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Looking for Green Space in Philly? You may have to look up.

Rooftop gardens have been a hot commodity the last couple years. Especially in Philadelphia where land, green garden space and a backyard can be hard to come by. Looking back, the transformation of the rooftop at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s into a garden space seemed ahead of its time.

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Today, you will find more single family homes with green garden space on their roof, their deck, heck anywhere some sunlight may touch. Schools in the area have also started to adopt this trend as an educational and environmentally friendly way to teach young students the importance of green space in urban cities. South Philly High School (South Philadelphia) and Andrew Jackson Elementary (Passyunk Square) have jumped on the green train! While South Philly High has been fundraising, they have reached their first goal and continue to push for more feedback and funds. Looking out at a magnificent skyline view, just imagine the transformation this roof will take on.

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As for Andrew Jackson Elementary, they have already implemented their greenery and plan to celebrate their grand opening of their rooftop garden this Saturday (11/23) from 2-4pm. This rooftop launch will be an activity packed afternoon for the entire family. Offering some of Philly’s most renowned food truck vendors, games, crafts, live music, shopping and raffles. Join in with the Passyunk Square community and help support this beneficial project in helping Philly educate our communities on the importance of green living.

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Progress so far: These were posted not too long ago in preparation for this weekend. Keep the dirt coming!

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Passyunk Square is Booming!

Recently, the talk around town lies within Passyunk Square. New businesses, restaurants and events are popping up, enticing neighbors to come out and enjoy their community.

Coffee Dessert bar was pitched this week before the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s zoning committee. The idea to open a coffee shop and bakery at 12th and Ellsworth St. sure smells sweet! Serving Green Street Roaster’s coffee, this would most likely become a stop-and-go style cafe seating just over 10 people. 

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If you are searching for more of sit and eat style restaurant, than you may be pleased to welcome Porto to the neighborhood. At 11th and Wharton, this Portuguese influenced cuisine will offer breakfast, brunch and lunch. This space was completely renovated with state of the art appliances and vibrant decor. Be sure to stop in on Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 and don’t forget to BYOB! This is formerly the site of Carmen’s Country Kitchen and if you’ve been in the neighborhood long enough you what she put the “C” in. Let’s hope Porto can leave as lasting an impression on this space – BIG shoes to fill indeed!

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Ok, one more hot topic around the square and a celebratory one at that! Passyunk Square Civic Association is celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Their mission “neighbors helping neighbors” shines through as multiple improvements have been made for the community over the last decade. Implementing clean ups, community gardening, town watches, and school engagement, the PSCA surely has met their goal by enhancing the quality of life in Passyunk Square.

Join them Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Annunciation BVM Church Hall at South 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Food and drinks will be provided while you network and hear remarks from active community members.

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Garden Greens

Looking to get outside and enjoy this breath of fresh air? This weekend you can travel to South Philadelphia and partake in the Garden Tours, a garden and groundscape project by South Philadelphia High School.

This is the third year that the South Philadelphia Food Co-op has held their garden tours. Do you often admire the blooming window boxes you pass on the street? Now you have the chance to stop and stare.

Covering south Philadelphia streets between 11th and 17th, Washington to Snyder you can admire and awe over the various garden skills and green spaces Philly has to offer. Join in the tour and breath the fresh air.

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Sponsors including Ultimo, R5 Productions, South Philly Tap room and more all contribute in these tours with refreshments and specials. Purchase a $20 ticket today or $25 tomorrow. Join South Philadelphia Food Co-op from 1-5pm and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

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Labor Day Weekend Activities

This weekend marks the last official weekend of summer. With that, Labor day activities will be popping up all weekend long. The PHS Pop-Up Garden is celebrating this weekend with refreshing cocktails and scrumptious sides from Garces Group. On Monday, Labor Day, the Pop-Up will have extended hours from noon-10pm.

The Pop-Up Garden hasn’t slowed down yet! On September 12th, join them from 5-8pm for a Pop-Up Party. Buying a ticket for $15 can get you two drink tickets and endless guacamole from Chipotle. You can purchase tickets in advance and if you happen to be a PHS Young Friends Member, your evening just got a little sweeter as you can attend for free.

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This weekend is packed with food, music and activities. Made in America Festival is back on the Ben Franklin Parkway with a stellar line-up for Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 30 artists will preform this weekend. Buy tickets now so you aren’t waisting your time in line! Saturday through Monday you can enjoy Cannstatter 141 Annual Volksfest offering performances, rides, raffles and crafts. This event is for all ages and admission is only $6. If jazz is more your style, be sure to stop over at Penn’s Landing on Friday for some smooth tunes by Jonathan Bulter at 7:30pm.

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Spice it up with the 5th Annual BigBite Philly Wing King Competition at Fleisher Art Memorial on Saturday from 5-10pm. Judges from the Philly food scene will taste and sample entries for the best Wings. Being held in the yard of Fleisher Art Memorial, there will be an assortment of flavors and beverages provided by Narragansett Brewing Company. This event will be donating a portion of their proceeds to children and youth programs at Fleisher Art Memorial. For $15 a ticket you can enjoy wings, music and even a couple free drinks!

So what are your senses calling for this weekend? Music, food, drinks and art. Some of the many Philly favorites!

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Pop-Up Activities This Weekend

PHS Pop Up Gardens bring environmental and community awareness together. These pop up gardens serve as a meeting ground for locals, visitors, gardeners, beer lovers and all walks of life. This Friday enjoy an afternoon of musical tunes starting at 11am with Philadelphia based band, Ensemble Novo. Starting at 1pm you won’t want to miss the jazz and musical performance “Broadway on Broad” featuring mezzo soprano Alexandra Clint.

On Sunday, wind down with “Natural Craft-a pop up jewelry garden”. Presented by UArts students and alumni, this display will be available all day long with the option to purchase.  Inspired by nature, these jewelry  pieces are to create awareness of jewelry as an art form. This is the third annual pop-up garden in Philadelphia. This public landscape brings horticulture and the arts together. Offering a variety of drink specials and small plates, this garden will be open through October. Events are frequent at the Pop-Up Garden so be sure to check their calendar.

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Inspired by the Pop-Up beauty, head over to Dickinson Square Park this Saturday, August 17th. They are holding a one hour long clean up. Racking, weeding and trimming are some activities you may participate in. From 9-10am help your neighbors make this park clean and safe. Can’t make it this time? Head out on Saturday August 24th, same time, same location.

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August 15, 2013 · 5:11 pm

Summer Farmer Markets

This coming weekend and until the first Saturday in November you can find fresh produce and meats at the South and Passyunk Farmers Market. Saturday’s from 10am-2pm you can shop the streets among local farm and food vendors. From cheese to berries, find favorites such as Frecon Farms, Wagner Farmstead and Lanci Bakery.

If you always seem to be tied up on Saturdays, stroll on over to Headhouse Square in Society Hill. Now with more than 40 vendors, this farmers market has been growing each year since 2007. Seeds, herbs, ice cream and coffee are among the variety you can find on Sunday’s from 10am-2pm. Mark it on your calendars as this farmers market is present each Sunday in Headhouse Square until October 27th.

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Dickinson Square Park Brings New Life

In July, Dickinson Square Park reopened in the heart of Pennsport. The park was restored using 1.2 million in funds given by numerous entities. This includes the State Department of Conversation and Natural Resources, the City, the Parks and Recreation Department and former councilman DiCicco’s office.* The renovations brought new benches, play equipment, lighting, fencing, game tables, bike rakes, dog waste stations, and paving.  The park serves as an oasis for local families, children, and dogs to come together in a beautiful green space that is safe and sound.

Now, a few months later, Pennsport is beginning to see the ripple effects of positive development and growth that the park renovations brought with it. Surrounding area lots are quickly being bought and converted to new housing. Recently, lots at 1500 – 1502 South 4th Street were quickly acquired after being on the market for less than a month. This pair of lots were bought for $155,000.  Now, foundations are already laid out for what will be two single – family homes that will be put on the market for sale with asking prices between $420,000 and $430,000.

Dickinson Square Park provides one more positive reason why a family should move into these new homes. It’s great to see that hard work and city funds have a lasting impression on a neighborhood that only continues to grow for the better.

Note: Every Saturday in December, Dickinson Square Park will be having Park Clean-Ups at 9:00 AM.

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