Philadelphia has hundreds of neighborhoods, all with nicknames that designate something about the area, from Strawberry Mansion to Fishtown to Pennsport. And many of these names have nicknames. Because why would you want to say Graduate Hospital when you could say G-Ho?
Billy Penn has attempted a quick catalogue for many of these nicknames and has explained the nicknames that need a little background to understand. This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you have other nicknames for these neighborhoods or other neighborhoods, let us know.
“The Italian Market”
“Eraserhood”: This is the area where director David Lynch lived when he made his 1977 movie “Eraserhead.” He said he based its setting on his experience of Philadelphia.
“Loft District”: Lot of lofts in this area.
“The Art Museum”
“South of South”
“Southwest Center City”
“Devil’s Pocket”: It’s an area tucked in the Southwest corner of the border lines of Grays Ferry and Graduate Hospital. Some people call both neighborhoods Devil’s Pocket.
“Forgotten Bottom“: This name represents an old title for the whole neighborhood as well as a smaller part of it near the Schuylkill River.
“Da Bottom”: Not to be confused with the Forgotten Bottom.
“SoNo”: This is the area around 5th and Spring Garden developers are trying to rejuvenate; they appear to be calling it SoNo, but that could only apply to the building.
“Land of 1000 Snookis”: This name was given to Old City in a Richard Rys Philly Mag article from a few years ago. Why? Because he wrote about a ton of people who resembled the cast of “Jersey Shore” living it up at Old City bars.
Passyunk Square/East Passyunk Crossing
“Newbold”: Some consider this an official neighborhood. Others say this portion of South Philly is just a part of Point Breeze with a new name slapped on by a developer.
Rittenhouse Square/Fitler Square
“Port Fishington”: Pieces of Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond. It’s popular among the artists.
“Franklintown”: Developer’s idea for a neighborhood. Also encompasses some of Logan Square.
“The Penn Bubble”: Those Ivy students who never cross the Schuylkill River. NEVER.