L&I Shuts Down “Gay Pizza” on 13th Street

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Here’s why we can’t have anything nice (although I never really found the affectionately named Homo Hut “nice,” so to speak): The popular late-night “Gay Pizza” restaurant, located at 209 South 13th Street, has been shut down by the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

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The “Cease Operations/Stop Work Order” sign is clearly displayed on the door of the shop, indicating that the location had “no food license,” and that the “corrective actions needed to remove this condition” are to “obtain food license #3120, Food Prep.”

I spoke with Ron Spencer in L&I this morning who confirmed that the license expired in April of this year. However, according to his records, it appears that the pizza restaurant may have had no license from 2007 to 2014.

We’ve called “Homo Hut” several times to get their response and there’s been no answer. We’ll keep you updated should more information become available.

FIRST LOOK: Philadelphia’s Rainbow Crosswalks

They’re here! After much anticipation, the rainbow crosswalks on the corner of 13th and Locust Streets have arrived, as if by magic, overnight. We had an idea that they would be popping up soon enough, but the rainbow roads were taking everyone by surprise: There were a good number of morning commuters stopping to take pictures, and a few tried to grab a selfie with the crosswalks in the background (I don’t know how that would work!). Below we captured a first look at the new addition to the Gayborhood. Happy walking, everyone!

Rainbow Crosswalks in Gayborhood Should Be Installed By July 5

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

Everyone’s been waiting with bated breath for the installation of the previously-announced rainbow crosswalks coming to the gayborhood (at the intersection of 13th and Locust Streets). We can now report that a major source close to the project, Franny Price of Philly Pride Presents, shared via a public Facebook post that the crosswalks should be completed by July 5th, in time for the Annual Reminders Block Party.

Ms. Price posted the following update, including a map of exactly where the rainbow brigade will be installed. Philly won’t be the first city to get these types of crosswalks: Key West, San Francisco, and West Hollywood, amongst many other locations, have similar designs at major intersections in gay neighborhoods. We will keep you updated should the project be delayed, and as soon as we see the rainbow roads ready for walking, you can expect plenty of pictures.

Faces of Philly Pride 2015: An Instagram Photo Essay

One of the most beautiful things about Pride is that, no matter where in Philly you celebrate, it’s an annual reminder that it really is a full community of so many different types: Every gender, sexuality, color, and social status come together for the same reason. Sure, at first glance, there’s a heck of a lot of half-naked dudes strutting on stages, but when you pull back the layers, you can see the faces of Pride are so varied and so beautiful, that it’s hard to ignore. We were keeping a close eye on your Instagram pictures today and selected a collection to share with you that we think captures that essence of variety, and what Pride is all about. Read more »

Danny’s Changes Name to Danny’s Midnight Confessions

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Just in time for pride weekend, the notorious 24-hour-a-day sex store, Danny’s, located right at 133 South 13th Street in the middle of the gayborhood, has changed names and got a mini exterior facelift.

The change in name isn’t a huge one: It’s now called “Danny’s Midnight Confessions.” There is a new blue, white, and yellow awning with a “MC” logo (obviously for Midnight Confessions), plus a new marquee sign. They’ve made it clear via a smaller board outside the store that it’s the “same great place…and still 24 hours for all your naughty needs,” but that it has an “all new look.”

You can check out the pictures below of the remodel. However, I have a feeling that we’ll all still be calling it good old Danny’s for the time being!

Trinity Tuesday: Rental Edition – Quirky, Cozy, & In the Gayborhood

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - 1818 Rittenhouse

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – 1818 Rittenhouse

It was the pleasant façade – what with the white shutters, pretty pink tree out front (a vaunted cherry blossom??), and that killer location at Pine and South Camac – that first caught our attention, no doubt about it.

But what charmed and us and ultimately made us decide it was today’s “Trinity Tuesday” pick? The colorful rooms may have had something to do with that.

Entering the home, you’ll note the open layout living / dining space has been appointed built-in bookcase and shelves, access to the back courtyard, and two wall colors. And we won’t say they’re two tone walls exactly, but they do seem to complement each other.

From here, a pair of stained glass French doors lead down to the lower-level kitchen, which has modern appliances, fireplace, and a separate entrance to the front. (The washer & dryer are here too.) At this point we should mention there are a total of three working fireplaces in the home.

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Our Chat With Metro Columnist Who Wrote That Gayborhood Bars Are Racist

Ernest Owens

Ernest Owens

When Ernest Owens wrote “Black Not Fetch Enough for Woody’s” in last week’s Metro, he was hoping to start a discussion. Well, he succeeded: As of this publication, his commentary is the No. 1 “most read” piece on the Metro website, and chances are, if you’re involved with LGBTQ culture in Philly and you’re on social media, you’ve seen the piece posted on your newsfeed. Yet, I felt that there were a ton of misconceptions floating around about the message that Owens presented in his piece, plus there were a lot of unanswered questions that started to surface about race, class, and culture in Philly’s LGBTQ community. Lucky enough, I was able to chat with Mr. Owens about his piece to get more insight on his discussion of inclusion and micro-aggressions.

When your first piece first came out, I was joking that it broke the Internet. Did you have any idea that it would cause so many people to start a conversation? I hoped it would. This discussion was a long time coming, and when I first pitched it to the editor at Metro Philly we were both stunned to see that there really wasn’t any recent pieces that directly spoke on it. Social media and many of my queer mentors for years had water-cooler debates about their experiences, but no one really took it further than that. I was fortunate to have the opportunity and platform to get this published as we prepare for Pride next month. It’s high time we start thinking about inclusion in a different way. Read more »

John C. Anderson Apartments Wins National Architecture Award

John C. Anderson Apartments during its grand-opening celebration last winter. | Photo by HughE Dillon

John C. Anderson Apartments during its grand-opening celebration last winter. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Philadelphia’s only senior LGBT housing center, the John C. Anderson Apartments, was just named one of 10 winners of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 Housing Awards. The awards recognize the best in housing design across the nation. More on the awards and their criteria from a release I received this afternoon:

Now in its 15th year, the Housing Awards program promotes the importance of good housing as a necessity of life. The winning projects are located across the country—from New England to the West Coast. The jury recognized projects in four award categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing (none selected this year), Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. Importantly, several of this year’s honorees are affordable housing developments, like the John C. Anderson Apartments.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Huge Loft in Midtown Village Will Be Next to East Market

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rittenhouse Hotel.

We gave you a background snippet on the White Building last we reported on one of its available units: how the built circa 1867 structure basically helped along the whole Midtown Village/Gayborhood revival after undergoing a condo conversion in 2008 thanks to one Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties.

Now, we’re going to leave you with a hint as to where it’s going, as we’ve just noticed how unbelievably close it is to that East Market mega project that’s currently in the works. As most of you know, East Market is slated to be a game changer in the neighborhood, set to offer things like a MOM’s Organic Market, new restaurants and coffee shops, a promenade called Chestnut Walk, new retail, and additional residential units. Once completed, we have a feeling it’s going to be one of the city’s newest go-to spots. *Fingers crossed*

All of that, of course, is good news for anyone living in this loft condo. Because in addition to being situated right behind Philly’s latest upcoming mini village, the unit is a spacious double-bedroom offering over 1,600 square feet of space, 23-foot vaulted brick ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and six huge double-hung arched windows that usher in an abundance of light. According to the listing, the windows also have “superb sound attenuation.”

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Dining Out for Life Food Truck Round Up Returns to the Gayborhood

Vernalicious will be among the food trucks parked at 13th and Locust for Dining Out for Life on April 24th.

Vernalicious will be among the food trucks parked at 13th and Locust for Dining Out for Life on April 30th.

For the second year in a row Dining Out for Life organizers will host a food truck round up in the Gayborhood, at 13th and Locust streets. The lunchtime event will take place from 11 am to 2:30 pm on April 30th, giving you an opportunity to dine out for life at lunch and dinner.

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