Green light for the home opener (Instagram/@bhalda)

Bridge repairs force 2-year detour behind the Art Museum

The MLK Drive Bridge closed last week for a $20 million renovation, forcing a two-year detour that’s catching people by surprise as the weather warms.

  • Recreational users depended on the Schuylkill River overpass to access the riverside trail, including joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers, even horseback riders — and the consensus is generally “this sucks.” 

But it’s necessary, Jordan Levy reports, because the bridge was literally falling apart. People have been sharing alternate workarounds to the offered detour.

→ Dealing with the closure

Members of the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club run into the detour around MLK Drive Bridge repairs. (Jordan Levy/Billy Penn)

What to expect at Fishtown’s newest bar: Manatawny Still Works

Pottstown distillery Manatawny Still Works opened its fourth tasting room last night, adding to one of the city’s hottest dining and drinking scenes.

  • Located on Lee Street near Pizzeria Beddia, the new bar has a minimal yet cozy interior. There are over a dozen whiskeys on the drink list — including a coffee-infused collab with ReAnimator — plus beer and wine.

There’s no kitchen, but you can bring food from anywhere in the neighborhood. Ali Mohsen reports, and the cocktails are the real draw.

→ What you’ll find at the new spot

The Manatawny Still Works tasting room in Fishtown. (Ali Mohsen/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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The holiday weekend starts today, per Mayor Kenney’s office — seems he’s taking off Good Friday — so there are no public events on his schedule. 


🌵 Chilean American artist Jacqueline Unanue hosts a First Friday reception at Muse Gallery in Old City for her solo show featuring paintings inspired by the Atacama Desert. (5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7)

🌮 Those looking to break Ramadan fast with Mexican food clan head to South Philly Barbacoa for a special Iftar Party, featuring lamb tacos and all the fixing. (7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 11)

🦚 Mummers-curious can explore what happens behind the scenes as Golden Sunrise NYA — the last remaining Fancy Division club —hosts an open house and workshop tour. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16)