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.

Philly Cooks 2019

Philly CooksPhiladelphia magazine and Foobooz’s annual food and drink festival returns to Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 from 6:30pm-9pm at the 2300 Arena in Whitman, Philadelphia.

Participating restaurants:

33RD STREET HOSPITALITY A.KITCHEN AMADA AMIS TRATTORIA BĀOLOGY BARBUZZO THE BERCY CADENCE CHEU FISHTOWN DIM SUM HOUSE EL VEZ FORK HARDENA HIGH STREET ON MARKET HOPS HUNGRY PIGEON LAUREL LE VIRTU LITTLE FISH BYOB NOORD EETCAFE NUNU OLOROSO OYSTER HOUSE PERLA PIZZERIA STELLA POD PUMPKIN PUYERO RIONE  THE RIPPLEWOOD RUSSET SOUTH GATE SARVIDA STINA STIR  TOWNSEND V STREET VEDGE VETRI VILLAGE WHISKEY WILL BYOB

2300 Arena
2300 South Swanson Street
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 from 6:30pm-9pm.



South Philadelphia UA Riverview Plaza $12 Million Renovation

The UA Riverview Plaza movie theater in Pennsport, South Philadelphia is expected to receive a $12 million renovation starting Spring of this year. This is the beginning of a larger plan by Cedar Realty Trust to transform the aging Riverview Plaza strip mall in South Philly into a waterfront row of luxury apartments, retail shops, and lively restaurants, anchored by the center’s soon-to-be-transformed movie theater.

The real estate trust plans to redevelop the center over 7 to 10 years in three phases. The first two phases will consist of about 260 apartments and 125,000 square feet of retail. The redevelopment will start at the shopping center, which spans the western side of South Columbus Boulevard, from Washington Avenue to Dickinson Street, in the city’s Pennsport neighborhood.

These plans come amidst the beginning construction of stadium district’s South Philadelphia Live Casino, soon to be opened at 900 Packer Ave. It is to be expected that major projects and developments in far South Philadelphia will erupt in the next few years and enliven the neighborhoods with new restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife.

Riverview proposal plans and photos can be found on Philly.com.

South Philly Stadium Casino: Live! Casino starts construction

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, has announced that Gilbane Building Company will serve as the General Contractor for the new $700 million project of the Stadium casino located at 900 Packer Avenue between 10th and Darien Streets, in the heart of the South Philadelphia Stadium District.

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will transform the South Philadelphia area into an integrated sports, entertainment and casino resort destination. The 1.5-million-square-foot facility will include 2,200 slots and table games, more than 150 table games, a boutique hotel, nationally-recognized restaurants, live entertainment venues, valet parking, and an approximately 2,700 space parking garage.

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia plans to develop the far South Philadelphia to create significant economic opportunities for local residents and businesses. A Pre-Bid Contractor Information Session will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 10a.m.- Noon at Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue in the South Philadelphia Stadium District. The event is open to the contracting public and will include a project overview, bid package information, and the opportunity to meet with the Estimating Team and representatives from the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) will also be available.

Cordish officials have told the state that demolition of a former Holiday Inn will begin soon, and construction of the new casino and hotel would start January 2019.

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.

11th Hour Theater Company 2018-2019 Season

Next Step Concert Series

The Next Step Concert Series is intimate, spontaneous and inventive – everything you love about 11th Hour.  New and seldom seen musicals are stripped down to their very essence…good storytelling and incredible music. This season 11th Hour is bringing you three beautiful and moving musicals as well as an exciting brand new musical that is in development at 11th Hour.

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Grey Gardens

Book by Doug Wright
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Steve Pacek
October 6th-14th, 2018
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

Based on the 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens is the hilarious and heartbreaking story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. This 2007 Tony Award nominee, is the tale of once bright names on the social register who became East Hampton’s most notorious recluse cat ladies.

“The score is a meticulously fashioned piece of musical theater that gains in depth the more you listen to it.” — NY Times

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Children Of Eden

Book by John Caird
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby
Directed by Michael Philip O’Brien
December 1st – 9th, 2018
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

Perfect for the holiday season, join 11th Hour for a joyous and inspirational musical based on the genesis story and unlike any you have seen before. Featuring a beautiful score by musical theatre great, Stephen Schwartz, this universal story about about parents, children and the unbreakable bond between them is sure to be a hit for the whole family!

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Bonnie and Clyde

Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Don Black
Book by Ivan Menchell
Directed by Megan Nicole O’Brien
January 5th – 13th, 2019
The Proscenium Theatre at the Drake

This infamous couple blazed a trail in America’s crime history and now their story is hitting the 11th Hour stage. With an eclectic score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music by legendary musical theatre composer Frank Wildhorn, this electrifying musical tells the story of America’s most notorious lovers and bank robbers, and how they took the country by storm.

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Something Like A War

Book by Jesse Bernstein
Music & Lyrics by Jake Blouch
May 17th – 19th, 2019
Directed by TBD
Musical Directed by Dan Kazemi
The Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake

In this folk/bluegrass musical, a Tennessee town that was rocked by the Civil War pins its hopes on a friendly game of baseball played by recently-returned soldiers of both armies. But when ex-Confederate discover they’ll be playing on the same team as a newly-freed slave, the tensions that boil over threaten to make the new peace more dangerous than the war ever was. This new musical has been commissioned by 11th Hour is being developed with the help of The Independence Foundations New Theatre Works Initiative.

 

11th Hour Theater Company
2329 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
267-987-9865
info@11thhourtheatrecompany.org

Top 10 Dive Bars in Philly

There is nothing better than a dive bar. Rather than getting all dressed up and spending extra money to journey across town, wouldn’t you rather just walk to the corner looking however you want with the few bucks you already have in your pocket?

Here are some of the best dive bars in Philadelphia, listed in no particular order.

Bob & Barbara

1509 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
215-545-4511

Bob & Barbara’s Cocktail Lounge is more of a gritty dive than the name suggests. It’s been serving the thirsty Philly community since 1969, and its cheap and dirty brand of fun hasn’t lost its charm. Pocket pleasing specials, like a nearly free shot of Jim Beam with a can of PBR keep the floors sticky, while a diverse crowd packs into the tight space for weekly live performances, from punk to jazz. No night is more wild than Thursday, as lineups of lip-synching drag hit the bar, presided over by the beloved local trans icon Miss Lisa. Bring singles for tipping.

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar

1200 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-365-1169

At Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, everybody might not know your name, but they will give you a free birthday-cake shot on your birthday, complete with a candle. On days when it isn’t the anniversary of the hardest day of your mom’s life, Ray’s is your typical South Philly dive. You can even still smoke at Ray’s, which is either the greatest thing on Earth or a serious annoyance (where you fall on the scale is, not surprisingly, tied to your alcohol consumption).

Dirty Franks

347 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.732.5010

Dirty Frank’s got everything you need to get the job done, cheap pitchers, darts and Mrs. Pac Man.

Mcglitchey’s

259 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.735.1259

Mcglitchey’s is an old school, grimy, friendly, smoking bar. It has a huge beer list and great food. So what could make McGlinchey’s any better? How about the face that $3.25 buys you whiskey and $2.95 gets you a beer.

Bonnie’s Capistrano Bar

1503 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA

Gotta respect Bonnie’s — outside of mussel night (and maybe a pizza night if you’re lucky), they don’t serve any food. So if you’re hungry, eat before you go. Because at Bonnie’s, you’re there to drink some cheap beer or cocktails. It’s simple, but that’s the way we like it.

Mccusker’s Tavern

2601 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA

Look up ‘neighborhood bar’ in the dictionary (Wiktionary, let’s be real) and you would probably find a picture of a bar that looks pretty similar to McCuskers. The South Philly tavern, owned by two brothers, is your quintessential neighborhood drinking establishment — the menu’s got burgers, sandwiches, and wings, domestics are cheap, and they have a dart board. Pretty much all you need in a bar.

Tattooed Mom

530 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA

Looks intimidating, but the people are friendly! Regular prices might be a little higher than some other dives, but luckily, most nights they’re offering a food or drink special, including half-priced drinks every day from 5-7pm and 10-11pm.

Black Cat Tavern on 12th

2654 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
267-519-3574

Opened by owners Marlise Tkaczuk and Tom Ball in the location formerly occupied by Cheech’s Beef & Ale, Black Cat Tavern serves Polish inspired food and has six beer taps featuring mostly craft beers.

Wander Inn

2500 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215-800-1264

Wander Inn is a Whitman neighborhood gastropub featuring homemade comfort food, draught beer, wine, and cocktails. This little spot features a jukebox, dining room and pool table, brunch, and seasonal outdoor seating.

Oscar’s Tavern

1524 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA
19103 215.972.9938

Just a few blocks from City Hall, Oscar’s is in the perfect location for anyone who works in the heart of town. The 23-ounce Yuenglings for $3.25, good bar food, and year-round Christmas lights make this cash-only bar look like a scene from that weird Ryan Gosling movie. Be sure to build up that liquid courage before braving the bathrooms.

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