PHOTOS: Flavors of the Avenue on East Passyunk

A thousand revelers packed the big-top tent at East Passyunk’s annual Flavors of the Avenue culinary festival on Sunday. The sold-out event featured over two dozen East Passyunk chefs, a street festival with live music and the April Showers Craft Show hosted by Crafty Balboa at the Singing Fountain. 



Entertainment for the day included local bands We Are Fauna and The Star Band, who played in the picnic area; and DJs Linz and Mars spun at the Singing Fountain. The stars of the afternoon, however, were the dishes. I heard people raving about Ippolito’s lobster roll, a stinging nettle vichyssoise from Will BYOB and Tre Scalini‘s slow-cooked honey-roast tripe dish, trippi in umido.

Renderings: Plans For Lot Across From Pat’s King of Steaks

Canno Architecture + Design | Renderings courtesy of Paul Mirabello

Canno Architecture + Design | Renderings courtesy of Paul Mirabello

“We won’t proceed without neighborhood support,” said developer Paul Mirabello last time his plans for 827-29 Wharton Street made headlines. Indeed, even if we might have wished to take that back in light of Tuesday’s heated neighborhood meeting, Paul and his team are happy area residents care enough to be involved in the project. “We’re always willing to work with immediate neighbors on any other changes,” Brett Feldman, Mirabello’s attorney, tells us.

And changes there have been, among them the fact that earlier plans had called for twenty-one residential units, a number now down to eighteen. Three floors would be along Wharton, while the 9th Street side would have four floors, matching up in height with the commercial property next door. As for the ground level retail in Mirabello’s proposed mixed-use building, the 6,700-square-foot space would have entrances along 9th and allow for up to five tenants.

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Dana Spain’s Opulent South Philly Smart Home Has Had Its Price Reduced

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

What would have been of this year’s mayoral race had Dana Spain resolved to run for office? Perhaps we’ll know the answer to that in a few years time, but for now all we can offer you is a peek (really a second peek) into the driven businesswoman’s glamorous South Philly digs, which recently had $500k cut from its original $4.25 million price tag.

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Spotted on East Passyunk: The Avid Organizer’s Ideal Abode?

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

In the spirit of spring cleaning, which Shoppist has so generously helped us tackle, we present you this organizer-friendly South Philly house. Per the listing, the second-level bedroom has built-in storage taking up an entire wall, while the master bedroom boasts another whole wall built-in closet and walk-in closet. Additional storage space and a home office can be found in the finished basement. Guess keeping things from disarray should be easier now, huh?

Other features of note include swing doors with bamboo inset, two wood fireplaces, mid century chandeliers and light fixtures, a solar powered water heater, trellis patio, and a kitchen overlooking the open elevated dining room. It also has a newly installed A/C unit and there’s access to the roof from the family room.

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Meet the (Sort of) New South Philly Running Club, Passyunk Beer and Java Runners

Passyunk Beer & Java Runners | Photos via Facebook

Passyunk Beer & Java Runners | Photos via Facebook

You know we have a particular obsession with Philly-area running clubs, right? I mean, it’s no accident that we maintain a rather exhaustive list of Philadelphia-area running groups. It’s also why we’re so stinkin’ psyched about the first-ever running club championship, the Mayor’s Cup, debuting this summer.

So we were tickled pink yesterday when the Passyunk Beer & Java Runners followed us on Twitter. Yes, a South Philly running group formed around a shared love of beer and coffee. What could be better?  Read more »

Spotted in Hawthorne: Three-Bedroom Right Around the Corner from Moonstone

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

A starter home if there ever was one, this South Marvine Street row home is right on the border of Hawthorne and Bella Vista, a convenient situation that allows for short walks to the nearby Whole Foods, Super Fresh, dog park, and Palumbo Playground. It’s also just four blocks from the Italian Market. But its true trump card? It’s quite literally just steps from Moonstone Preschool, that vaunted toddlertopia your child might (but probably won’t?) get into.

Of course, that’s not the only family-friendly feature it has going for it. Its back yard includes a garden area with two trees and room for gas grilling, which the listing claims will “give you that suburban feel.” Additionally, the home got renovation work back in 2007 that left it with a finished basement, complete with exposed beams, ceramic tile floor, and a “closet plumbed to add a third bathroom.” The home is in move-in condition, offering new occupants all of its custom lighting fixtures and appliances, as well as Brazilian cherry wood floors, an exposed brick wall, and wiring for surround sound.

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Philly Mag Offers Their Goodbyes to The “King Of Jeans” Sign

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We’re guessing you’ve already heard the news, but if not, the above photo should say it all: the “King of Jeans” sign in East Passyunk will soon be taken off its original spot. So what’s going to happen to it? More importantly, does anyone care?

You can see how some Philadelphia magazine staffers felt in the words they offered below, but there’s at least two groups in Philadelphia who we know may have taken the sign’s removal to heart: the East Passyunk Civic Association, whose zoning chairman David Goldfarb recently revealed the sign would be displayed at the Provenance Salvage in Northern Liberties (“under the condition that it not be re-sold,” per Philly.com), and the Philadelphia History Museum.

I spoke to Charles Croce, the museum’s executive director, who lamented not being able to acquire it for the museum’s collection. “Documenting the city’s history is what we do, […] we wanted it very much,” he said, explaining that the “iconic” sign represents a specific period in the contemporary history of Philadelphia retail. “Unfortunately,” he said, “it is quite huge” and there was “no place we could have stored it.”

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Morning Headlines: Proposed 2401 Washington Ave. Project Moves Along

The site at 2401 Washington Ave. as of August 2014 | Image via Google Street View

The site at 2401 Washington Ave. as of August 2014 | Image via Google Street View

Last month we filled you in on the plans developer Green Construction LLC has in store for the vacant lot at 24th and Washington, which after speaking to Harman Deutsch, the architecture firm signed on to design the mixed-use apartment complex, seemed poised to get the thumbs up from local neighborhood associations. But according to PlanPhilly‘s Jared Brey that only’s the case for some groups.

Brey reports the “oddly shaped” 113-unit development has received support from the South of South Neighborhood Association, whose zoning committee voted unanimously in favor of the project, while others were openly opposed:

But other nearby residents said that SOSNA’s support didn’t represent them. Madeleine Shikomba, of the North of Washington Avenue Coalition, said the project is too big and has too many units. Another Coalition member and Democratic Committeeman, Jonathan Purnell, said the development would make it even harder to park in the neighborhood.

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Fire Kills Two, Injures Officer

Two people were killed and a police officer injured overnight in a fire at a South Philly rowhome.

“The blaze broke out just before 1:30 a.m. in the first floor of a two-story rowhome on the 400 block of Daly Street,” CBS Philly reports.
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You Have a Say in the Development Changes in Store for South Philly

Photo credit: pwbaker via Flickr.

Photo credit: pwbaker via Flickr.

Think Philadelphia’s South District (i.e., Grays Ferry, East Passyunk, Point Breeze, Pennsport, and Whitman) has a dearth in parks? How can the population boom be handled better? And for the love of William Penn, what’s up with Snyder Station?

Whatever your issues with the area, these weak points (as well as its positive features) will be discussed in greater detail at the next Philadelphia2035 planning meeting on February 9th.

According to Taylor Farnsworth at the Passyunk Post, Phila2035’s first South District meeting took place in December, an assembly that found locals voicing the following pros and cons…

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