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The Problem With Triangle Park

Triangle Park in better days. Courtesy Naked Philly.

Bella Vista’s Triangle Park, at the intersection of 6th and Christian Streets and Passyunk Avenue, is a small, beautiful plot of green in a neighborhood boasting several small, beautiful plots of green. It, however, also sits satisfyingly right in the middle of the neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful houses, cafés, and other small business.

Oh, and it’s privately owned.

That’s why the owner fenced it in earlier this summer, in an “attempt to signal its availability”, despite its half-decade of cheerful local use, much to the displeasure of the neighborhood–a neighborhood which has been working to acquire the parcel so it can stay a park ever and anon…

The overgrown site. Courtesy Naked Philly

But wait, there’s more! According to this Naked Philly piece, the parcel was a gas station before the community covered it with greenery. And gas station sites tend to have nasty underground surprises, particularly for verdanture atop. Environmental sampling and (likely) remediation has to be done before the property can be conveyed, which has to happen before the fencing can come down–remediation which would also destroy the landscaping already in place.

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Fun Filled Holiday Events in South Philadelphia

This season, South Philadelphia is full of fun filled holiday events for kids and adults alike.

Check out our listings below and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Holiday Second Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue  
Saturday, December 8, 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy an array of holiday themed activities all day up and down East Passyunk Avenue.  From pet photos with Santa to a charity toy drive to strolling musicians, there will be something for all members of the family.  For more information and a detailed schedule of the day’s events, click here.

Latkepalooza 2012 at the Gershman Y
Sunday, December 9, 2-4 p.m.

To kick off Chanukah, the Gershman Y has brought back by popular demand Latkepalooza. Some of the area’s hottest restaurants will go neck to neck to create the tastiest and most creative version of the Jewish food favorite. Restaurants includes Audrey Claire’sBar FerdinandEl Camino RealCitron & Rose plus a few more. Entertainment will be provided by West Philadelphia Orchestra and a performance for children by Music Monkey Jungle at 2:45 PM. Last year was a sell out so we recommend buying tickets in advance. Cost is $16 in advance and $18 at the door.

Bella Vista United’s Annual Christmas & Hanukkah Lighting Ceremony at Cianfrani Park (8th & Fitzwater) 
Monday, December 10 – 6:30 p.m.  

Featured guests are  Santa Claus (with gifts for all children in attendance), The Bella Vista Elf, Councilman Mark Squilla and holiday singers from Meredith Elementary School. Free hot chocolate for all. Rain or shine.

Spirits & Suds With Santa Bar Crawl on East Passyunk Avenue
Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Eat, drink and be merry on East Passyunk Avenue! Join Santa as he gets his jolly on at 12 East Passyunk bars, pubs and restaurants. The $5 admission gets you $3 craft beers, $4 merry cocktails and $5 snacks (select locations), a Santa or Elf hat and Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card. Registration will be held at Urban Jungle (1526-30 East Passyunk Avenue) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

QOTA Holiday Party at Birra
Saturday, December 18, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Queer On The Avenue for festive cocktails, complimentary brick oven pizza and snacks, and great conversation. In the spirit of the season, QOTA will be collecting gift cards to help local needy families with their holiday shopping.

Queen Village Neighbors Association Annual Holiday Party at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church Hall, Christian and Swanson
Thursday, December 20, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Come with neighbors or friends. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  The QVNA will be providing sandwiches, wine, beer, and other refreshments. Parking available.


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South Philadelphia Restaurants Reign Top 50

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Philadelphia Magazine just released their Top 50 Restaurants in the city. Some of the favorites, including the top spot, are found in South Philadelphia. The list has been known to create some controversy, purposely-favoring newer spots over the older and tried but true. Philadelphia Magazine Editor in Chief Tom McGrath admits that this may be true writing:

”I’ve occasionally heard criticism that our lists skew towards newer places, ignoring some great restaurants that have been around for years. I’ve never done the math but I suspect there is some truth in that – if only because part of what we give credit for is how current a restaurant is when it comes to food trends, and how it’s pushed Philadelphia’s food scene forward.”

With nine of the top ten restaurants being in Washington Square and South Philly, we can conclude that our zip codes are where the food scene in Philadelphia is flocking. When reading the addresses, the words South and Passyunk continue to pop up. Passyunk Avenue has become a true foodie’s destination, lined with superb gastronomical laboratories that continue to expand our culinary horizons.  Live Love Philly has listed Philadelphia Magazines Top Ten here with some shout outs to our other local favorites that made the list.

  1. Stateside – 1536 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.551.2500
  2. Marigold Kitchen
  3. Vedge – 1221 Locust Street – 215.320.7500
  4. The Farm and Fisherman – 267.987.1555
  5. Le Virtu – 1927 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.271.5626
  6. Sbraga – 440 South Broad Street – 215.735.1913
  7. Fond – 1537 South 11th Street – 215.551.5000
  8. Amis – 412 South 13th Street – 215.732.2647
  9. Vetri – 1312 Spruce Street – 215.732.3478
  10. Bibou – 1009 South 8th Street – 215.965.8290

16. Will – 1911 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.271. 7683

23. Tashan – 777 South Broad Street – 267.687.2170

28. Jamonera – 105 South 13th Street – 215.568.1027

46. Federal Donuts – 1219 South 2nd Street – 267.687.8258

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