The SS United States Is Safe — For Now

SS United States. Photo | Jeff Fusco

SS United States. Photo | Jeff Fusco

The SS United States — the luxury liner long docked across from the IKEA in South Philadelphia — has, finally, some good news. According to a release from the SS United States Conservancy, the group has entered into a preliminary agreement for redeveloping the ship. The conservancy did not name the partner, or what its role is, but has received additional funding for three months.

The United States was built in 1952 as a luxury liner intended to break the trans-Atlantic speed record, and it still holds the eastbound and westbound records. Unfortunately for the ship’s builders, transatlantic air service for passengers began in 1958, and the United States made its last run in 1969.

This ship has been docked in South Philly since 1996 — it actually predates the IKEA — and its supporters have waved a long battle to save the ship from the scrap heap. It costs $60,000 a month to keep the ship docked in Philadelphia, and money has been running out for a while. But this week, progress:

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Get a Home Makeover From IKEA

home-tour-squadIKEA calls itself the Life Improvement Store, and it’s now expanding its services to make good on that moniker. Taking a page from the book of home-makeover shows that have become so popular, the Swedes have launched the “grassroots” IKEA Home Tour, which will send a team of experts to different cities to work with desperate homeowners (design-desperate, that is. This ain’t no Extreme Makeover).

The IKEA “Home Tour Squad” is composed of five IKEA employees (pictured, left) who are leaving their store-bound jobs and going on the road to provide two makeovers in each city they visit. So far the cities on that list include Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore/D.C., New York and Philadelphia.

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Freebie Friday: Ikea, Chick-Fil-A and Dobbs Want To Feed You

If you, like we here at Foobooz, don’t get paid for another week, here are a few gratis food items to take note of:
The Legendary Dobbs unveils its new $5 Boneless Buffalo Chicken Blunt with free samples during this evening’s happy hour. It’s what you used to refer to as a wrap but looks a little more like a joint. And by “free samples”, that better mean that they’re handing out whole blunts, not little “mini-blunts”. I mean, if you are going to spend your happy hour on the eastern edge of South Street, you need to get fed. Go here to see a video of Chef Edwin Ramirez twisting one up.
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Around The Web

Curiosity and hunger leads David McDuff to Cooper’s Brick Oven Wine Bar. [McDuff’s Food & Wine Trail]

Foodzings really likes the lattes at Chapterhouse, on 9th below South. [Foodzings]

Mac & Cheese checks out the vegetarian offerings at IKEA’s cafeteria.[Mac & Cheese]

And wouldn’t you know it, Foodzings is at IKEA too, but they’re eating the Swedish meatballs. [Foodzings]

Is this the economy? CE Phood is writing up Under the C at the Comcast Center food court. Best of all, 50% off prepared foods at the end of the day. [CE Phood]

Turkey sausage pizza at Home Slice Pizza. [Fries with that Shake?]