Newsletter for Thursday, July 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This patriotic block in Point Breeze ‘feels like winning’ to run through, according to Instagram user @realtimmyb.
POINT BREEZE BEER GARDEN OWNER: THE CITY SHUT ME DOWN
No beers were pouring last night at the controversial Point Breeze Pop-Up Garden at 1622 Point Breeze Ave. Proprietor John Longacre (South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar) wrote in an email to Billy Penn: “[Our beer garden] has now received a ‘Cease and Desist’ by order of Philadelphia License and Inspections. When the Inspector came out to inform us, he stated he had ‘absolutely no idea why they were shutting us down.'” Longacre provided a copy of the cease and desist order, dated July 8, 2015. Here’s the reason L&I later gave.
Q&A: PA’S TRANSGENDER PHYSICIAN GENERAL RACHEL LEVINE
Last month’s Senate vote to confirm Rachel Levine as Pennsylvania’s physician general made history — she became the highest-ranking transgender woman in the state government. Levine says the last few months since being nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve on his cabinet have been a whirlwind, but now she wants to refocus on her priorities for the office: Pennsylvania’s prescription drug abuse problem, planning for a future when medical marijuana is legal and advocating for the LGBT community. As part of our Trans Philly series, Billy Penn talked with Levine about her memories from the last few months, her transition process and how she can personally forward non-discrimination legislation at the state level.
TO DO: FOOD AND DANCING IN MT. AIRY
WHAT: Park Before Dark, featuring free salsa dancing and food from Dos Hermanos’ truck.
WHERE: Lovett Library Park, 6945 Germantown Ave
WHEN: 6 PM
HOW MUCH: Dance class is free, food is pay-as-you-go
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THIS ARGENTINEAN RESTAURATEUR WANTS TO FEED POPE FRANCIS HER EMPANADAS
When Pope Francis comes to town, Gavin’s Cafe owner Jezabel Careaga wants to feed him empanadas. As owner of the only Argentinian restaurant in Center City, where her daily-made handpies are based on recipes from the homeland she shares with the pontiff, her chances are better than most. Still, she’s realistic. “My sister and I have a plan to tweet him, but I don’t know that will work,” she told Billy Penn — but the selection of goods may be tempting to the former-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio with whom she shares a homeland.
QUEEN VILLAGE: FROM SWEDEN’S MONARCH TO THE THREE STOOGES
Welcome to Queen Village, the quaint, residential neighborhood that’s within walking distance from some of the best the city has to offer, from the culture of Italian Market to the history of Old City to the nightlife on South Street. Queen Village falls in the middle of these areas, and mixes the feel of South Philly with the colonial and federal architecture of Society Hill. Once home to the city’s free black residents in the 18th and mid-19th centuries, Queen Village is now home to families and young professionals with a development boom to boot. It’s the latest entry in our Neighborhood Postcard series.