Blocks We Love: 1600 South 4th Street

Unplowed streets and icy sidewalks are hallmarks of a South Philadelphia winter. But in some special places, so too are snowy vistas, children’s laughter and all the other perks of park side life.


This special place is the 1600 Block of South 4th Street. Located between Tasker and Morris Streets directly across from Dickinson Square, the block enjoys wonderful light and open views that are atypical in its charming but densely-packed Pennsport neighborhood.


Looking at the tranquility of Dickinson Square Park from the handsome townhomes of the 1600 Block of South 4th Street, you’d be hard pressed to imagine the history of the space, where a massive industrial stockyard once stood. Eventually that lot was transformed into a space for public recreation: when it opened in 1900, people marveled at the new park’s forward-thinking design, which included one of the nation’s first dedicated playgrounds.


Dickinson Square Park continues to play a major role in the life of South Philadelphia thanks in part to its size, a rarity in the area. While locals flock to this large green space throughout the year, no other season is quite so magical here as winter: even a dusting brings out the crowds.


Richly detailed townhomes (left) look out on wintery walks and snowball fights in Dickinson Square Park.


From activities like building snowmen to winter solstice celebrations, and visitors ranging from young professionals walking dogs to longterm residents to recent immigrants and their children, winter shows us the best of Dickinson Square’s charm, beauty and diversity. That’s especially true for residents of the 1600 Block of South 4th Street, who get front row access to this energy and scenery.


Bright and airy, exciting and historic, the 1600 Block of South 4th Street is a place we’d love to spend the winter in South Philadelphia.


For more information about Dickinson Square Park and its year-round event calendar, click here.

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