Thursday, July 15, 2021

CCRA Newsletter

  Center City Residents' Association | 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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CCRA This Week: July 15, 2021
News And Updates
Eliminate the Negative

Philly, we need to talk.
It’s about the Philadelphia Inferiority Complex.
Lord knows where it came from, and Lord knows it needs to go.

Don’t look now, but Philly is now a go-to for emigres from large metro areas; last year an estimated 7,500 re-located from NYC alone.

But: when a newcomer tells us how much better life is here than say, the Bay Area, our response is likely: “Seriously? Here???”

Come On, Man!

No, we’re not New York. But neither is Boston. Ever hear of a Boston Inferiority Complex? Didn’t think so.

So please. Can we lose the Inferiority thing, once and for all?

Useful Links
Our Sponsors:
Merchant Partner of the Week
Every week we spotlight a member of the CCRA Merchant Partner ‘Deals & Discount’ Program, which helps local Mom and Pop businesses get back on their post-pandemic feet by providing complimentary valuable advertising and exposure by encouraging support from CCRA’s highly-engaged (and growing) membership. This week we feature the legendary Di Bruno Bros. on Chestnut St.
All Roads Lead to Di Bruno’s
Just what would Center City do without Di Bruno’s, anyway? Scary thought, right?
Ponder, if you will, all the stellar dinner parties that would have been subpar minus the killer cuisine of Di Bruno’s. A culinary pioneer for 80 years, Merchant Partner Di Bruno’s is a full-fledged, European-style marketplace. You name it; they have it: meat, seafood, wine, beer, produce, chef-prepared meals, homemade desserts, and oh, that cheese cave! Di Bruno’s has consistently saved the bacon of party-givers in more ways than one, and now you can save – 10%! –  by becoming a member of CCRA.
Clean, Safe, and Green
Help Keep Our Sidewalks Beautiful: Please Donate
Center City is one of the cleanest neighborhoods in the City, and it’s no accident, nor is it free. CCRA has a contract with the Center City District to clean local sidewalks after weekly trash collection. This effort is not covered by your membership, which is where you come in. You are encouraged to donate your fair share to CCRA’s Clean, Safe & Green program, and you can do so here.
Community Info and Events
Cocktail Lounge Lands in Franklin Square
Just in time for summer, the Franklin View Beer Garden comprises two open-air rooms occupying 7,300 sq ft that showcase wooden floors, high ceilings and hanging chandeliers. And oh yes, the food: bar food such as short rib sliders, flatbread pizza and fried calamari, all washed down with summery cocktails. 
Cocktails-to-Go On Ice Until Fall at Earliest
For many PA bars and restaurants, Gov. Wolf’s emergency order permitting cocktails-to-go was nothing short of a pandemic lifeline. The order expired on June 15, however, and has not been renewed apparently due to – surprise – partisan infighting. Given the summer recess, the soonest the portable potables could return would be sometime in the Fall. 
E-Scooters Remain Grounded in PA
E-Scooters are gaining ground nationwide – New York State OK’d them in April – but in PA they continue to be stalled (and illegal). (Never mind the fact that they’re ubiquitous anyway; what, the fact that they’re in bike lanes means they don’t count?) Among the issues in play are both the specific legal status and traffic safety.
9th Annual Piano Festival - Online
Ching Yun Hu, Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy, invites you to attend the 9th Annual Piano Festival, Saturday, July 31 to Sunday, August 8. All events will be live-streamed. Free admission to the opening concert performed by Ching Yun Hu, Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m. Purchase Festival Pass at
CCRA Merchant Partner "Deals and Discounts" Program

Please support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a deal or discount to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215-546-7889)
Veda Modern Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St, (267-519-2001)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their virtual concerts.
Blue Sole Shoes, 1805 Chestnut St, (215-496-9244)
Branzino Italian BYOB, 261 S. 17th St (215-790-0103)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. (215-665-9220)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Mlkmn, - Use code CCRAMlkmn to receive free membership
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
Photo Lounge, 130 S.17th St. (267-322-6651)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663)
The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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