We all know and love East Passyunk for the rich restaurant scene and thriving local businesses. But did you know that an East Passyunk woman is responsible for Sinatra’s nickname (according to legend, anyway), or that a prison once occupied the land where you shop for groceries?
Philadelphia news website Billy Penn compiled a guide to East Passyunk, including quite a few fun facts.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Passyunk predates pretty much every neighborhood in Philadelphia, including Center City.
- Passyunk is a Delaware Indian word meaning ““a place of sleep,” “a level place” or “a place below the hills.”
- Frank Sinatra got his nickname “Ol’ Blue Eyes” thanks to a Passyunk woman named Connie Patrone.
- Pat’s opened more than 30 years before Geno’s.
- A baseball field and prison occupied the land where the ACME Supermarket is now
- America’s first serial killer was executed at that prison. Edgar Allen Poe also spent a night there for drunkenness.
Billy Penn’s full guide to East Passyunk can be found here.
–Taylor Farnsworth, @tfarnsworth3