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Greetings from Grays Ferry

Our friends over at Billy Penn took a trip to Grays Ferry this week, to report on the neighborhood's history, demographics, and historical marker honoring Ol' Dirty Bastard. "The name Grays Ferry carries a negative connotation, made after decades of violence and racial conflict so infamous that Frank Rizzo once carried a nightstick in his cummerbund on the way to the neighborhood. But Grays Ferry's history stands for much more than that. George Washington routinely crossed the Grays Ferry Bridge, first lady Dolley Madison found refuge from yellow fever in the neighborhood and rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard came to the Gray's Ferry McDonalds to pee, stayed for a Filet-O-Fish and ended up getting arrested." [Billy Penn]