Sidecar Expanding

We’ve tried for weeks now to get in touch with Adam Ritter, owner of The Sidecar Bar & Grille, when we saw the construction going on above 22nd and Christian Streets. Since we couldn’t find Ritter, we invited ourselves into the construction site but found a smile wouldn’t get us past the construction manager who wouldn’t answer any of questions. Later that night (foxes are persistent and sly) we found an unassuming staff member who […]


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Philly’s Civil War Anniversary Celebration Includes Formal Ball, Cooking Shows and LAIRE Roast

This month is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, for those of you wondering why Hallmark’s Happy Civil War Day cards were out of stock. To help commemorate the war and the more than 600k fallen soldiers, Chestnut Street in Philadelphia will be packed from Sixth to Broad Street on Saturday, April 16 at 10am for the Philadelphia Civil War Sesquicentennial Parade and Review. Union Army reenactors, living history specialists and others in period […]


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Arrested (Grocery Store) Development

It appears that the shiny new proposed grocery store adjacent to Bart Blatstein’s Piazza compound is going to require a few more months of waiting from the developer and the eager denizens of Northern Liberties. The unraveling and bankrupt parent company of Pathmark, A&P, is dawdling over their lease and creating havoc for the much-anticipated venue. According to Maria Panarits’ article in the Inquirer, A&P’s apparent torpor has prompted Schmidts Retail L.P. (the company behind […]


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Chinatown Streetscape Initiative: Zodiac Signs and Palace Lights

On the way to an interview Monday afternoon, we found another example of Philly being rebuilt in artistic ways when we chanced upon a closed sidewalk and busy construction workers at 10th and Pearl Streets (just south of Vine Street) in Chinatown. The construction is part of a $1.7M Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation streetscape initiative to “beautify the neighborhood and improve pedestrian flow across the Vine Street Expressway,” according to Xin Ge, PCDC special projects […]


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Clemente Fest For Roberto Clemente Park and Playground

The Friends of Clemente grassroots group began a few years ago to revitalize the Roberto Clemente Park and Playground at 18th and Wallace. The second annual Clemente Fest on May 14 from 2 – 6pm will feature live music and performances, a moon bounce, local artists, raffle and a handball tournament, all to raise money to revitalize the park that only two decades ago was a hot spot for crime in the Fairmount neighborhood. “We […]


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Race Street Pier Promenade Nearly Finished

With a grand opening set for May 12—less than a month away—the construction of the Race Street Pier Promenade has really begun to take shape. You can now see a line of freshly laid trees on the upper-level sky promenade leading down the pier and to the lower-level social gathering space. Wonderful design aside, however, I do worry a bit that this creative new space is too far out in no man’s land for it […]


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Stripping Philly Of Its History, One Tile At A Time

Last weekend, the Mercer tiles outside of the Jacob Reed Building at 1424 Chestnut were removed and replaced with “garden variety red brick,” according to an anonymous camera-ready tipster. The 108-year-old building, designed by William Price, was constructed with the added detail of decorative Mercer tiles, created by Henry Mercer of Doylestown’s Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, the same tiles used in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. If it wasn’t enough to turn a […]


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Buy Coffee and Plants In One Place With Proposed Shop In Fairmount

Todd Lowell of Lowell Property Management Group (and a Fairmount resident) is looking to turn 1900 Mt. Vernon Street into a plant retail and coffee shop spot (we can never have too many nursery coffee shop combinations around here). The location is right across from Clemente Playground and would be perfect for coffee and snacks for those headed to the park. The building itself is so residential we can’t really imagine what Lowell’s plans are design-wise to […]


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Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge and Locust Street Crossing

After learning about the Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge and the At-Grade Crossing at Race and Locust Streets, we were left to wonder why these related projects were not kick-started sooner for convenience and pedestrian safety. The pedestrian bridge connecting Schuylkill River Park to Schuylkill Banks will span across the CSX tracks about 500 feet south of Locust Street and have ADA-compatible ramps leading up to it on both sides. “The bridge is being built to provide […]


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Just A Hop Sing And A Jump Away: Hop Sing Laudromat Cocktail Bar and Shoe Shine Coming To Chinatown

We were privy to a rare opportunity Monday afternoon when the man behind the mysterious Hop Sing Laundromat at 1029 Race Street (the site of a former Indonesia restaurant) let us in to the future site of his “labor intensive” cocktail bar. If Lêe (the singularly named man behind the Hop Sing vision) had his way, no one would have ever known about Hop Sing Laundromat until it opened its doors, but Mr. Fox never […]


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