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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

East Passyunk car show, street fair returns Sunday for the 9th year

The 9th Annual Car Show and Street Festival comes to East Passyunk on Sunday, bringing more than 140 classic and muscle cars as well as street vendors, circus performers, live music, outdoor bars and an expanded roster of food trucks.

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Pic of last year’s show from EPABID

The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District says that the free event will string along four blocks of Passyunk, from Broad to Dickinson,  from noon to 5 p.m. Twelve Passyunk businesses will be selling food and drink out front of their places, and 10 food trucks will set up to feed the thousands that are expected to attend.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Meeting planned for proposal to convert 12th and Jackson building into 164 apartments

The developer behind the proposal to turn a former brush factory at 12th and Jackson into apartments is going before the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association in a few weeks to answer questions about his intentions.

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Proposed view from Jackson and Iseminger streets.

Tony Rufo plans to convert the former factory, which has been vacant since it closed in 2005, into Artisan Lofts, 164 market-rate apartments. The meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the South Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School at Broad and Ritner streets.

The LoMo Civic said on its website that questions can be sent to lomophilly@gmail.com so that those who can’t attend can still get some answers. 

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What's Happening in:  Girard Estate 

$280,000 in improvements — benches, lighting, repaving, more — coming to Girard Park

The city is poised to spend about $280,000 on upgrades to Girard Park, the leafy jewel at 21st and Ritner that surrounds the farmhouse of Revolutionary War War of 1812 financier Stephen Girard.

The plans include repaving 18,000 square feet of walkways, replacing 20 benches and updating the lighting throughout the park, according to the South Philly Review.

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Pic of Girard Estate Neighbors Association’s Easter egg hunt comes from GENA’s Facebook page.

Says the paper:

During the renovations that he expects to be completed by the spring, [Michael DiBerardinis, the City’s Parks and Recreation commissioner], does not believe the park will close to the public — aside from portions of walkways when new cement is being poured. The start date has not been determined, as the department is still waiting on paperwork and design work to be completed.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Headhouse Fountain is back in action at 2nd and Lombard

The Headhouse Fountain is back in action after recently undergoing some maintenance and cosmetic changes, just in time for the stretch run of Philly’s hottest summer months.

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It’s back (Photo: South Street District Instagram)

The basin area has been resurfaced from a sunburst theme to an ocean blue motif. Back in 2009, changes were made to the plaza area  to transform a rather unwelcoming fountain area into a friendly environment with programmable water jets and cool LED lighting for people to enjoy the fountain from afar or go all out and splash about on a sweltering summer day.

No matter how much fun you have in the  Headhouse Fountain, there is no way in hell it will ever top the shear enjoyment this dog had there back in 2010. By all means, give it a go though!

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

First Pics: Karina’s reopens just off South Street

We’ve been keeping you up to date on all things Karina’s since they’ve moved out of their former space at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave. (where Bringantessa is opening up shop soon).

While Karina’s was originally going to move down the avenue a bit near the fountain, plans changed. It’s now reopened in the former Hoof + Fin spot just off of South Street at 617 S. 3rd Street.

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Welcome to Karina’s new spot. (Photo: James Jennings)

Formerly owned by Chef Pedro Beltano, Karina’s is now owned by his wife, Rosa Uzcha, who is also the head chef. Those who were keen on the the cuisine on Passyunk Avenue needn’t worry, they’ve kept the Spanish/Italian-fusion menu as is and are looking forward to life near bustling South Street.

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City blames New Jersey for sulfuric, urine-like mystery odor

For those of you lucky enough to have not yet smelled a sudden, overwhelming odor reminiscent of cat urine recently, you may have seen our story last week. Plenty of people did (it got more than 75 comments).

Turns out that the smell is likely coming from across the Delaware River. Councilman Mark Squilla’s office told us that the city’s Air Management Services office said it had been receiving complaints about the odor and that PGW, the Fire Department and AMS had been unable to determine any source in Philadelphia.

“Most likely it is coming from New Jersey due to the wind direction,” AMS said. A new power plant built by New York-based LS Power is about to open in West Deptford, N.J., directly south of the Navy Yard, putting South Philly in the path of a potentially foul summer breeze. The projected opening date for the natural gas-burning plant is Aug. 1.

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A power plant like this Georgia one (pic from NPR) is opening soon in West Deptford, N.J.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Newbold Neighbors hosting a sangria tour of homes

They’ve done a wine tour. They’ve done a beer tour. Next stop, sangria.

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Looks tasty, no? Pic from Her Campus

On Aug. 9 the Newbold Neighbors Association is hosting a sangria tour of homes, which an organizer pitched to us would be like a live version of our weekly SoPhilly Spotlight real estate posts.

The tour includes five houses in or near the southwest portion of Newbold (the NNA’s southwestern boundary is 18th and West Passyunk). Each house will offer two different sangrias, one red and one white, and you’ll get to keep the glass from your first house. Each host will also have hors d’oeuvres, including vegetarian and vegan options.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

SS United States could be headed for Brooklyn

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Pic of the ship from Wikipedia.

The massive, record-setting S.S. United States, anchored on the Delaware near Ikea, could be destined to become a tourist attraction and hotel on Brooklyn’s waterfront.

The New York Times reports that conservancy that owns the 990-foot-long ocean liner, which still holds the record for the fastest eastbound trip across the Atlantic in 1952 (three days, 10 hours and 40 minutes), is in talks with three developers that would all move the ship to New York.

Says the paper:

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