Archive | December, 2015

What to do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

December 31, 2015

new_years_eve_phillyHere’s a sampling of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events and happenings in West Philly and Center City. Also, a reminder that subway trains will be running all night tonight to accommodate New Year’s Eve travelers. Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Philadelphia will ring in 2016 not once but twice with New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Delaware River waterfront (Penn’s Landing). The first show starts at 6 p.m., and the second one is at midnight. If you can’t make it to Penn’s Landing, check out this Visit Philly guide to the best spots to watch the fireworks and ring in the New Year.

New Year’s Eve Yoga

Studio 34 is hosting the annual New Year’s Eve Yoga and Mochi event from 8 – 10 p.m. This is a fun and inspiring all-levels yoga workshop led by Studio 34 teacher Morgan Andrews. After class, mochi (sweet chewy rice cakes) will be served. Admission for this class is sliding scale, $10-$20. Click here for more information. Also, you can try some hot yoga for free at Bikram Yoga West Philly (4145 Chestnut St), just bring a screenshot of this ad. Bikram Yoga is holding classes today until 4:30 p.m., and there will be one class on New Year’s Day, at 11 a.m. Here’s the schedule for this week.  Continue Reading

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Holiday hours at local cafes, restaurants, stores (updated)

December 30, 2015

Here’s a list of assorted local businesses and their holiday hours. We’ll update the list as more information becomes available.

GreenlinehoursCoffee shops, restaurants

Coffee Market (45th and Pine): Thursday (Dec. 24), Saturday (Dec. 26), Sunday (Dec. 27): 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Friday (Dec. 25): 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Green Line Cafe (45th and Locust): Thursday (Dec. 24): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday (Dec. 25): Closed; Dec. 27 – Jan. 1: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (43rd and Baltimore): 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. until Saturday, Jan. 2.

Honest Tom’s Taco Shop (44th and Spruce): Closed Dec. 24, 25, 26, 27 and Dec. 31, Jan. 1, 2, 3.

Renata’s Kitchen (46th and Baltimore): Thursday (Dec. 24) & Friday (Dec. 25): Closed; Open for the rest of the week and New Year’s (serving New Year’s Day brunch!).

Rx The Farmacy (45th and Spruce): Closed until Thursday, Dec. 31.

Grocery, liquor stores

Mariposa Food Co-op (49th and Baltimore): Thursday, Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 25: Closed; Saturday, Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 1: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Supreme Shop ‘n Bag (43rd and Walnut): Dec. 24 & Dec. 31: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Dec. 25 & Jan. 1: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Fresh Grocer (40th and Walnut): Open 24 hours

Fine Wine & Good Spirits (43rd and Chestnut, 49th and Baltimore): Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Dec. 25 & Jan. 1: Closed; Open regular hours on Dec. 31.

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Extra trains, overnight subway service added for Dec. 31 – Jan. 1

December 30, 2015

To accommodate New Year’s Eve travel, SEPTA will operate enhanced late-evening schedules on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines and Regional Rail (a special customer guide is available online). A number of bus detours will also be in effect on New Year’s Day to accommodate the Mummers Parade.

Thursday, Dec. 31:

• Extra trains will operate on the Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines starting at 7:05 p.m. for travel to the fireworks at Penn’s Landing.
• Broad Street and Market Frankford Line trains will operate overnight service Dec. 31 into Jan 1.
• The Market Street/Convention Center entrance to Jefferson Station will remain open until 2 a.m. to accommodate customers returning from New Year’s Eve fireworks.  Continue Reading

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Last-minute chance to donate to a community organization and ease your tax bill

December 29, 2015

If you are still feeling generous during this holiday season, there are a few local community organizations that could use some help. Plus, you might get the added benefit of a last-minute, 2015 tax write-off.

Here are some chances to help out:

The West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools has made great strides in remaking the Henry Lea School playground into a terrific community asset. But they’re not done. In 2016, the organization wants to repaint the basketball court, install seating and new flags. They need some more funding help to get it done. Go here to learn more and donate.


Some of the work done so far at the Henry Lea School playground at 47th and Spruce. (Photo from the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools website)

Curio Theatre Company also relies on contributions to survive (along, of course, with income from their performances). In addition to its line-up of fabulous performances, Curio runs a a theatre school for neighborhood kids that has never turned a child away because of financial need. They want to keep that going in 2016. Click here to donate.

The Soapbox Community Print Shop and Zine Library is in the middle of a fundraising effort to get its new 4,500-square-foot book arts and printmaking studio up and running. They are about halfway there and only have a couple of days left to hit their goal of $15,000. They have all kinds of cool stuff available for donors, including memberships, zine packs and even hand-bound sketchbooks. Check out their campaign here.

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Holiday “thank you” from local cat rescue organization

December 29, 2015


A cat and a Christmas tree. (Photo from Project MEOW’s Facebook page)

If there’s anything this community knows it’s lost cats. A lost or abandoned cat’s best friend, the West Philly-based feline rescue organization Project MEOW, had a busy year helping stray cats and kittens find homes. They also help keep feral cat population under control through their TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program. Here are a few numbers from 2015 in Project MEOW’s holiday card to the community, and an important note that none of this work would have been possible without volunteers. To learn more about Project MEOW, visit their website or Facebook page.


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Gunpoint robbery at 45th and Spruce; other robbery reports (updated)

December 28, 2015

The holidays turned out to be not so happy for some West Philly residents and guests. We received two reports of robberies, including an armed robbery, in the area over the past six days. We’ll start with the more recent one.

A 25-year-old man was robbed and pistol-whipped on Sunday, Dec. 27 on the 4500 block of Spruce Street. The victim told police that he was walking home shortly after 9 p.m. when he was approached from behind by two males, one of whom placed him in a choke hold and forced him to the ground, while the other male hit him in the head with a handgun.

The male with a handgun then took an iPhone from the victim’s pocket and both males ran toward 46th Street, got on bicycles and fled westbound, according to police. The victim’s phone was tracked to the area of May Street and Haverford Avenue before it was powered off. The firearm’s magazine, which fell during the robbery, was turned over to police by the victim. It was determined that the magazine belongs to a BB gun. The suspects are described as black males, 25-30 years old, medium build, about 5’9″-6’0″ tall. One suspect was wearing a grey hoody and light colored pants. The second suspect was wearing a black hoody and dark colored pants and was armed with a black BB gun. Continue Reading

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