Back in 2006, this used to be one of the only massive, relatively inexpensive places to buy art supplies in Center City. Of course you had your smaller stores including the school book store and Utrecht but these didn’t compare to the three floors packed with art supplies at Pearl. Well a couple years later, Pearl closed their doors for good while Utrecht expanded and Blick made their way to Center City.
The old Pearl building that sits at 4th and South in the Queen Village neighborhood, has remained unoccupied since then. Years of discussion and talk of what this could be and finally some creative ideas have surfaced. The plan is for this space to be converted into art studios. Including retail space, ground floor gallery and a roof top entertainment area. Studios would be rented monthly at $250 and offered a space for gallery showings.
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Plans are to open this Summer 2014. Although a new designed facade and interiors will not be present until 2015. Considering the rise of art programs, schools and encouraged creative thinking, this was a smart move. We’re happy to see a creative, community learning space come to South Street.
Coming Fall 2014 you will start to see many more bikes traveling these city streets. The city has committed millions of dollars in capital funds to this Bike Share project that may have you rethink how you get around. Their goal is to implement the Bike Share in zones of Center City and surrounding neighborhoods. When the project is at completion they hope to see between 150-200 Bike Share stations docking nearing 1,500 bikes.
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Bike Share will be prominent in neighborhoods such as Bella Vista, Queen Village, Passyunk Square, South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, Temple University all the way to the Navy Yard. At the most recent Bella Vista Neighbors Association meeting, this was discussed in great detail by the Mayors Office of Transportation and Utilities as Bella Vista would have a Bike Share station implemented.
The Bike Share program wouldn’t be for your everyday bike rider. This program would be targeted at students, tourists, anyone who does not own a bike. This would become one more option of transportation similar to jumping on the bus or walking. Yearly and monthly memberships will be offered. They price comparable to other major cities with Bike Share options. A single ride could be bought for under $10.
These bikes will be large, heavy and uniquely designed for Bike Share. They will be three-speed and made with hard to replace parts hoping to deter theft. Philadelphia will become the 37th city to offer a Bike Share program. As a non-bike rider living in Center City Philadelphia (for reasons of erratic Philly drivers) I am still excited to see this change come to the city as it promotes outdoor, physical activity. Although, I would consider making one change and make the helmet policy mandatory.
Passyunk Square, Queen Village and Bella Vista, respectively.
What used to be home to South Philadelphia Florists is now on the market. Including the 4 apartments in the same building. Located at 10th and Wharton, the asking price on this property is a pretty penny, coming in at close to $590K. All four apartments are included in the asking price but notes suggest that the floral shop could be sold separately. This location is a high foot traffic area as Pat and Geno’s are right down the block across from the active Capitolo Playground. So who wants to stop and smell the flowers?!
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Flowers on your mind?! Maybe you’d like to invest in a smaller space – formerly a flower shop and private residence. An ideal location right across from the singing fountain in East Passyunk, this listing iz zoned for commercial use and could be used in a variety of ways (commercial on three floors, commercial on first and second with living quarters on the third floor, etc., etc…) Options are endless! This might be the best location in all of Passyunk Square! All it needs is your vision and some TLC. Please view more info on this listing or contact Larry Levin.
If you’re a vintage and/or antique collector your weekend’s just got a little sweeter. Recently opened, Nostalgia is located at 704 s. 5th Street (5th and Bainbridge) and offers all ends of vintage memorabilia ranging from sunglasses to cameras. This boutique will also be showcasing local artists throughout the year along with many other in store events. Get your shop on before heading to the Good King Tavern for some drinks and french inspired eats.
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Located at 7th and Kater, Good King Tavern‘s recent opening has triggered some talk around the neighborhood. Offering some cuisine diversity, we feel this is a great addition to Bella Vista. So go ahead, take a Saturday to stroll and get your grub on while wearing your new vintage shades!
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By Summer 2014, the Delaware Waterfront may look a little different. Recently, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) was awarded a $5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. This grant is to work on two pier parks in Pennsport. For years, communities and neighborhoods have seen I-95 as a barrier to the waterfront. The goal is to find ways to connect these astray neighborhoods to the river. The key is connector streets. Work is to be conducted from Pier 53 to 70.
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Current View of Pier 68 (Image Source: Planphilly.com)
This includes Pier 68, 390 feet of useable land that extends over the river. Pier 68 has high hopes and plans as initial talks have already stated the possible Bassmaster’s Fishing Tournament in August 2014. This Pier would remain open for public fishing opportunities. The Washington Avenue Connector will be accompanied with a Tasker Street Connector to give more direct access to Pier 68. The DRWC has a long agenda and plans to create a waterfront easily accessible by it’s neighborhoods, to preserve land and natural beauty of the Delaware waterfront. Can you imagine strolling down to Pier 68 with bait and hook?!
This Friday-Sunday bring the whole family out to the Independence Seaport Museum (211 S. Columbus Blvd). Between the quaint neighborhoods of Old City and Queen Village, the 2nd annual Seaport Festival is a weekend long adventure that will showcase Tall Ships, arts and crafts, live music, Philly food trucks and other family activities on the Delaware waterfront. Don’t miss the ‘Parade of Boats’ on Friday October 11th from 5-7pm, as they arrive from Penn’s Landing.
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You can join in the parade by purchasing tickets to be aboard these ships. Or watch for free at the landing. On Saturday, don’t miss the Pirate Battles, as ships shoot canons back and forth to one another on the river. If this just caught your attention, you can get one step closer to the action by purchasing a ticket to be aboard during these Pirate Battles. To read more information and purchase tickets click here.
In Queen Village, parents are having trouble finding decent and reliable child care for their infants and toddlers. These families have joined long waiting lists to deal with limited options when it comes to days, activities, food and education for their children. A headache for many residents, there is a shortage and demand for childcare.
At 420 Bainbridge Street, this 4,000 square foot location used to be the Life Management Medical Center. You will soon see Natalie Renn open her second location of The Giving Tree Infant and Toddler Center…if the license comes through. Her first location was specifically for daycare and preschool in the Logan Square area of Philadelphia.
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Their focus and mission is to provide exceptional child care for infants and toddlers under trained and professional supervision. Natalie trains her employees to focus on early childhood development, communication techniques, sleeping strategies and eating patterns.
They will offer a variety of learning and physical activities including; baby and me yoga classes, an inside mini gym, a backyard for play, trips to local playgrounds and parks. Just a few weeks away, they’re expecting to open their doors October but were talking about a license from the Department of Public Welfare. Hoping we do see them open soon, we need more Natalie’s in Philadelphia!
At 108 Titan Street in the Pennsport section of Philadelphia sits a slab of concrete surrounded by metal guardrails. This has been a site for sore eyes for more than a year. Early construction plans included talk of making this plot into homes. Good news… green is on the way! The Community Design Collaborative recently received a grant for the redesign project of Titan Park over the next 6 months. Volunteers and community members are urged to help participate in speeding this process along. Volunteers will have the chance to meet with the Community Design Collaborative two times to discuss design ideas and plans. We look forward to following this project and finally seeing some green grass.. maybe?!
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Just north of Pennsport, over Washington Avenue, Queen Village and Meredith School are proud to announce the first annual Meredith School 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 21st. At 9AM, you can join in the community with friends and neighbors and run or walk through the Queen Village neighborhood as well as surrounding areas. There are several ways you can get involved. Become a Sponsor. Show off your kicks and run. Organize a team and walk. You can also participate by being a volunteer. Individual tickets are $35 and all proceeds of this run support Meredith School programs and help preserve the excellence of their students. Find out more details and register here.
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Lately, bold and bright butterflies have appeared on the wall at 4th and Fulton. This mural art project by Conrad Booker, “Harmony and the Windows of Curiosity” show butterflies symbolizing rebirth. Queen Village wants this wall to become a destination for neighbors and a remembrance for the former burial ground at Weccacoe Playground that we recently touched on in our previous post.
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This public art project is nearing completion with one final, unique element left to add. With the help of the neighborhood and it’s children, a three dimensional ‘window frame’ will picture toys and neighborhood kids’ handprints. Queen Village needs your support to help complete this mural project. Help by donating and encouraging pubic art projects in communities all over the country. Donate online or by check/money order to Queen Village Neighbors Association P.O. Box 63763, Philadelphia, PA 19147.
If you happen to be strolling through Queen Village this week, head out to September Yappy Hour with your four legged friends! Thursday September 12, 5:30-7:30pm join QVK9 at Kennett (848 s. 2nd Street) and enjoy half off all draft beers, glasses of wine and pizza specials! Last month was a hit so they do suggest to RSVP online.
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Located on 6th Street between Pine and Lombard, in Society Hill, Mother Bethel and the African Methodist Episcopal Church holds history dating back to the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. This church was originally built on land first purchased in 1791 by freed slave Richard Allen with the support of several founding fathers.
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The church once owned a cemetery that is now the site of Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village. The cemetery land was in active use from about 1810 until about 1868. Initially purchased by Richard Allen, it was eventually acquired by the city and has served largely as a playground for more than a century. Recently, there have been proposed plans to update and renovate the park, making necessary changes for the community’s safety. In order for renovations to take place, an underground examination must be completed. Reports estimate that the shared land holds more than 2,000 burial sites a mere 2 1/2 feet below the playground surface.
This all came to light last month when the headstone of Amelia Brown was found among top soil while conducting the land dig. For more than a century and today, families enjoy all the playground has to offer including full sized tennis courts, community activities and a full playground. This issue has become a fine line of preserving history while making necessary renovations to the playground.
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After finding the tombstone, it was displayed for church members to see at worship. Mostly, they appreciated learning about the church and burial ground history. The Church is actively working several of the groups involved in the excavation and research to ensure this important part of the its and the City’s history is preserved for future generations.
Over the last several months Fabric Row in Queen Village has seen its share of excitement, and not the kind we like to boast about. A fiery blaze ripped through Jacks Fabrics destroying the entire plot it once called home. Empty remnants can still be seen at their old location of 4th and Fitzwater.
Fabric Row saw firetrucks once again last week when Anh’s Custom Tailors Cleaners caught fire. Not compared in damage to Jack’s but a set back non the less. Most of the building was destroyed and remains unstable, while they were able to preserve their window display. Upper floors of the building saw the most damage with bent siding and broken windows. Since the first floor received minimal structural damage, it wont take long before Anh’s is back up and running. Question is… When and what will occupy that huge hole where Jack’s used to be?
A photo of Fabric Row in the 1920’s
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