aka "Where we go to drink"
Manayunk was originally named
Flat Rock because of its location
next to the Schuylkill River.
In 1824 the name was changed to
Manayunk which comes from the
Lenape Indian word "manaiung"
which means "where we go
to drink", very fitting for
Manayunk is home to one of the
first canals in the United States.
Construction began on it before
the others but due to budget issues,
it was not completed first. The
canal not only promoted development,
but also made water power available
for manufacturing businesses,
helping to make Philadelphia one
of the primary industrial cities
of the time.
Many people immigrated and settled
in Manayunk from England, Ireland,
Italy, and Poland. They made Manayunk
their home, working and raising
their families here. Generations
of these original immigrants are
still in the area.
With the opening of the King
of Prussia Mall in the 1960s,
Manayunk took a hit economically.
It wasn't until about 20 years
later that Manayunk began the
gentrification process and started
to come alive again. Now, years
later, Manayunk has a thriving
Main Street with everything from
popular chain stores and restaurants
to unique and one-of-a-kind places
to dine and shop. In more recent
years Manayunk has become home
to a younger crowd, from college
students to young professionals,
who rent or buy homes in the area.
Living in Manayunk offers them
walking distance to shopping,
nightlife, and public transportation
making it easy to get to Center
City or to the suburbs for work/school.
Manayunk provides a great place
to go day or night. Whether you're
looking to do some shopping and
grab a bite to eat, get a little
exercise on the bike trail, or
enjoy the night out, Manayunk
has it all. Just minutes from
Center City, Manayunk has a great
deal to offer.