Old City Philadelphia
Employees of the historic City Tavern restaurant in Old City Philadelphia returned to work on Saturday after being sent home 10 days ago as part of the government shutdown.
Tourists on the historical circuit were finding slim pickings today, with the major sites closed for the government funding crisis.
The “Honor, Sacrifice, and Freedom Tour” covers 13 sights in Philadelphia and one in Camden (at the Battleship New jersey, which you’ll just be able to look at from afar).
The sound effect, along with a ten-foot-tall inflatable rat, are the centerpieces of a protest by union workers who say the hotel is using out-of-town labor for renovations.
For the first time next month, galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, and other venues in Old City Philadelphia will be going to their sidewalks for a one-day festival.
Councilman Mark Squilla says the association was hobbled by the cost of being sued twice in 13 months. Even though the cases didn’t go to court, he says, the OCCA faced $10,000 in legal bills.
A City Council committee has agreed to relax zoning restrictions in a portion of Old City near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Philadelphia has no shortage of ghost signs, left over from its two centuries as an industrial and manufacturing powerhouse. Some have been reincarnated in surprising ways.
City councilman Mark Squilla thinks horse-drawn carriages should be allowed to operate during the afternoon rush hour, when they are currently prohibited.
Kenneth Enriquez-Santiago was sentenced to 2-5 years in prison, and co-defendant Steven Ferguson, who delivered the fatal blow to Kevin Kless, has been sentenced to 5-10 years in prison.
Tuesday’s chilly weather didn’t exactly have people fighting for outdoor seating at Old City restaurants.
This week Hadas previews two dining-out fundraisers coming up this month, and talks with the organizer of “Main Line Restaurant Week,” also this month.
The nearly 13,000-pound bell was removed from its tower at 3rd and Chestnut Streets today to make way for a new Revolutionary War museum.
The incident happened just before 2:30am Sunday morning.
Many in these parts already knew it, but Philadelphia’s Old City is getting national attention, as one of 12 neighborhoods in America in which art is thriving.