Dranoff Celebrates Topping-Off of One Riverside

The beam guests signed at the ceremony may be purely symbolic, as One Riverside's frame is largely complete, but it symbolizes years of planning and construction as well as the last piece in the transformation of the Schuylkill riverbank from dump to jewel. | Photos: Sandy Smith

The beam guests signed at the ceremony may be purely symbolic, as One Riverside’s frame is largely concrete, but it symbolizes years of planning and construction as well as the completion of last piece in the transformation of the Schuylkill’s east bank from dump to jewel. | Photos: Sandy Smith

As joggers, dog owners, bicyclists, kids and their parents enjoyed the balmy weather down at street level in Schuylkill River Park yesterday evening (May 25), eight floors up, invited guests, local politicians and some very happy future residents basked in the temporary air conditioning as they joined developer Carl Dranoff and architect Cecil Baker at a “park in the sky” for the ceremonial topping-off of Dranoff’s One Riverside apartment tower.

Guests signed a ceremonial beam on their way to the construction lifts and mingled to the music of the Philadelphia String Quartet before and after Dranoff, Baker and the electeds spoke.

In his remarks to the assembled guests, Dranoff showered praise on all the parties involved in bringing the project to fruition. “It took hard work and three years of planning and construction under pretty intense conditions to transform our vision from blueprints into a stunning addition to our skyline.” Read more »

Recreation Dept. and Fairmount Park Tap Avram Hornik for Parks on Tap

Rendering of Parks on Tap on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Rendering of Parks on Tap on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Earlier this year, we told you that Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Fairmount Park Conservancy were accepting proposals to operate a rotating series of beer gardens in the city’s green spaces. It has now been announced that Avram Hornik and his FCM Hospitality will be the operator of these pop-up beer gardens known as Parks on Tap.

Hornik is the operator of the hugely successful Morgan’s Pier along the Delaware River and in the past has run Winterfest at Penn’s Landing and the 2013 PHS Pop-Up Garden on Broad Street. This summer, he will try to recreate those magical spaces at 14 locations around the city. Up first is the Schuylkill Banks. The pop-up along the river will run from Wednesday, June 29th through the 4th of July, before heading to 13 other locations in city parks.

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Food Trucks and Drinks, Just Off the Schuylkill Banks

Food trucks by the Schuylkill River.

Food trucks by the Schuylkill River.

On Saturday, September 12, Yelp is hosting an afternoon of fun and fundraising in the courtyard at Edgewater Apartments (just off of the Schuylkill Banks at 2323 Race Street). The event, which starts at 2 p.m., will include complimentary beer and wine tastings, plus pay-as-you-go food from four Philadelphia food trucks.

The event benefits the families of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and a $10 donation is requested. For every $10 donated, guests will receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing to take place at the event, plus a pair of the famous Ronald McDonald red and white striped socks.

In addition to the food and drink there will be a DJ and lawn games.

RSVP on Yelp by Thursday at 5 p.m. for admission.

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Dîner en Sweatpants Returns for a Comfy Second Year

diner en sweatpants

Photo by Lulu Hoeller / Flickr

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the announcement of Dîner en Sweatpants, the lazier, oh-so-comfy cousin of those other dîners, Blanc and Noir. It arrived today via organizer TicketLeap, who announced it’s happening on Thursday, August 20th, on the Schuylkill Banks between Walnut and Locust streets.

Don’t worry about color-coordinating an outfit or trying to round up some fancy table ware. All you need for this one is a blanket (any color!), a picnic dinner (go ahead, bring a greasy pizza!), and something to drink (Yuengling!).

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Morning Headlines: Saffron: Philly’s Boardwalk Beats NYC’s High Line

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

Phila.’s new gem: A stroll on the Schuylkill [Inquirer]

Inga Saffron is downright ebullient today. Her feelings about the newly completed and opened Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk are unmistakable:

As wonderful as the High Line is, it merely allows people to wend their way through Manhattan a few stories above its bustling streets. When the latest segment of the Schuylkill Banks trail opens to the public Thursday, you’ll be able to walk on water, under the glittering gaze of the Center City skyline.

Take that, New York.

Saffron is convinced that the Boardwalk trumps the High Line mostly for its transformative powers. She alternately says the distanced perspective can make Center City feel like “outer space” at night and that at other times, “strange optical illusions appear.” Why, she asks, does it look like there’s a Penn building on Spruce Street when we all know it’s on Walnut?

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The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Extension Opens Next Month

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

The Schuylkill River Trail is finally getting its long-awaited extension in the form a 2,000-foot-long boardwalk addition set to link the trail, which normally ends on Locust Street, to University City via a ramp connecting to the South Street Bridge. The boardwalk will open October 2nd, according to Uwishinu’s Jillian Wilson.

Walkers, runners, and bicyclists planning to use the 15-foot-wide concrete structure should know it strays 50 feet from the river’s shoreline.

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