Philly Vapefest Coming Next Weekend; E-Cig Smokers Unite

Vape is the cool new term for those who use electronic cigarettes, those Gattaca-looking things that light up just like a real cancer stick but omit only water vapor. Thankfully for the rest of us who need oxygen to breath, e-cigs have become very popular (when Katherine Heigl and David Letterman smoked a few live on his show in 2010, sales skyrocketed), so much so that Philadelphia is hosting it’s own Philly Vapefest on March 25 […]


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Manayunk Coffee Shop Wants To Rent New 17th and Christian Corner Spot

On a tip from a reader, we headed over to the northwest corner of 17th and Christian Streets to check out a new window-laden first-floor corner retail space. Luckily for us, the owner, Gus Tolson, was there for us to mysteriously question as a possible buyer. The renovated 1000-square-foot space with new windows and bathroom is for rent and zoned to allow a few options here. We spoke to Darryl Ridgeway of Prudential Fox & Roach to […]


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Detective Work: Which 30-Year-Old Italian Rittenhouse Restaurant Is Closing?

You didn’t hear it from us, but a “well-established Rittenhouse restaurant” is up for sale for $1.4M. The clues: about 4000 square feet, located on a corner of 20th near Locust Street, outdoor seating, two floors of dining with 100 seats and 12-seat bar. “Sale includes real estate, business assets, FF&E and liquor license . . . steps away from Rittenhouse Square and has had a steady operation for the past 30+ years.” UPDATE: From […]


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Sugar House’s Casino School Opening On N. Delaware Avenue

The 3000-square-foot Casino Dealer School and School of Bartending in Bensalem is opening a new location at 1800 N. Delaware Avenue on the 5th floor. There will be 2500-square-feet of rooms that will house blackjack, roulette, craps and poker tables; 700-square-feet of office space; and 800-square-feet of bartending school. John Klinck and Denise Mitchell are excited to open this new location for their business (as well as the third location in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.), but […]


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Walt Whitman Bridge Will Be Waterproof in 2014

The Delaware River Port Authority has selected a joint venture of URS Corp. and Urban Engineers (the engineers behind Route 476, the Vinestreet Expressway and the redevelopment of 30th Street Station) to provide construction management services for the replacement of the deck of the Walt Whitman Bridge. The seven-lane, 11,981-foot-long bridge connecting Philadelphia and southern New Jersey will be getting new steel decking and a movable barrier to separate eastbound and westbound traffic, and waterproof asphalt […]


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Symphony House Residents Ironically Don’t Enjoy The Music

Lisa Wilson, the owner of 20-plus-year-old Jamaican Jerk Hut on South Street, has been tied up in litigation for two years with one of the area’s newer condominiums, Symphony House. Those who trend the In Her Shoes location remember 2009 when the famous outdoor patio was shut down because of a court order and zoning code issues; the Symphony Residence Tower Condominium Association doesn’t appreciate the live reggae music coming from JJH’s outdoor space. That complaint and resulting […]


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South Philadelphia Residents Spending More Money On Trash Than M. Night Shyamalan

You’ve probably seen the new Big Belly solar trashcans filtering into the streets of Center City next to The Onion boxes, and now South Philadelphia is trying to incorporate more of them into their ‘hood as well. South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) is taking donations for the purchase of the $4,500 trash/recycling/time machine receptacles (originally $7,000 without the discounted rate given to SOSNA through the Streets Department) to add to their first, which was placed […]


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Man Throws Pizza Missile At A Moving Car On Walnut

On the night that defense attorney Michael J. Reed took on William Fennie’s case, he was seen weeping over his Villanova University law degree. Reed put his three years of law school to good use when he defended a West Chester man for throwing a slice of pizza at a moving car on Walnut Street. Reed flipped through his law books and filed a motion against the statute—“propulsion of missiles onto a road”—trying to contend […]


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Cop Block: Ticketing The Cops That Think Parking Laws Don’t Apply To Them

The on-road activists with Liberty on Tour took a little stop in Philadelphia recently. Pete Eyre (who is no stranger to jail) and Ademo Freeman (who is actually currently caged) filmed this footage of Philly police violating parking laws and the activist duo ticketing those very police who enforce these laws on us. “It doesn’t matter to me what the police are doing, I’m going to film them,” explains Freeman. “Why? Because millions are forced to […]


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