Police Looking for South Philly Arsonist

The South Philadelphia arson suspect walks through the Sunoco gas station at 18th and Oregon.

The South Philadelphia arson suspect walks through the Sunoco gas station at 18th and Oregon.

The Philadelphia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man wanted for arson in South Philadelphia. Read more »

Southwark on Reed Sales Pass Halfway Mark

The open floor plan kitchen is completely modern.

The open floor plan kitchen is completely modern. | Images courtesy of Wainger Group

It’s been almost a year and a half since we reported on the demolition of the former site of Mount Sinai Hospital, to make way for a 95-unit townhouse development.

Since then, the number of homes to be built on the site was cut by four, but the 91 homes that are being built are selling at a rapid clip.

The developers of the Southwark on Reed project announced Friday that they had passed the halfway mark in sales, making the development the fastest-selling luxury townhouse project in the city. Read more »

This South Philly Live Chicken Store Is in Trouble With the Feds

J&B Poultry Market in South Philadelphia (Photo by Claire Hoffman)

J&B Poultry Market in South Philadelphia (Photo by Claire Hoffman)

Most of us buy our chicken at the regular old grocery store. Whether it’s a free-range, no-antibiotics bird from Whole Foods or 69-cents-per-pound leg quarters in the little styrofoam tray from ShopRite, our chicken died well before it got anywhere near the meat department. But at J&B Poultry Market in South Philadelphia, things work a little bit differently. Read more »

Brewery ARS Sets Opening Date

brewery-ars-400The eagerly awaited brewery from twin brothers Sean and Andrew Arsenault has set an opening date. Brewery ARS will open on West Passyunk Avenue on Saturday, December 17th with four beers scheduled to be on tap.

The 10-barrel brewery and tasting room is at 1927-29 West Passyunk Avenue, between 19th and 20th Streets. The brewery, which has been under development for a year will be pouring four beers at its opening. For those who have been lucky enough to try them along the way, the brewery is a highly anticipated opening.

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Otis & Pickles Speakeasy: A Craft Beer and Cocktail Bar for South Philly

Above the drop ceiling, the original tin ceiling.

Above the drop ceiling, the original tin ceiling.

Charlie Collazo of the Institute is working on another bar project, this one in deep South Philadelphia at the corner of 3rd and Porter. Otis & Pickles Speakeasy will be the name and beer, cocktails and yes, pickles will be the focus.

Collazo got the name from a couple of characters he met who over the summer while working at the Creamery Beer Garden in Kennett Square this summer. Otis and Pickles are brothers who owned an automotive garage near the Creamery. Both are over 70, Otis just lost his last tooth and Pickles, well he’s often pickled.

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SausageFest Returns to South Philly

2015 South Philly SausageFest | Photo by Anthony Caroto

2015 South Philly SausageFest | Photo by Anthony Caroto

The South Philly SausageFest returns for a second year on Saturday, September 10th along West Passyunk Avenue between Broad and 15th Streets. The event, which runs from noon to 8 p.m., is a sausage-themed extravaganza that offers link swinging fun for everyone, including children and even vegetarians. SausageFest raises money to benefit neighborhood services.

More than ten area businesses will participate as well as eight local breweries. Look for sausage and sausage-inspired dishes to show off the growing food scene West of Broad, on Passyunk. Admission is free with food and drink being pay-as-you-go. Advance beer tickets are available on sale at the South Philly SausageFest website.

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Bella Vista Ranked “Best Place to Live in Philadelphia”

 

Bella Vista, home to the Italian Market, received the highest grade in Niche.com's first-ever ranking of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia. | Photo: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Bella Vista, home to the Italian Market, received the highest grade in Niche.com’s first-ever ranking of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia. | Photo: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Thanks to the “open data” movement, it’s now possible for those outfits that rank the best of everything to turn their gaze to individual city neighborhoods. Niche.com, which produces annual rankings of the best schools and best communities to live in in the country, has now added new rankings of the “Best Places to Live” in American cities.

And in its first ranking of Philadelphia neighborhoods, Bella Vista took top honors. Read more »

PPA: We’ll Tow Your Car If You Park In the Middle of Broad Street During DNC

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

People have been parking their cars in the middle of Broad Street for as long as anyone can remember, even though it’s against the law. It’s just one of those Philly things, and one that has apparently been going on for at least 100 years. But one agency known best for killing everyone’s fun has announced that your car will be towed if you attempt to park it on the South Broad Street median during the Democratic National Convention. Read more »

Cops: Kids Pelted Homeless Man with Rocks

Top: Suspects wanted for assaulting a homeless man at TD Bank on May 29th.

Top: Suspects wanted for assaulting a homeless man at a South Philly TD Bank on May 29th.

Philadelphia police are looking for a pair of heartless kids who tormented a homeless guy who was trying to seek shelter from the rain last month.

The bizarre incident unfolded around 10 p.m. on May 29th in South Philadelphia. Police said the 42-year-old man had ventured into the vestibule of a TD Bank at 5th Street and Oregon Avenue to avoid a downpour when the evening took a violent turn.

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