Ever wonder why that empty lot across from Pat’s and Geno’s has been vacant for all these years? There is more to it than you’d imagine, says City Paper’s Naked City blog, which highlighted the lot last week as its Philaphilia Empty Lot of the Week.
The story begins in 1864 when the First Presbyterian Church and its school opened there. Fast forward all the way through a renaming to St. John Nepomucene Church in 1907 and then to the mid-80s, when the church was abandoned. Enter South Philly native Joseph Gatta Jr. comes in.
While ice cream and water ice are just dandy, sometimes you just need to change it up, especially on those sticky South Philly summer days. How about frozen popsicles handmade with fresh, natural, locally-sourced ingredients in quirky and creative flavor combos?
Lucky for us, the nationally recognized Lil’ Pop Shop has opened a second location at 534 S. 4th St., just off South. The other location is in West Philly, aka far away.
There are pops here for foodie-types and for food ‘fraidy cats wary of “weird” stuff. Here’s what was in the case one day last week: coconut hibiscus, Vietnamese iced coffee, lime mint, creamy mint chocolate chunk, chocolate w/salted caramel brownie, goat cheese w/cherries, lemon blueberry buttermilk.
Check out the ruins of Fort Mifflin near the airport. Pic from Hidden City
Feel like slumming it, deliciously? Go to John’s Roast Pork, 14 E. Snyder Ave. Been a while since you been there, right? Get there before 3:30 when they turn off the grill. Then head to Bonnie’s Capistrano on 13th near Dickinson. Yeah, it’s a dive, and it’s not as weird as you think.
At 1908 E. Passyunk, you could head to Pollyodd, where they’ll be serving snow cones made with the shop’s homemade lemoncello from 5 to 7 p.m. The store is open from 1 to 9.
Also Saturday, you could pretend you’re in 1990 and go to the Wells Fargo Center to see New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men. Tickets – they’re still available OMG! – on Stubhub were going for as low as $7 plus fees yesterday. This is not a recommendation, but hey, if we were in the right mood and drunk enough…
Buy your Dad a beer at The Industry, Reed and Moyamensing (or at least call him).
Cloth, in a renovated 1605 E. Passyunk Ave. that had been South Philly Stained Glass, which moved down the block
Neighborhood residents and husband and wife Shai and Angela Halperin had a son in 2010 and decided to capitalize on all the other cloth-diapered babies who were sprouting up around here. And all of their merchandise hews to the natural way of bringing up baby.
But the folks in charge at the center want to change all that. To that end, they want to formulate a strategic plan on how to change the programming to attract more neighbors to use it. Fill out the survey by clicking here.