Navy Yard to House First Pa. Community Solar Project

The Navy Yard | Photo: PIDC

Businesses at the Navy Yard will soon become the first in Pennsylvania to share output from a single community solar installation.

On Tuesday, officials  announced that construction has already begun on a 440-kilowatt rooftop setup, the first of two solar projects that real estate manager Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. plans to complete in the next few years.

Developed by alternative energy development group SolarSense LLC of Berwyn, the project will provide half of one percent of the Navy Yard’s total power needs after the initial installation. The Navy Yard will pay SolarSense for the output of 1,295 photovoltaic panels on the roof of RevZilla’s regional warehouse and fulfillment center. According to, the power will feed directly into the Navy Yard’s microgrid. Read more »

Final Two Night Market Locations Announced for 2016

The Food Trust announces its final two destinations for 2016.

The Food Trust announces its final two destinations for 2016.

The Food Trust has just announced the locations for the final two Night Markets of 2016. Both are new locations for Night Market. On Thursday, September 1st, food trucks, other vendors and Chill Moody will descend to “Under 95” at Front and Snyder in Pennsport.

On Thursday, October 6th, the Food Trust will go past I-95 and set up at the Navy Yard. Be sure to mark your calendars now for both dates.

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Navy Yard Subway Extension Update: Funding for New Feasibility Study Secured


From left: Sen. Pat Toomey, John Dougherty, Sen. Bob Casey. Photos | Sandy Smith

“I’ll be back only when I can ride a train from City Hall here,” U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D-1st District) told the assembled dignitaries and construction workers at this morning’s news conference announcing that Federal funding had been secured for a new feasibility study for the planned Broad Street Subway extension to the Navy Yard.

The Congressman will have to wait a while longer for that train, for despite the tone sounded by the elected officials who spoke at the conference, there are still some more hurdles to clear before shovels can be stuck in the ground. Read more »

New Navy Yard Construction Means 190 New Jobs

Aerial of the Navy Yard | Photo: PIDC

Aerial of the Navy Yard | Photo: PIDC

Axalta Coating Systems is constructing a 175,000-square-foot facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard  and bringing at least 190 jobs to Philadelphia.

Called the Global Innovation Center, the new building will be home to the company’s global research, product development and technology initiatives. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2017. Read more »

Lo Spiedo Hosting Labor Day Weekend BBQ

lo-spiedo-bbqOn Sunday, September 6th, Lo Spiedo is hosting a Beer-B-Q at the Navy Yard. The event features all-you-can-eat barbecue, craft beer specials, lawn games and live music. The food and drink kicks off at 2 p.m. with the music beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door for all-you-can-eat barbecue. Or you can pay-as-you-go, menu items range $5-$10. All military members pay just $25 at the door.

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Marc Vetri Hosts Annual Great Chefs Event at Navy Yard


More than 1,200 guests attended the 10th annual Great Chefs Event on Tuesday, June 9th. The yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia super-chef Marc Vetri was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand fight childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.

The event attracts four dozen top chefs from the U.S. and Italy who created delicious dishes and desserts, and features both a live and a silent auction — which included clothing, lavish trips, sports tickets and experiences — that raises nearly $100,000 every year.

This year the after-party was held just a few blocks away, under a white tent in front of Vetri’s restaurant Lo Spiedo, with Questlove spinning at the bash again. 

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Opening Soon: Mercer Cafe In The Navy Yard

First Tacconelli's pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

First Tacconelli’s pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

Mercer Cafe, the small, beloved Port Richmond eatery, is expanding to the Navy Yard at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk.

The new location will have its grand opening on May 1, offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with La Colombe Coffee, a grab-and-go market and lunch delivery.

What’s even more exciting is co-owner Dina Woltjen and her brother Vincent Tacconelli have decided to merge their businesses under one roof. The new Mercer Cafe will serve the famous Tacconelli’s pies, with their own brick oven in the cafe.

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Restaurant Review: Lo Spiedo

Photo by Steve Legato

Photo by Steve Legato

It was no surprise that the Navy Yard’s Saturday-night gate guard greeted my car with wry amusement. Given all the restaurants in all the neighborhoods of Philly, who picks one in a deserted office park half a forlorn mile from the nearest SEPTA station? I wish I could have seen him later when a sleek SUV limo rolled up, blinker flashing for Lo Spiedo.

The Vetri Family’s latest restaurant may profit most from its location at lunch, when this resurgent hub teems with some 11,500 workers. But it can also thank Uber, which no doubt delivered many of the customers who filled this stately brick building in after-dark Nowheresville with Center City-level weekend energy. Read more »

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