This former industrial area, revitalized by artists in the 1990s, is now a hipster hotspot pulsing with art galleries and trendy boutiques. Built on the site of an old brewery, The Piazza is a shopping and dining complex located under luxury apartments. Locals head to North 2nd Street for global restaurants, craft beer halls and dance clubs, or to the Liberties Walk pedestrian mall for bike paths and unique shops.
Northern Liberties is located north of Old City and is bordered by Girard Avenue to the north; Callowhill Street to the south; North 6th Street to the west; and the Delaware River to the east (from Callowhill Street to Laurel Street; from Laurel Street to Girard Avenue the eastern boundary is North Front Street).
FUN FACT: The historical boundaries were slightly different, with Vine Street as the southern border and the Cohocksink Creek serving as the northern border. The creek now flows as a storm sewer under the following streets (starting at the Delaware River and running from southeast to northwest): Canal, Laurel, Bodine, Cambridge, and Orkney Streets.
In recent years, Northern Liberties has become a major enclave of young professionals, students, artists, and design professionals. Large improvement and revitalization projects have also been undertaken recently, causing a large jump in property values. The neighborhood’s proximity to Center City has made it one of the city’s most desirable development districts, both for commercial and residential real estate. Like most Philadelphia neighborhoods, the housing stock is primarily made up of rowhouses, although new development in recent times has brought apartment and condominium complexes.
Read these useful neighborhood guides to get a better sense of what this area has to offer:
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