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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Roof collapses at For Pete’s Sake as it expands into second floor

The roof collapsed yesterday at For Pete’s Sake, the Queen Village pub at Front and Christian streets that was in the process of expansion.

for petes sake Roof collapses at For Petes Sake as it expands into second floor

Photo by Charles Mostoller via Metro

The restaurant, at 900 S. Front St.,  went before the Queen Village Neighbors Association in April to seek permission to expand its dining room into the second floor. The QVNA intended to support the plan, which included another dining room on the second floor and offices and storage space on the third.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Whitman 

Is a third nail salon coming to 4th and Snyder?

An interesting zoning permit recently popped up on the former Millennium Home Products storefront at the intersection of 4th Street and Moyamensing and Snyder Avenues.

It’s noteworthy because the permit seeks to add yet another nail salon to the bustling corner where Whitman meets Pennsport. Or does it?

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Future home of Holiday Nails? (Photo: James Jennings)

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Washington Avenue Pier sanctuary opens at Pier 53

The Washington Avenue Pier park has opened at Pier 53 behind the Sheet Metal Workers’ union headquarters, at Washington Avenue and Columbus Boulevard.

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Photos by Douglas Bovitt via Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

City bigwigs on Friday cut the ribbon on the park, which provides a sanctuary and bird-watching area that injects a little nature into the city. The park includes a 55-foot Land Buoy sculpture, by artist Jody Pinto, that doubles as a lookout station. For an interesting look into Pinto’s artistic heritage, check out this Hidden City story.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Developer lowers number of apartments in proposed Artisan Lofts at 12th and Jackson

UPDATE: Here’s one important thing to note: the project does not yet have financing lined up. Another source who attended the meeting contacted us today to say that the lawyer on the project said several times, “if we get financing.” On another occasion, he said, “Banks are tight. You’ve all heard the stories.”

Also of note, the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association’s zoning chair has posted on the group’s Facebook page that it intends to support the project.


POSTED EARLIER: The developer for a new apartment complex called Artisan Lofts at 12th and Jackson, which would replace a dilapidated former brush factory, went before the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association last night to answer questions regarding the revised proposal.

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Proposed view from Jackson and Iseminger streets.

Tony Rufo, of Rufo Properties, said his team had lowered the number of apartments from 164 to 151. That’s down a total of 21 units from the original 172 we heard back in December.

The apartments will be 1- and 2-bedroom units, costing between $800 to $1,800 a month. The size of each ranges from 500 to 1,000 square feet.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Federal Donuts is closed for maintenance in Pennsport, to reopen in late August

The (original) Federal Donuts in Pennsport will be temporarily closed at least until Aug. 25 to take care of some maintenance issues.

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Pennsport location, pic from Philly Phoodie

Federal Donuts, located at 1219 S. 2nd Street (Manton Street), told us that the “shop needs some love” and that they’ll be back with new flavors after the repairs and deep cleaning are completed. They didn’t say exactly what needed to be repaired, but the promise of new flavors is an exciting proposition.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Pennsport :  Queen Village 

Gardens galore on display in this year’s tour with South Philly Food Co-op

Tickets have gone on sale for the South Philly Food Co-op‘s fourth annual South Philly Garden Tour, which is the biggest fundraiser of the year for everyone’s favorite theoretical grocery store.

And before you ask, yes, they are actively seeking a retail space now that they have surpassed the 600-member threshold. But back to peeping into your neighbors’ coolest backyards.

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Image from stop on 2013 tour comes from South Philly Food Co-op’s Flickr page

The self-guided tour, on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. (rain date Sept. 7), will include at least 16 gardens between 2nd to 10th, Fitzwater and Moore streets. An after-party will be held at The Industry at Moyamensing and Reed.

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Yo, Data: See where South Philadelphians like to exercise

Yo, Data is an occasional feature by tech whiz and South Philly resident Angela Minster, in which she crunches the numbers and makes ‘em all nice and pretty. Know of any data sets you can customize to South Philly? Let us know at punk@passyunkpost.com.


Recreational development projects are popping up all over the area, so we took at look at 2,220 biking, running and walking routes from MapMyFitness.com. The data was submitted by 1,100 of the site’s users in the last 12 months.

This map shows only routes that originated south of South Street. Darker lines indicate that a road is more heavily used.

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Submitted running, biking and walking routes in South Philly from MapMyRun.com. Click to view larger.

Many people seem to run north to Center City, but it looks like any major road or park is subject to recreational use. With all of the work being done by the Delaware Riverfront Waterfront Corporation near Columbus Boulevard, it’s nice to see that the southern section of that waterfront trail is being used for something more than underage drinking .

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