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


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]

Third Victory Collaboration Heading to Alla Spina

Victory Brewing and Alla Spina have been coming up with collaborative brews since the bar opened earlier this year. And on Monday, Januay 7th, the North Broad bar will be debuting Victory Hundred Horse during a special Alla Spina Industry Night. Joining the Alla Spina crew will be Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality group (he’s the chef/owner at Chicago’s Blackbird, Avec, Publican, Big Star Tacos, and Publican Quality Meats). Kahan will be joined by Publican chef de cuisine Brian Huston and beer director, Michael McAvena.

Hundred Horse is the collaboration of Alla Spina and the Publican team. It is a chestnut ale brewed with imported English & German malts and hops, and fermented with a German Kolsch yeast. Expect a nutty, light, malt-forward flavor.

But I’m not in the hospitality industry. When can I get Hundred Horse? »

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