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Manayunk, Philadelphia

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Manayunk is a neighborhood in the northwestern section of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River, it contains the first canal begun in the United States (although not the first completed due to budget problems). The area's name comes from the language of the Lenape Indians (later called the Delaware Indians by Europeans). In 1686-dated papers between William Penn and the Lenape, the Lenape referred to the Schuylkill River as "Manaiung", their word for "river", which literally translates as "place to drink"; the word was later altered and adopted as the town's name.Although historically a working class community, in recent years the neighborhood has been substantially gentrified. While there is still a working class population within the neighborhood, the population has shifted to younger upper middle class professionals and families. Additionally, the nightlife in Manayunk draws visitors from all over the Delaware Valley, as well as some international visitors.HistoryManayunk was originally a community in Roxborough Township, Philadelphia County, situated near the Schuylkill River, south of the Wissahickon Creek. The land that would become Manayunk was first bought from William Penn in 1685-1686 and then transferred to the family of William Levering. A large part of that land was then sold to Levering's son, Jacob, in 1716. Soon, the younger Levering built the first house in Manayunk, on the north side of Green Lane, west of Silverwood Street. The growing town was known as Flat Rock in 1810, from a peculiar flat rock lying on the lower side of the bridge. This was subsequently called Flat Rock Bridge. The bridge was part of the Flat Rock Turnpike connecting Roxborough Township with Merion Township. The bridge was demolished in 1850.
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  • July 14, 2017
    This neighborhood has been discovered and now boasts a number of good restaurants and shops. Good for a stroll or night out.  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    Parking can be a challenge, even when you're up on a massive hill. But it's doable if you're willing to walk 15 minutes to get to Main Street. Come to Stroll the Street Thursdays in the summer, the Ar...  more »
  • June 12, 2017
    This town is small and has interesting shops. I loved St John the Baptist Catholic Church. It has awesome architecture and fascinating ceilings. Nice to spend a quiet day away from the crazy traffic i...  more »

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