Lawncrest is a neighborhood in the “Near” (lower) Northeast. The name is an amalgam of Lawndale and Crescentville, the two primary communities that make up the neighborhood.
The area of Lawncrest extends from Tacony Creek Park to Tyson Avenue. Adjacent neighborhoods include: Fox Chase/Burholme to the north, Oxford Circle/Castor Gardens and Frankford to the east and southeast, and Olney, and Feltonville to the south and southwest. To the West is Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. The Newtown Branch/New York Short Line of the Reading Railroad (now SEPTA/CSX) separates Lawncrest from Montgomery County. Tookany/Tacony Creek also skirts through a portion of the Community.
Two SEPTA Fox Chase Line Regional Rail stations serve the community: Lawndale Station at Robbins and Newtown Aves and Cheltenham Station at Martins Mill Road and Hasbrook Ave.
The primary ZIP Code is 19111 (Fox Chase Post Office) for the area North of Comly Street and 19120 (Olney P.O.) for the area South of Comly Street. Source: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawncrest,_Philadelphia).
Today, the main area of the Lawncrest neighborhood is Rising Sun Avenue where there are a good number of corner stores, hair salons, bars and Chinese take-out places. In the heart of the community is the Lawncrest Recreation Center, which was built on the location of an old city reservoir.
Also on this property is the Community Library, built in the 1960s. The community is especially known for its annual 4 July celebration, which started back in 1915 as two separate events. The day includes a main parade down Rising Sun Avenue, baby parade, music, activities and a flea market at the Lawncrest Recreation Center, and fireworks at night. Source: (http://planphilly.com/neighborhoods/lawncrest).
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