Earlier this week, Philebrity noted a particularly awesome posting on the Fishtown Spirit’s Facebook page:
Northern Liberties II! “The hysteria this caused was unbelievable,” a commenter wrote, “reigniting the ol’ oldhead vs. newbie debates.”
Though the rumor is ridiculous, the reasoning behind it certainly isn’t: Fishtown does feel more like Northern Liberties nowadays. And not even the Nolibs of 10 years ago. Fishtown has its cache of gimmick bars near Frankford and Girard — a better stand-in for the Nolibs area in and around the Piazza. Approximately 85 new pizza places have opened in the last year. (Note: The last time I made a joke like this, people asked me, “Wow! Eighty-five?!” Please note this number is an exaggeration for comedic effect. It’s actually 81.) Fishtown feels like it’s getting younger and hipper — occasionally, this means “douchier.” So, just like Northern Liberties!
Of course, no one wants to rename Fishtown. The people who just moved there who were scared of it five years ago want that mentioned-in-the-New York Times cachet that goes along with the Fishtown name! But we could rename it Northern Liberties II, if we wanted to be jerks. It got me thinking about other sections of the city we could rename if we were jerks, and I came up with a few:
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Developer David Perlman wants to transform the site of the former Trans Atlantic Company warehouse and nearby buildings into residences, PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports. Last we heard, developer Greg Hill had his eye on the building at 4th and Fairmount and planned to adaptively reuse the property, according to Sandy Smith.
Now, Perlman has presented his plans before the Zoning Board of Adjustment and asked for zoning relief for the proposed 55-unit project that will still involve “the demolition of a few buildings and the adaptive reuse of others.” Residents brought up potential parking issues, much like last time, but it was the question of commercial space that took precedence this time around:
The major issue between the developer and the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association—and “major” is probably an overstatement—is about the amount of commercial space included in the project. The original plans called for no commercial space, but after conversations with NLNA, Perlman says he agreed to include 1,000 square feet of commercial space in one unit facing Fairmount.
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Jerry’s Bar, which was recently named a Best of Philly City Brunch spot, is proving good things happen at dinner too. Tonight, September 3rd, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., chef Matt Moon is hosting a four-course Farm to Bar Dinner.
Featuring fresh, organic food from Greensgrow Farm and brews from Yards Brewing, the dinner will take place on the balcony of the Northern Liberties bar.
Each course will include a beer pairing, as well as a description of the courses served and ingredients used from a Greensgrow farm expert and a Yards Brewing brew master. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.
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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 »
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]
Philly’s summer has just become a little more delicious and a little less expensive with all of the upcoming restaurant weeks. But with as many as there are, it can be hard to keep track of the whens and wheres, so here’s a guide to the deals happening in Philadelphia.
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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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]
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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