Construction crews digging for a new building near Second and Arch Streets uncovered hundreds of dead bodies and coffins Thursday. The developer, PMC Property, said Friday it will give archaeologists some extra time to extract them. But the discovery really shouldn't have been a surprise in the first place. In Philadelphia, which has been developed for three-plus centuries, experts contend dead bodies are likely buried throughout the city. Put in a shovel in the ground here, one half-joked to Billy Penn, and “you should expect to find a human skeleton.”
Speaking of digging, because of complications stemming from what excavators found beneath the original park and above the underground parking garage, the LOVE Park renovation has been taking significantly longer than anticipated. The original estimated completion date of Spring 2017? Yeah, not gonna happen. We spoke with Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, who filled in the details on what caused the delay and when we can expect the square to look like a park again.
New places to eat and drink are still proliferating in Philadelphia. Andrew Kochan of West Philly's Marigold Kitchen just announced he's opening a spot in Rittenhouse, on Walnut Street next to Vernick. His Marigold partner Tim Lanza will be chef. Meanwhile in North Philly, the renovation of the Pearl Theatre is coming along. The new auditoriums, which AMC tells Billy Penn should be ready by this summer, will be outfitted with plush power recliners (basically your own little bed) and you'll probably also be able to order beer. And out in Chester, going to a Union soccer game just got more fun: In time for this afternoon's home opener, Talen Energy Stadium is debuting the Union Ale House, a stadium beer garden created in partnership with breweries like Yards, Victory, Sterling Pig and Yuengling.
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Yes, St. Patrick's Day is coming. No, you don't have to be Irish to enjoy it — nor do you have to drink stouts from Ireland. For the 9th year running, this Fishtown tavern will host a special brunch featuring a wide array of locally brewed stouts on tap, including beers from Victory, 2SP, River Horse, Vault, Carton, Brewery Techne and Manayunk. Pair the smooth dark pours with dishes like haggis, full Irish Breakfasts, oysters and potato "farl" aka the best potato bread you've ever tried.
Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: March 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to March 12, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Shout Out Philly is a brand new organization primarily focused on mobilizing people in the neighborhoods of greater Center City. This info session featuring Councilwoman Helen Gym and other leaders will include advice on how to take action, explain details about protesters' rights and give out calendars from various progressive organizations.
Where: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia at 2125 Chestnut St. 19103
When: March 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Bitter winter weather is back with a vengeance, but this all-levels yoga session surrounded by tropical plants and greenery will leave you with a happy springtime glow. BYO mat and water. Advance tickets required.
Where: Fairmount Park Horticultural Center at 100 N. Horticultural Dr. 19131
When: March 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
How much: $10
Perhaps you've heard about the complaints lobbed at US Senator Pat Toomey about the lack of town hall gatherings he's held recently. His Democrat colleague in the Senate certainly has. So even if it's for no other reason than you want to help him troll Toomey, you could consider showing up at Sen. Bob Casey's public town hall. It's a chance to check out the cool exhibits at the museum, anyway.
Where: Penn Museum at 3260 South St. 19104
When: March 12, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
String and vocal trio Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music on guitar, fiddle and mandolin accompanied by song. The concert is preceded by a free kids' program at 6 p.m.
Where: Calvary Center at 801 S. 48th St. 19143
When: March 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $20 adults; $5 kids