Paging Eric Blumenfeld: What’s Going on With the Met?

 

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Photo of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House by Matt Lambros

North Broad developer Eric Blumenfeld, who owns the Divine Lorraine and has done absolutely nothing with it, also owns the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, another historic behemoth on North Broad. Built in 1908, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places, and until Blumenfeld’s purchase earlier this year, was home to a church congregation.

Blumenfeld has been unable to secure funding for his plans for the Divine Lorraine, but something definitely seems to be going on at the Met. Hidden City reports that L&I issued a violation a few weeks ago “for performing interior demolition with no permit info posted.” That seems to indicate some kind of activity, but Blumenfeld isn’t talking.

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Lancaster Sunday at Osteria

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It’s Lancaster Sunday at Osteria with Country Time and Green Meadow Farms. Farmer Ian from Green Meadow in Gap, PA and Paulie “The Pig Farmer” from Country Time in Hamburg, PA are repping their respective farms with their best products. On Sunday, August 25th you can come out and taste the goodness of fresh produce, milk, eggs and pork they personally bring to our doors every week. Enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by chefs Jeff Michaud and Brad Daniels highlighting the very best of the summer, paired with wines by the Osteria sommelier.

The event costs $125 and includes wine, tax and tip.

Osteria Lancaster Sunday [Osteria]
Osteria [Official Site]

Grab Your Mallet and Head to Route 6

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Wednesdays got you feeling crabby? Well, indulge your crabbiness at Route 6 with Crab Wednesdays starting tomorrow, August 14.

You can feast on jumbo Maryland blue crabs for $7 per piece. To wash down the crabs, $12 pitchers of Harpoon UFO, Neshimany Creek County Line IPA, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Narragansett Lager and Victory Prima Pils will be available.

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Tiniest Condo in Philly Today Is Indeed “Cozy” But Also Adorable

“Cozy” in a real estate listing generally means “claustrophobic” or “too small for satisfactory habitation.” This studio is currently the tiniest of Philadelphia condos at just 379 square feet. A wedding with 275 guests would generally require a dance floor of about 400 square feet. So, yes, living in this studio would be akin to dancing at a very large wedding.

Somehow, though, the photos convey the sensation of utter adorableness. Is it the powder blue and pink colors that give it a nursery feel? Is it the shipboard-style loft? The angled galley kitchen? And how about that vessel sink? Nice touch. The space, as long as one has a spartan approach to belongings, seems rather lovely.

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Speaking of the Divine Lorraine, Eric Blumenfeld Channels ’80s Band Starship

Divine Lorraine Featured on Web Urbanist As Abandoned and Apparently Hopeless

Of course, it’s not supposed to be “visited” by urban explorers anymore, but given that its conversion remains stalled, it may only be a matter of time before people find their way inside again. The issue seems to be funding. Blumenfeld has applied for a $7.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program matching fund from the state, but didn’t get it in the first round. We put a call in to see if he wants to talk about the latest. Read more »

Knockout! Joe Frazier’s Gym Gets on National Register of Historical Places

Joe+Frazier+JoeFrazierIt was a bit of a shock last year when the National Trust for Historic Preservation chose Joe Frazier’s old gym on North Broad Street for one of the coveted spots on its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Local residents who valued Frazier’s mentoring and ceaseless community building at the gym were gratified, as were boxing fans. Though the gym didn’t have local or state preservation status–the building’s architectural worth isn’t profound–the National Trust recognized its value as a part of the country’s African-American history.

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Hood Links: Drexel’s URBN Center, Mt. Airy’s Lovett Park, East Passyunk’s New Team Room

Here it is, your afternoon neighborhood news fix.

· UCity: Drexel’s New URBN Center Has Stairways That Lead To Stairways [philebrity]
· Center City: Historic Walnut Street Home Undergoing Renovations [Naked Philly]
· Everywhere: 13 weird street names in and around Philadelphia [philly.com]
· Mt. Airy: Lovett Park Revitalization Brings Collaboration [Philadelphia Neighborhoods]
· East Passyunk: First Pics: Oliver & Company Tea Room opening [Passyunk Post]
· North Broad: Transformative Architects Set Eyes On North Broad Street [Hidden City]
· Bridesburg: Henon backs off “Cokie” factory zoning [PhillyDeals]
· Corner of Screaming and Yelling: SEPTA to hold public meetings on proposed fare increases [NewsWorks]

Tonight: Alla Spina Kicks Off Saisonale

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We’re really big saison fans around here so this event at Alla Spina is right in our wheelhouse. Tonight marks the kickoff of Alla Spina’s annual Saisonale, a ten-tap saison beer event to welcome warmer weather.

There will be classics, local farmhouse ales and even  L’Olmaia Karkade Zymatore (aged in a gin barrel).

Check out all the beers at Philly Tap Finder.
Alla Spina [Official Site]

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