could have a pilot program for the speed cushions and if noise doesn’t become an issue?

John Geeting, PlanPhilly: What about bump outs on alternating sides to swerve

MR: Like San Francisco?

MC: You’d have to give up parking

5th Street crosses Fairmount and it curves slightly; your parked car can get hit if the other driver doesn’t correct for the slight curve

MR: striping and lane narrowing from Callowhill to Fairmount; lane widths are excessive, encourages “speedway.” Could lanes be narrowed to normal width, and use leftover width to make protected bike lane? The 5th Street tunnel project should be done in June by the Delaware River Port Authority; it will have a protected bike lane, what about extending that down the road to Spring Garden or Fairmount?


  • Speed cushions
  • Road diet/curb bump out
  • No crosswalk at George Street (from West to East on North 5th Street)
  • Too wide at Spring Garden


2nd St: Crosswalks at El Camino – Liberties Walk? We are aware of them because we use them. No one is respecting the current crosswalks; not enforced, false sense of security

MR: 2nd St from Brown to Girard is a borderline of two council districts; 5th is in Clark’s district, 2nd is Mark Squilla; we’ll be sure to connect the two councilmen together

MR: Germantown to Poplar, there are lights on either end but nothing in the middle. Liberties Walk to the Piazza is a major crosswalk; small asphalt ramps were installed at the curb by Tower Investments, at NLNA’s request, for ADA access, but they are not official city ada ramps, because it would have taken city approval for cuts and ADA compliance too long to get anything done; in the meantime, asphalt ramps were installed; everything was done by Tower, not by the city; there was a sign in the middle of the road about pedestrian safety but it was run over, several times

MR: Wildey and 2nd Street: there is illegal parking up to the corner; you are taking your life into your hands turning on 2nd Street from Wildey, just like when you are turning from George Street onto 5th Street

5th Street: do these measures actually stop the other behaviors

MC: no, it’s an enforcement issue

Used to be an officer sitting at intersections to enforce stop signs, but the 6th district has had its hands full covering Old City on the weekend nights – but they might be available during daytime non-peak hours

Can we clarify curb bump outs? They are a problem on Girard Avenue

MR: The issue on Girard is that there are also the trolley tracks, makes the lanes very narrow; not a problem on 5th or 2nd – in fact we already have them on 2nd at Poplar, Brown, and Fairmount

Traffic light at 2nd & Wildey? A possibility? Revisit the assessment done previously? Near misses are never reported and many incidents are not reported.

Roneil (Brown & American): I park at 2nd & Front or 2nd & Brown many times; car has been broken into twice since October; lots of broken glass under the bridge; uneasy that I can’t park a block and a half from my home or friends and neighbors have the same issue; cameras for traffic but need police enforcement

CB: Connect private footage with the police network; use your footage to help

MR: See if someone will aim a private camera to the troubled area; connect with Councilman Squilla, District 1

At the Comcast building, there is a protected crosswalk with lights and is very noticeable

MC: Comcast paid for the lights

MR: Piazza and Liberty Walk are willing to do something but maybe not to that extreme; get Corey, Mike, and Kisha to talk with Westminster Apt Group (current management company of most of Piazza and Liberties Walk)

Start a traffic fund? On gofundme.com?

Parking at St. Peters: signage is moveable; you park and the sign isn’t there, you return to your car, the sign is there and you have a ticket

MR: there is a large parking lot on the West and East side of 5th Street that is always empty; no parking loading zone on the street; signs have been removed

BC: buses are there for weddings and events; an hour for a week maybe; is there a guideline?

What can be done to gain back the parking spots the church has effectively taken?

Contact with the church?

KD: we are aware of the situation and will review their original request; if buses are not there as much as they said, we will revisit the issue; we are aware of the signage removal and vandalization

Bodine is two-way but it is so narrow (as is Wildey and Cambridge) (2-way? – SHD)

MR: for many years, there were the stables there and the owner needed access to the horses, now that he’s moved and it’s more vehicle traffic, it could be a converted to one-way if people want

KD: submit a petition for the desired direction; any interested person can start a petition; be specific on the petition

MC: many are rejected because the request is too vague

Jennifer (3rd & Green): there is an accident weekly on this corner; there are legal parking spots but they are still causing visibility issues; West side of Green, traffic on 3rd

Sasi (4th & Green): green angles from 5th to 2nd Street; 8 lot spaces; create sight line issues; (reviewed maps she created with Corey, Mike, and Kisha to indicate the problem specifically)


Christina: lived here for 30 years; parking is at issue; offer something to the church to use the parking lots overnight; be out by 7AM; monetary donation?

MR: maybe lease spots to individual residents?

Speed cushion: how long? What is the official length?

Crosswalk on 2nd near Piazza, what if it was raised up? Force cars to slow down?

Have to connect with the owner/manager of Piazza

Enforcement of illegal parking and traffic violations

Bodine: being used as a through street; it is very narrow; no speed signs; there are small children on my block and it is essentially an alley street

MC: we could redirect the traffic in the non-prevailing direction

Q: Speed limit sign?

MC: Petition to redirect the street

Q: “Drive Carefully” signs?

Q: What is the critical path for signage?

KD: I have taken note of it and will submit the request.

Paula Gansky: speeding on Bodine?

They don’t live here and are looking for a cut through or parking.

Bollards? How to get them installed?

MC: You need a permit.

Painting lines? They are fading; the street was resurfaced but not lines were redone

On Girard, SEPTA may have not connected with the Streets department to get the lines done and the Streets department may not have finished before the season; can’t paint lines in the winter months.

Take photos of where striping may have an effect?

DIY: What measures can we do on our own?

MC: Develop concepts and let’s participate and discover what we can all do and what is possible

Christina: Neighbors put up signs for the cul-de-sacs; cars are speeding into them backwards; they are separate from the street

MR: no sidewalks? If these are not deeded to the properties, is this area a city responsibility?

CB: I’ll continue to work with Christina.

MR: Notes have been taken down and between all the ideas and concepts, we can move forward

  • Westminster & Streets
  • Revisit 2nd St Streets Dept traffic assessment from 2014
  • Need to sort out all of the ideas
  • Narrowing of the lanes on 5th from Callowhill to Spring Garden?

Please sign in and we’ll get you updates; Friends of 5th Street; this is not the last of this discussion.

End meeting: 8:40P

Notes as recorded by Susan Hutton DeAngelus (900 block North 5th Street)


Goldman Methadone Clinic’s Quarterly Open House – Sat, Feb 27 http://www.nlna.org/goldman-methadone-clinics-quarterly-open-house-sat-feb-27/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:00:25 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9434 Goldman Clinic12 noon, 801 W Girard Ave (Girard Medical Center), main cafeteria.

There will be a speaker but also time for Q&A/discussion with the center’s management.

No RSVP required.

Questions/info: Crystal Brown, Case Manager, cbrown@NPHS.com, 215-787-2361.

Please consider attending, and help spread the word.

Treecycling – Sat, Jan 9 at Orianna Dog Park http://www.nlna.org/treecycling-2014-saturday-jan-10/ Thu, 15 Oct 2015 05:00:46 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=5449  

Xmass Tree Color

Planning a New Year’s Resolution
of greener living? Treecycling 2016
is just around the corner…

Saturday, January 9th at Orianna Dog Park’s 3rd Street entrance (across from Liberty Lands) from 10am to 4pm

Volunteer at the neighborhood’s best smelling event by replying to trash@nlna.org

$5 donations encouraged to help offset expenses.
(Thank You!)


Please: No early drop-offs, no lights, no ornaments, NO TINSEL. (Thank You!)