We were pretty excited when we put together our compilation of May festivals, and then May happened. It’s been gray skies for much of the month with a good amount of rain mixed in (you know, except for today). And now we’re at the final pre-Memorial Day weekend and the fear-mongering weather people are predicting more rain. But if you’re like me, you’re like, “whatevs, It’s my weekend and I’ll party if I want to, weather be damned. So it’s good to know that at least some of the weekend’s outdoor events are happening regardless.
It’s officially May in Philadelphia, and that means we’re about to embark on a month with a summer’s worth of festivals crammed into the three weekends before Memorial Day weekend. For the eaters and drinkers among us, there’s no shortage of beer festivals, cider fests, Kentucky derby block parties and — wait for it — even a goat race. Happy spring, Philly.
Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods were in town for their 200th episode and Zimmern got together with Paesano’s Peter McAndrews for a scrapple cheesesteak. In the episode, which first was broadcast a month ago, McAndrews walks Zimmern through making the scrapple and turning it into a riff on the cheesesteak. McAndrews compares the sandwich to Philadelphia itself, ballsy, tough, made with love, integrity and flavor.
The sandwich is currently on the menu at the Italian Market location of Paesano’s. That location has just extended its hours. You can now get a Paesano’s sandwich from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays.
Zoom in just a tad and you’ll recognize the spot: The Anastasi Seafood restaurant, nestled between 9th and Darien Streets, looks out to whirring Washington Avenue, all the while the plot of land to its rear and its adjacent parking lot sit quietly amid the hustle and bustle.
It’s a familiar scene, right? Well, get ready for that to potentially change if the site owners’ plans go accordingly, which so far seems to be the case.
As we told you this past August, Midwood Investment & Development is looking to build a 5-story mixed-use building at the 32,000-square-foot site. The new building, designed by Morris Adjmi, would come with 70 market-rate apartments, two levels of underground parking, plus an estimated 18,000 square feet in retail space slated to house local retailers, as opposed to a big chain. (It’s “the anti-Cheescake [Factory] project,” Midwood President John Usdan told the crowd that month to ease their worries (one of the company’s past projects was the new Cheesecake Factory at 15th and Walnut).
Now, PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey has announced the most recent news regarding the project:
There’s another kind of “fence” going up during the Papal visit, but this one is kind hearted, much more welcoming, and located in South Philly. Read more »
Community members (and reporters) packed a church hall in South Philly Tuesday evening to hear an information-only presentation for a project at the long-vacant lot at 9th and Washington. If realized, it could have a major impact on the future of the Italian Market.
Midwood Investment & Development owns the roughly 32,000-square-foot parcel, which includes the building that houses Anastasi’s Seafood (more on that later). They are seeking to build a 5-story mixed-use structure with 150 spots on two levels of underground parking, roughly 18,000-square-feet of retail and 70 market rate apartments above it.
In order to keep with the context and scale of the eastern edge of the site, Midwood is proposing to build eight new Trinity homes on Darien Street. Site plans suggest they would be between 590- and 600-square-feet and feature rear gardens.
While tensions usually run from medium-to-high at these meetings, Jared Klein, chair of the Passyunk Crossing Civic Association zoning committee, attempted to cut things off at a head prior to the start of the presentation, announcing to the crowd that “this project will include parking.”
The crowd laughed, and that pretty much set the tone for a meeting that seemed largely free of controversy.
You know that long stretch of wall just off of the corner of 9th and Washington in the Italian Market? Well, behind that wall, which had become an vibrant, ever-changing street art display, is a large vacant lot that used to house American Ice and Coal Company’s warehouse.
According to the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s zoning section of the newsletter, an unnamed developer will be presenting new plans for the site next week:
Informational presentation regarding the lot at 9th and Darien. PSCA will hear from the development team to review a mixed use concept (including ground floor commercial, below grade parking, and residential) at the long vacant lot at 9th and Darien.
If there were a “Sandwich Hall of Fame” (and there should be, and it of course should be located in Philadelphia) the entire menu of Paesano’s would be inducted. The Arista, Daddy Wad and Paesano are irrefutable stars of the sandwich world. Owner Peter McAndrews has said he doesn’t put a cheesesteak on the menu because he doesn’t want his sandwich shop to become just another cheesesteak spot. Understandable, but after tasting his other sandwiches, you just know he can make a great cheesesteak. And he does, periodically Paesano’s will tweet out about the Gizmo, the sandwich shop’s take on Philadelphia’s most famous sandwich is available as a special.
And today that sandwich was on special, and we couldn’t resist ordering it.
Last night, Bradley Cooper was up for a Best Actor Tony award for his performance in The Elephant Man. Unfortunately for fans of the Philadelphia native, he didn’t win. (Alex Sharp, who didn’t even have an agent when he auditioned for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, did.)
But before the award show broadcast on CBS, 60 Minutes profiled Cooper (in a slightly-updated story from February), talking to him about his Academy Award nominations — he has three! — and his work on stage in New York. Read more »
Over on Ticket, they’ve got 19 things to do this weekend. Surely, more than anyone can handle. But as a serious Fooboozer, maybe you can hit these four.
- We told you about the tenth annual Wheat Beer Festival at the Point Breeze Pop-Up. That happens Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.
- How big a deal is the Italian Market Festival? So big it needs two days, which to us means two days of roast pork sandwiches.
- The weird and wonderful kinetic sculptures take to the streets of Kensington and Fishtown this Saturday. It’s always a blast and plenty of food and drink is available.
- A more chill option is Plazapalooza. Set up at 23rd and Grays Ferry, it’ll be a day of food, drink and family friendly fun.
19 Things to Do this Weekend [Ticket]