WATCH: Italian Market Grease Pole Competition

Watching videos of more than a dozen greasy people stacking themselves on top of each other in attempt to climb a 30-foot, lard-slicked, sausage-topped pole doesn’t really compare to standing amongst a rowdy crowd at the 9th & Montrose Piazza in Bella Vista and seeing it for yourself.

But just in case you missed long-standing Italian Market Festival tradition this past weekend – called the grease pole competition, for those who don’t know it – never fear: we’ve rounded up some of the best footage, including the video above.  Read more »

VIDEO: What Is This Guy Doing to a Woman’s Drink at a South Philly Bar?

An image from the video that police are investigating.

An image from the video that police are investigating.

This is a developing story.

UPDATE 5/3/2017 10 p.m.:

Philly Mag has been contacted by a man who says he is the person in the video. We have confirmed that the identity he has provided appears to be the same person as seen on the recording.

He adamantly denies that he put anything into the woman’s drink, adding that he has never “roofied” anyone. He says that he was reaching behind himself to put his wallet into his pocket, and he denies that his hand ever went over the drink. “If you look at that video,” he told me, “my hand never went over that drink.”

He says that after Shelly removed the drink from the bar, people started calling him a rapist, so he yelled back and left.

We have provided his name and contact information to police, and he says that he already contacted SVU and that he is willing to take a lie detector test.

As for the photo that has been well-circulated on Facebook prior to our publication of this story, he says he has asked Facebook repeatedly to take it down.

ORIGINAL:

Six weeks after the Philadelphia Police Department launched a still-ongoing investigation into allegations that more than 20 people were drugged at popular South Philadelphia bar The Dolphin, investigators are now also taking a look at a surveillance video from a different bar that’s about five blocks from The Dolphin. Read more »

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 »

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