LOVE Park duvet by Urban Works Textiles via Etsy
Lovely as they may be, skyline prints can be a little cliché. At least that’s what we thought before stumbling onto an Etsy gem that made us love them all over again!
Luxurious home décor meets fun artwork to make a charming union on this crisp white duvet. The inky image design of the Philadelphia cityscape is possibly what gives this otherwise “soft to the touch” clean cover its friendly character. The included pillow cases with high flying birds add to the already pleasant bedspread.
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Today, chef Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar and South Philadelphia Taproom will be serving up a special hot dog from the Dapper Dog food truck today. Schroeder is keeping exactly what he’s serving a bit of a secret. All we could find out was that it is “Mexican inspired.” Meal Ticket is thinking it is a bacon-wrapped dog piled high with all sorts of Mexican toppings.
Whatever it is, we’ll hazard to guess it will make for a great lunch today.
The Dapper Dog [Official Site]
Last week Philly Mag posted what seemed to be a fairly innocuous question on its Facebook page: “LOVE Park will be getting an upgrade. What would you like to see happen there?” Some answers addressed the question in the way we expected: “Some cool digital features like a virtual tourist center or something on the history behind the LOVE statue.” Or, “More sculptures/art … maybe pieces you can sit on.”
But then there were also responses like this one: “Less half naked bums scratching their asses and feeding the pigeons.”
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News you don’t care about: The city is planning to sell the garage beneath LOVE Park to a developer. News you do care about: Whoever that developer is gets a bunch of control to renovate/remodel LOVE Park itself.
The buyer of the deteriorating, 820-space garage would also serve as the developer and project manager of a $16.5 million overhaul of the park, which would be paid for by the city. The administration would retain approval over the design, which would have to follow rules laid out when the city posted the sale notice on its website Wednesday. The design must keep – and most likely upgrade – the most iconic features, including the fountain, the Fairmount Park Welcome Center with its “Googie-style” design, and Robert Indiana’s tourist-magnet sculpture.
The rest seems to be up for grabs. So….can we finally get rid of the Kraft Mac n Cheese “sculpture” befouling the park? Temporary giant L.L. Bean boots are fine. [Inquirer]
Food truck culture has truly taken off in Philadelphia. Night Markets are supported by than 60 food trucks and on any given day, there are as many on the streets of the city and not just in University City. Nowadays, food trucks find their way to Love Park and City Hall as well as down to the Navy Yard. Open air markets like PHAIR and Brooklyn Flea Philly also make use of mobile food vendors.
Below is our listing of where to find food trucks, from daily lunches to farmers’ market snacks. Among the spots you might not know about:
- Food trucks become a daily occurrence at the Navy Yard starting on July 1st.
- Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway gets food trucks as of Wednesday, July 17th.
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Love Park is introducing more than 15 new food trucks to Love Park lunchers over the summer. Wednesdays will feature new trucks with the food trucks you’re familiar with, vending other days of the week.
The new trucks debut today with:
Also new for 2013, Philly Pretzel Factor and Rita’s Water Ice will be vending to tourists by the LOVE Sculpture and there will be some weekends with food trucks.
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The last time a performance artist protested gun violence in Philadelphia, he was dressed up like a Klansman, standing silently with a sign. This next installation figures to be a little less confusing. Sunday at noon, Artists Against Gun Violence are bringing 100 Philadelphia artists to Love Park, where they’ll stage a flash mob to tout their cause.
As part of the performance, artists will gather at Love Park in Philadelphia to leave a mark…literally. At a singular moment, the performers will freeze their hands in the air, then slowly melt to the floor in a lifeless position. The participants will trace an outline of their bodies with chalk and write a word or statistic inside the form such as GUN, KATE, age 6; ENOUGH, 30,000 a year. The result-a visceral, expressionistic, literary reminder of countless lives lost.
Here’s hoping the city doesn’t clean up one of their public parks, at least not for a while. For more on the issue, check out a big state-by-state report released earlier this week by the Center for American Progress. Overall, it found that more gun violence is committed in Pennsylvania than in any other Northeastern or Mid-Atlantic state, due in large part to crimes committed in Philadelphia.
Yup. The rise of the gourmet food truck phenomenon has grown to the point that City Hall sees an additional opportunity at Love Park. Truck vendors have until April 2 to submit their application to join the mobile fooderies who are already serving food on-site at the park.
And it’s clear the folks in charge are looking for more than another cheesesteak vendor.
“The City’s goal in issuing this RFP for the Food Service Program is to provide each day in JFK Plaza a variety of unique or uncommon menu items, or new varieties of familiar items, with a higher quality of ingredients and presentation than is readily available from nearby food carts or trucks, or from convenience stores, in the vicinity of JFK Plaza,” the department says its official request for applications—”JFK Plaza” being the lesser-known but still-completely-valid name of the area people most Philadelphians know as Love Park.
The are supposedly three spaces for full-sized trucks in front of the welcome center at 16th and JFK, and room for two pushcarts closer to the LOVE sculpture itself. It’s all very complicated. But the bottom line: Love Park may soon be an urban foodie paradise.
From the man who brought you SeekingArrangement.com, Temple University’s #1 provider of Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies, comes WhatsYourPrice.com, the PG-13 alternative. Seriously, between Temple’s apparent sugar-daddy boom, and the racy pay-for-adultery billboard gracing I-95, Philadelphia’s practically re-invented itself as the City of Brothelly Love. Now, I learn that no fewer than 2,400 Philadelphians have been paying for the right to take people out on dates in the last month, for the Valentine’s Day run-up. (For comparisons’ sake, NYC had 27, 733 dates bought.) As the site frames it, it’s like a date auction, except not for charity! Still need a date Thursday? You can either browse for “Generous Members” or “Attractive Members.” (Meaning, you can browse for “men” or for “women.”) [WhatsYourPrice.com]
Travel + Leisure named Philadelphia the no. 2 burger city in all of America this year jumping up from last year’s paltry no. 22, and second only to Providence, Rhode Island, which, if we’re being honest, at less than 21 square miles barely counts as a city anyway.
So with that said, by my count that makes the City of Brotherly Love the best burger town in the US of A. So with cheesesteaks and burgers it looks like we’ve got the meat thing down. But what to do about our vegan brothers and sisters? Luckily, it looks like Philly is improving on this front as well, serving up killer veggie burgers at some of the same joints making our top meaty burgers. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, try one of these six options on for size. Who knows? Maybe you’ll convert. (But probably not.)
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