Thursday, January 16, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Tonight! CCRA to Address the Local Issues of Safe Streets

We are continuing our efforts to address the issues of crime in our neighborhood.  Tonight, January 16, at 6pm, CCRA is taking the next step you asked for by meeting with a few of our members.  Our goal will be to listen and learn from each other, as we discuss some of the challenges and strategies of living in Center City West. The meeting will be at WeWorks, 1900 Market Street, 8th Floor.  

If you're not able to attend, feel free to call the office and offer your suggestions on whether, and how CCRA can take a more active local role in combating violence as well as homelessness. 
If you would like to join us as we form a small group to act as a  "think tank" for new initiatives and local collaborations, as we work with police, local businesses, developers and each other towards safer streets, please call our Operations Manager, Travis Oliver at 215-546-6719 to get on the list.

Pizza and light refreshments will be provided.

Update from the 9th Police District
The recent stabbing in front of the Liberti Church at 17th & Sansom Street was an argument between 2 homeless males. The perpetrator is in custody; this is not his first arrest for a violent act.  The other stabbing incident, at 18th and Walnut Street in late in 2019, is still being investigated by Central Det. and Homicide, and no warrants have yet been issued.  CCRA will keep you posted as more information is made available. 
Street Closures for Saturday January 18th

The mass concrete pour for the foundation of The Laurel Building across from the Holy Trinity Church is scheduled for this Saturday January 18, 2020. The concrete pour will start at approximately 2:00 am on Saturday morning and continue through late Saturday afternoon on the 18th. The streets will be closed on Walnut, Sansom, 19th, and 20th during this time period. The sidewalk along Walnut Street will also be closed to pedestrians during this time period.   
Office Closure
In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, the office is closed on Monday, January 20. CCRA will reopen on Tuesday, January 21.  
Trash Collection

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, trash collection will be suspended for Monday, January 20.  Collection will resume on Tuesday, January 20.
Comfort Food in the Neighborhood

Leo Levinson: Our Food Writer
It's January and baby, it's cold outside.  You're looking for a short walk and a reliable experience.  The Starr Restaurants in our district fill the bill with some cozy favorites:

Lamb Shepherds Pie at Dandelion
This restaurant feels like we've walked into a Dickens novel for dinner.  On a cold night, their Lamb and Shepherds Pie with buttery mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and lightly cooked root vegetables will warm the cockles of your heart.
French Onion Soup at Parc
Parc's big windows on a cold night provide the schadenfreude of watching pedestrians shiver by while you're nursing a delightful Chậteauneuf-du-Pape and their classic French Onion Soup.  Beefy onion broth is blanketed with a perfectly toasted slice of bread that has been drowned in gruyere.
Pad Thai at Continental Midtown
It's tough to beat a big bowl of noodles on a frigid winter's night (or even lunchtime).  Although there's a lot of great Pad Thai in our city, the chefs here manage to craft the dish with an incredible lightness of cilantro, Thai spicing and a seductive peanuty sauce.
Cauliflower Risotto at The Love
Not all comfort food has to be carb loaded.  You'll almost feel like you're keeping your New Year's resolution with The Love's riced califlower gently mixed with parmesan cheese, brown butter and a lemony, nutty texture. 
Whisky (neat) at the The Library Bar, Rittenhouse hotel
Although not a Starr property, I couldn't resist adding this favorite.  On a cold miserable day, you just feel like you've just climbed up onto the lap of luxury by  walking into this cozy bar.  And you have.  A wee dram of Lagavulan served neat and sitting by the fireplace is the picture of comfort.
Stay warm, my friends!
Community Garden Plot Lottery

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Community Events
Saturday Kids Art Class at Markward

Beat cabin fever and get out of the house with our new Saturday kids art classes at the rec center. 9:30 - 10:45am kids ages pre-school through 1st grade. Buy a season pass or 5 pack class drop in. Register here.
Structure & Purpose: The Legacy of Engineering at Keast & Hood

A retrospective exhibition about the valuable contribution of structural engineers to the safety of buildings, specifically illustrated by original drawings of 20th century landmark architecture, will be at The Athenaeum, 219 S. 6th Street, now through March 31. Free and open to the public, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the first three Saturdays of each month, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Useful Links

CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described here) to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
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