The Kenney administration's major Rebuild project to overhaul Philly parks and recreation centers took a step forward Friday, Plan Philly reports. The city announced the first 21 nonprofits selected to oversee the various reconstruction jobs. Officially called "project users," these orgs range from large groups like the Philadelphia Horticultural Society to small neighborhood CDCs, and they'll be in charge of assigning work to hundreds of other local companies. Why adopt the "project user" model? In contrast with traditional municipal bidding, the jobs aren't required to go to the lowest bidder, which means the workforce will likely end up much more diverse (aka not just controlled by the powerful building trades unions).
The person who parked their convertible with "I AM NY" plates in a Fishtown crosswalk probably thought they couldn't be topped. But this week also gave us sidewalk parkers, upside down signs and a lawsuit filed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority board chair. It all started with a Santa photo. Details here.
The nation’s biggest feasting holiday is almost here, but if you can’t wait to get your fix, you don’t have to settle for a Wawa Gobbler. We already told you about the Turducken at Jake’s Sandwich Board, but several other Philly restaurants also have you covered. From decadent sandwiches to crazy poutines to Jose Garces foie gras waffles, here are eight Thanksgiving-inspired lunch specials to sate your turkey cravings.
You might never have heard the name, but Joe Procacci, who died last week at the age of 80, was a legend throughout the U.S. produce industry. After starting with pushcarts in South Philly in 1948, he and brother Mike grew Procacci Brothers to a global force. Based out of a giant warehouse off Packer Avenue, the company, run by son J.M. Procacci, is estimated to handle 10 percent of the country's tomatoes. We can also thank Procacci for reintroducing deliciousness to our salads — he was responsible for bringing grape tomatoes and UglyRipe tomatoes to a nationwide market.
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Rushing home and need to stock up? On the way to dinner in the 'burbs but don't want to arrive empty-handed? Suburban Station's new marketplace is shaping up, and the Manatawny Still Works tasting room and bottle shop opening Monday has the answer to those pressing Regional Rail liquor situations. The store will also sell mixers and cocktail kits.
Where: One Penn Center (Suburban Station lobby) at 1617 JFK Blvd.
When: November 20, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Retired NBA player Jason Collins, the first openly gay man to play in the NBA (or any major U.S. sport), will recount his coming out experience and its impact on his industry and the American cultural landscape in general. Office of LGBT Affiars Director Amber Hikes will join him to discuss Philly's policies and outline community resources.
Where: William Way LGBT Community Center at 1315 Spruce St.
When: November 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Perfect pre-game for a day spent with family? A go-go bar. The annual Jive Turkey dance party features free Jim Beam samples through 10 p.m., a screening of Cleopatra Jones, DJs on vinyl and $5 "turkeywide" specials all night (Yuengling + Wild Turkey).
Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St. 19107
When: November 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to November 23, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: No cover
The new Yards Brewery taproom is open on Spring Garden, but beer is still being made on Delaware Avenue, and will be for several months. So it'll be a while before Avram Hornik's vision for the old Yards space — a combination bakery, BBQ joint and brewpub — gets up and running. You can get a preview of the multi-faceted spot during the holiday season, when it pops up on the north apron of City hall from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. Expect a decorated tent with seating for 100, a champagne bar, beer, cocktails, food and loaves and other retail gifts. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia City Hall at North apron
When: November 23, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. to December 23, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go