“Fishtown’s First Float Spa” Is Not in Fishtown at All. Discuss.

halcyonThe soon-to-open Halcyon Floats has sent out a press release describing itself as a ”two-tank isolation spa in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.” An attached flyer has the tagline “Fishtown’s First Float Spa.”

Halcyon — located at 206 West Girard Avenue — may be many things, but it is not in Fishtown. Front Street Frankford Avenue, as a commenter notes below, is the dividing line — when West Girard turns to East Girard. In fact, the spa is on the edge of Northern Liberties, which is bounded by the south side of Girard. But as Halcyon is on the north side of Girard, it’s in South Kensington, a neighborhood whose revitalization and development was just featured in a three-part series by Aaron Kase over at Hidden City.


Much as realtors and business owners try to avoid mention of the K-word, the neighborhood does exist. If there's a new business there, let's celebrate!

For more about the health benefits and the spa's hours and opening, go here. (Word to the wise: Do not watch the film Altered States before visiting. I'm still traumatized by that one.)

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  • Zois

    Let’s just call it northern Port Fishington… Mmmkay

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    • Liz Spikol

      I’ve always appreciated the wit of “Port Fishington,” but where does that leave Northern Liberties?

  • zTMM

    Border is Frankford, not Front.

    • Liz Spikol

      Yes, that’s right — West turns to East below Frankford.