South Philadelphia resident Donald Whitfield caught on video calling his gay neighbor a “faggot.”
If you haven’t been to South Philadelphia since the 1990s, a lot has changed.
Yes, there are all sorts of trendy bars serving fancy beers, and you can get award-winning Norwegian and French fare on the same strip where you’ll still find old-school linguini and meatballs. But one of the most noticeable and dramatic differences that this historic neighborhood has seen is an incredible influx of gay residents.
Indeed, South Philadelphia has become its own gay mecca. And that’s why one gay couple was so shocked when their neighbor unleashed a homophobic tirade on Tuesday night. Read more »
A member of animal control attempts to corral a pig that was loose in South Philadelphia on Labor Day | Photo via Dave Lembeck
It was an ordinary Labor Day for Colin Weir — to begin with, at least. He was browsing a Facebook group for his neighborhood, Southwest Center City Philadelphia, when he saw a fascinating post: There was a pig in an empty lot at the corner of 24th and Washington. As he went to investigate, his wife, Lisa, handed him a slip-lead collar and leash. The hunt was on. Read more »
Look Ma, no cars in the median! | Photos: Holly Otterbein
This morning, South Philly residents awoke to see something most of them had never seen in their lifetimes: South Broad Street completely free of parked cars in its median.
That was the first miracle. The second was this: the Philadelphia Parking Authority only had to tow away a handful of them. Read more »
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 »
A light installation titled “Electric Street” just arrived in South Philly, and it looks exactly how it sounds.
The mural is the brainchild of artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau, and it’s up and ready to view on Percy Street, just south of 9th and Wharton streets. Streets Dept.’s Conrad Benner has pinned the location on Google maps, since it’s a little difficult to find.
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Photo Courtesy of Klip Collective
The former Bok Technical High School — now just known as “Bok” and owned by Scout Ltd., added six new tenants and an immersive temporary art exhibit this week.
The building is at just over 10 percent occupancy of its approximately 216,000 square feet of leasable space, Liz Maillie, leasing manager for Scout Ltd. told Philadelphia magazine.
The new tenants include the Garces Foundation, Top Banana Printing, Revival Letterpress, Philly Security Shell and a furniture design company, Milder Office. Read more »
1010 Tasker St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19148 | Images from Leonardo Real Estate
Behind this typical modest South Philly rowhouse facade is something that is truly unique. That is to say, there’s nothing else like it, at least not in Philadelphia.
This is one of those rare homes where the broker’s description utterly fails to do the place justice: Read more »
It’s not hard to see how this could have ended tragically. Photo | Brian Howard
We’ve all been having some good laughs over the Double Dz party bus that was burnt to a crisp on Broad Street last weekend, because with a slippery, fast-talking guy like Double Dz owner Blake Harris and tales and photos from the bachelorette party that used the bus the night that it burned, it’s hard not to at least chuckle a little. But in reality, this is no laughing matter. Read more »
Bachelorette Genine MacMullen (left) and friends party inside Double Dz party bus on Saturday night.
UPDATE 3/15/2016 4 p.m.: Officials now say that the Double Dz party bus that burst into flames was operating illegally, and two Pennsylvania agencies are investigating. Go here for the full story.
Every married woman has fond memories of her bachelorette party. There’s the puking, the girlfriends who inevitably get into a fight over something pretty stupid, the embarrassing Instagram photos of silly hats, sashes, and novelty penis cups, and, if you’re lucky enough to be Port Richmond bachelorette Ginene MacMullen, there’s also the party bus that bursts into flames. Read more »
All photos | Brian Howard
UPDATE 3/14/2016 2:15 p.m.: We spoke to a woman who says she was riding the party bus when it went up in flames. For the full story, go here.
Based on the number of people currently snapping photos out at the corner of Broad and Federal, it seems that South Philadelphia has a new tourist attraction: This burnt party bus. Read more »