This Weekend: Hard Cider Festival at the Navy Yard

pour-the-core-festNow that it’s officially fall and everyone is being blasted with pumpkin in beer, cheesecake, lattes and anything else that is drinkable or edible, take a moment this weekend to remember the original fall food: the apple.

This Saturday at the Navy Yard will be the 2nd annual Pour the Core Festival, the hard cider festival of Philly’s fall. The Festival runs from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.–hours filled with locally-produced and internationally-sourced ciders, more than 75 in total. The event will feature local favorites like the artfully crafted Frecon’s Cidery Crabby Granny, best-selling US brands like event sponsor Woodchuck Hard Cider, and a variety of imported ciders from Spain, England and elsewhere.

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Foobooz Jobs: Lo Spiedo Job Fair


Lo Spiedo – Italian for “the spit.”

Whether you’re looking to host, cook, serve or bartend, Foobooz’s Job Board has got you covered. This week’s restaurant jobs are especially intriguing, with the opening of Vetri Family’s seventh restaurant, Lo Spiedo, located at the Navy Yard. On September 3rd-5th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the family will be hosting an all-positions job fair at Alla Spina for their new restaurant. Italian for “the spit,” Lo Spiedo will mainly feature Italian, grill-centric dishes and will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Vetri Family is seeking out passionate and talented individuals for hire, and requests that all candidates bring a resume to the fair for consideration. Alla Spina is located at 1410 Mt. Vernon Street, off the corner of Mt. Vernon and Broad.

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Chance to Try Vetri’s Lo Spiedo

lo-spiedo-400Chef Scott Calhoun has been announced as the chef for the upcoming Marc Vetri restaurant, Lo Spiedo. Lo Spiedo, which is Italian for “the spit” is aiming to open this September at the entrance of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, September 16th, Calhoun is hosting a preview dinner of what will be served at Lo Spiedo at Osteria. The four-course dinner is available for $175 per person and tickets are extremely limited.

If you can’t get into the Lo Spiedo preview, Vetri is offering a series of other classes in September at Osteria as well as in the new upstairs space at Vetri.

For reservation information email

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Nava Yoga Extends Pay-What-You-Can Outdoor Yoga at the Navy Yard

Photo via Nava Yoga Center/Facebook

Photo via Nava Yoga Center/Facebook

Good news, yogis: Nava Yoga Center just announced that its pay-what-you-can Tuesday morning classes in the Navy Yard’s Crescent Park will continue through September, and they’re even adding another class just like it on Thursday mornings. So now you can down-dog bright and early two days a week, and keep it up all through the dog days of summer, too. Pretty sweet, right? Read more »

Terry Gillen for Mayor: “I Want to Make Philadelphia a City of Opportunity for Everybody”


Terry Gillen

Terry Gillen has spent much of her adult life in public service to the city of Philadelphia — serving Mayors Rendell and Nutter in positions (including as director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority) meant to help rebuild the city from its early 1990s bottoming-out. A chief highlight during that time: Serving on the team that revived the Navy Yard as a center of private enterprise after it was closed as a military base during Rendell’s administration.

Now she’s running for mayor, and holding a June 30th fund-raiser to collect cash for the effort.

“I think there’s a lot of opportunity for this to be a fabulous wonderful city and that’s what I want to help turn into reality,” Gillen said this week.

She talked to Philly Mag about the issues facing Philadelphia, whether her status as the only female candidate matters, and the lessons she’s learned from working for two Philly mayors. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Building Set For Groundbreaking at Navy Yard Tomorrow


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As part of the Navy Yard Master Plan, Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners are developing the Commerce Center, a 75-acre site set to include three multi-tenant flex space buildings, all of which are already fully leased. One of the properties is set for groundbreaking tomorrow.

Natalie Kostelni from the Philadelphia Business Journal reports on the tenants of the new 75,000-square-foot space located at 4000 S. 26th Street:
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Could the Broad Street Line Expand to the Navy Yard?

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Say you work at Urban Outfitters HQ down at the Navy Yard, and for whatever reason you live in a cubicle at Philly Mag HQ at 1818 Market Street. Not such a bad commute, right? Straight shot down Broad, after all. Actually, it’s terrible. According to trusty Google Maps, that would take you 45 minutes. Way more from West Philly or Fishtown or wherever. Why? Because you’re walking 20 minutes from the stadium stop on the Broad Street Line, no matter whence you came. Read more »

1,200 Acres of a College Campus Environment Lures Franklin Square to the Navy Yard

Rendering of Franklin Square Capital Parnters' new building at the Navy Yard

Rendering of Franklin Square Capital Parnters’ new building at the Navy Yard courtesy the Navy Yard.

Today marks the groundbreaking of the four-story, 80,050 square foot Franklin Square Capital Partners office building in the 1,200-acre Navy Yard, which continues to draw new companies that appreciate its focus on energy efficiency as well as a campus that feels more college and less corporate. As with the 11 other projects initiated by Liberty Property Trust/Synterra Partners at the Yard, this one will also be sustainably developed, aiming for a LEED Gold certification.

Franklin Square, which Forbes named 13th most promising company in America this year, will get a DIGSAU-designed building with views of the Philly skyline. It’ll have a ground floor glass pedestal and then floor to ceiling windows. The lobby will have “hand-chiseled Jerusalem limestone and Venetian plaster.” Dig that, DIGSAU. Franklin Square moved from the Cira Centre to get more room and to change the vibe for its 150 employees — a number that’s likely to grow. New amenities for those staffers will include a health-oriented cafe and a fitness center.

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13th Most Promising Company in America Will Move Into Navy Yard [Rendering]

Rendering of Franklin Square Capital Parnters' new building at the Navy Yard

Rendering of Franklin Square Capital Partners’ new building at the Navy Yard courtesy the Navy Yard.

Franklin Square Capital Partners, which Forbes named 13th most promising company in America this year, is yet another business to sign on to the Navy Yard’s sprawling business paradise. The (fingers crossed) LEED Gold-certified project “will be centered around an extensive five-acre public park offering numerous recreational amenities,” said Bill Hankowsky of Liberty Property Trust in a public statement.

Like other corporate HQs at the Navy Yard, Franklin Square’s new digs won’t be average, run-of-the-mill offices as we know them traditionally. Taking a page from Glaxo SmithKline’s unconventional book, Franklin Square is aiming for a “workplace of the future” approach.

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