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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

First Pics: Lyas Cafe opens in former bahn mi location at 802 Christian St.

Lyas Cafe, a new Mexican-inspired joint, has opened at 802 Christian St., previously the home of the (beloved, by us, anyway) Vietnamese hoagie shop Cafe Nhu Y.

Lyas 640x956 First Pics: Lyas Cafe opens in former bahn mi location at 802 Christian St.

Gloria Guadalupe PoPoca and her husband, Andres Ladino, opened the cafe about two months ago. The new café has a menu full of Panini-style sandwiches and salads, with a separate menu for vegetarian options.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

New Bok developer plans ambitious artistic mixed-use community with apartments, retail & more

Plans for the former Bok Technical School include live-work residences, art studios, ground-floor retail & “could include rooftop cinema and outdoor beer terraces.”

The sale of the school was approved Thursday night to Scout Ltd. LLC, which is run by Lindsey Scannapieco, the daughter of ultra-luxury Philadelphia developer Tom Scannapieco (so our last post about this was admittedly a bit off).

Scout envisions “a creative anchor for the burgeoning East Passyunk neighborhood featuring studios and live-work space for the maker community,” according to a news release, which noted ”plans to revive the 340,000 sqft space back to life as a center for design, entrepreneurship and fabrication.”

bok collage Scout New Bok developer plans ambitious artistic mixed use community with apartments, retail & more

Collage comes from buildingbok.com

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Bok classroom, via Scout LTD. LLC

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing :  Whitman 

SoPhilly Spotlight: Huge, Affordable Backyard edition

This week’s SoPhilly Spotlight is not the biggest house on the block, but the backyard very well may be.

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This 1031 sq. ft. house at 2340-44 Marshall St., near 7th and Ritner streets, has a listing price of $160,000.

What sets this 2 bed, 1 bath house apart is the large attached backyard. It’s also not just a 1 lot backyard, but 2 full lots for gardening and general outdoor enjoyment—which as we all know, is a rarity in the city. In addition to a backyard space, the house is also located within walking distance of Mifflin Park.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Pennsport :  Point Breeze 

Daughter of luxury Rittenhouse high-rise developer has big plans for Bok; Vare & Smith sales also approved

UPDATE: Bok was sold to a company run by the daughter of the luxury developer mentioned in this post. Click here for details of the mixed-use plan.


The sales of the shuttered Bok, Vare and Smith schools were approved last night to developers with track records for luxury development. The sales of the three schools, as well as eight others in the city, were green-lighted in a unanimous vote at a School Reform Commission meeting.

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Bok High. Pic by Bradley Maule via Hidden City

Bok, at 9th and Mifflin streets, is being sold for the proposed sale price of $2.1 million to Scannapieco Development, which built the 1706 Rittenhouse skyscraper of full-floor residences. This 14th floor unit, for instance, was purchased for $4.7 million last year. Scannapieco also plans another ultraluxury building at 5th and Walnut streets that will overlook Independence Mall.

(UPDATE: The sale was actually to Scout Ltd., LLC, which is managed by Lindsey Scannapieco, the daughter of that developer, who plans a mixed-use arts-based project. Details to follow soon.)

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Spotted: Class warfare soldier, or just a jerk?

This graffiti showed up on the wall of a private home at 13th and Moore this week. It says, “Destroy the rich, uphold the poor.”

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Is that some kind of manifesto? Or is he just an idiot?


This episode of Spotted comes courtesy of a loyal reader. Like that friendly neighborhood tipster, if you see something, say something – in an email to punk@passyunkpost.com.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Beanstalk school to open later this fall at 729 E. Passyunk Ave.

The former location of Meredith Preschool and Nursery at 729 E. Passyunk Ave. is becoming another childcare facility, the Beanstalk School.

Beanstalk 640x428 Beanstalk school to open later this fall at 729 E. Passyunk Ave.

We don’t have much other information on Beanstalk except that they plan to open later this fall and that the facility will be for children from ages 3 through 6. The opening of this new facility follows the area’s increasing demand for childcare facilities.

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18 stations may be placed below South Street in bike share’s first phase

Eighteen bike share stations are expected to be installed in South Philly during the first phase of the system’s spring roll-out, including 10 below Washington Avenue.

Plan Philly reported that the Philly Bike Share website unveiled the locations on an interactive map and invited city residents to offer feedback on the proposed locations and suggest additional ones.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

SliCE owners plan P’unk Burger in old Chhaya spot, 1823 E. Passyunk

A mere month after Chhaya moved two doors away at 1819 E. Passyunk Ave., its old location at 1823 E. Passyunk Ave. has already been scooped up for a new burger joint called P’unk Burger.

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What will be P’unk Burger at 1823 E. Passyunk Ave.

Marlo and Jason Dilks, the owners of the SliCE pizza shop at 10th and Federal, as well as locations in Rittenhouse and Washington Township, say they plan to use all-natural ingredients for burgers, fries and shakes. They also plan to have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, which you may have been able to guess if you’re familiar with their pizza leanings.

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SEPTA launches ‘Dude It’s Rude’ campaign. Will it work?

SEPTA believes it can win the war of etiquette on its subways, trolleys, trains and buses with a little public shaming.

The agency has launched a “Dude, it’s rude” campaign that highlights various transit transgressions, such as blocking the aisle, using profanity, leaving trash behind and taking up more than one seat. Here are a couple of the signs, which we got from our hyperlocal pals, the West Philly Local:

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What's Happening in:  Girard Estate :  Packer Park 

Acme at 19th and Oregon unveils beer section with frosted mugs

There’s finally an explanation for that orange liquor license application at the 19th and Oregon Acme that we reported about way back in October — it’s a beer cafe and six-pack shop, the first that we know of in the city.

Dan Croce, Acme’s vice president of operations, told us they’re selling about 400 varieties of beer, of which you can buy up to two six packs at a time (just like takeout beer at a bar). Or you can have a seat at the new cafe with a frosted mug and grub from the grocery store or a small menu.

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