enforcement of the law has been a bit lax on the east end of South St.
does not exactly qualify as Breaking News. But now three people are dead
and others lie wounded as a result of a Saturday night shootout.
For those wondering “What to do?”, we have some local suggestions apart from the overall need for restricted access to firearms.
Operating ATV’s and dirt bikes on city streets is illegal. Confiscate them.
Also illegal is dancing atop other peoples’ cars.
Send a message, in other words, that lawlessness won’t be tolerated.
Yes, “It’s complicated”.
But what’s not complicated is this:
We’re either serious about enforcing the law or we’re not.
CCRA News and Events
Some Enchanted Evening:
CCRA’s 75th Anniversary Celebration
anyone had any doubts about whether CCRA knew how to throw a party,
those doubts were dispelled for good after last week’s 75th Anniversary
And what a night it was!
with a cocktail hour – “Le Prelude” – at Bart and Jil Blatstein’s
lovely home, to the Celebration itself at the Ethical Society – complete
with an appearance by CCRA’s “Citizen of the Decade”, Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin -- from end to end it was truly one very special evening.
profoundest gratitude and thanks to all donors, to all members, to all
who helped out and again, most especially, to Yannick Nezet-Seguin. It
truly was the “Spirit of 75”!
Party with the Ladybugs
May 25th, CCRA’s Community Garden was the site of a spectacular Ladybug
Release Party, which was enjoyed by a diverse group of neighborhood
residents. This event occurs every year to help the gardeners fight pest
infestations, but the real joy unfolds when the kids help to release
the ladybugs. Missed it? Even if you have a small backyard garden, you
can get everything you need for your own ladybug fete by crawling over here.
Open Them Up!
behalf of CCRA’s members, President Rick Gross wrote to City Council
President Darrell Clarke, imploring him to do what’s necessary to get
our libraries back open on Saturdays. Our concern goes way beyond our
City Institute branch, which so many of us use as a place to enjoy
books, educational programs, quiet reflection, community and social
engagement. Of paramount concern to CCRA is the effect of these closures
in areas of high unemployment, poverty, and crime, where children lack
internet access and safe places to learn after their school day ends. To
read the full letter, go here.
Library, Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust, on Rittenhouse
Square will be closed for critical building repairs for several weeks.
During closure, you can pick up material Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 to 6
p.m. and Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be fully closed on
Mondays and Wednesdays. You can call 215-685-6621 every week day for
Juneteenth Office Closure and Trash Collection
observance of the Juneteenth holiday, CCRA is closed on Monday, June
20. The office will reopen on Tuesday, June 21. All messages and
emails will be returned on Tuesday.
In addition, no trash will be collected on Monday, June 20. Collection will resume on Tuesday, June 21.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides smaller local
businesses with complementary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight
Rittenhouse culinary legend
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,
You name it, they have it: meat, seafood, wine, beer, produce, chef-prepared meals, homemade desserts, and oh, that cheese cave!
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
Glass into Soil? Really? Read On
Help change the city’s waste system. On Earth Day, Bottle Underground launched a crowdfunding campaign
to increase the amount of glass they are keeping out of the
landfill. BU recently announced the start of a glass-sand project
collaborating with a local landscape firm, Olin Architects, that's been
designing "soil-less soil" to replace natural materials for green
stormwater infrastructure in city rain gardens. How do you turn glass
into soil? Pixie dust? No! Go here to find out.
Underground's goal is to raise support to renovate their basement
workspace. The renovation will include a cargo lift, drop off area, and
on-the-ground transport aids. This will make it possible for people to
recycle more glass and much more efficient for their team to process the
waste. Last year, they processed 50,000 pounds of glass waste at BU and
are expecting to double that capacity in 2022!
you have suburban garden envy? No more! You can grow your own veggies
in containers if you have a small spot in the sun to place a container.
To learn how city dwellers can use those green thumbs, gohere.
note: our CCRA Managing Director Travis Oliver is the king of container
gardening. Feel free to reach out to him if you have any questions.
Take Me to The River, The River that Feeds Back
Academy of Natural Sciences has dubbed 2022 “Water Year”, which gives a
fresh perspective on the water systems that bind us together.
latest part of “Water Year” is “The River Feeds Back”, a sensory
experience and tactile interactive exhibit from sound artists Annea
Lockwood and Liz Phillips. Dip into the detailshere.
Shore Up Your Bike Ride
Tired of fighting parked trucks in the Philly bike lanes? You could wait for PPA to enforce the No Parking regulations. Or….check out this gas-free, toll-free, car-free ride from Philly to Atlantic City and on to Ocean City.
For $4.50, hop on the AC train at 30th St Station and come back the same day. Thanks,Bike Coalition, for this relatively stress-free 27 mile option for cyclists. Don’t forget your peanut butter crackers.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Yes, town has its challenges. But….we haveFriday Nights at the Art Museum back! Weekly Pay as you Wish on Fridays has returned in time for Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
Rich and the JuneB All Stars will be headlining the music on June 17th.
Starting at 5pm, imbibe locally sourced spirits and wines, munch on
tasty small plates, and take a stroll in the galleries. TGIF.
PRIDE Marches On: PHL Pride March
a year or so of reflection, reordering and a reboot, the PHL Pride
March kicked off last Sunday at 5th & Arch Streets and ventured
though Old City and into the Gayborhood.
Among other things, it marked the 50th anniversary of the City’s first Pride March.
there’s anything more refreshing and life-affirming than a water ice on
a hot Philly day, we’d sure as heck like to know what it is. The even
better news is that there are plenty of places around town to satisfy
the crave. Pro Tip: It tastes even better when you pronounce it
“wooder”. Slurp it all up here.
Family Fun at Markward
Square folks- Have fun with the whole family at Bingo on Thursdays at
Markward. All through June, there'll be games at the Rec Center, or
outside, weather permitting. Bingo not your thing? Don’t like bingo
lingo, like number 4, knock on the door?
check out the new backboards and rims at the basketball courts next to
the Dog Park. Thanks to all neighbors, businesses and members of local
groups who raised the money to make this happen. Teamwork makes the dream work….awww shoot!
Back to bingo.
Philly Love Glows at the Neon Museum
having a Neon Museum isn’t cool enough, there is now an exhibit within
the Museum that celebrates the love that 14 local artists have for the
City. It’s a multi-medium exhibit entitled “City of Love: Artists
Inspired by Philadelphia”. It runs through June 19, and the details
That’s a Wrap: 2100 Hamilton is a Done Deal
has been completed on 2100 Hamilton, the 10-story, 27-unit condominium
located at, yes, 2100 Hamilton in Logan Square. Designed by Cecil Baker
+ Partners and developed by Bock Development, the luxury condo
building spans 25,802 sq. ft. and offers residents a fitness center,
underground parking and a half-acre roof. Details here.
Philly Got Game: Sandler Hoop Flick Debuts
“Rocky” it ain’t, but Adam Sandler’s new film “Hustle” has Philly written all over it.
here in the fall of 2020, there are no fewer than 30 Philly-area
locations that made the final cut. Ex-Sixer Boban Marjanovic has a ‘big’
role (he’s 7-foot-4), and the film was directed by Philly native
Jeremiah Zager, son of local mosaic artist Isaiah Zager. Now playing
locally and on Netflix. Details here.
It’s A Happening - at Dilworth
This weekend, Center City District is puttin' on the ritz at Dilworth Park. Think roller skating, wandering entertainers, vodka tastings, D.J.’s and musicians, and seasonal food.
also your chance to support small local vendors, as the Philadelphia
Marketplace will pop up for the weekend with offerings for all tastes.
For details, jamskate over to here.
Over the Hump Wednesdays
City District SIPS is back! Every Wednesday night through August 31.
From 4:30 p.m. to 7, sip on $6 cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beer and
half-price appetizers. After happy hour, Center City District SIPS
customers can also enjoy 15% off dinner at participating restaurants.
Would you 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.