East Passyunk Crossing, Philadelphia

East Passyunk Crossing is a South Philadelphia neighborhood. Its location is considered to be from Tasker Street to Snyder Avenue, Broad Street to 6th Street.

The increasing LGBT population in the area, along with LGBT-owned or friendly businesses in the area has led some to name the area the “New Gayborhood”.

Joseph F. Marino, co-chair of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch said, “When I was a boy, there were maybe three gay men in the neighborhood running dog belt. Now there are three on every block.”

The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch, Inc. aims to “advance the civic pride and preserve the historic integrity” of the area.

The organization’s activities are directed by five standing committees: Beautification (Clean and Green), Public Safety/Town Watch, Zoning/Planning, Community Relations (Marketing and Events) and Membership fuel belt reviews. Activities include monthly street clean-ups, neighborhood fairs, weekly Town Watch patrols and representation at local Zoning Board Commission hearings.

In addition to significant upgrades to the “gate” area of East Passyunk Ave., an effort is currently underway to raise funds to erect a statue at 13th and Passyunk honoring World Middleweight boxing champion Joey Giardello.

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