While you can debate the virtues of gambling dens in downtown Philadelphia until the cows come home, you can’t argue with the fact that Sugarhouse is trying hard to make a name for itself outside the world of slot machines and blackjack. One such effort is the Sugarhouse Outdoor Summer Concert Series, music shows that have been taking place on the waterfront this summer on Friday and Saturday nights. Every third Thursday, Sugarhouse has also been hosting a Thursday Food Fest, with multiple food trucks hawking their delicious wares on the casino’s waterfront boardwalk. Tonight, from six til ten, visit Sugarhouse and enjoy food from Chef Johnny Bravo’s Surf n’ Turf, P.J. Whelihan’s, Gigi’s & Big R, and several others.
Food trucks plus gambling equals delicious losing
If a small party on the waterfront isn’t your jam, might we suggest the…
Cinema Treasures tells us that Ripley Music Hall opened at 606 South St. in 1909 with a seating capacity of 500. However, the image taken from G.W. Bromley’s Philadelphia Atlas tells us that by 1910, the theatre was known by the much more hilarious handle, the Hippodrome.
The Hippodrome Palace Theatre in 1910
In 1925, the Hippodrome underwent major renovations, which, according to one Cinema Treasures contributor, included the installation of a Wurlitzer theater organ. Here below,
About a year and a half ago, a state-owned liquor store moved from their uninspired digs at Germantown & Girard into a huge and impressive space a block away, under the still-newish Superfresh next to the Piazza. It’s not that the store’s layout or its selection were bad per se (at least by Philly standards), but it was the building itself that bugged us. Architecturally, the structure looked like it was teleported from Florida, with a number of odd choices like pink-toned bricks, teal tiles, lots of stucco, and ostensibly decorative diamonds under all the windows. We’re guessing the building was constructed before the boom in Northern Liberties, but that doesn’t really excuse anything.
The building sat empty for a little while after the liquor store moved out, but a reader recently gave us the heads up that…
Listed at 819 South St., the parcel on the north side of the constantly changing commercial thoroughfare is today a set of residential units. But the lot’s history says that the location has seen plenty of change along with its contextualizing street. Indeed, in an era when South Street was populated by building suppliers and industrial facilities, the lot in question directly reflected its surroundings. The image here below, taken from the G.M. Hopkins’ 1875 Philadelphia Atlas, identifies the space as a lumber yard managed by the Jas. W. Paul Trustees.
A lumber yard in 1875
The map also shows that at this time, the small north-south stretch running parallel to the west end of the lumber yard was known as Cedar Ave. According to Wikipedia, this name is a vestige of William Penn’s original city plan, which gave the name of…
A couple of years ago, we reflected on the state of retail on South Street and lamented the numerous vacancies, pointing to the corner of 6th & South as a prime example of just how far South Street had fallen. On the 600 block, we counted several vacant storefronts, including the first four retail spaces on the south side of the block.
Two years ago
What a difference just a couple of years can make. As we told you back in April, Sneaker Villa has taken over the very large former home of Tower Records. European Republic opened in another one of these spaces about a year and a half ago. And according to Foobooz, exciting new restaurant Serpico, which we first told you about last fall, will start regular dinner service tomorrow night.…
In our last post, we told you about four homes filling in a vacant wooded lot in Fairmount, and wondered how a lot could sit vacant for so many years in such an established neighborhood. As it’s strange to see vacant lots in Fairmount, it’s also unexpected to see vacant land remaining in Bella Vista, which has likewise seen the vast majority of its empty land developed in the last few decades. Which brings us to 606-08 S. 8th St., a double-wide lot just south of South Street, which has remained vacant despite the surrounding development in the neighborhood.
In the past
Recently, a reader checked in and gave us the heads up that they spotted a hole on this site, indicating that a developer had broken ground here. According to public record, the lot was purchased by