Category Archives: Whitman

Whitman, named after the Walt Whitman Bridge located nearby, refers to the South Philly neighborhood between 6th St through Front St and Bigler St through Snyder Avenue with zip code 19148. Sometimes lumped with Pennsport or Queens Village, Whitman is its own unique neighborhood with a rich history – and future.

Read a guide of Whitman neighborhood, which includes recommended landmarks and dining options. For more information, see the Whitman Council civic page, check out the Whitman Facebook page, or Whitman Plaza community group.

Whitman Row home renovated and flipped on Philly Revival TV Show

On Philly Revival, Rachel Street, a local realtor, general contractor and designer saves best part of Philadelphia’s quaint, century old homes and using those pieces to transform them into show-stopping one of-a-kind properties. From original floors and fixtures, to hidden treasures in the walls, Rachel makes sure every house keeps its original charm.

On season 1, episode 3, Rachel Street tackles a tiny row home in South Philly’s Whitman district. After extending the second floor to add an additional 150 square feet, she makes the space seem brighter and larger by white washing the interior brick and using light colors for the floors and cabinetry. Finally, to infuse some Philadelphia history, she restores a 150-year-old salvaged door and incorporates it into the design. Watch the episode on the DIY network and become inspired.

Oregon Diner ends 24-hour service

Another South Philly diner will be ending its 24-hour service. Oregon Diner, a Whitman Philadelphia staple at 3rd and Oregon ave, will be limiting its hours due to staffing difficulties. The diner, which also serves alcohol, used to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It will now be open from 6am-midnight from Sunday to Thursday, and then open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.

For generations, Oregon Diner has been serving all-day breakfast, affordable everyday entrée specials, and midnight coffee. Chef Spiro is always cooking up something fresh, and their bakery serves up homemade breads and pastries six days a week. Oregon Diner diner offers an extensive menu and full bar. 

Oregon Diner

With new restaurants and brunch specials popping up all over the city, old time diners are starting to restrict hours and services. As you’re out there enjoying brunch, don’t forget to support your local diner.

Oregon Diner
302 W. Oregon Ave, 
Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 462-5566

Coming soon to Whitman Plaza

Some changes are coming soon to Whitman Plaza, according to Breslin Realty’s site plan and flyer. A Goodwill store may soon open up next to Burlington Coat Factory. Dunkin Donuts has also proposed an extension further back into the parking lot.

Goodwill is currently located just blocks away at 2601 S Front St. It seems unlikely that the proposed site is a second Goodwill location for the Whitman neighborhood. It is more likely that Goodwill plans to move from its current lot next to Aldi’s into Whitman Plaza.

The 280,000 square ft plaza still has properties for lease. Current tenants include ShopRite, Ross Dress For Less, Burlington Coat Factory, PetValu, Blink Fitness, PennDOT, Party City, Rainbow, Citizens Bank, Payless Shoesource, H&R Block, GNC, GameStop, Dunkin Donuts, Rent-A-Center, One Main Financial, Kelly Staffing, Flaming Grill & Supreme Buffet, MRCP, and Cavity Busters.

Whitman Library Events

Did you know that the Whitman branch of the Philadelphia Library hosts weekly events, classes, and clubs? Activities range from video games club to study groups, yoga lessons, health screenings, and more. There’s never a dull moment at this library. Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!

Whitman Library
200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
(2nd St. & Snyder Ave.) 
 215-685-1754

Many activities and meetings are recurring. Here are some events coming up this week:

Video Game Club

 Wed, January 23, 2019 4:00 p.m.

Video Game Club is a weekly group for kids and teens to play new games. For avid gamers and newbies, play different games each week for some healthy competition.  

Yoga 

 Wed, January 23, 2019 6:30 p.m.

A free, inclusive yoga class for people of all skill levels and abilities. Mats are available, or you can bring your own. Wear something comfortable and come to the library for wellness, stretching, and relaxation. 

Get on the Bus!

 Thu, January 24, 2019 4:00 p.m.
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Children will read Last Stop on Market Street , discuss their own bus experiences, and create 3D paper buses to drive along a large map of Philadelphia bus routes.   

SmART Readers

 Fri, January 25, 2019 3:30 p.m.
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Students ages 7-12 can join us for an exciting visual art and literacy program! A visiting artist will engage students in fun art making experiences tied to literacy skills. This program is sponsored by the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. 

Free Health Screening from Drexel Medicine 

 Mon, January 28, 2019 12:00 p.m.

Drexel Medicine will be in the Community Meeting Room for easy, confidential, and free blood pressure screenings and rapid HIV tests. Get educational materials on topics like PrEP, HIV/AIDS, and Hep C, and more. Free condoms will be available.  

Family Board Game Night

 Mon, January 28, 2019 5:00 p.m.

Bring your family to the library for board games! Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, and more games will be available to play in the children’s area. LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while school is in session.

Whitman vacant lots on sale

Last Friday, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority placed 26 city-owned properties on the market and took their first step towards a resolution for the backlog of undeveloped, municipally owned land that pocks the city’s neighborhoods.

Click here to check out the current RFP/RFQ/Competitive Sale Bids.

The properties going out for competitive bid include 24 vacant lots and two empty buildings within City Councilman Mark Squila’s First Council District, which runs along the city’s eastern edge along the Delaware River between South Philadelphia and Port Richmond.  The parcels are clustered in sections of Kensington and Fishtown and in the Whitman and Lower Moyamensing sections of Squilla’s native South Philly.

Lipkin’s Bakery opens in Whitman, South Philadelphia

Lipkin’s started their kosher bakery at 4th and McKean in South Philly nearly 50 years ago. The famous bakery then relocated to Rhawnhurst, where it became a staple for breads, pastries, cakes, and knishes. Now, Lipkin’s is coming home to South Philadelphia!

Lipkin’s Bakery recently opened up a new storefront in the Whitman neighborhood of South Philly at 2153 S. Hancock St. South Philly residents anxiously awaited the opening. The line was around the block!

Residents waiting to enter Lipkins Bakery in South Philly
Residents waiting to enter Lipkins Bakery in South Philly

Wander Inn opens in Whitman

Otis & Pickles didn’t last very long, but luckily Wander Inn is here to take its place.

Last year, the owner of The Dive and Watkins Drinkery purchased the taproom at Third and Porter Streets in South Philadelphia that last operated as Otis & Pickles. He renamed the gastropub The Wander Inn, after the historic Wander Inn that once stood at 18th and Federal Streets in Point Breeze before becoming the home of American Sardine Bar.

Wander Inn South Philadelphia

We haven’t read any recent press releases or announcements about the opening of Wander Inn, but at least a soft opening must have happened over the past weekend (according to all the untappd checkins we’ve seen).

The Wander Inn
2500 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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.

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.