East Falls Faces

These are the people in our neighborhood! East Falls’ favorite photographer gets up close ‘n personal with neighbors who share their hobbies, happy places, and secrets for enjoying life as a Fallser. 

April Fools Faces — the Ninja and the Turtle (sounds like a Kung Fu movie, doesn’t it?).

Meanwhile, Caity’s planning a very special “Mother’s Day Faces” for May. Apply now for a free “Mommy and Me” portrait session featured here and in The Local newspaper: Captured by Caity Mother’s Day Q&A.

PIZZA NINJA — Up close ‘n personal with the pizza authority of East Falls. Read his monthly reviews for local #pizzatruth. 

When did you become a pizza fanatic?
I was born in Chicago (home of the best pizza in the world, don’t argue with me), so pizza has always been in my blood.

How much time per week would you say you spend with pizza?
More time than I spend with my family.

On a scale of one to all of them, how many cheeses?
The more the merrier.

Pineapples? For ’em or against ’em?
If you can’t appreciate the brilliance of a Hawaiian, you aren’t a true pizza lover.  It’s a perfect mix of sweet & savory.

Your favorite qualities in a pie?
The ability to put me into a zen-like food coma.

Where did you learn to jump like that?
Spending most of my childhood watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and practicing.

Other than playing on the imagination of human psych and questing for the perfect pie, what do you do when you’re not munchin’ on a slice?
Cycling around the city on my bike & being a Kanye West super-fan. Also, eating tacos. Lots of tacos.

Your favorite way to deceive delivery drivers?
Send my 4 yr old daughter to the door to greet them.

What is your craziest pizza related experience?
I’ve been slapped in the face with a slice of pizza. Twice.

What’s your take on Stromboli?
Too much bread. The very nature of the Stromboli throws off the perfect ratio of crust to sauce to cheese that pizza has going for it. Hard pass.

MORTON R. TURTLE – Thoughts from McMichael Park’s famous fixture.

Favorite thing about living in the park?
Great views, nice people. Also, bus fumes give me the giggles.

What do you do for fun?
Make myself extra slippery when someone puts a toddler on me. KIDDING! Mostly I just daydream about being a real turtle.

Secret talent?
I guard a hidden treasure buried deep beneath me.

Happy place?
I know it sounds corny but I’m happiest surrounded by the laughter of children. Especially when it’s not too scream-y.

Best friend in the Falls?
You think I’d say “The Friends of McMichael” but nope: it’s squirrels.

Favorite time of year?
When Shakespeare in the Park comes to town!

Pet peeves?
People who say the whole park will be ruined if my play area is expanded, even just a little bit. Also, I’m not a fan of dogs marking me.  

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen in the park?
One day in the late 70’s, Princess Grace sat down on a bench here and ate an entire mushroom cheesesteak from Dalessandro’s in like three bites. And the burp that shot out of her afterwards sounded like a bomb went off!

Any turtle wisdom to share?
To make the best progress, you must stick your neck out. Also, learn to be comfortable in your own shell.

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Name: Scott Frith, realtor (Keller Williams)
Where? Sunnyside with his fiancée Bridget.
How long? Since December 2017
Favorite thing about your house? It’s quiet, close to transit, and even closer to Billy Murphy’s!
What do you like most about your job? There are few things more fun than helping a family find their forever home.
Best friend in East Falls? Oh Caity. Stop fishing for compliments. Bridget & I both think you’re great!
Where’s your happy place? There’s a park bench on the river about halfway between East Falls and the art museum. It’s far enough from Kelly Drive that you forget about the traffic — and everything else.
What do you do for fun? Just joined Requisite Crossfit on Scotts Lane – it’s breaking me! Also, anything outdoors (I’ve started running again since the weather has mellowed out. I also love to hike, ride my road bike, and spend time on the water.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Big issues: the designated hitter, Oxford comma, or Lebron James.
Secret talent? Johnny Cash on karaoke night. After a few adult beverages…
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Schuylkill. It’s more democratic.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? Not likely at all. If it were, I wouldn’t be in East Falls! (I did sleep in a haunted house in Savannah for the the St. Patrick’s Day parade. However, that haunting might have just been the bourbon.)
What does your photo say about you? I was aiming my smile just slightly to the respectable side of goofy (I hope I hit my mark).
Motto or favorite quote? There’s this mistaken belief that people do not change. It’s not true. People do. (I guess that’s my motto, that people change.)
Anything else? We love East Falls and have enjoyed meeting folks at local restaurants, community meetings, and St. Bridget’s. If you see us walking down the street, please say hello. We love meeting our neighbors!
— February 2018

Name: Trish Metzner, mosaic muralist/tile maker
Where? Midvale, above her studio (no pets or kids – “I borrow other people’s!”)
How long? Back and forth between East Falls & Mexico since 2015 (purchased her home here last year)
Favorite thing about your house? I love its history of merchant and artist occupants. As part of the initial commercial corridor established here, I have seen old photos that show my block as a bustling marketplace. It’s nostalgic.
What do you like most about your job? My work has the potential to transform spaces and include people. Communities are living mosaics. I like collaborating and building creative teams.
Where’s your happy place? One place I always feel peaceful is the Waterworks and surrounding gardens behind the Art Museum.
What do you do for fun? I’ve been organizing arts based tours and events. I’m planning a tour to Mexico this summer that involves making murals and cultural exchanges.
How do you prefer to around the Falls? I always take the scenic route.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Depends on what we’re drinking.
Secret talent? I whistle like a bird.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Tough one. both mysterious and wonderful. I’d say the Schuylkill because that’s one major reason I came here.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? Never thought about it. Want to hold a seance sometime and find out?
What does your photo say about you? I’d like people to become curious about the work I do and consider getting involved whether it’s taking a workshop, participating in a community project, or learning more about how to support local revitalization initiatives through arts programs.
Motto or favorite quote? Hitch your wagon to a star.
Anything else? In partnership with a local organization, I will be hosting a fundraiser this spring that supports arts and beautification initiatives. More info soon. Find me at the EF farmers market or on Facebook.
— February 2018

Name: Joseph Carrington, the best realtor this side of the Mississippi
Where? The sunnyside of Sunnyside with his fiancée Michelle and their cat Clover (aka Chloe or Moomoo)
How long? 2 years
Favorite thing about your house? The front porch, lots of friendly dogs to pet nearby.
What do you like most about your job? Helping friends invest in their future by leading them through the process of purchasing or selling their homes.
Where’s your happy place? Duh! Murphys!
What do you do for fun? Play in the snow, eat chicken pot pies.
How do you prefer to get around? Chauffeur
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: The opposing view of whatever they want to argue about. Doesn’t matter if I believe it or not.
Secret talent? I can cross just one eye.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wiss.
Best friend in the Falls? Murphy’s! Not the family, just the bar.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? We have a ghost cat. FACT!
What does your photo say about you? That being a real estate agent is fun and rewarding. I also hand pick which “squatters” I show homes to in EF.
Motto or favorite quote? Hate kids, love money.
Anything else? While still a squatter through and through, I have worked as a cook and bartender at the longest established bar in EF, Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon – aka “The Loonery Saloonery” — since 2004.
— February 2018

Name: Michelle Mallee, real estate agent
Where? Sunnyside with fiancée Joe and Clover the cat
How long? 2 years (5 years attending PhilaU)
Favorite thing about your house? Front porch and its unique colors
What do you like most about your job? Touring unique homes and neighborhoods, especially EF.
Where’s your happy place? Sitting outside of Murphy’s with friends on a warm day having a beer.
What do you do for fun? Head to Murphy’s or Center City
How do you prefer to get around? Drive, train, walk or LYFT
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Being from Delco
Secret talent? Double jointed thumbs, or also I really enjoy painting
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon.
Best friend in the Falls? My soon-to-be-hubby Joe (whose best friend is apparently a bar, see above)
How likely is it that your house is haunted? Very likely
What does your photo say about you? That I may be a tough cookie, but once you get to know me I’m a real peach!
Motto or favorite quote? Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
Anything else? We love being part of this neighborhood and love our neighbors! Lower Sunnyside is the best!
— February 2018

 

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Name: Joshua VanderVeen, architect
Where? Sunnyside Avenue with his small 12-year-old terrier
How long? About 10 years
Favorite thing about your house? Beautiful fireplace and built-in cabinets
What do you enjoy most about your job? It’s technically challenging and contributes to science advancements.
Best friend in East Falls? Meggi Connor
Where’s your happy place? Outside my home, it’d have to be my workshop space in Scott’s Mills.
What do you do for fun? I produce music in a small recording studio in my home. I also rock climb down at the local PRG.
How do you prefer to get around? I mostly drive, but I do bike to the gym and workshop.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon for sure.
Secret talent? I’ve DJed in the city for about 12 years and produce electronic music.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Music opinions.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? I was convinced when I moved in, but it’s been quiet on that front for years.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? That I proudly represent East Falls in an international music scene.
Motto? I’m so meta even this acronym.
Anything else? My local mechanic has given me all kinds of great history lessons about East Falls every time I see him. You should look him up.
— January 2018

Photo by Captured by Caity

Name: Kaitlyn Reidy, a nurse aka jack of all trades!
Where? Every street is a good street in East Falls!
How long? I’ve lived here 1 ½ years (and counting!)
Favorite thing about your house? In addition to the fact that it’s in East Falls, probably that it’s a reflection of me. Plus, a dedicated parking spot! Honestly, they had me at parking!
What do you enjoy most about your job? Every day is just a little bit different. I meet people from different parts of the country, from all walks of life, who all have a crazy story to tell. And they love to share their story with a nurse!
Best friend in East Falls? Probably the delivery guys at Golden Crust! Great food in a pinch!
Where’s your happy place? Pizza on the deck of In Riva, watching the bikers, overlooking the rowers on the Schuylkill, on a beautiful summer day. Ahhhhh….
What do you do for fun? Phillies games, run/bike on Kelly Drive, walk to neighborhood bars, stumble home from said bars…
How do you prefer to get around? I’ll take the train. Or a pogo stick — I’ll do anything to avoid the madness on 76!
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? BOTH!
Secret talent? Whipping up the best brownies from a box you have ever tasted!
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: The Chili Pepper! The end of an era!
How likely is it that your house is haunted? It definitely could be haunted. Somehow these brownies just keep disappearing!
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? How much I love this city and this neighborhood. I think East Falls is the best neighborhood in Philly! It is a hidden gem. East Falls is a city neighborhood with a suburban atmosphere. We have all the benefits of living near Center City – walking trails, public transportation, local bars and shops – BUT with a little bit of green space too! I really want this neighborhood to thrive and maintain its charm!
Motto or favorite quote? Be the change you wish to see in the world.
— January 2018

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Name: Jason Termini, art director and musician
Where? Indian Queen Lane with his three cats.
How long? 8 years
Favorite thing about your house? My secluded back yard.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Creating music for New York runway shows.
Where’s your happy place? Wissahickon trails.
What do you do for fun? Compose music and play in bands.
How do you prefer to get around? Train
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wiss
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: People who live in philly but talk smack on it all the time.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? Very likely.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? I’m doing big things from my home studio in east falls.
Motto or favorite quote? Happiness is now and cannot be postponed.
— January 2018

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Name: Nathan Chaney, collision repair shop manager
Where? Frederick Street with his fur babies all day.
How long? 9 years
Favorite thing about your house? Windows, many windows. Ooooh and off-street parking.
What do you enjoy most about your job? The pressure. I dig the pressure of budget, production, and directing and incentivizing employees. Seeing the “global” nature of the business.
Best friend in East Falls? Eduardo Otero, Arnie Archut, John Howie, Alex Black.
Where’s your happy place? On the river.
What do you do for fun? Hike, bike, travel, acro, fitness, food, art.
How do you prefer to get around? Car/bike
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon (my dog answered this one)
Secret talent? Snazzy dresser, killer old school dj.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: That bastard Trump.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? Meh, smudged my ol’ gal up with some sage… put all my positive intentions around. Pretty sure we’re ghost-free.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? That I am approximately my age, height, and handsomeness.
Motto? Oh well.
Anything else? Not really… pause. *east falls rules*
— January 2018

 

Name: JP Palmer, Marketing & Business Development Specialist for a CC law firm
Where? Queen Lane with 6 month old Samoyed puppy, Oliver
How long? 1 year & change (Sept 2016 – 36 years in South Philly)
Favorite thing about your house? My front patio. We love to have friends over, spark up a fire in the chimnea, and of course serve adult beverages.
What do you enjoy most about your job? It’s proximity to East Falls! And I guess my team is pretty awesome, too.
Best friend in East Falls? The little pop-up bar that I see everywhere like under the Twin Bridges and at Vault + Vine, etc.
Where’s your happy place? My patio! Stop by sometime.
What do you do for fun? Run and/or walk my dog. Maybe I’ll find a new best friend that’s not a bar.
How do you prefer to get around? Walk, because I, too, am obsessed with our neighborhood.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon
Secret talent? I’m probably the best parallel parker in Philadelphia.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Who has the best cheesesteak (hint: it’s NOT D’Alessandro’s)
How likely is it that your house is haunted? Not likely at all.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? That I am always happy, even if I’m not smiling that very moment.
Anything else? I’m still getting to know the neighborhood. Whether it be spring clean-up day, community council meeting, or a fundraiser at the library, I try to stay involved and get to know my neighbors any way I can.
— January, 2018

Name: Sarah Wingo, Academic Librarian
Where? Ainslie with 3 cats Bruce, Babou, and Arya (I know, the first two were planned, the third was a “surprise.”)
How long? 3 years
Favorite thing about your house? The grape arbor in our yard or my beautiful walk-in closet.
What do you like most about your job? Helping students and faculty find answers to research questions. I work with the departments of literature and theatre and the theatre students, especially, always have these fascinating and weird things they need to find out about.
Best friend in East Falls? My yoga friends Mia and Liz who live at Dobson Mills (and our instructor, Liza)
Where’s your happy place? Mellow Massage (taking one of Liza’s classes) or just walking through the neighborhood after work, listening to my podcasts.
What do you do for fun? Go to yoga at Mellow Massage, take walks on Kelly Drive & through the Wissahickon, go out in East Falls for dinner or brunch.
How do you prefer to get around? Walking when I can. I love that I can walk to my mechanic, my yoga studio, my pharmacy, my hair salon, and a number of great restaurants because they’re all in my neighborhood.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon
Secret talent? I’m a librarian so obviously this makes me a wizard.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Oh god I’m such a stereotype: books. I’m definitely most likely to argue about books. Also, I’m a bit of a media junkie — my SO & I watch a lot of TV and movies — and I’ll be happy to argue about those as well as books.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? The cats see ghosts all the time, but they must be friendly.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? I moved from Michigan to Philly 4 years ago for my job, I’ve been in East Falls for 3 of those 4 years and I love this neighborhood so much.
Motto or favorite quote? I hate taking quotes out of context so I don’t really have one though “Illegitimi non carborundum” from the Handmaid’s Tale sure does ring true these days.
Anything else? I got on the Canadian News because of a Game of Thrones party we threw the night before the premiere this summer trended on Twitter. It’s silly but it was fun to get interviewed about the season premieres.
— January 2, 2018

Name: Nick Malfitano, reporter
Where? New Homes
How long? 3+ years
Favorite thing about your house? It’s near Wissahickon Brewing Company and the Wissahickon trail.
What do you enjoy most about your job? I’ve loved to write ever since I can remember, and communicating information to people whose lives it can positively impact has always meant something special to me.
Best friend in East Falls? My fellow members of the East Falls Flyers running club.
Where’s your happy place? Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon, what I believe is the best pub of all time.
What do you do for fun?
Running and photography are my two favorite hobbies.
How do you prefer to get around? My own two legs.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon!
Secret talent? Karoke. I love karaoke more than someone who considers themselves rational and sane probably should.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Anything related to the minutiae of music and film.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? The supernatural seems to be drawn to me for reasons beyond my comprehension, so if it was haunted I’m sure I would’ve found out by now.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? That there’s more to me than meets the eye.
Motto or favorite quote? “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” — Marty McFly
Anything else? I love the character of East Falls, and I’m glad this neighborhood is now home for me.
— December 2017

Name: Kathy Anderson, writer/playwright
Where? Queen Lane
How long? 4 years
Favorite thing about your house? Our light-filled sun room
What do you like most about your job? Making people laugh
Best friend in East Falls? Donna Vito
Where’s your happy place? Fiorino! I love going there with friends and a bottle of wine or two.
What do you do for fun? Bicycling here and in other countries, going to theater and movies, eating out!
How do you prefer to get around? Biking and walking.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? The Schuylkill can’t be beat for boat and people-watching.
Secret talent? I can summon the #32 Septa bus anytime I want it.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Where to get the best fries in the city.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? We definitely have a poltergeist who throws things around at night.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? I contain multitudes.
Motto or favorite quote? “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day
Anything else? East Falls is full of stories and I am a collector of stories — watch out!
— December 2017

YOUR TURN — Share your story for a free photo session with Captured by Caity, who’ll find your best self to feature here on East Falls Local and in our monthly newspaper. Click here to apply for East Falls Faces

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ABOUT CAITY: Caity MacLeod has been the lens of East Falls Local’s Instagram for over a year now – she’s a huge community person, a coffee fanatic, vegetarian, and an admirer of all things vintage. She’s also one of the best portrait/wedding/events photographers you will find in our neighborhood. She lives near Fiorinos with her husband, a 60’s soul-rock musician, and two black indoor kitties. She’s been known to sling a beer or two at Murphy’s.

 

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