Go Eat Lunch Outside Today

R. Kennedy / Visit Philadelphia™

R. Kennedy / Visit Philadelphia™

After days of gray, rainy weather, the weather is warm and sunny — and it’s Friday. Sounds like the perfect excuse to treat yourself to al fresco lunch — without having to wait for a sidewalk table.

We have a list of quick, affordable, and delicious spots to grab a bite, coupled with the closest park, plaza or grreen space where you can get away from your desk, stake out a patch of grass, and soak up the spring weather.

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The Apocalypse Is Coming To Fishtown And Dilworth Park

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One of these things is absolutely, definitely, 100% happening. And the other seems almost too bizarre to be true (and yet apparently is). But we have two apocalypse-themed news items to round up this morning, so let’s get at it shall we?

Tomorrow, in Dilworth Park, there’s going to be a zombie skate at the Rothman ice rink. And at some point in the future (like possibly this spring), Mad Rex–an apocalypse theme restaurant and virtual reality experience–will be opening in Fishtown.

No, really.

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Make Your Own Jawdropper: Lots of Room With a Breathtaking View, $14M

Residences at the Ritz, 1414 South Penn Square, 47th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 |Renderings: Residences at the Ritz; photos: Sandy Smith

Residences at the Ritz, 1414 South Penn Square, 47th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 |Renderings: Residences at the Ritz; photos: Sandy Smith

The top three floors of the Residences at the Ritz offer custom living of a kind rarely seen in this city.

And while there are some other stunning spaces available that can be turned into one-of-a-kind residences, none of them come in the large economy size that this 47th-floor penthouse does.

Occupying the entire floor, this unit boasts more than 9,000 square feet of interior space, plus another 1,600 square feet of outdoor terraces with breathtaking views. Read more »

Hamilton Set Designer is Decorating the City Hall Christmas Tree

A rendering of the Philadelphia Holiday Tree at Dilworth Park. Courtesy of David Korins Design

A rendering of the Philadelphia Holiday Tree at Dilworth Park. Courtesy of David Korins Design

Anchoring a 40-foot Christmas tree outside of City Hall is an engineering feat in itself, even before you add the two-foot Liberty Bell ornament.

“We wanted it to be a love letter to Philadelphia, and we wanted the scale of the ornaments to feel different and special,” says designer David Korins of the oversized decorations and iridescent base he created for the Philadelphia Holiday Tree in Dilworth Park. Read more »

Here’s What You’ll be Eating at Dilworth Park this Winter

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

The Rothman Rink ice rink is now open for the season at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall. Next door to the popular ice rink is the corporately sponsored The Rothman Institute Cabin, which features a menu with offerings by Brûlée Catering. Among the highlights are a couple of sure to warm you up dishes including poutine, chili and funnel cake fries.

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21 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens Friday. Photo from Facebook

The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens Friday. Photo from Facebook

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Wintergarden @ Dilworth Park
It’s opening day for Wintergarden at Dilworth Park. The ice rink and cabin, where you can warm up with hot chocolate or cocktails, are both back for the season, and there’s a new attraction popping up: America’s Garden Capital Maze. For Veterans Day, the Philly Pops Festival Brass Quintet will perform and Technical Sergeant Christina Thompson and a Boy Scout Color Guard will sing the National Anthem.

Nowhere Fast @ FringeArts
The “rock noir cabaret” from Sam Tower and Brat Productions takes place in La Peg at FringeArts and features a live rock ‘n’ roll score and an all-female cast. If you can’t make it tonight, the show returns on November 17th.

Archive Discoveries: Unseen and Forgotten Favorites @ The Maas Building
Secret Cinema is digging into its archives for this hodgepodge of short films spanning several decades and running the gamut from Star Trek Bloopers to Alexander Calder: From the Circus to the Moon, a 1963 doc about the Philly-born artist. Read more »

Dilworth Park Cafe & Air Grille Throw Grand Opening Party During Sips

Dilworth Park Cage | Photo by Chelsea PortnerSummer is officially here and with it comes a new restaurant opening during this week’s Center City Sips. Dilworth Park Café and Air Grille will be opening for the summer this Wednesday, June 22.

The team at Brûlée Catering created an American focused menu with locally sourced dishes. So you can expect menu items like burgers, steaks, and salads made with ingredients from the area.

Air Grille | Photo by Chelsea Portner The grand opening will be a beach themed party, taking place during sips, with a ton (and dare I say too many) things happening. In addition to the usual Sips specials, there will be giveaways, a DJ, and an Instagram contest. So if you like free stuff, this will be the place to hit for Sips. To go with this beach theme, they will serving some boardwalk themed specials.

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Rosa Blanca Cafe Being Replaced at Dilworth Park

dilworth park view from cafe 940On Wednesday, June 1st, Dilworth Park will have a new cafe. Brûlée Catering is taking over the cafe which has been run by Garces Events as Rosa Blanca Cafe. On Thursday, May 26th, the cafe will close for renovations. Brûlée will provide a concession in front of the building to accommodate park visitors through the changeover.

The new cafe will offer a menu of American cuisine, sandwiches, salads and healthy snacks. The cafe will also offer coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails.

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Free Fitness Galore: Dilworth Park’s Free Fitness Classes Are Back Next Week 

Yoga at Dilworth Park | Photo via Facebook

Yoga at Dilworth Park | Photo via Facebook

Eeeeeee! Outdoor workout season has arrived: Starting next Tuesday, April 5th, Dilworth Park will be hosting a slew of weekly fitness classes, from yoga to Zumba to cardio-kickboxing — and they’re all free. Plus, many of the classes start right after work, at around 5 or 6 p.m., making them super convenient for Center City 9-to-5ers. Read more »

Game of Thrones Promo Has Dragon Damage in Dilworth Park

A Game of Thrones promo in Dilworth Park. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

A Game of Thrones promo in Dilworth Park. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Sorry, Drexel: New dragons have invaded Philadelphia.

Game of Thrones is newly out on Blu-ray and DVD, and HBO is doing a little promotion in Dilworth Park in the hopes that people will buy it. This is even more exciting than the giant cigarette.

A quick stop there today showed it was quite the popular promotion, even if it’s nothing more than just a knocked over prop bench and light — Dilworth Park doesn’t even have those kinds of benches! — and some smoke and scary music. Just think: This kind of display would have been much harder to set up in the old Dilworth Plaza. Read more »

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