Fall weekends at the new Verna Playground (Instagram/@barbhmphilly)

New details on 30th Street Station’s $550 million redesign

Amtrak’s big renovation of 30th Street Station will bring a new outdoor plaza, revamp the concourse restaurants and stores, and see new escalators and elevators installed at the train gates. These updates and more were revealed at an in-person meeting the agency held last week at the historic station.

Meir Rinde was there to get all the details, which include a start date for when the construction will begin impacting customers. Continue reading…

A rendering of the South Concourse retail area at 30th Street Station (Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia)

Boozy Mutt dog bar close to opening in Brewerytown

A little over a year after it was announced, the Boozy Mutt dog bar is nearing the finish line. The indoor-outdoor tavern will welcome people and their pets to the corner formerly home to North Star Bar, thanks to a married couple who wanted a place to hang with their own pooch, a Bernedoodle named Buda.

Early December is the target launch for the space, which will have a dozen beers on tap, cocktails, and a food menu available at pickup windows in the main dining room, Ali Mohsen reports. Continue reading…

The second floor bar at the Boozy Mutt, a Brewerytown pub for people and their pets. (Ali Mohsen/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Longtime Councilmember Brian O’Neill survived a challenge in his Northeast Philly district, winning 61%-39% to stay the only Republican on Council. But during the campaign, news surfaced that a former employee had sued the city after getting reassigned and then fired when she reported sexual harassment in O’Neill’s office. [Billy Penn/Intercept]

• SEPTA Transit Police have so far held off on a threatened strike as union and agency leaders meet in all-hours sessions to negotiate a new contract. [6ABC]

• Indego, the city-run bike share program (and the only one operating in Philly), is targeting lots of expansion in 2024. Plans include adding 1,000 new docking points and hundreds more cycles, bringing the citywide total to 5,750 docks and nearly 3,000 bikes. [Indego]

• This week is your last chance to see the Black Founders exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution before it closes on Nov. 26. [Billy Penn/AmRev]

• A record-breaking 34,000 people participated in the races over Philadelphia Marathon Weekend — including someone who ran the whole 26.2 in their t-rex costume. Respect. [WHYY/@brimil]

• The Phillies actually broke into the Eagles-dominated Philly sports news cycle this weekend with their re-signing of Aaron Nola to a big 7-year, $172 million contract. [Billy Penn/AP]


Nothing public today on the schedule for Mayor Kenney. Over the weekend he took time to post a note of condolence to the family of former first lady Rosalynn Carter.


🦃 If you’re seeking an alternative fam to dive into turkey with, check out the third annual Friendsgiving dinner at Gayborhood bar and lounge Level Up. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23)

🛍️ Small Business Saturday takes over Main Street in Manayunk, with more than 50 independent retailers offering discounts and deals throughout the day. (Saturday, Nov. 25)

✴️ Check out one of Philly’s most impressive collective holiday light displays at the opening night block party for the Miracle on South 13th Street. Expect snacks and hot chocolate, plus balloon art and Santa. (5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25)

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