Witnesses: Man Punches Woman After Northern Liberties 2nd Street Fest


UPDATE: Internal Affairs is investigating police response to this incident. For the full story, go here.


Sunday night was a festive one in Northern Liberties. The sixth-annual 2nd Street Festival brought in thousands of people for bands, beers, and cool food and craft vendors. A fun time was had by all — at least until the party was wrapping up. Read more »

Northern Liberties 2nd Street Festival is Back


The 6th annual 2nd Street Festival is back. On August 3rd from noon to 10 p.m., enjoy 6-blocks of over 150 vendors, including restaurants, food trucks, beer gardens, pop-up margarita bars, craft stations, and musical guests. Lil’ Pop Shop, Mac Mart Cart, Silk City Diner, and The Cow & The Curd are just a few of the places you can get your eats on. And across the festival, close to 30 artists and bands will be performing.

Yet the event isn’t just there to give you a good ole’ Sunday Funday, the 2nd Street Festival works to bring the community together and introduce others to the neighborhood. “This really is a unique, grass-roots neighborhood endeavor, putting a spotlight on the businesses, artists, and community members that make Northern Liberties so special,” said Owen Kamihira, a founding sponsor and owner of El Camino Real.

The festival is free and open to all ages.

2nd Street Festival [Official]

Get a Sneak Peek at the Yachtsman Tonight


The Illuminati have declared today to be National Pina Colada Day (at least that’s who we assume control the designation of ridiculous things like National Pina Colada Day) and Emmanuelle is offering a pina colada and some tiki drinks that will be on the menu at Tommy Up’s upcoming tiki bar, the Yachtsman.

Emmanuelle opens at 8 p.m. and the pina colada and other tiki drinks are $8 while they last.

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Pilsner Urquell Unfiltered Tasting at Silk City


Put down the Natty Light because Silk City is bringing you a Pilsner Urquell Unfiltered Tasting with the help of Beer Master Robert Lobovsky. And the first 50 RSVPs to laurap@qcmercantile.com get in for free. 

Not only will attendees have the chance to learn about three distinct Czech pours, they will also get to try them. Lobovsky will be pouring Na Dvakrát, Hladinka and Mlíko for guests to enjoy – an opportunity that doesn’t happen everyday seeing as the unpasteurized, barrel-fresh beer has only made it to US soil a few times in the last 170 years. So now’s your chance to get a taste of world class beer… and then sadly return to that 30-rack of yours. 

The event will be held this Thursday, July 10th from 7 – 9:30 p.m. 

Silk City [Foobooz]
Pilsner Urquell [Official]


Northern Liberties Residents Miffed About Overflowing Dumpsters

Residents of Northern Liberties are angry, and this time it isn’t just about teen public urination. No, the targets of community ire this time are constantly-overflowing dumpsters. (Note: They may not be Dumpster™ brand dumpsters.) Neighbors say they’re unsightly, and they smell.

The trash stench is coming from the parking lot of Liberties Walk, the Tower Investments-built, Westminster Management-owned complex across 2nd Street from the Piazza. Westminster has been fined 15 times in the last eight months for their overflowing garbage bins. Except for two recent ones, they’ve been paid.

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It’s Becoming a Beer Garden City

Garden Variety Beer Garden

Garden Variety Beer Garden

It doesn’t take much to realize that Philly loves its beer gardens. From Fishtown to the Art Museum, beer gardens are popping up everywhere. And Joe Sixpack took notice; today he wrote an article on the phenomena. “Beer gardens are suddenly so popular, the city’s tourism marketing agency is promoting a series of visits on Friday afternoons this summer.”

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Bar Ferdinand’s Al Fresco Paella Cooking Classes


Join Bar Ferdinand as they host Al Fresco Paella Cooking Classes on Saturday, June 28th, July 26th and August 23rd. The classes begins at 7 p.m. and will include cooking, tasting and learning about Spain’s most famous dish with the help of chef David Ansill. Chef Ansill will demonstrate the traditional ways of cooking the dish for participants to learn.

Tapas appetizers will be served and if your dish doesn’t turn out too good, don’t worry because Bar Ferdinand’s signature dish, Paella Valenciana, will be served as well.

Tickets are $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and include a starter paella kit with calasparra rice, chorizo and paella stock.

To learn more about the event, visit barferdinand.com. And if you’re interested in taking the class, call 215-923-1313 to make your reservations.

Bar Ferdinand [Foobooz]

Calling All Tot Chefs

TotChefFlyer3Want to show off your tots? Well here’s your chance. North Bowl is holding their first ever Tot Chef competition on July 20th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and they’re looking for 10 competitors to enter. As long as you bring your own recipe and necessary ingredients, North Bowl will provide the tots. And if you’re more interested in eating the tots than making them, stop by the free event to try all the recipes and pick your favorite. For more information or to enter, email design@northbowlphilly.com.

Iron Mill Lofts Open in Northern Liberties

A rendering of the building's exterior, courtesy of the developer

A rendering of the building’s exterior, courtesy of the developer.

Philadelphia-based Barzilay Development has converted a former iron works in Northern Liberties into 12 lofts with ceilings rising to 22 feet. The project is called Iron Mill Lofts and is located at 1156 North Third Street. Rents start at $1,750 for a one-bedroom, one-bath unit with private entryway.

The building was originally constructed in 1871 as Eagle Iron Works, which manufactured steam engines, castings, boilers, and similar products. One of its founders patented the hollow pressure point. Today, the lofts retain industrial details like exposed brick, ductwork and wood ceilings.

Iron Mill Lofts

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