Squilla criticized for cutting green agenda

Philadelphia Inquirer’s Inga Saffron criticizes Councilman Mark Squilla’s recent legislative choices as regressive. According to PlanPhilly, Saffron focuses on the measure that “exempts Society Hill from having to comply with a zoning incentive designed to encourage the construction of rain-absorbing green roofs” and references an earlier bill that suspends a program allowing electric vehicle owners to create EV-only parking spots in front of the curbside electrical outlets.

Many philly.com readers agreed with Saffron and criticized the councilman.

Squilla, who allegedly ‘represents’ me, doesn’t represent me or my values. And further, I don’t think most City Council people do. They should be out of development, city planning, and urban design issues, allowing the City Planning Design Office handle these through a robust city-wide effort. The best cities do; as we did many years ago. Unfortunately, the piggish, self-serving representation, turning the neighborhood districts into their own fiefs, is appalling. They haven’t a clue about sustainability, design, urban design, Smart Cities, the progressive initiatives of the Water Department saving the city from potentially billions of dollars of infrastructural replacements, or any other aspect of making cities safe, clean and wonderful places to live.

Personally, I would wish that Mr. Squilla resign. And the rest of Council. The government of this city is not for the people but for themselves, time and again. Short sighted, parochial, profit hungry, and likely still paid on the side.

What happened to Passyunk Post?

Passyunk Post has not been the same since the disappearance of their staff writer Taylor Farnsworth and the website’s subsequent hiatus in February. The difference is clear in the content and depth of their articles. Recent articles seem to lack direction, with more fluff and filler pieces. This begs us to ask the question everyone has been thinking: What happened?

Passyunk Post was founded in 2012 by Albert Stumm, who wrote and published most of the articles a few years back. In recent years, the bulk of the writing obligation has landed on Taylor Farnsworth. Now that Farnsworth has gone missing, an Anthony C has taken over. No explanation has been given. We will just have to wait and see whether this staff writer change is permanent or not.

BalletX Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater

From April 26th through May 7th, BalletX will present 13 performances of its Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater on S Broad St. BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet and resident dance company of The Wilma Theater, has built a repertory of 61 world premieres since its 2005 inception.

BalletX Spring Series 2017 will feature the U.S. premiere of Cayetano Soto’s Schachmatt, the Philly return of Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass (2010), and a world premiere by 2017 Choreographic Fellow and PHILADANCO! alum, Tommie-Waheed Evans, entitled In Between the Passing…

Behind the scenes | Photo by BalletX

Tickets to Spring Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater are available online at www.balletx.org, by phone at (215) 546-7824, or in person at the Wilma box office at 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Choreographer: Cayetano Soto (2017 Choreographic Fellowship Mentor), Tommie-Waheed Evans (2017 Choreographic Fellow), Matthew Neenan

Dancers: Andrea Yorita Caili Quan Chloe Felesina Daniel MayoFrancesca Forcella Gary W. Jeter II Richard VillaverdeZachary Kapeluck Roderick Phifer Megan Dickinson (Guest Dancer)

Schedule:

  • Wednesday April 26, 8:00 PM
  • Pre-Show Q&A with Artistic Collaborators, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday April 27, 8:00 PM
  • Post-Show Q&A with Choreographers
  • Friday April 28, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday April 29, 2:00 PM
  • Saturday April 29, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday April 30, 2:00 PM
  • Sunday April 30, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday May 03, 8:00 PM
  • Thursday May 04, 8:00 PM
  • Friday May 05, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday May 06, 2:00 PM
  • Saturday May 06, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday May 07, 2:00 PM

New Bus Shelters in South Philadelphia

There has been a quite a few transportation developments happening in deep South Philly as of late. Septa recently announced that bike racks are coming to their Oregon station on the Broad Street Line. On a larger scale, the Philly Transit Shelter Project, which aims to bring 600 new transit shelters to the city, has started making some moves in South Philadelphia.

Today, we got report of the new bus shelters being put up on the Southwest corner of Broad St and Oregon Ave, where route 7 and G runs.  We received some inquiries last Friday when the old bus shelter was torn down and completely removed. In less than a week, the new transit shelter is up and almost functional.

Transit Shelter Town Down
Old bus shelter at Broad and Oregon was removed last week
Transit Shelter Rebuilt
New bus shelter at Broad and Oregon is almost complete

That is a pretty quick turn around time for this area of the city. Let’s hope the new shelters on the other routes will be built just as quickly.

Otis & Pickles Speakeasy expands: brunch, kitchen, events

When we first wrote about the long-awaited opening of Otis & Pickles Speakeasy, we were expecting craft beers and cocktails in an unassuming and intimate neighborhood bar. Following up on Otis & Pickles now, we see that this local South Philly bar has already expanded to offer so much more and to so many people. Whitman and Pennsport neighbors show their gratitude by making frequent visits, but travelers from outside South Philly also brave their way to this humble bar.

One not so local reviewer states, “O&P is located in a quiet South Philly neighborhood just off of Oregon near Tony Luke’s. I mention this because the next time you head this way for a late night sandwich, I suggest checking out O&P instead. You won’t be disappointed.” That is an impressive feat for such a small business.

In addition to their expansive drink options, Otis & Pickles Speakeasy has expanded to a full menu with brunch, all served on their distinctive trays. Their food is available for delivery on Caviar, for the homebound types.

Otis & Pickles Speakeasy Wings Otis & Pickles Speakeasy pickles platter

On May 6th, Otis & Pickles will host a Cocktails and Cupcakes event from 1-10pm. The theme for May’s event is the Rum Diaries, so expect movie showings starring Johny Depp and wide selections of rum infused cocktails.

If you have never ventured this far South, make a point to stop by for a drink and check out the interesting concept. Don’t expect anything fancy or pretentious. It’s a dive in the Far South, but one that should make anyone feel welcome.

Flavors on the Avenue 2017 Festival

Foodies, rejoice! On Sunday, April 30, East Passyunk Avenue is hosting Flavors on the Avenue: A Street Festival. This year, they’re out from under the big tent, and heading to the street for a neighborhood-wide street festival! Over two dozen of East Passyunk Avenue’s award-winning chefs and restaurants will be serving up sample-sized portions of their favorite dishes.

A limited number of ‘Flavors Tastes’ books are available for $50 each, which includes:

  • A coupon book that will allow you to try something from every participating restaurant – that’s more than 24 different dishes!
  • Two glasses of beer or wine from our EPABID beverage area
  • A coupon for FREE valet parking during the event

Participating restaurants include:

  • Bing Bing Dim Sum
  • Laurel
  • Noord
  • Will BYOB
  • Noir
  • Townsend
  • Brigantessa
  • Le Virtu
  • Paradiso
  • Stateside…..
  • and many more!

Flavors event Philly

Jefferson expands in Navy Yard of South Philly

Jefferson Health System announced plans to open a new 70,000-square-foot adult health and  wellness facility in the Three Crescent Drive office building at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia by mid-2018.

The Navy Yard is increasingly becoming home to many businesses, including GSK, Iroko Pharmaceuticals, Urban Outfitters headquarters, Philadelphia 76ers, Tasty Baking Co. and Penn Capital Management.

Public transportation to the Navy Yard feels limited, despite the two free Navy Yard shuttle routes that transports visitors and employees to the Navy Yard from Center City, and AT&T Station on the Broad Street Subway Line. As the Broad Street Line Expansion project seems far from reality, it will be interesting to see if Navy Yard transportation will expand with growing tenants.

Otis & Pickles Speakeasy reveals menu

Otis & Pickles Speakeasy, the new Whitman and Pennsport neighborhood bar, has a tentative opening date of March 3rd, 2017. The opening date keeps getting pushed back, but at least we have a tentative opening date and food menu now.

pickle back

In the next few days, the owners will be sharing their opening draft cocktail list. According to the Otis & Pickles Facebook page, the draft cocktails will focus on variations of classics and will include vodka, rum, gin, tequila and bourbon and sangria. They will also have a selection of hand crafted cocktails and pickle backs. The focus will be boozy, but simple and fun.

As for the food menu, you can see from below that it will be a mix of the essential bar snack foods like wings, fries, and sliders – and plates unique to the pickles speakeasy style. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available to cater to different dietary needs. We are most excited for the pickles component!

Otis & Pickles Food Menu

Snacks / Small Plates

Grilled Corn $3
Chile oil and cilantro or Cajun-honey compound butter and romano cheese

Pickled Plate $8
Selection of sweet and classic pickled fruits and veggies, grilled bread, and spreads

Deep Fried Pickles $6
Seasonal veggies and cucumbers, dippers and chutneys

French Fries $4 v
Garlic “aioli”

Hummus Plate $8 vv
Pita, veggies,

Cheese Plate $12
Assorted local cheeses, grilled bread, cranberry mustard, assorted pickles

Eats / Large Plates

Cheese Burger Sliders $9
Custom beef blend, caramelized onions, American, marrow aioli, house made pickles

Roast Beef Sliders $9
Sharp provolone, caramelized onions, jus

Pickled Brined Wings $10
Classic buffalo hot, Sweet-Spicy ginger teriyaki, blue cheese

Taco’s $9
Choice of pulled chicken, pickled pork belly, pickled tofu, grilled salmon, or seasoned ground beef, fresh pico, pickled red onions, aioli (vegan available)

Hungry Hipster Plate $11
Roast beef, mashed red potatoes, jus, grilled corn

Desserts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte $6

Bread Pudding with coffee and bourbon caramel sauce $6

Indoor play spaces coming to Philadelphia public libraries

Come draw, build, and create!

innovators

Four branches of the Philadelphia Free Library (Cecil B. Moore, Kingsessing, Whitman and Wyoming) will be getting indoor play spaces this year. Studio Ludo, in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, DIGSAU and Erector Sets, is working closely with community members, to envision what play could be at the library through a series of community workshops.

Philly Library

  • Cecil B. Moore: Saturday, 1/28 10am-1pm
  • Wyoming:Tuesday, 2/7 from 11-1pm and 3-5pm
  • Whitman: Saturday 2/11 from 11-2pm
  • Kingsessing: Monday, 2/13 from 10-2pm.

If you cannot attend, please visit any of the 4 branches during the month of February to fill out a caregiver survey and coloring sheet for your kids.