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What places do you love the most in Kensington?

What places do you love the most in Kensington?

We’re compiling an ongoing list of places people love in the neighborhood. You can help us make it longer by telling us about a place you love, what you love about it, your name, and where you’re from.

Reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or via email or at one of our neighborhood events, to share your favorite place.

Here are a few places people have shared with us so far:

Lillian Marrero Library, located at 601 W. Lehigh Avenue, pictured on February 9, 2019. (Photo by Henry Savage)

Lillian Marrero Library
601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19133

“What I like about Lillian Marrero is the atmosphere and the people that work here. They’re friendly and helpful. If you need help looking for some type of book, or let’s say you’re in school and writing a book report, they have computers, and if you have a bit of a problem, they’ll help…For those who live in this area, they can just go within walking distance. I’ve seen people arrive from way out — different parts of the city.”

– Phillip Lott, Kensington-Fairhill resident

Alena Litouka plays with her dog in Norris Square Park, located at 2100 N. Howard Street, on February 9, 2019. (Photo by Henry Savage)

Norris Square Park
2100 N Howard St., Philadelphia, PA 19122

“They have different things that you can do for kids — walking, playing basketball — and it’s a good environment close to the train station and the bus. There’s some family stores, or bodega…It’s also next to the hospital, [in case]something happens to the kids.”

– Carlos Goytia, Kensington resident

Rock Ministries, located at 2755 Kensington Avenue, pictured on February 9, 2019. (Photo by Henry Savage)

Rock Ministries
2755 Kensington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134

“One of my favorite churches in this area is on Kensington Avenue between Huntington Avenue and Somerset. It’s called the Rock Ministries. The pastor [Buddy Osborne] is a dedicated man of the Lord. He’s a real super guy. He’s a local Fishtown boy, and he gave his life to Christ. He opened up this church, and [helps] people who are in need in this area.”

– George Matson, Kensington resident

St. Francis Inn, located at 2441 Kensington Avenue, pictured on February 9, 2019. (Photo by Henry Savage)

St. Francis Inn
2441 Kensington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125

“I was homeless not long ago, and I would go there to eat. The food isn’t 100% that great — not the way I would make it if I was cooking — but it’s a good place… People don’t ‘wild out,’ and if they do, they handle it in a very good way — the way that you should in a church. They make you feel welcomed.”

– RJ, Kensington resident

“I like the people, the services they provide for the community. …They help people on a daily basis. They give clothes [and] food, [and] if you don’t want to eat the food they have bread. …People [should] be thankful for that stuff. For those trying to help you, you’ve got to take advantage of it and let them help you when they can.”

-Willie, Kensington resident

What did you think about this story? Send a note to, and we’ll consider publishing it in our Voices section. You can also tell us what you think in person at our neighborhood events.

Editors: Jillian Bauer-Reese, Claire Wolters / Story Designer: Jillian Bauer-Reese / Translator: Kristine Aponte