Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:19:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 National Night Out – Tues, Aug 1 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:45:23 +0000 Liberty Lands from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Free fun for the whole family!!!

Come out and get to know the officers of the 26th District!

Food, water ice, moonbounce, giveaways,
and other great activities.

2nd Street Festival – Sun. Aug 6 – sign up to volunteer… Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:00:16 +0000 The 9th Annual 2nd Street Festival
is Sunday
, August 6th 2017 from
noon till 10 p.m.

We’re closing off North 2nd between Germantown and Green Streets, here in Northern Liberties and filling the entire street with beer gardens, workshops, art, food,  and other merchandise vendors.

Be sure to support the NLNA by visiting our tent and procuring refreshing Yards Brew or five!

Or… volunteer to help out in exchange for
NLNA Beverage Tickets!

We need help with traffic during festival set-up. We also need help setting up,
staffing and breaking down the NLNA tent. Sign up HERE!


Bodine Garden Cleanup – Tues, Aug 15 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:18:31 +0000 Help clean up and nurture the outdoor space
of our neighborhood’s national award-winning
Bodine High School for International Affairs!

August 15, 6-8pm at 4th & George

Email Marita Fitzpatrick for more info and details.


Save The Date – NLArts Gala Dinner in the Park – Thur, Aug 31 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:21:46 +0000 The culmination of this year’s Dinner Party themed
NLArts Camp aims to bring together families
to meet and break bread.

All are welcome!

Save The Date
Thursday, August 31

6:00 to 8:00pm

(dinner service starts at 6:30pm)

A Dinner Party event inspired by Judy Chicago

NLArts turned 10 this year, and we want to celebrate in a huge way!
Join us August 31st for a community dinner at Liberty Lands.

Your ticket will include photobooth, a full dinner, drinks, and dessert!

Campers will work hard this August to make individual plates, napkins, and silverwear.
NLArts campers will perform and help throughout the night!
Make new friends, look at some art, and maybe even take some home!

$40 per family Get your tickets here!
All proceeds will go to NLArts campers and programming!

Schedule of Events

5:30 to 6:00 Check in, have a drink and view our auction!

6:00 – Performance

6:30 – Dinner

7:00 to 8:30 Tutorials by Humane Society, Photobooth, Drinks, and Auction!

7:30 – Dessert

8:30 – Closing Remarks



Help Us Turn Lemons Into Lemonade… Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:05:53 +0000 On May 6th our beloved mural by Frank Hyder
and the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia was destroyed by graffiti.  

This mural was done in 2009  by Frank and his students and since has become a great part of our neighborhood.  Located on the north side of Bell Floor Covering at 1050 North 2nd street in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, the mural has added to the quality of life in the neighborhood and is a colorful backdrop that has brought a splash of color on even the dreariest of days.  

We have always been grateful for the culture, awareness, education and beauty that this program has brought to our city, so we think it would be awesome to hand a check over to them,  from funds raised by a grateful community to help keep our city beautiful.

Please click here to contribute. Any amount helps.


Take the NLNA Survey, And Get A Chance At A Hundred Bucks! Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:33:00 +0000 Greetings from the Northern Liberties Neighbors association!

Help Us Better Serve You!

Please take an easy 5 minute confidential survey and be included in a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card!

Take the Survey

The NLNA has partnered with students from Temple University Fox School of Business to establish a marketing plan in our efforts to increase values to our neighbors and participation among the Northern Liberties residential and business community.
The Fox School of Business will analyze the data collected, and prepare a report and plan for thee NLNA. Your participation will be greatly appreciated and most helpful to our cause in bettering the NLNA for the long haul.

Liberty Lands Farmers & Craft Market – Saturdays at Liberty Lands Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:35:55 +0000 The Liberty Lands Farmers Market is starting up again – and it’s expanding!

Every Saturday starting April 8, 9am-3pm, Liberty Lands (3rd St side).

Fifteen vendors and growing, including:
•    J & J FARM (fresh organic produce )
•    Ninja Goat Fat Coffee (butter coffee)
•    Grounds & Hounds Coffee
•    Bright Yellow Creamery (homemade ice cream)
•    Lady Grey Tea (tea, biscuits & more )
•    Who Dog Knits (human apparel made by local rescuer)
•    Greyhound Angels Adoption
•    Lady Bug Designs (women’s jewelry )
•    …and more!

Additional vendors welcome, $10/space. Contact Paul Hubert,


Music Monkey Jungle – Mondays & Thursdays – 10am at the Community Center Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:00:35 +0000 Babies! Toddlers! Little Monkeys!
Monkey Jungle

Music Monkey Jungle – 10:00 to 10:30am

Mondays — Whether we’re performing Music Monkey Jungle Drummers or The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along, we know you’ll have a rockin’ good time! To know exactly what’s performed, please visit our Facebook page.
Thursdays —The Music Monkey Jungle Jam is a 30 minute interactive performance for music monkeys who love to rock, roll, move, groove, bounce, bop and jam. Children and adults will have a rockin’ good time through the presentation of Music Monkey Jungle original songs, dances and games, with the added greatness of drums and mini maracas. The MMJ Jam is best suited for children between the ages of 5 months to 5 years.
$10 per child
The Music Monkey Jungle Member Card is available for purchase at The Children’s Boutique, Momo’s Treehouse or Primp & Play and will be accepted in all 6 MMJ performance locations.
$85 for 10 performances, no expiration and a Music Monkey Jungle CD.
For more information, please call Lori at 732.687.8134
or write to

NLArts Summer Camp Registration Open! Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:09:11 +0000 NLArts, our neighborhood’s own amazing children’s summer arts camp, is open for registration for its 10th Anniversary season!

Based in the NLNA’s Community Center at 3rd & Fairmount, NLArts offers wonderful programming during the “gap weeks” of Aug 14 – Sep 1, when other camps shut down but school hasn’t started.

Full info and registration instructions at the NLArts web site,

Contact with any questions.



How To Stop Circular & Handbill Deliveries Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:13:34 +0000 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
(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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – April 3, 2017 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:04:11 +0000 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Donald Hoegg; Ira Upin; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Anne Waginger.  

ABSENT: Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Troy Crichton; Roneil Jackson; Monika Kreidie; Chris Somers.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:06 p.m.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Barbara Saverino:“To approve the minutes of the March Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 9-0-0

President’s Report: Matt Ruben.

The ½ day Board retreat will be on April 29th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Matt urged Board members to make as much effort as possible to attend. (There will be no posted May 2017 minutes)

The community center yard/pavilion project is about to begin. Surveying will begin this week. Building permits are still not back from the City but should be here soon: we are ready to go as soon as they are here and look forward to it being about 2 months to completion.

The next General Meeting will be, ideally, on April 26th or 27th: we are still waiting for the DWRC presentation on the waterfront project to finalize the date. We will use St. Michael’s church hall since we anticipate it being a very large meeting.

There was extensive discussion based upon land where the NLNA negotiated an agreement with a now-defunct project proposed back in 2006. At that time, the NLNA created an agreement with the developers for that project that involved compensation to the neighborhood for significant impact from the project; that agreement was recorded against the title and has clouded the deed. After that project fell through, the current owner is trying to sell it to another developer who would like to build a by-right project. The agreement on the deed is an asset to the NLNA, but there is a question of whether we should negotiate for a buyout of the asset or agree to remove ourselves from it for no cost because the project for which the agreement was made is no longer valid.

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To have a representative of the NLNA inform the property owner that we are willing to clear the title in exchange for a negotiated compensation.”  Passed 9-0-0


Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.


2016-17 Budget: March Financials – tables attached

  • For the six months ended on March 31st, all funds income was $173,373; this was $22,100 more than projected. Expenses totaled $71,519, which was about $2,700 less than anticipated. Net income was $101,854 – $24,800 more than projected. These amounts include almost $80,000 in grant income and about $4,100 in grant expenses outside the General Fund and Liberty Lands.
  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:
    • GF & LL Income (rounded):$93,300 — $21,700 more than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Expenses (rounded): $67,500 — $3,300 less than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Net Income: $25,800 — $25,000 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through March included:
    • Income from fundraising activities – which totaled about $31,200. This was $2,600 higher than anticipated. Most significantly, the Annual Appeal has already surpassed its goal of $17,600 (by $400) and the Winterfest took in nearly $9,000, nearly $1,500 more than projected. In addition, income from the Fall Fest exceeded expectations by nearly $1,800.
    • Higher than anticipated general donations totaling $11,900. This was nearly $9,600 more than projected and accounts for nearly 40 percent of the current positive balance. A number of large matching donations constituted most of the amounts we received.
    • Rental income, which totaled $38,400, and exceeded expectations by nearly $4,800, although $1,000 of this amount was pre-paid rent.
  • Grants totaling $8,670 received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Parade of Spirits, the Fall Fest, Winterfest and Liberty Lands. An additional $2,000 grant was received from the Frick Foundation for repairs at Liberty Lands.
  • Lower than anticipated spending for professional and program services and repair and maintenance (-$7,600). This difference is almost entirely due to timing and seasonality.
  • Lower spending in these categories was partially offset by higher than anticipated spending in legal services (+$2,960) and equipment ($3,465). In legal services the additional spending was for the appeal of a recent ZBA decision. In equipment, we spent $2,680 for the purchase of a street cleaning machine and $500 for a water fountain at Liberty Lands.

Other Items

  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – Following our successful appeal of the refusal we received for our zoning permit KT made minor changes to the architectural plans for the yard and we applied for our building permits. The changes to the plans affect only the landscaping and do not affect the design of the pavilion. In addition we executed an MOU with KT that will help guide the construction process. At the same time we have received proposals from contractors interested in working on the project and have begun to develop contracts to secure their services. Some services will be provided for no charge. These include surveying, excavation and foundation work. We anticipate work will begin this month.

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Joe Mikuliak. “To make the purchase of the Billy Goat street sweeper from our General Fund balance rather than transferring funds in from the reserve as was originally approved.”  Passed 9-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Don Phillips.“To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.” Passed 9-0-0


Election Committee Report: Jeremy Lindemann

The committee plans a meeting on April 6 to begin planning for the upcoming elections. Matt offered some suggestions for creating an extended nominations period through this election.


Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

Liberty Lands Report – April 2017

  • The big news from Liberty Lands is that Jen Gold, after eight years doing the several thousand jobs under the umbrella of “Community Garden Coordinator,” is stepping down from a few of them (while keeping several others). It looks like gardener Laura Siminoff will be taking on most of the administrative tasks of community garden coordination and that gardener Brian Turcich will be taking some of the more physically demanding chores. Big thanks to Laura and Brian for stepping up for these roles! The Steering Committee is hoping to define a system where these jobs will be rotating positions among the gardeners, which will allow more people to share in the responsibilities (and work) of keeping our garden going.
  • And of course, huge thanks to Jen for taking that on for the past eight years! Fortunately, she will continue to run Liberty Lands’ City Harvest program, take care of several of the park gardens, coordinate trash removal for the park, and oversee Chico (our “honey-do” worker), in addition to implementing the pilot Gardenhub program this season, so she’s not exactly leaving the park.
  • In connection with the above, the Steering committee will be looking at the overall organization of park management at the next few meetings with a goal of figuring out how to divide ALL the work that’s currently being done by a very small group of people into a longer list of smaller roles so that more people can play a more active part. [Yes, we’re looking at you all reading this and hoping you’re interested in taking on a slightly larger but discrete role in managing the park!] Anyone who’d like to help out with that transition process would be very welcome. . . obviously, some different voices would be useful in crafting the change.
  • March 25 was the first workday of the season, focused on playground mulch. Getting it delivered went well: having the street closure permit made everything easier. Last time, Seth moved a lot of the piles on Friday when there weren’t any little kids at the park, and that was way easier than doing it on Saturday during the workday – but his bobcat is out of commission and we had to rent one, and they are twice as expensive on Fridays as Saturday. So, c’est la vie, running the machine on Saturday was somewhat stressful but no one was hurt, and Seth came back in the evening to do some runs with fewer people there. There’s still a small pile of mulch to move and a relatively random spreading around the whole area between the playgrounds, but it’s always nice to have volunteers help! The fact that we ended up paying some $500 for the bobcat rental was well offset by PTSSD sponsorship of the workday, which paid the nearly $3,000 for the playground mulch.
  • Also done on the workday: JD Albert worked on fixing the water fountain (which needs a new plate – he’s on it); two of the three City Harvest plots got turned for the spring; the compost pile was cleared of large branches (hoping we can have some of this taken away at the Spring Cleanup on the 8th); lots of tree pits were weeded; and we got a huge donation of edging rocks from Joan and Darryl Rothmund.
  • The second workday of the season is Saturday, the 8th. This is coordinated with the Philly Spring Clean up and also is sponsored by the Great Lakes Brewing Company, so it ends with a beer-and-pizza party that the whole neighborhood is invited to. We need to: coordinate the party with the GLBC organizers (Liz and Janet are on it), pick the locations for the grills and signs that we need to install, make a materials list and get those materials, and get ready to do this! I’ll send some job lists and requests for help around to the core committee this week.
  • The exciting grant for a new garden fence announced last month has fallen through – as happens sometimes with grants, it turned out to be far more competitive than we originally thought, and our application was late to begin with. However, the general idea of improving the fence is still valid and we’re still hoping to make it happen – and the larger idea of re-doing the Bodine Street side to create a real sidewalk and better parking situation is also still valid and something we’ll pursue. Because the April 4 meeting was to satisfy grant requirements, though, we have cancelled it and the organizers of the Orkney Park Project will use that date for a first information meeting!
  • No news on scheduling of the erosion project at the north end.
  • For various logistical reasons, we’re looking at doing Weeder’s Club from 10-12 on Saturdays for this season (an hour later than it was in the past). Nathalie Shapiro and Kerry Sloan will be the core volunteers for Weeder’s this year. Drop in help is always always welcome!


Quality Of Life Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

It was agreed that a sticker with the NLNA logo should be created to attach to the Billy Goat.


Zoning Committee Report: Ira Upin: written report attached and reviewed.


Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 124 Pollard St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We support the plans as presented including finish materials as called out. The board requests the precast decorative element from the East elevation be incorporated in some way into the West elevation as well.’”  Passed: 9-0-0


Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 138 – 46 W. Wildey St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. Please return with refusals from the ZBA. Bring enlarged plans where all houses but 146 Wildey and 129 Allen have a minimum yard setback of 9’. Include contextual color drawings of neighboring houses in context with the presented homes on both streets. Include façade details for front and rear, as well as one exposed side façade.’” Passed: 9-0-0

Matt reported that our appeal against the ZBA decision to put a garage at 1009 North Orianna St. is progressing. The owners of the property have moved ahead with putting in the curb cut there, although there is still no garage in the building: this is legal, although if the appeal goes our way they will need to restore the curb.

Old Business

Donald Phillips reported that we are still in need of a designer for new Northern Liberties t-shirts. Jeremy suggested that he knows someone who might be able to do a design.

Donald Phillips further reported that the June 3 Spring Music festival will include both a flea market and a partnership with the mothers against violence group who partnered with the festival last year.

Joe Mikuliak raised the issue of installing the Little Free Library at the community center on the Fairmount Avenue wall of the center. Donald Hoegg volunteered to help install it.

Matt Ruben reported that there has been little progress on the Doughboy statue renovation because of city red tape but that he and Barbara Saverino are working with negotiating it.

New Business

Donald Phillips reported that there will be a first general meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday April 4, 7 p.m.) to inform people about the Orkney Park project to preserve three green lots on the 800 block of Orkney and try to drum up support.


The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:32 p.m.




Quality of Life Committee Report

  • The Committee has had one working meeting since the “Trash” meeting in late February. Several people signed up for the Philadelphia Citywide Block Cleanup days and we’re hoping that the various cleanups will go well this week.
  • There is another meeting scheduled for Wednesday night at 7. Hoping that this meeting will focus on preparing for the block cleanups and looking forward to taking on one major project at a time. We expect that there will also be a certain amount of helping volunteers to understand the importance of them taking initiative and thinking of themselves as part of the NLNA as opposed to “helping” it.
  • The Billy Goat was delivered today (Monday): Joe Mikuliak, Don Phillips, Janet Finegar, Lara Kelly, and John from our street sweeping service met the delivery guy, who went over some basics for the machine. It is being stored in Oron’s building across from Liberty Lands (thanks, Oron!)


Zoning Committee Meeting – Monday 3/26/17

Members Present: Larry Freedman (chair), Kenny Grono, Joe Mikuliak, Melissa Magness, Jonathen Sher, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin, Chris Issacson, Charlie Abdo        

Members Absent: Michael Simon

124 Pollard St. – RSA5 – Francis Mastromarco/Dawn Tancredi: A return visit with a proposal for a 3 unit bldg.

Motion from 2.27.17: 7-0 Please return with a plan that incorporates 2 parking spaces off Pollard Street. They returned with a plan similar to the original approved plan, but with one official approved parking spot off Pollard and one unofficial spot off Hope. (The houses next to this project use Hope for parking, but the Streets dept. doesn’t officially recognize/claim the street)

Motion (Ira) – 2nd (Melissa): Vote 7-0-1   Thank you for your presentation. We support the plans as presented including finish materials as called out. The board requests the precast decorative element from the East elevation be incorporated in some way into the West elevation as well.


138 – 46 W. Wildey St. – RSA5 – Dawn Tancredi: A proposal for 8 townhomes.

Motion from 2.27.17: 7-0 Reduce the building height to 38’ feet, increase the backyard space, eliminate the garages and/or consider a multi-family building with parking. No refusals have been issued as this project has applied but has not received refusals. Three houses will be on Allen Street and 5 houses on Wildey as before. The width and depths of each house varies. Height of the front and rear facades of houses was brought down to 38’, but there is an enlarged pilot house set back 10’ from the front that is technically a 4th floor. No parking is provided. Refusals are expected for 4th floors, rear yard depth, and lack of set back on upper floor on the properties with small lots. Discussion: One near neighbor present had not objection. Board felt yards should be bigger.

Motion Group: 8-0   Thank you for your presentation. Please return with refusals from the ZBA. Bring enlarged plans where all houses but 146 Wildey and 129 Allen have a minimum yard setback of 9’. Include contextual color drawings of neighboring houses in context with the presented homes on both streets. Include façade details for front and rear, as well as one exposed side façade.


Congratulations to the NLNA’s newest and returning board members… Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:05:39 +0000 Congratulations to returning and new Board members!

Barbara Mulckhuyse — Vice President

Janet Finegar (aka: please don’t vote for me) — Secretary

At-Large Board Members — Donald Hoegg, Monika Kreidie, Benjamin Mann, Donald Phillips and Barbara Saverino.

Ten neighbors signed into the General Meeting for the first time, and a whopping 18 people voted in NLNA elections for the first time. We look forward to seeing you at future meetings and neighborhood events.


Recycle Bins With Lids Available at the Community Center – Suspended Until Yard Construction Project Is Completed Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:52 +0000 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


Philly InMovement Hosting Tumbling & Gymnastics Classes at the Community Center on Tuesdays – Extended Hours… Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:00:59 +0000 On Hiatus Until September…
9:30 & 10:30 — Lil’ Tumblers, a parent-child class for 1.5 – 3 year olds
11:30 & 2:00 — Mini Rollers & Short Wheelers, a drop off class for 3 – 5 year olds
3:30 & 4:30 — Intro to Gymnastics (K-6th Grade), a beginners gymnastics class
for school aged children
Visit our website at for more information and to enroll today!

Adult Figure Drawing at the Community Center Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:00:46 +0000 IMG_7173 small

We  will be on hiatus
until September…

From 6:30 to 9:30 adult figure drawing sessions
will be held on most Thursday nights at the
NLNA Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)
$10 walk-in fee pays the model.
Drop in for an hour or three!
Bring your own supplies…
with questions, or join us on Facebook.

Drawing is a lifetime practice!



The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.



Schedule of Family Fun at Penn Treaty Park… Tue, 23 May 2017 15:10:41 +0000 Check out these events happening all summer long at Penn Treaty Park…


Ongoing – Rec Center Events Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:00:43 +0000
rec-center-kidsNorthern Liberties Rec Center
321 Fairmount Street 19123
Free Improv and many other activities are happening at our neighborhood recreation center at 321 Fairmount Ave. Numerous great activities for kids and adults.
Check out their Facebook page for the latest
Notes from the 2017 Winter Quality of Life Meeting Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:48 +0000 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]

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 ( 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 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!

Shakespeare Comes to Liberty Lands! Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:00:57 +0000 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 15 – July 1
Admission is Free!
6/15 thru 6/18 at 6:30pm
6/22 thru 6/24 at 6:30pm
6/25 at 3:00pm
6/29 thru 7/1 at 6:30pm
Run Time is 90 minutes
For more information follow us on Facebook – The Word Players
Zoning Meeting – Mon, June 26 [UPDATED] Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:52:28 +0000 Zoning Motions are approved by the Board at the following month’s board meeting, which is held the first Monday of the month. To review past zoning meeting minutes and approved motions find the applicable NLNA Board Meeting Minutes by clicking here:  Board Meeting Minutes.

Location: Northern Liberties Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street (3rd & Fairmount)
As always, the meetings are public and all are welcome to attend and participate.
Please note 6:30 start time.

Monday, June 26, 2017

(6:30) 1013 N. Leithgow St. – RSA5 – Roger Perry – A proposal for a two family dwelling.

(7:15) 138-46 W. Wildey St. – RSA5 – Max Silver – A return visit with a proposal for 8 townhomes.

(7:45) 1050 N. Hancock St. – CMX3 – Creep Records – A proposal for live music, dj’s, art shows, retail sales of t-shirts max, 150 people, as part of an existing record store and pipes shop.

(8:15) 1114 N. Galloway St. – RSA5 – David Orphanides – To sever the pre-approved use of the lot as a two parking open air parking spaces for 1128 & 1130 N. Galloway St.

(8:45) 719 N. 5th St. – RSA5 – Michael Philips – A return visit with a proposal for a 6 unit mutli-family building.