Manayunk’s Main Street Is Getting A New Store…For Runners!

Philadelphia Runner's new Manayunk storefront

Philadelphia Runner’s new Manayunk storefront

Some good news for Manayunk runners: Main Street is getting a new face thanks to Philadelphia Runner, Be Well Philly reports.

The athletic store, which has a projected “build out” date for this September, will have Canno Design (who just revamped Charlie is a sinner) working on its storefront. Be Well’s Emily Leaman also spoke to PR’s outreach coordinator who said,”We really think Manayunk’s best days are ahead, and we want to be a part of the continuing revitalization of the business corridor.”

Let’s hope so! The news comes after Bryn Mawr Running Company closed its doors a few doors down last fall.

New Details: Philadelphia Runner to Open New Manayunk Store [Be Well Philly]

Free Tacos at Union Taco in Manayunk

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Calling all broke college students and anyone else who loves free things and tacos. In order to celebrate Union Taco’s grand opening in Manayunk, the taqueria will be giving away free tacos tomorrow between noon and 2 p.m. Each guest, whether dining in or taking out, will get one taco on the house, but you can enjoy the entire menu, too.

This is Chef Nick Farina’s second Union Taco, and while the menu is almost identical to Northern Liberties’, though you won’t find any flatbreads at the Manayunk location. Yet that didn’t hinder Farina’s enthusiasm for his new opening. “I’m really excited to meet our new clientele and introduce our cuisine to Manayunk taco lovers.” And for you late-night taco lovers, Union Taco will be open until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The new location will be at 4229 Main Street.

Union Taco [Foobooz]
Union Taco [Official]

Mussels, Mussels, and More Mussels

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After running out last week, Derek’s in Manayunk promised endless mussels for this week’s All-You-Can-Eat Mussels Night on Wednesday.

This week, things seemed to go a bit more smoothly. And now Derek’s is going to be running the special every Wednesday night. Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to get steaming bowls (upon bowls) of PEI mussels. And depending on how you like ‘em, they can be served in a white wine sauce with garlic and herbs, swimming in the house’s famous spicy red sauce, or both. Because, you know, they’re unlimited. And to pair with your mussels, enjoy the hand cut french fries. Unlimited mussels and fries will be $19, but when you need a little something to wash it down, grab a 22 oz. bottle of Hoegarden for just $7.

Derek’s [official]

Morning Headlines: A Northwest Philly High Line?

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Photo by Liz Spikol.

The Manayunk Bridge Trail Project got a Notice to Proceed from the city, meaning construction can begin. The idea is to connect the Cynwyd Heritage Trail to the Schuylkill River Trail via the Manayunk Bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Like many other local railroad structures, the bridge has been out of use for many years. Now it will be part of a bike/walk trail that will extend to Main Street, and even make it possible to walk from Manayunk to Lower Merion. Hopefully, this means more Philadelphians will discover the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

There are even more heartening connections that will result:

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Luxury Apartments Reclaim Manayunk Brownfield

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The Station at Manayunk takes advantage of the neighborhood’s proximity to the canal, train tracks and the bridge. Photo by Liz Spikol.

In case you missed this, “transit-oriented development” (TOD) has become the hottest thing since the Commuter Tunnel on SEPTA’s Regional Rail network. Vacant land next to stations has sprouted apartments, and abandoned factories have been turned into offices, in a number of suburbs throughout the region.

So it was only a matter of time before the trend crossed the city line into Philly itself. We took you on a tour of one such project, Paseo Verde at Temple University station, a few weeks back. Now a second, more luxurious development has opened in Manayunk, right next to Ivy Ridge station on the Manayunk/Norristown line.

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Amazing Transformations: Adaptive Reuse of Northwest Philly Church

 All photos by Laura Kicey

All photos by Laura Kicey

Property photographer Laura Kicey has been chronicling the evolution of the former Fourth Reformed Church since 2012. First came the photo essay of church ruins for Hidden City. Think of this as the “before” shots as the church lay mouldering at the corner of Manayunk and Monastery in Roxborough. Today we get the glorious “afters” in two galleries displaying what developer Andy Thomas has done with the space since acquiring it in March, 2011.

For a taste of what Thomas was dealing with, behold a peek at what the site looked like in 2012, holes in the roof, horrifying bathroom and all.




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Where We’re Eating: Taqueria Feliz

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It used to be that Mexican restaurants could get away with being pretty shitty, just because almost all of them were pretty shitty. Since there wasn’t much good to compare the bad to, we basically had to take what we could get. But the folks behind the Feliz group of restaurants — first Fort Washington’s Best of Philly-winning Cantina Feliz, then Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz, and now this new Manayunk derivation — continue to raise the bar. Grab a group of friends and feast on fish tacos, red snapper and lamb barbacoa. As a nice bonus, all specialty cocktails and margaritas are under $10.

Taqueria Feliz [Foobooz]

Originally published in the May 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Weekend Open Houses: Two Homes in Manayunk and West Mt. Airy

Living space of 153 Kalos Street.

Living space of 153 Kalos Street.

Visiting these two homes in Manayunk and two in West Mt. Airy could determine which has the most living appeal– although, they all have their pros.

First, the Kalos Street home has been completely rehabbed and sits near a small truss of restaurants surrounding Ridge Avenue (FYI, the neighborhood is one of a handful in the city with a high density of pizzerias). Meanwhile, the Grape Street residence is just a little over a 10-minute walk from Never Give Up Training, a studio offering intensive fitness classes. It’s also been updated and includes a sizable roof deck with views of the city.

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