Where’s the best place to see holiday lights in all of Pennsylvania? Travel + Leisure agrees that it’s right here in Philly.
The site rounded up commercial and private property displays that were worthy of representing their state in a compilation of best Christmas lights to see in the U.S. One of the most famous displays, South Philly’s “Miracle on South 13th Street,” came out on top for Pennsylvania.
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Behold, the avocado fries at Wild Burrito. | Photo via Facebook
Hat tip the Passyunk Post for today’s little nugget of deliciousness. They’ve got details on a new burrito joint headed to South Philly that’ll cater to gluten-free and vegan diners, with one particularly intriguing menu item: avocado fries.
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South Philly Holiday Lights Run | Photo via Facebook
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, runner friends. The annual and always amazing South Philly Holiday Lights Run returns tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more psyched. Read more »
TREND images via Zillow.com
Alright, we’re gonna give it to you straight: it could do with an update or two. But like the listing points out, it’s a “diamond in the rough waiting to be polished.” Plus, all that being said, it does have several things going for it and as to its literal surrounds, its anything but rough.
Parked on a leafy block in Queen Village, the home is an expanded trinity, so the living room and kitchen are actually on the same floor. (Contrary to other trinities where the kitchen is on the lower level, which can get pretty old.) The latter has newer appliances and access to a rear patio that’s roomy enough for summer grilling and hosting guests.
Bedroom-wise, you’re in for a treat…especially if you love shoes.
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New York street artist Hanksy is getting in some commentary on Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent, ignorant statements about Mexican immigrants via a series of “Trump for Presidente” posters that he’s hung around NYC and Philadelphia. Passyunk Post spotted these around the corner from Triangle Park in South Philly.
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Photo | Jeff Fusco
A Confederate flag sticker on a motorcycle displayed at Geno’s Steaks was removed after a customer took his complaint public Monday.
Phil Dahl complained this week to Philly.com about the sticker — on a neon-orange motorcycle built for the shop’s late founder, Joey Vento, displayed across the street from from the steak shop. His complaint came after the Charleston massacre renewed national debate over the flag’s symbolism.
“I’ve walked passed this monstrosity for four years now, and I just can’t believe no one has said anything about it,” Dahl told the website. “Maybe that says something about our own perceptions and blind spots to these sorts of things.”
Geno Vento, Joey’s son and current owner of the shop, on Monday had the sticker scraped from the motorcycle’s battery cover, and the motorcycle rotated 180 degrees.
Geno Vento told Philly.com. “The offending image has been removed from the public view.” Read more »
We first made the joyous announcement back in February that Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken–that famous Memphis brand, currently in the middle of an expansion cycle–was looking at Philly as one of the possible cities for a new, out-of-state location. We didn’t know much other than the fact that Gus’s was exploring its options. Hell, despite our enthusiasm, we weren’t even sure that Philadelphia was going to make the final cut.
But now, we have some good news.
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Canno Architecture + Design | Renderings courtesy of Paul Mirabello
Despite making some compromises to make his proposed mixed-use apartment complex across from Pat’s King of Steaks as appetizing to neighbors as possible, developer Paul Mirabello was on the losing end of the Zoning Board’s decision on Wednesday: they unanimously voted in favor of denying a zoning variance that would have allowed the project to move forward, reports the Inquirer’s Maria Panaritis.
What will happen with the vacant lot now that Mirabello’s plan has been removed from the table? For the moment, residents who opposed the development are just reveling in their win:
“I’m super-excited,” said Robert Stewart, 35, among a handful of residents who pleaded during the two-hour meeting to allow only single-family homes on the large lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets. “I feel like my voice actually mattered.”
“It made me feel better to see there’s still some justice in the city of Philadelphia,” [Gil] Lettieri said. “The Zoning Board of Adjustment did that for me today.”
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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr and a Creative Commons license.
Frankie Avalon, the South Philly-born crooner, has pumped thousands of dollars in to the restoration project of a neighborhood mural that bears his image.
The Inquirer reported Avalon’s donation last night to restore mural of famous South Philly musical influences, which is currently located at Ninth Street and Passyunk Ave. He and Jerry Blavat, Avalon’s fellow survivor of the early 1960s music scene in this region have each given $5,000 to help paint a new mural at a new location. Their images are on the current mural alongside those of Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Eddie Fisher and Al Martino. (Not everybody’s a fan: Philly Mag’s Dan McQuade put the site on a list of Philly murals he hates — which, to be fair, included almost all the rest of the murals, too.)
Nicole Steinberg, Director of Communications for the Mural Arts Program, told Philly Mag in a statement, “We’re excited to begin the process of rehabilitating South Philly Musicians, a mural that means so much to the South Philadelphia community and people everywhere who have been inspired by these legendary artists. It’s especially thrilling that Jerry Blavat and Frankie Avalon have made donations toward the project’s re-envisioning and, in doing so, are still making significant contributions to South Philadelphia’s cultural history.” Read more »
Last week, the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia was shaken by an early morning home invasion and sexual assault. And now, police say that they have a suspect in custody, though he hasn’t been charged in connection to the crime. At least not yet. Read more »