Newsletter for Sunday, May 29
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Signs that summer has arrived: Happy kids splashing in Swann Fountain; instagram via @kaplanphilly.
NEW BILL WOULD GIVE CITY COUNCIL UNPRECEDENTED POWER OVER DEVELOPMENT
On May 19, longtime Northeast Philly Republican Councilman Brian O’Neill introduced legislation that would City Council members unprecedented control over private development in their districts. It’s essentially codifying councilmanic prerogative — and developers have already taken notice.
HOT AND SUNNY WEEKEND BRINGS RELIEF TO SSHP VENDORS
It’s not just visitors celebrating the warm weather at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Memorial Day weekend. Before this one, every weekend in May had been wet or cold, and since 75 percent of revenue comes from weekend sales, it had really put a damper on things for the vendors there. Upside: All those clouds did bring along a signature silver lining.
COLLAPSED LUNG FORCES FISHTOWN BRUNCH SPOT TO CLOSE ABRUPTLY
Brian Oliveira, chef and owner of Girard in Fishtown, suffered a collapsed lung last weekend. He was hospitalized, and the restaurant was forced to close for a couple of days, but he has since been released and the bruncherie is back up and running — albeit with a limited menu.
ON THE CALENDAR
In honor of Memorial Day, admission is free on Monday. Activities include musket and flag etiquette, music from the Air National Guard Band, and various crafts and games.
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St., Independence Mall 19106
When: May 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Nonprofit Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is hosting a potluck party at the Moffet School in Kensington. Drummers and singers will perform, art will be on display and activities will involve the crowd.
Where: John Moffet Elementary School at 127 W. Oxford St. 19122
When: May 31, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
The org that brought Philly its first pop-up beer garden is back with two locations. This one opens first, with food and drink from Khyber Pass Pub. New this year: sign up as a member in advance instead of at the door.
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden South Street at 15th & South streets
When: June 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The Design Advocacy Group hosts Paul Steinke, former Reading Terminal Market manager and new director of the Philly Preservation Alliance, to talk about the state of things today and where to go from here. (Of note: Bart Blatstein was supposed to speak, but apparently cancelled.)
Where: Center for Architecture + Design at 1218 Arch St. 19107
When: June 2, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.
How much: Free
Opening Tap has a new venue this year — instead of the cavernous 23rd St. Armory, the 30-local-brewery beer fest that marks the start of PBW is at the hot new concert hall in Fishtown. Mayor Jim Kenney will be there to kick of the week.
Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia at 29 E. Allen St. 19123
When: June 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $46