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Two people hospitalized after manhole fire near 49th and Windsor (updated)

Posted on 14 December 2016 by

A fire broke out early Wednesday afternoon underground, reportedly after a gas leak, near 49th and Windsor and caused evacuations of nearby homes, according to neighbor and media reports. The fire was seen coming out of a manhole and reaching as high as six feet. Firefighters responded to the scene, and shuttle buses replaced trolleys due to the fire.

UPDATE: Two SEPTA workers were hospitalized with 1st and 2nd degree burns following the fire, according to reports.

SEPTA and PGW were doing some work in the area this morning, according to neighbor reports, but it’s not clear whether the fire was caused by this. The Philadelphia Fire Department is investigating the cause of the gas leak.

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Groundbreaking for 40th Street trolley portal remodel, including restaurant, next week

Posted on 28 November 2016 by Mike Lyons

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An artist’s rendering of the Trolley Car Station restaurant from plans presented last spring to the Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee.

Developers will soon break ground on a project that should transform the barren patch of concrete at the 40th Street trolley terminal into a landscaped public space complete with a 125-seat restaurant.

University City District officials promise it will be a more navigable public space for pedestrians. Complete with moveable tables and chairs, enough racks to accommodate 48 bikes and “vegetation everywhere,” the project was well received during public meetings and breezed through zoning approval last spring.

The centerpiece of the project will be the Trolley Car Station restaurant, a two-story restaurant that will be built in the grassy area bordering the portal along Baltimore Avenue. A company owned by real estate developer Ken Weinstein, which runs the Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy, will operate the restaurant.  Continue Reading

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Neighborhood Bike Works turning 20 – Party and Bike Drive this Saturday

Posted on 09 September 2016 by


Neighborhood Bike Works, the West Philly youth bike education program, is turning 20 years old and will hold a birthday party and a bike drive on Saturday, Sept. 10.

nbwanniversary2The celebration will be held from 3 – 7 p.m. at NBW’s location at 3939 Lancaster Ave. As for birthday gifts, the organization is in need of more used bikes, parts, and accessories and will be ready to take bike donations at the party to benefit their youth bike education programming.

The party will include cool free raffles (extra tickets for donating a bike!); cake, Weckerly’s ice cream sandwiches and snacks from Trader Joe’s; and Goldsprints (head-to-head stationary bike racing) provided by the Philly Bike Messenger Association.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for more info. (Photos courtesy of Neighborhood Bike Works)

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Teen carjackers slam into cars near 48th and Springfield

Posted on 26 July 2016 by


A stolen car with two armed teenagers inside crashed into several parked cars near 48th and Springfield overnight, according to reports. Police say the teens stole the car in South Philadelphia shortly after midnight and drove around in it for a while before they slammed into cars parked along the 4800 block of Springfield Avenue. Police spotted the car earlier in Southwest Philly but decided not to pursue it because they deemed it too dangerous.

“We believe these kids probably don’t have a license to drive,” Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detectives Division told NBC News.

After running into the parked cars, the teens fled on foot. One of them reportedly has a head injury. No one else was hurt, according to police. Police found two guns in the stolen vehicle.

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What locations need more bike racks? Help UCD bring additional bike parking

Posted on 27 June 2016 by


University City District (UCD) is planning to install more bike racks in the area and needs help identifying places that need bike parking or additional bike racks.

Currently, UCD is accepting photos showing overcrowded or out-of-repair bike parking or bikes locked to trees, railings, etc. along commercial corridors and at other neighborhood destinations in University City.

You can share these photos on Twitter using #UCbikeparking or email them to: Please include the date, time, and location. This information will be used to help select future bike rack locations.


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RiverFest & 6th Annual Schuylkill River Boat Parade

Posted on June 19, 2016 12:00 am by Bartram's Garden


Come to Bartram’s Garden for a day of fun on the river and shoreline; there’s lots to do for friends and family!

On the River

6th Annual Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade: 12–2pm, with an awards ceremony at 2pm.

Victorian-era flotilla honoring 19th-century gardener Ann Bartram Carr; an 8-foot floating pizza; giant waterfowl; costumed canoes; and handmade boats of all shapes and sizes!

Free kayaking and rowboating on the Schuylkill River. Our fleet of rowboats are built by local middle and high school students as part of the Philadelphia Waterborne program

Little Baby’s Floating Ice Cream Parlor: Enjoy free ice cream for those who paddle out to the floating ice cream parlor

DJ Jay Plus performing from famous Wetlands Boat: a full set of parade music that is completely powered by solar energy

Tug Jupiter will be anchored offshore!

On the Shore

Free pony rides and children’s games

Trick horse riding by the riders of Divers Stables

Pop Up Bike Clinic provided by Rails to Trails. These clinics will provide youth with the opportunity to have their bikes repaired for free and learn how make basic repairs themselves.

Farmers Market provide by the Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

Face painting provided by Star Sisters

Creative mapmaking with the Listening School

Little Baby’s Ice Cream and The Tot Cart

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