For reasons yet unknown, a 44-year-old woman jumped out of a taxicab on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (around 18th street) around 8:30 p.m. yesterday. Police claim there was a dispute between driver and passenger. I’ve got some other theories.
For a city with so much green space, this is a bit of a surprise: Philadelphia Magazine has named Sister Cities Park, the new pastoral haven at 18th Street and the Parkway, as the Best of Philly this year. The reasons? Its very existence is pretty exciting, but the official writeup cites water geysers, a cafe, a boat pond and Inga Saffron’s description of it: “a small miracle.”
A video, this way…
This Friday, July 26th you can watch some Bacon while eating bacon on the Parkway. That’s right, Food & Flicks at The Oval presents Footloose, starring THE Kevin Bacon, while food trucks will be serving bacon focused dishes plus a pig roast from the new Cherry Bomb Bus. Participating vendors include:
- Local 215
- Guerilla Ultima
- Sweet Box Cupcakes
- Mac Mart Cart
- Sum Pig
- Little Baby’s Ice Cream
The event runs from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Oval [City of Philadelphia]
Eakins Oval becomes “The Oval” today, “the new shape of fun.” In an effort to transform the underutilized public space into something more, the area in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been transformed into a new park. The 8-acre space will offer daily programing as well as a sandy beach. Each day the Oval will also be visited by food trucks. Today, Reuben on Rye, Sum Pig, Cosmic Catering and Sweet Box will all be on the scene today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Check out the Oval’s calendar for a complete list of events.
The Oval: The New Shape of Fun [Official Site]
In October 2012, the city’s Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) issued a Request for Qualifications from developers for the acquisition of the Family Court Building at 18th and Vine (court operations are moving to 15th and Arch). PIDC made one thing abundantly clear: They were only accepting proposals “from qualified and experienced development firms with the demonstrated ability to successfully design, finance, and develop historic properties of a similar size, cost, scope, and complexity.” Which narrowed it down. Significantly.
Of nine contenders, three are currently left standing. Logan Square Holdings, which counts Ken Goldenberg as one of its investors, would bring Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Carl Dranoff would join HRI Properties of New Orleans to create a Starwood Hotels & Resorts property. And Philly’s P&A Associates and the Peebles Corp., which has long had interest in this area, would bring another Kimpton Hotel to town.
Love Park is introducing more than 15 new food trucks to Love Park lunchers over the summer. Wednesdays will feature new trucks with the food trucks you’re familiar with, vending other days of the week.
The new trucks debut today with:
Also new for 2013, Philly Pretzel Factor and Rita’s Water Ice will be vending to tourists by the LOVE Sculpture and there will be some weekends with food trucks.
Today is Auguste Rodin’s 172nd birthday and Google has graced its homempage with a homage to the French artist. And since the Philadelphia has a newly reopened Rodin Museum and the most Rodin work outside of France, the Four Seasons on the Parkway is also celebrating with a special cocktail, “The Thinker.”
Get the drink at the Swann Lounge or make it yourself.
This weekend the Made in America festival comes to the Parkway as Jay-Z hosts the two-day concert. Over at the Philly Post we have Questlove’s guide to the Made in America artists. Michael Klein rounds up the food options, including some of our favorite food trucks and Thrillist offers a suggested bar crawl.
And if you’re just trying to get around town, you’ll want to know about these street closures and parking restrictions.
Made in America [Official Site]
Pairings on the Parkway with Milk & Honey Cafe continues tomorrow. Each Thursday through October 25th from 5-8pm Milk & Honey will be selling cheese platters for two for $12.50 and recommending BYO wine pairings.
This week the platter features aged provolone from Claudio’s in the Italian Market, chevre from Stryker Farm in Saylorsburg, PA, served with Tait Farm tomato bruschetta. The recommended pairing is Sauvignon blanc or a spicy Syrah. The Yoomi Kwan Trio will be providing live music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.