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:
    • Beets, asparagus, scallions, strawberries and Boston, red lead and romaine lettuce
    • 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 (!)
    • Classic, Mango salsa and Raw tomato salsa
    • Whole bean coffee available by the bag 
    • Hot and iced coffee while you shop
    •  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

Open House for Abigail Vare Elementary School is Today

Reminder: The open house for Abigail Vare Elementary School is today from 9am to 12pm. Listed at $2.5m, it's one of the highest valued properties in school district's most recent portfolio of 20 shuttered schools. The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation is in charge of the sales.

For an idea about what the process looks like, check out the live-blog for the open house of William Penn High School I did yesterday for Curbed Philly. Before you ask -- yes, waivers are involved.

Please be sure to let us know if you happen to stop in. We'd love to see what Vare looks like on the inside.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pennsport Listed as One of the Top Cycling Communities in the Entirety of America

Do you bike to and from work or school? Or maybe you bike to the grocery store? How about when you go out with your friends or family?

Student at Furness High love to ride their bike to school
If you do, then you've apparently contributed to Pennsport being listed as one of the "Top 10 Cycling Communities in the USA" -- so, thanks for that!

I have to admit, something seems slightly off with this story. Perhaps they're using a broad definition of "community' and encompassing multiple South Philly 'hoods within Pennsport. Either way, it's awesome news for the neighborhood and Philadelphia as well. As you know, Philly is getting a bike share next Spring and it's a pretty big deal.

The usual scene outside of The Industry
So keep biking anywhere and everywhere, Pennporters - we have a reputation to live up to now.You might want to check out this app that tracks your bike ride in order to create better and safer bike lanes. And if you see a parked car blocking the bike lane, report it to the PPA using the hashtag #UnblockBikeLanes on the Twitter machine.

Norman's on Two Street is For Sale

Back in November, we brought you the sad news that Norman's Juvenile Furniture on Two Street had closed after nearly 60 years in the baby furniture business. Well, much like Abigail Vare School up the street, it looks as though the building is now officially up for sale. Whereas Vare is looking to net a cool $2.5m, Norman's in on the market for a shade under $600,000 -- or just slightly less than the entire Rudolph Wilson Elementary School near 28th and Leigh.

Norman's is for sale for just under $600k
The listing on Redfin offers a glimpse at the current condition of the large commercial space, officially located at 1714 South 2nd Street -- Second and Watkins for most of you. While the outside remains intact, the interior of the old shop (which was originally a grocery store) has been stripped, leaving an expansive open floor plan just yearning for a vision.

The shelving units are gone. All this place needs is a vision -- and someone with $600k. (via Redfin)
Hopefully, the building can be sold and turned in to a useful commercial property. As you are probably well aware, houses are going up left and right. Two Street could really use the foot traffic that typically comes from the emergence of a new business in the neighborhood. Here's what we wrote back in November:
The good news is that Jim [Pratt, the owner] wants to see something become of the large corner property that housed a few grocery stores back in the day. "We were originally across the street (corner of 2nd and Pierce Sts.) and this used to be an ACME," he said. "Believe it or not, these few blocks were mainly storefronts but things change." 
Oddly enough, it could be Norman's that sparks a commercial turnaround on Two Street.  The opportunity is certainly there: the old Wise Guys pizza place is still on the market, as is the commercial property located directly up the street at 1708 South Second Street. The short-lived Brown Chicken Brown Cow, which didn't survive the winter, is still available to rent. Add the untapped potential at the Pennsport Mall to newer shops like Federal Donuts and CrossFit 2Street and you've got yourself the making of a fine commercial corridor from Washington Avenue down to Moore Street to help service current neighbors and those who purchase one of the many new town homes in the area.

1708 S. Second Street is still for rent - it's three doors north of Norman's (via Google Maps)

Wise Fries is also still for rent since it's closing in June of 2013
What would you like to see happen to the old Norman's space? Shoot us your ideas in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter and, who knows, maybe we'll look back at your ideas in five years times and tell you how much you nailed it!