In Closing: Check Out Grad Hospital’s Pumpkin Parklet

SO THIS IS THE SORT OF SERVICE-Y NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS THING I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE THE BLOGGING DAY WITH

Last Friday the South of South Neighborhood Association debuted its Pumpkin Parklet, a grant-funded public space with seating on 16th and South, and it will be up and running until late October. There’s seating and the point, according to the organization, is to chill and hang with your neighbors. Maybe also to commune with pumpkins, though that’s not made clear.

Dream House of the Day: 228 W Washington Square

I DON’T KNOW WHETHER THIS FEATURE WOULD BE REDUNDANT SINCE I’D HAVE TO USE SOMETHING FOR SALE, WHICH WOULD MAKE IT A WHOLE LOT LIKE THE PROPERTY OF THE DAY. IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO GET INSIDE GORGEOUS HOUSES, PERHAPS IT COULD BE A SEMI-REGULAR FEATURE. I’M NOT SURE.


Got $4 million in loose change in your piggy-bank? Hey, why not consider 228 W Washington Square in Wash West? (Geek note: Maybe this is Society Hill since it’s on the park? I’m not positive, since it is still technically west of the park!) Let’s just quote the realtor on this one: “NY Upper East Side Lifestyle at Phila Prices!Cosmopolitan Classic Townhouse Directly on SH Wash Sq Pk.Includes 2 Car Gated Prkng,New 5 Story Elev Security System.Impressive 60 Ft Marble Entry.Elegant LR, Formal DR & Kthn Overlooking 2 Story Atrium Room + Nice Size Grdn.For Comfort & Privacy the Best Fam Room in Trea,Fieldstone Walls,Beamed Ceilings,Full Bar/Kit,Ba & Enclosed Patio.Very Inviting 5th Fl Retreat or AuPair Suite Including Dk w/ City Views,Kitchenette,BA, Walk in Closet, 4 BR Suites that make every Occupants Feel Special.All w/ New Marble BA-Laundry,Great Closet Space & Own Heat Zone.This Flexible Hm is Ideal for an Executive w/ Chlden & Help,Empty Nesters w/Aging Parents.Prof Co-Occupants who want to Share Company & Costs but also want Own Space.Only Footsteps to Resturants, City Attractions,Medical Centers. Features: Crown Moldings,Pine Flrs,Fp in Every Rm, Beautiful Public Spaces,Gracious BR Suites,Atrium w/ Water Feat, Brick Walled Garden,Upper Deck,Attic,Multi Kitchens,Laundries & 6 Full Ba.”

They do say on New York’s Upper East Side that if you don’t have an “au pair suite” then you really haven’t made it.

Drink it Up Historic-Style on Thursday

This Thursday, the 27th, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is having an event for charity that sounds fun called A Shaken and Stirred Evening: How the American Cocktail Went Global. Some of the verbiage: “At this event, presented by the Young Friends of HSP, guests will trace the history of cocktails from the ubiquitous rum punch of the 17th century all the way to the flirtini of 2012. Guest speaker Joseph Carlin, native Philadelphian and author of the newly released Cocktails: A Global History, will educate you on everything from liquor to mixers to ice, including how to make a classic punch.” But will the Philly Flyer be served??? [NB: A PHILLY MAG LINKBACK!] It goes down from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at 1300 Locust Street; $15 if you’re not a member of the Society or $10. Read all about it here.

Philly Gentrification Bitch of the Day


In Metropolis, Vickie Fernandez has a rant about gentrification in Passyunk, where she’s lived for six years. Here’s a fun little snippet:

From my bedroom window, I hear the snippets of drunken conversations as the clacking of heels clamor against the Native American chevron patterns on the sidewalk. I look out at the humble Philadelphia skyline as the sun sets, in a corona of pinks and blushing blues over the city. There’s a traffic jam down the Avenue that was once silent; sandwiched between narrow adjoining streets where generations of Italian American families saved parking spots with plastic lawn chairs and stragglers once wandered onto from the court ordered methadone clinic on Broad Street to panhandle and bum cigarettes….I watched my neighborhood flourish around me as I grew into myself and out of love. The hipsters are now my friends they cut my hair at Fringe Salon and sell me coffee at Black and Brew. I pay way too much for produce at the Acme and when I’m sad I walk down to Adobe on my own and sing karaoke with the regulars. On Sunday’s, I get a kick out of the dichotomies that brush up against one another as I walk to the gym. Mother’s in pajama pants push kids with Rita Water Ice stained faces around in strollers passed the sharp dressed brunch crowd at Los Caballitos. Men yell at the big screen, cigarettes dangling from their lips at local sports teams from the el fresco seating area at Stogie Joe’s while guys wearing Misfits t-shirts tinker with bikes outside of Philadelphia Scooters.

Obviously the Misfits t-shirts are to blame.

I don’t know if this is great photo to illustrate the post, but it’s the only one I could find on Flickr tagged “South Philly Gentrification.” Photo via

Will the Booze Flow at the Hotel Monaco?

[THIS POST, WHICH I WANT TO FILL A RETAIL OPENING SLOT, IS HALF FANTASY BASED ON AN OLD CITY CIVIC UPDATE FROM A FEW WEEKS AGO ABOUT HOW THE HOTEL APPLIED FOR A LIQUOR LICENSE. I DON’T KNOW WHETHER IT WENT THROUGH, BUT THE UWISHUNU POST LINKED TO BELOW MAKES IT SOUNDS LIKE IT HAS–WHO KNOWS, THOUGH. ALSO, IT’S KIND OF BORING SINCE WHY WOULDN’T A HOTEL GET A LIQUOR LICENSE? HOWEVER, THIS IS THE SORT OF PROPERTY THAT IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GET A TOUR OF IN ADVANCE IF ITS OPENING. WOULD WANT TO COVER BOTH BIG AND SMALL RETAIL OR WHATEVER OPENINGS, SINCE SUPER-LOCAL ONES–NOT JUST A BIG HOTEL–ARE IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREAS]

The exciting transformation of the gorgeous, historic Lafayette Building in Old City to the Hotel Monaco, owned by Kimpton Hotels, has been ongoing for more than a year, and uwishunu has details about the various bars and lounges planned for the property, which will open next week, on October 4th. Just one question, though: according to the Old City Civic Association’s Liquor Committee Report from the beginning of September, the hotel’s liquor license was still under review. Will the champagne not flow freely in a week-and-a-half?
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