From young families to retirees, this charming neighborhood attracts residents from all walks of life who are eager to become part of a strong community. In Beechwood you’ll find handsome and hardy homes that have many of their original elements intact. What’s more, you’ll find these houses on beautiful tree-lined streets. The Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition is an active and welcoming group, working on programs such as the Freedom Market, and the recent updates to the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center. North East Area Development Inc., a non-profit neighborhood organization that also houses the Group 14621 neighborhood agency, works with residents on an assortment of community enhancing programs including an emergency residential repair program.
The neighborhood’s cultural character includes unique organizations such as the Dazzle School of the Visual Arts. The Hungerford Building, which bustles with activity during the monthly First Friday celebrations, is located on the edge of the neighborhood near the soon-to-be-redeveloped eastern gateway into our city’s downtown. It’s also home to the Little Flower, a cooperative-style community, who promote community social issues and sustainability.
The Thomas P. Ryan, Jr. Community Center, named for a former City Mayor, offers year-round arts and sports programs for children. Adjacent to the Center is the Sully Branch Public Library and School #33.
The area has many established businesses, but Swan Market on Parsells Avenue, has been noted on trip advisor and Yelp for its German sausages and cuisine, now draws foodies from beyond the neighborhood. The Freedom Market is a corner store in Beechwood. It is operated by NorthEast Area Development and offers fresh produce and other quality healthy foods at affordable prices.
The Freedom School of The NEAD/Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program serves children and families in summer, after school and day programs. The program connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities.
Neighborhoods are living breathing entities, which can change over time. Although we have tried to capture the essence of this area, the Coalition will be reviewing information twice a year to determine if any updates should be made. If you have suggestions for an update, please contact us and we will consider it at the next review.