East Passyunk Avenue’s eclectic collection of shops and restaurants have played a major role in improving their neighborhood’s walkability. | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™
No American city, not even New York, is a “Walker’s Paradise,” according to Walk Score, the outfit that rates communities according to how easy it is to access places on foot (and by bike and transit).
But nine of the top 10, including No. 4 Philadelphia, are rated “Very Walkable” by Walk Score.
New York, as always, topped the walkability ratings with a Walk Score of 89 – just shy of “Walker’s Paradise” status. In a “Walker’s Paradise,” daily errands do not require a car to perform them. Most errands can be performed without one in “Very Walkable” neighborhoods. Read more »
Sean Murphy. Photo | MLB
The Oakland Athletics announced today that Sean Murphy, a 27-year-old minor leaguer with the franchise, was found dead yesterday in Arizona. Murphy, a native of Philadelphia, was 27.
“The A’s are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Sean Murphy,” A’s executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said in a release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
According to Philadelphia Baseball Review, Murphy was a native of Thompson Street in Fishtown. Like his older brother Pat, Murphy was a sports star at Northeast Catholic High School. The Spirit profiled the family just last week. Read more »
Potentially edging Charlie Was A Sinner out for most esoteric restaurant name in town is Fishtown newcomer, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. The restaurant takes its name from the facade of the building itself, a 1890’s whiskey blending and bottling facility just across from the El Bar and the Good Spoon Soupery at Front and Master.
Together, the three businesses are, in fact, dead-on examples of how Fishtown is changing. The El Bar is a long-established stalwart–a proper dive bar with karaoke, live music and cheap beer. Good Spoon Soupery arrived a few years ago, a seasonally-focused food business looking to set up in an area where local entrepreneurs had begun to migrate. Now, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons represents something new; the Fishtown of fresh new condos, glossy live/work spaces, and that particular Mumford & Sons aesthetic of a perfectly worn-in vintage leather jacket. It’s an ethos that matches the old and industrial with the fresh and new already on display in La Colombe’s distillery and cafe and in the very bones of what Kensington Quarters does. Fishtown is so hot with development that it’s only fitting that someone add a wood-fired pizza oven.
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Uhhhhhh, can all juice shops start doing this, please? Towners Juicery, at 1255 East Palmer Street in Fishtown, announced on their Instagram that they’ll be doing twice-weekly all-day happy hours on Mondays and Thursdays. There’s no alcohol involved, but there are some pretty big price cuts on juice. Juice addicts, rejoice! Read more »
I’m going to need someone to start chaperoning me on my walks to work so that I don’t spend all my money buying a daily juice from the new Stripp’d Juice opening in Fishtown. Did you hear that? A second Stripp’d Juice location, people! Go ahead and join me in jumping for joy.
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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons – Chris Painter brings Italian, pizza and a whole lot more to Fishtown | Photo by Michael Persico
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is set to officially open this Thursday, March 31st. The 101-seat Italian restaurant and four-room hotel (opening in June) is situated under the El in Fishtown, at the corner of Front and Master Streets. Named for the family-owned 19th century whiskey blending and bottling factory that occupied the building, it has been impressively redeveloped preserving the original character and decor. The restored elements include the terra-cotta exterior signs, wood-framed arched windows, the original vestibule and even the company’s safe, repurposed as a coat room and closet. Local craftsman have admirably filled in the gaps, creating a brand new restaurant that feels like it has been there forever.
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The Philadelphia Police Department has released surveillance footage of a man robbing a Fishtown drug store using a hypodermic needle as a weapon. Read more »
Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue
Frankford Avenue’s Fishtown Social is now open. The wine bar from Fishtown local, Vanessa Wong closely follows the Tria model of wine, beer, cheese and meat. Fishtown Social does however also offers cocktails.
The wines (8 white, 2 sparkling and 11 red) range from $8 to $15 a glass, beers are categorized as light, dark, hoppy and seasonal. The cheese and meats are priced at $7 a portion, three for $18.
The wine bar is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to late night and from noon to late night on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Police are asking for the public’s help to identify two men wanted for a violent incident that took place early Sunday morning outside a Fishtown soup kitchen. Read more »
Just in time for the warm weather, Fishtown is getting a new dessert shop that’s offering a whole array of chilly treats, properly named The Igloo.
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