Friday, October 3, 2014

Want a Philly Bike Share station anywhere near Pennsport? SPEAK UP!

Here's the map of potential Philly Bike Share locations that was recently released by the City of Philadelphia and one thing should immediately stand out. It ain't lookin' pretty for Pennsport or Whitman. That is, of course, unless you speak up and have your voice heard.


It's pretty simple, almost the entirety of Southeast Philadelphia has been left off of the map. It's like the world ends at Morris Street. Sure, there are a few stations that are close. Take the one at Front and Washington, for example. Or the three conveniently located on East Passyunk Avenue. That's great - except none of these stations are located within Pennsport.

What can you do about it?

Visit the website, click on the location (I chose the one located at Front and Washington) and complete the short survey if you'd like to see one placed in Pennsport, like along the rapidly development Delaware River Trail, Dickinson Square Park or even Snyder Plaza. It's quick, relatively painless and could end up being the difference in whether our neighborhood gets a bike share station the first go-around.

The question is simple: Would you use the new Philly Bike Share in Pennsport? Then let it be known!













Thursday, September 11, 2014

Meet The Authors of "Philadelphia's Old Southwark District" This Sunday at DSP's Farmers' Market

Stella approves of the Farmers' Market
I know your Sunday ritual already includes a visit to the Farmers' Market at Dickinson Square Park. Be sure not to miss it this Sunday, September 14th, as fellow Pennsporter's Mehron Moqtaderi and Heather Gibson Moqtaderi will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show off, sign and answer questions about their new book entitled "Philadelphia's Old Southwark District."

As you can tell by the title, the book highlights the South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Pennsport, Whitman, Queen Village and Dickinson Square West - an area formerly known simply as Southwark.
Here's what the book looks like
The Moqtaderi's, who hail from nearby Tasker Street, offer splendid sepia-toned images of a bygone era from our slice of Philadelphia that hand its hand in shaping the city. Some of these rare photos have never been published.

So stop by on Sunday. You can say hey to some neighbors, grab some awesome produce and get your hands on a wonderful book that visually tells the tale of our area's rich history along the Delaware River.

Can't make it on Sunday? You can easily purchase the book on Amazon.
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Here's more info from the press release:
Telling a story in pictures is Philadelphia's Old Southwark District, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's popular Images of America series. The book by local authors Heather Gibson Moqtaderi and Mehron Moqtaderi boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.

The area along the banks of the Delaware River originally known as Philadelphia's Southwark District encompasses the present-day neighborhoods of Queen Village, Pennsport, and Dickinson Square West. Southwark's deep history is tied to its relationship to the waterfront and the multitude of immigrant communities that settled its streets. The Washington Avenue Immigration Station, Southwark's counterpart to Ellis Island, was a testament to the waves of immigrants reaching America's shores in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the immigrants who stayed in Philadelphia found inexpensive housing in Southwark and employment along the waterfront.  

Today, the neighborhoods of old Southwark continue to embrace diversity. Many of the area's historic houses still stand alongside newly built homes. While the construction of high-volume roadways cut off the neighborhoods from the waterfront, new efforts are reconnecting Southwark to the river through improved access points and attractive waterfront recreation areas.
Highlights of Philadelphia's Old Southwark District include:  
  • Numerous photos come from private collections and have never before been seen by the public. 
  • The book provides views of several buildings that are no longer standing, such as the grand Southwark Commissioner's Hall that stood at Second and Christian Streets.
  • A chapter is dedicated to the Pier 53 Washington Avenue Immigration Station, which was recently renovated to create a public park.

Mehron Moqtaderi and Heather Gibson Moqtaderi

Friday, August 29, 2014

Federal Donuts is back open on Two Street

These are free today. 

Good morning! Remember how Federal Donuts surprisingly closed up shop a few weeks ago for some maintenance issues? Well, it's back open and this time, they're debuting new "Mini Jimmies" - a mini, vanilla glazed donut with rainbow jimmies.

The best part? FedNuts is giving them out today as part of their grand re-opening of sorts. In true Federal Donuts fashion, it's first-come, first served and one per person - so you best get there early.

I'll shut up now and just show you the pictures of your future free donut. Enjoy!




Federal Donuts is at the corner of 2nd Street and Manton, just south of Federal Street.

Images via Federal Donuts. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Reminder: The 2Stock Music Festival is not for another 50 days!


Here's a quick hitter. 2Stock, Pennsport's awesome music festival, will be held at EOM on September 27, 2014. You're not going to want to miss it.

Check out our 2Stock coverage from last year and give them a follow on Facebook for all the most up-to-date info.





Also, check out this video of New Sound Brass from last year that's sure to get you pumped for September:


Friday, August 8, 2014

An Explanation and a Plan for Moving Forward with Pennsporter

Yuckin' it up at the sneak peek of Pier 53
"Where did you go?"

That's a phrase I've been hearing a lot recently. As you've probably noticed, posts to the site have stalled over the past couple of months. At the risk of burying the lead, the simple answer is that I've been named the new Editor of Curbed Philly -- the popular real estate development and Philadelphia neighborhood website. It's an exciting challenge to take what I've honed here at Pennsporter and spread it throughout the Philadelphia landscape. You'll continue to find all of the development news of the neighborhood, it'll just be on a larger, better looking and properly organized site. So, shoot over any tips and feedback to the Curbed tip line and I'll be sure to check them out. Also, be sure to follow Curbed Philly on Twitter, like us on Facebook and sign up for the daily newsletter for all of your Philly development news, with great tidbits from Eater Philly as well. I'd greatly appreciate it!

I'll also be continuing to report on neighborhood news in Pennsport, Whitman and Queen Village for The Passyunk Post. The relationship between the Pennsporter and The Passyunk Post has been a great way for me to get news to all of South Philly. For instance, have you heard the news about Bell's Delly? Well, there you go!

As for the Pennsporter, I love this 'hood and the people that I've been able to meet because of it. Seriously, you guys and gals are awesome and I appreciate all of the love you've shown to me and the site over the year and half of its existence. There is still nothing more humbling and thrilling than meeting readers in real life. It's awesome. While you won't get breaking news, the blog will still live on. I really want to try and continue to to build a community of game-changers in the neighborhood. There are a ton of amazing people doing extraordinary things to help further Pennsport and Philadelphia -- it's my goal to feature those efforts to help inspire the neighborhood to get involved. For me, the most important thing for this blog is to be a platform for community involvement. Let's try and make it happen together.

So yes, you'll still see posts to Pennsporter. While they may be in a different scope and probably less often, they will be featuring the things YOU care about. The Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts will live on as well. Aside from being addicted to them, it's the best way for me to get the pulse of Pennsport and speak directly with you awesome Pennsporters.

Hope you keep reading and again, feel free to shoot me over any tips for all things Philly!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dickinson Square Park Farmers' Market Opens for Biz Sunday, June 1st

Get 'em started early on the goodness of fresh fruit and veggies (Instagram)

Admit it, you've had a hankerin' for some fresh, green local veggies. Well, you're in luck! The Dickinson Square Farmers' Market opens this Sunday, June 1st from 10am to 2pm. Located at the corner of Moyamensing Avenue and Morris Street, the market will run every Sunday from June through October - weather permitting, of course.

Here's a list of who you can expect:
  • DARMO FAMILY FARM
    • Beets, asparagus, scallions, strawberries and Boston, red lead and romaine lettuce
  • TWO GANDER FARM
    • Red and green butter head lettuce, baby romaine lettuce, salad mic, swiss chard, beets, spinach, kale, radishes, yukina savoy, baby pac choi, hakurei turnips, collard greens, dandelion greens, spring garlic and RAW HONEY (!)
  • ANITA'S GUACAMOLE
    • Classic, Mango salsa and Raw tomato salsa
  • GREENSTREET COFFEE ROASTERS
    • Whole bean coffee available by the bag 
    • Hot and iced coffee while you shop
  • STOUDT'S WONDERFUL GOOD BREAD & CHEESE (every other week)
    •  Artisan bread and cheese
 Be sure to follow DSP Famers' Market on Facebook for all of the lastest updates, ya'll!

Also, if you have any recipes made with farmers' market goodies, share them over at our Facebook page as well.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Scrap Metal Joint Moving to Weccacoe Avenue

F&J Scrap has packed up shop and looks to be in the process of moving to an unknown location on Weccacoe Avenue. While that's probably bad news for John's Roast Pork (and IKEA's shopping carts), it's music to the ears of neighbors looking to rid the area of transient scrappers, litter and stray shopping carts. Check out this list of recent violations.



A sign hung on the fence mentions the move, which points to an opening date (?) of July 1st.

This news will hopefully mean less transient scrappers in the neighborhood and underneath I-95, as well as less stray carts from Target, Marshall's, ShopRite and even as far as IKEA.



This cart was found at Moyamensing and McKean - that's a haul from F&J