In a perfect location right in the middle of Memphis, Binghampton is surprisingly often one of the most hidden treasures in Memphis. This clandestine neighborhood is between Summer Avenue and Poplar Avenue, with East Parkway and Holmes bordering it on the north and south. Binghampton was annexed by the city in 1919, a period which saw large growth. As the economy around the railroad gradually slowed in the 1970s, so did the business and energy in Binghampton. In the early 21st century, Sam Cooper split the neighborhood in half, providing drivers with a more time efficient route.
With the help of The Mayor’s Innovation Team, Binghampton Development Corporation, Broad Avenue Arts District, many young professionals, and artists, this authentic Memphis community is grinding its way to reclaiming its title as an urban center in Memphis. Spend a day in Binghampton and Broad and discover one of Memphis’ hidden gems:
1. Grab your bicycles: Connected to The Shelby County Greenline, Overton Park bike trails, and several other bike friendly lanes in Memphis, Binghampton and Broad Avenue always cater to cyclists. It’s the perfect opportunity to ride your bike, or park the car and explore on your bicycle. You can also get a tune up, fitting, or training with Victory Bicycle Studio.
2. Dine with Elvis: Opening in the middle of Binghampton’s hard times, Broadway Pizza has been assembling succulent pizza pies since 1977. So succulent, Elvis often referred to Broadway as his favorite restaurant. Decorated in Elvis memorabilia, a menu with The King’s face on the cover, and $6 dollar pitcher of beers, Broadway Pizza takes you back to the rock ‘n’ roll days of Memphis. Local favorites include the taco pizza, fried catfish fillets, and spaghetti. Don’t forget to bring quarters, so you can play the arcade games.
3. Unearth Memphis’ Artists: Crowded with Memphis’ next and upcoming artists, Binghampton and Broad Avenue are flourishing with beauty. Several murals and outdoor art pieces dot the area. Be sure to walk on foot or ride your bike so you can enjoy it all. A myriad of stores and art galleries consume store fronts, teaching Memphis hobbies and crafts, providing artists a place to collaborate, and uncovering Memphis’ photography and artistic talent, Bend metal in to something magnificent with MetalWorks, shop local artists with T Clifton, and get
4. Farm with Binghampton: Ride your bike a few blocks from Broad Avenue, and visit Binghampton’s Urban Farmers Market. Selling produce grown right in Binghampton on a 3-acre urban farm, the market provides Binghampton’s residents quick and affordable access to healthy food. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity presented to Memphis, and support local agriculture. Check them out on Facebook for updates.
5. Learn a new craft: After your urban farm trip, ride down to Five In One Social Club. Referring to themselves as, ” Kindergarten for grown folks”, 5 in 1 offers Memphians a venue to learn, network, and have a good time. They meet various times a week for drinks, lessons, and interaction. One can learn how to pickle, stitch, or even screen print.
7. Eat Three Angels: The second restaurant of Jason and Rebecca Severs, Three Angels Diner is committed to serving nothing but tasteful creations with impeccable service to Memphis. Cooking locally grown food, Three Angels recognizes no boundaries in its recipes. They even make their own ketchup. You can’t find anything closer to MaMa’s cooking in Memphis, or a more perfect way to end your Binghampton adventure.
8. Work Together: Opening soon at 2493 Broad, Forge will be a “uniquely Memphis mashup of arts space and fabrication shop. Part incubator, part gallery, part playground. A space for creation, inspiration, collaboration, and innovation.” This coworking space, created by Elizabeth Lemmonds, will have shop and manufacturing tools, a gallery for visibility and exhibitions, software lab and co-working space as well as a small number of dedicated, lockable ‘residency’ spaces for those making this their studio or office.
9. Check out the Pavilion Space: The 1945 warehouse loading dock (still active during weekdays) and its surrounding outdoor space are creatively adapted into performance place for the community. Weekly programming began May 10 and will continue through October. The Water Tower Pavilion is a space for the community, built by the community. Interested in renting this space? Go here for info.
10. Grab a beer at Wiseacre: Owned by brothers Kellan and Davin, Wiseacre hopes to make craft beer fun and accessible to Memphians, by keeping things fresh and experimenting with whatever new idea might strike them. They are located at 2783 Broad Avenue and the taproom is open Thursday & Friday 4 – 8 and Saturday 1 – 8.