Welcome to the Neighborhood

b-rocks's picture

Hey Everyone -

So I've been passively been following this site since I considered buying a place in Fishtown. I've been meaning to join for about two weeks since I made settlement - I'm now a resident of Firth St, by Memphis. Real pumped to be living here (I'm a fan of the Memphis Taproom and Paddy's Well). I'm from the NE (Burhome/Lawncrest area) but really wanted to be closer to the city as I work in CC). I love the way the neighborhood has been trending even though I personally am not a hipster or "artsy" type person. I can't wait to become even more familiar with the hood.

Unfortunately what finally provoked my joining was what happened last night. My cousin and her husband came by to watch the phils game, locked their bikes outside, and they were stolen. The lock (which actually was quality) was snipped. They are pretty nice bikes so the kids that stole them would look out-of-place on them so to speak. They were a set of Diamondbacks (one: "peri blue/pearl white", the other:navy/dark blue) both worth about $300 each. I'll post a link below that my cousin sent. Lesson learned, we'll keep them inside next time. I know its a long shot but if you keep your eyes out, I'd really appreciate it. Also, any common pawn shops where these bikes might show up?

Well, I'm still excited to be here and I know this happens a lot of places (especially where I grew up) so I'm not gonna let it get to me. Thanks for reading and any comments, please let me know.

Here is the one link:
http://www.diamondback.com/bikes/womens/2008-womens/edgewood-08/

and the desription of the other: - (after my cousin gave the desc to me, i asked her if she was trying find it or sell it...haha)
Wildwood Deluxe COMFORT
Features
• Wildwood Deluxe Heat-treated Aluminum Comfort Frame with
Internal Cable Routing & Replaceable Derailleur Hanger
• SR NEX 4000 63mm Suspension Fork
• Weinmann XTB-24 Double Wall Wheels with Shimano Cassette
Hubs & Stainless Steel Spokes
• Shimano 8-spd Easy Fire Shifters
• Promax Linear Brakes
• Avenir DLX 2-Density Comfort Saddle
• Puncture Resistant Tires

Kat's picture

Oh man, I am so sorry to

Oh man, I am so sorry to hear that! Nothing is safe from those types of people. AUGH. Don't get me started.

We're glad you're here. The Taproom IS great - you're right.

Welcome and I hope they get their bikes back!

Kat

codergrrl's picture

Welcome to the hood. (I'll

Welcome to the hood. (I'll start this old arguement again, you don't live in Fishtown.)
Keep everything in the house,(including your cat) and keep the house locked at all times too.
Sorry about the unfortunate incident, but its not uncommon at all.
I personally have a few Latin gentlemen walk the perimeter of the place, with a few Colt PR16's.

dan's picture

Welcome, neighbor! (I'm

Welcome, neighbor! (I'm near York & Tulip.)

Sorry to hear about the initiation.

b-rocks's picture

Yeah I understand the border

Yeah I understand the border dispute about Fishtown. Really to me it's all in a name (which according to my neighbor people now refer to the area as "Port Fishington" due to the ambiguity. - I have no problem saying I live in "new" or "east" kensignton, whatever it is). I like the area becuase its cheaper than below York right now and I expect to have a higher ROI when I eventually sell the house down the road.

Thanks for the security advice. I was hoping the large stature of myself and my brother who lives with me would help, but you never can be too safe these days..haha.

teener's picture

hey and welcome! I live

hey and welcome!

I live pretty close to you- just a few blocks North.

Bummer about the bikes! It is a hard lesson and it took me loosing 3 bikes before I gave up and stopped leaving one outside (in 3 different parts of the city too- south philly, NL, and right in front of my house).

Anyway- the area you are living in is just a block or two from the "official" Fishtown border. All this means is you can't actually vote on stuff in the FNA. I think you can still go to Fishtown neighborhood meetings if you want...or I know you would be welcomed at an ORCA meeting, which is the neighborhood you fall into- Old Richmond.

People get real uptight sometimes about their neighborhoods even if you live right on the border, especially on online forums. The differences are not so much however.

Again, welcome to the hood.

ken215's picture

Welcome! someone just

Welcome!

someone just posted about a group of kids trying to steal a bike maybe they can give you a description.

codergrrl's picture

teener wrote:hey and

teener wrote:

hey and welcome!

People get real uptight sometimes about their neighborhoods even if you live right on the border, especially on online forums. The differences are not so much however.

I didn't mean to sound "real uptight"...I'm the most laid back person you'd ever meet...just joshing with the guy/girl.

teener's picture

no worries codergrrl- I

no worries codergrrl- I honestly wasn't referring to you or your comments. I was just letting the OP know whats up when talking about borders. I have seen comments go from a friendly joke to 3-5 pages of angry back and forth regarding borders and neighborhoods with no warning and was commenting on those previous experiments. Thats all :)

codergrrl wrote:
teener wrote:

hey and welcome!

People get real uptight sometimes about their neighborhoods even if you live right on the border, especially on online forums. The differences are not so much however.

I didn't mean to sound "real uptight"...I'm the most laid back person you'd ever meet...just joshing with the guy/girl.

Check it out- Pops Playground has a website @ http://www.popsplayground.org

rtsaidred's picture

Welcome b-rocks! Sorry to

Welcome b-rocks! Sorry to hear about the bikes. That sucks.

netable's picture

Welcome Kenzo! j/k I can

Welcome Kenzo! j/k

I can remember as a Kid, done the shore, when other kids would ask where Im from and I would say Kensington' they would be like afraid of me.

I also remember in High School' being messed with by my friends who lived in Port Richmond; and Fishtown, calling me Kenzo and Huffer =)

Now it's called East Kensington =)

For curiousity sake, What would Kensington and Somerset be classified as?? (Ya, I know the Ghetto)

dan's picture

netable wrote: For

netable wrote:

For curiousity sake, What would Kensington and Somerset be classified as?? (Ya, I know the Ghetto)

Kensington

Ftown66's picture

netable wrote: I can

netable wrote:

I can remember as a Kid, done the shore, when other kids would ask where Im from and I would say Kensington' they would be like afraid of me.

You sure it wasn't because you flashed your switch blade every time they said hi to ya?

netable's picture

Ftown66 wrote:netable

Ftown66 wrote:
netable wrote:

I can remember as a Kid, done the shore, when other kids would ask where Im from and I would say Kensington' they would be like afraid of me.

You sure it wasn't because you flashed your switch blade every time they said hi to ya?

Nah, it was an Ice pick..............

tudor's picture

Hi, welcome, hope everything

Hi, welcome, hope everything is uphill from here and will keep eyes out for your bikes.

2014 susquehanna's picture

Would be a good idea to set

Would be a good idea to set a trap for these bike theifs. Get a nice bike and chain it to something secure and just watch and wait.

Cajunmoon's picture

Hi b-rocks, Welcome to the

Hi b-rocks,

Welcome to the board. Congratulations on your new home and I wish you all of the best of happiness there. It is unfortunate that your initiation was a robbery but as you said it happens everywhere and sometimes it stings when we learn a lesson. I hope you filed a report with the 26th because they will get right on it and launch a full scale investigation, well; at least they’ll log it in and file it for you.

b-rocks's picture

Thanks for the welcomes

Thanks for the welcomes everyone! We did file a report (when i suggested that to my cousin she said, "They'll look for my bike?!?". I did my best not to laugh in her face but I know its good to have on file.)

Susquehanna - I like the trap idea (not sure if you were kidding or not). I'm gonna toss it around some of my cop buddies and see what they think in terms of practicality.

About two hours til game time - let's go Phils!

joe's picture

Yo b-rocks Sorry to hear

Yo b-rocks

Sorry to hear about your 'welcome' to the neighborhood. I had a bike stolen back when i lived off Drexel's campus. I was naive enough to leave it outside, overnight, with a cable locked to a parking sign. There was no bike or lock the next day - someone lifted the bike up and over the sign, lock and all.

As for where the bike might turn up, keep an eye on craigslist. Also there's a used bike place you could check out in West Philly at 50th and Baltimore called Firehouse Bikes, they seem to have a reputation for previously stolen bikes showing up, I assume due to so many bikes being bought/sold there. Maybe check with the local shops to see if any kids tried to pawn off a similar bike recently? There's the Bicycle Stable on Frankford and Jay's Pedal Power on Girard.

I now use one of these locks: http://www.bicyclebuys.com/item/1729857PART and gave up on locking my bike up outside overnight. That kind of chain lock or a decent Kryptonite u-lock is the way to go - and be sure to lock both wheels (around here, cables are for securing wheels and other parts, IMO, not the entire bike) and lock to something solid.

Sheldon Brown's got some bike-security insight:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html

And a few other tips and tricks from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_lock

good luck!