Favorite Spot: Singing Fountain
I am: A 33-year old native New Yorker, been living in Philadelphia for 12 years. I work at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, a U.S. Department of Energy project at the Navy Yard. I am the immediate past President of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, where I’ve served for the last 5 years.
Years in Philly: 12
Current Home: Passyunk Square, the area between Washington Ave. and Tasker St. between 6th and Broad streets, home to Pat’s and Geno’s, the Lower Italian Market, and the vibrant East Passyunk Avenue business corridor.
My love note: One of my favorite places (so many to choose from!) in Philadelphia is the Singing Fountain at East Passyunk Ave. and Tasker St. The triangle of land is created by the diagonal East Passyunk running through 11th St and Tasker St. It once housed a gas station, and then sat vacant for years until being renovated as a public space. Last year, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation gave the Fountain a major face-lift, removing the fencing, adding benches and a chess table, and planting trees and greenery.
At any given time, you’ll find people hanging out at the Fountain, listening to the music (not just Sinatra anymore!), eating gelato from Capogiro, watching kids stamp through the puddles, playing a game of chess, or dining at one of the restaurants that add outdoor seating at the Fountain on busy nights. Farmer’s markets are held there every Wednesday throughout the warm-weather months, and musical acts often perform during “Second Saturdays” and other festivals throughout the year.
The Fountain brings the neighborhood together, provides a public space for relaxation, people-watching and general enjoyment. It’s a true Philadelphia gem!