Property’s Photo of the Week: Green Thumbs Gardening Under Guinn Mural

Admittedly, it’s slightly late, but this one is for Earth Day.

Yeah, it may be a little chilly and windy and crappy outside, but see those little green nubs? That means warmer, glorious weather is on the horizon. While we can’t predict the weather, we can be certain of one thing in this world: those with green thumbs  being well-prepared for the growing season. Big ups to the many neighborhood gardens throughout the city.

This shot comes from the highly successful and now super recognizable–thanks to the brilliant new mural by David Guinn–Manton Street Park and Community Garden in the ever-popular Dickinson Square West/Pennsport neighborhood of South Philly. Read more »

Opening Soon: 1st Ward Sandwich in Pennsport

1st-ward-logoA new sandwich shop is coming to South Philly in early May. 1st Ward Sandwich is located at Morris and Front Street in Pennsport. Paul Frost is the man behind the project.

What we know right now: The space will seat around twenty, with additional seating outside. Frost hopes to eventually feature a monthly prix fixe dinner with a changing seasonal menu. But in the meantime, they’re going the soup, salad and sandwiches route (hence the name).

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Latest Report on the “Divine Lorraine of South Philly” Says It Will Be Demolished

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

The demolition permits pulled on New Year’s Eve for the former Mt. Sinai Hospital building in Pennsport have at last had their objective confirmed.

PlanPhilly‘s Jared Brey reports the Dickinson Square West Civic Association met with the D.C.-based Concordia Group to hear their plans for the site: demolition, followed by the construction of “an unspecified number of single-family, attached row houses,” each with a rear garage.

Further updates to come.

Townhouses proposed for Mt. Sinai Hospital site [PlanPhilly]

Demo Permits Pulled for the “Divine Lorraine of South Philadelphia”

via Google Street View

via Google Street View

There’s a new twist in the long development saga that is Mt. Sinai Hospital in the Pennsport/Dickinson Square West area. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports that demolition permits have been pulled for the hulking building at 4th and Reed Street:

Apparently any plan to repurpose the existing building has been dropped: on New Year’s Eve, the owners pulled a permit to completely demolish the hospital to create a vacant lot.

As you may recall, developer Greenpointe Construction was given the green light to convert the vacant hospital into apartments and surround it with townhomes to activate the street. Those plans have fallen through and Concordia Group out of Bethesda, Maryland is in the process of taking ownership of the property. Dr. James Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association, mentioned that he’s still waiting for full details about the actual plans and that the demolition permit is “pretty much all we know right now.”

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Free Mini Jimmy Donuts at Federal Donuts


The original Federal Donuts in Pennsport reopened this morning after a couple week break for cleaning and repairs. But since this is Federal Donuts we’re talking about, you just knew it wouldn’t just be business as usual. Tomorrow, August 29th, the 2nd Street shop will be offering complimentary mini-donuts with jimmies.

Get there early if you want them.

Federal Donuts – Pennsport [Foobooz]

Pennsport Hearing for Mellody Brewing Company


While a zoning meeting may not grab your attention at first, when there’s the possibility of a brewery involved it just might.

Tonight, Tuesday, June 24th, the Pennsport Civic Association is holding a zoning hearing for the space that Mellody Brewing Company has been keeping an eye on for their new brewery. Sean Mellody, owner of the company, will hear concerns from the locals as well as present the plan for his brewery and the other businesses that will hold the spot. The space is located at 1800 Moyamensing Avenue. 

Mellody Brewing has been on the drawing boards for more than three years and Mellody hopes to focus on cask conditioned beers that will be distributed locally to bars and restaurants.

The hearing is open to anyone, so if you want to help, stop by and show your support. The hearing will be held at 138 Moore Street at 7 p.m.

Mellody Brewing [Facebook]

Pennsport Teens Buying Alcohol from Cornhole-Playing Men Under I-95


And now for another edition of Drunk, Out of Control Philadelphia Teenagers!

Last month at a Radio 104.5 block party show at the Piazza, some of the teenagers got rowdy! A neighbor saw drunk teens urinated all over her “entire” house; another said he filmed teens having sex out in the open. One person went to NBC 10, which filed a typical local news-style report.

If you ever need to know the difference between the people who live in Northern Liberties and the people who live in Pennsport, please refer to this story: When a parent in Pennsport saw a group of “between 100 and 150″ teens drinking on one of the piers south of the Walmart in Pennsport, he didn’t go to NBC 10. No, his story ended up on PlanPhilly, where Kellie Patrick Gates filed a decidedly un-local news-like report. And look how reasonable people in South Philly are!

“These kids aren’t doing anything that you or I didn’t do, or anybody else,” said Pennsport Civic Association President Jim Moylan. But, he said, they are doing it in a much more dangerous area than dark areas beneath I-95. And if someone got hurt, they are “thousands of yards away from civilization.”

This is about as nice as you can be when tattling on teenagers for, essentially, drinking in the woods.

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