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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Queen Village 

Fishing pier at Tasker will be Delaware River’s next park – plus trail improvements and much more

A new fishing pier will be built by next summer on Pier 68 at the end of Tasker Street, one of several improvements announced yesterday by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Image from Plan Philly

Pier 68, which is directly north of Home Depot and Walmart. Image from Plan Philly

The pier’s $750,000 redevelopment is part of another round of upgrades to increase access to the riverfront, which will be funded by a $5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, says Plan Philly. That grant will also pay for the expansion of the park at Washington Avenue Green, including adding wetlands, a boardwalk and the glowing 55-foot tower at the end of Pier 53.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Queen Village 

Proposed park for Pier 53 on the Delaware gets a new look

Construction on the extension of the park at the eastern end of Washington Avenue onto Pier 53 will begin by the fall, and the organizers of the effort have released a new rendering of what will come.

Rendering via Plan Philly

Rendering via Plan Philly

Plan Philly reports that the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation says it has gotten permits from the city water department and expects permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Environmental Protection to be ready by early fall.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

About 100 vendors expected at Old Swede’s food truck flea market this weekend

Old Swede’s Church is hosting another one of their fantastic flea markets this Saturday, May 18. Past years have seen the grounds of the church, at Christian Street and Delaware Ave., filled with more than 100 vendors selling jewelry or art, old books, candlesticks, trinkets, etc.

Old Swede's Flea

Old Swede’s Flea

The flea market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., also will feature several food trucks plus live music.

For more information, check out Old Swede’s website. Wow, we’re giving the Swedes all kinds of coverage lately…

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Queen Village 

New Pier 53 park would include 55-foot glow-in-the-dark tower

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation unveiled its proposal this weekend for a new park to be built on Pier 53 at the foot of Washington Avenue.

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Plan Philly had the renderings.

The park proposal includes a 55-foot tower that would have a lookout at 16 feet and a slender “phosphorescent glass cylinder” that would glow through the night.

One of the renderings included quite a wistful description of the sculpture, called “Land Buoy”:

Land Buoy is both a beacon and wind monitor. It tracks the currents of the sky with a “sail” whose action produces a deep, haunting sound. When the wind is calm, the buoy is silent, waiting. Inside the mesh skin a spiral stair, tapering off at 16 feet, provides a protected “bird in the trees” view of land and sea. The central column supporting the stairs becomes an illuminated light column around which a sail device spins, tracking wind currents.

Neat.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Dubious wax museum for Delaware Ave. is even more bizarre than we thought

You may remember that last month we told you about a grandiose but dubious proposal for a massive wax museum proposed for what would have been the Foxwoods casino location at Delaware Ave and Tasker Street.

Well, seems that this project is even more unlikely than we thought. The Daily News reports that the man behind this proposal, Robert Avery, has been soliciting donations toward a museum that for all intents and purposes will never exist.

The paper essentially comes right out and calls him a phony. Avery doesn’t even live in Philly, but actually works for the Navy in D.C.

On his LinkedIn page, Avery writes that the museum is “organized and operated exclusively for the relief of the poor, the distressed, and underprivileged and for the advancement of education, historical, cultural awareness for the Great Philadelphia Region, all while lessening the burdens of government.”

Great place, right? Quick recap: There is no museum.

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SS United States’ conservator sees some hope for saving it

Though at this point, the savior doesn’t look to be in Philadelphia. Docked on the Delaware River across from IKEA, the SS United States sits rusting as its conservators try to raise money and find a developer willing to plunk down about $250 million into turning the hulking piece of history into a hotel – somewhere.

Could be something cool, probably not here, though. Pic, Wiki

CBS reported that the SS United States Conservancy has raised more than $8 million dollars toward preserving the ship and that the conservancy has talked with potential buyers that would move it to either New York or Chester.

Redevelopment Project managing director Dan McSweeney says there is some interest from the folks at Harrah’s in Chester to turn the ship into a hotel, entertainment and retail complex. Or, there’s this:

In New York, we’d also see hotel, restaurants, retail, event space, museum, and potentially a school. We need to create a diversified revenue stream to support the ship for the next 50, 60, 75 years. And luckily, the ship is in such great condition — she was constructed so well — that should not be a problem from a physical point of view. It’s just a matter of finding the right relationship, the right partnership, and the right location to make this thing take off.

He’s also optimistic that a deal could be struck within the next several months. The ship was a modern marvel in the 1950s, and still holds the record for the fastest trans-Atlantic voyage.

More than likely, though, we’ll be washing down Swedish meatballs with lingonberry drink this time next year as we look at the ship from the IKEA cafeteria. But, hey, there’s always hope.
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