Posts Tagged ‘south philly’

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Quick Links: Brunch Everyday!

by: Karley Cohen



Girard Bruncherie  – Fishtown

Talia’s Grille – Fishtown

The Dutch – Pennsport

Hinge Cafe – Port Richmond

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Just Some Block Party.



Philadelphia area native, Drexel graduate and party host Gina Piccari let me in on the creation of the event “Just Some Block Party”.


Gina and her partner in crime Maggi have been throwing parties together just over a year. Together they throw a monthly party at Ortlieb’s, Blank Stare and Kitty Kitty//Bang Bang and Maggi throws one at The Dolphin called Sick Sad World in conjunction with the Factory Girls. Together they knew they wanted to throw a party that was huge, outside and would end the summer on a crazy note.

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During their early 20s they spent most of their time partying all over the city attending various parties, but they wanted to top anything they have ever been to over the years. Gina was throwing around this idea to her friend Adam Burten, better known as “Buttons”, owner and founder of Lost 18, a Philadelphia based party promotion company, and they got the ball rolling on “Just Some Block Party.”




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The first meeting happened and all of the masterminds were on the same page about what they wanted and, just as originally thought, with more forces and minds involved, Just Some Block Party was conceived.  In Gina’s words, “we wanted all our friends, and friends of friends, coming together to celebrate and have fun, listen to awesome music, dance, socialize and promote their art/music/work.” All of the friends and DJs Gina and Maggi reached out to were so supportive and excited to be apart of the event.

after party





Starting at noon on Sunday August 24th, this all-day block party will feature tons of amazing DJs, beer, and vendors. After the daytime portion of the event is over, the party will continue at The Dolphin until 2am, complete with drink specials and three awesome DJs: Magglezz, Sylo and Strawberry Mansion. Follow the crowds from Cantrell Street (between 5th and 6th) in South Philly, to the doors of The Dolphin at Broad and Tasker where you can get in for $3 with a block party wristband, or just $5 without one.




Gina, Maggi and Adam were not the only minds who put this event together, there were two others who were strongly involved.  These two were Mike Hans and Geo Brooke, also know as DJ OMGeo who is a well known DJ in the city and pulled together a lot of the talent that will be happening at the block party.   Lost 18 was also co-founded by Mike Hans and Lisa Leggieri beside Adam Burton.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or being a vendor please contact Adam at –  him and the rest of the event staff would love the help and hands. 


RSVP to both events here:

Block Party:

After Party:

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Want To Make A Change In Your Neighborhood?

by Karley Cohen

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Every neighborhood in Philadelphia is different. Their differences span architecture, denizens, thriving businesses, and just a different zip code.  Within these various neighborhoods there are neighborhood and civic associations improve communities, help citizens network, and facilitate communication with the city government. Most of these associations hold weekly meetings that are open to residents who are encouraged to attend.



Some meetings are held in neighborhood homes, others are held in a community or public space so it is welcoming and inclusive to everyone who wants to attend.  Each of the associations have an agenda per meeting, along with a board to keep everything in order. All of the people who are involved are volunteers because they want to better the neighborhood, but do it in a collective way.


Community Associations are extremely powerful.  They able to approve or deny all building projects within the neighborhood.  They also create a voice to advocate for resources to be allocated to the designated neighborhood. On a more fun note, during Christmas time, many associations have meetings to talk about hanging lights and decorating (very common in South Philly).  Others discuss welcoming new businesses to the area, and new neighbors in the community! Civic Associations also have the power to start a community garden in the neighborhood, and let the residents take care of the garden. Having a community liaison to the rest of Philly really helps the neighborhood overall.


On the Philadelphia Government Website they have a giant list of all of the registered community organizations throughout the city, which includes neighborhood and business civic associations.  Make sure to go to their website and find when and where your neighborhood association meets and get involved!


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Fresh & Fun – First Fridays

by: Karley Cohen Every first Friday of each month between 5pm and 9pm in the Old City section of Philadelphia, between Front Street and 3rd Street and Market Street and Vine Street, you will see tons of people roaming the area.  Why, you ask? Because it is First Friday! first-friday-600 First Friday began in 1991, and has been going strong since.  It is a time where the galleries in Old City stay open and showcase the work they are displaying.  There are also many Philadelphia local artists who show and sell their art and goods on the designated streets during the evening.  Having “street vendors” at First Fridays really enhances the community vibe in Old City.  The restaurants in the area are also open, with outdoor seating and specials, and there are just droves of people all over the place – it is perfect chaos! 61158_109086319251002_952759763_n Even though the event ends at 9pm, don’t worry! Right at 9pm there is a huge awesome queer dance party called Cut N Paste that happens every first friday at the secret little bar called the Bike Stop!  Bike Stop is located at 206 South Quincy Street – a short walk from Old City – so people can head on over when they are finished checking out all of the art. Cut N Paste was founded by  two DJ’s; Precolumbian and Nolita Selector a few years back – neither of them are Philadelphia natives, but they call Philadelphia home now and are making much progress and gaining lots of recognition with their unique party.  Each party has a different theme, and there is a “no tolerance policy” to make it a safe space for all who come.  Throughout the night, there are portraits that can be taken and a photobooth to get silly in with your friends.  The party takes up two or the four floors in Bike Stop and there is always a $5 cover. 1011002_10102130501699393_1506925267_n Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the Bike Stop on First Fridays for these super fun dance parties, Cut N Paste has a sister party called Sissy Hop, that is new to the scene, and it happens at The Dolphin Tavern every second Thursday of the month that Nolita Selector hosts .  The vibe for Sissy Hop is more of a soul throwback feel, but is just as fun! This Friday, June 6th is the First Friday of the month, so make sure you come on out and check out some of the rad art happenings in Old City and wander up towards Center City/The Gayborhood when you are finished to dance your pants off!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

10 places you have to check out in the Italian Market

by: Karley Cohen


The Italian Market has been a staple in Philadelphia since the late 1880s and has been a very important part of the community.  There are fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruits sold along the road at very affordable prices and the experience is riveting.  The South 9th Street Italian Market is the oldest open air market in the nation, so it is a beautiful piece of history as well.  In order to keep things organized they have a business association so things are smooth sailing, especially for the customers.


The annual Italian Market Festival was this last weekend, but don’t worry if you missed it because it happens every year, AND the Italian Market has so many awesome spots open year round along and around 9th street between and around South Street and Reed.


These are the 10 places you can’t miss out on in the Italian Market:


1.  Anastasi Seafood – 1101 S. 9th Street


2.  Anthony’s Chocolate House – 903 S. 9th Street


3.  Claudio’s – 924-926 S. 9th Street


4.  Connie’s Ric Rac – 1132 S. 9th Street


5.  Espositos – 1001 S. 9th Street


6.  Gleaners Cafe – 917 S. 9th Street


7.  Isgro’s Pastries – 1009 Christian Street


8.  Sabrina’s Cafe – 910 Christian Street


9.  Taffets Bakery – 1024 S. 9th Street


10. Tallutos Pasta – 944 S. 9th Street



Now, who wouldn’t want to be around all of that awesomeness?
This area in South Philly is constantly growing with the Italian Market at its heart. The Hawthorne neighborhood, just west of the market is growing and changing with many UArts and Temple students.  East of the market, in Bella Vista are lots of young families.  Just a few blocks north you will walk right into Center City and the Gayborhood and then South you will be more towards the charm of South Philly just a few blocks away from Passyunk Ave another growing area.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Glitter Mixed with Rock ‘N Roll

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Leah Delfiner is a fabulous, vibrant, East Passyunk Crossing resident who is the creator of the clothing line Pretty Pretty Rebel.  She is a graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia, where she learned all about the Fashion Industry but her main concentration was in Fashion Design.  Leah was offered an awesome internship with Betsey Johnson which was her main inspiration for launching Pretty Pretty Rebel in 2012.  After coming out with Pretty Pretty Rebel Leah was accepted into the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator as a 2013 Designer in Residence.





In 2013, Pretty Pretty Rebel started up a children’s line, that is, according to Leah, “an American made children’s wear clothing brand inspired by rock and roll music, and featuring bright colors, and wild imagination”.  The clothing is geared towards sassy young girls between the ages of 4-10 who have the attitude and energy of little rock stars!  Leah channels her vibrant energy into her work and uses fun crazy patterns, and a “punk rock bravado”, as she calls it.   Her main focus is on her children’s line right now, and she is currently working on a spring/summer 2015 collection.






Pretty Pretty Rebel is making waves all throughout Philadelphia.  Leah will be selling clothes at Art Star Bazaar the weekend of May 10th.  Art Star’s brick and mortar shop is based on 2nd Street in Northern Liberties.  She will also be showcasing her clothes at various trunk shows throughout the city and surrounding areas.  Make sure you keep an eye out for this awesome vibrant fashion for young girls throughout Philadelphia – especially in South Philly where Leah resides.  Her residency in the East Passyunk Cross is great for her line as well because of so many young millennials with dynamic fashion sense, and their budding families are living in that neighborhood making her a visible and a walking face for her company Pretty Pretty Rebel.  If you see Leah around, make sure to say hi – she is just as exuberant as her designs.


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Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Dolphin Tavern- Dancing in South Philly!

by: Karley Cohen



The Dolphin Tavern is a bar/club at Broad and Tasker in the East Passyunk Crossing section of South Philly.  The club is approaching its 1 year anniversary since being taken over by Four Corners Management. I was able to talk with Murph, the rad General Manager over there about his bartending experience and some awesome things going on.

Murph is not new to the industry by any means, he started at age 14 working at a diner at 5am on Saturdays along with a pizza and pasta place called Pallantes Pasta Co. By senior year of high school he was the weekend manager, and proceeded to stay with the company and cook for their catering events during his time at college.




How did you get into bartending?

Murph: “by 21 I was bartending for a catering company called Feast Your Eyes, and it wasn’t long after that  began “guest bartending” at queer parties to get my foot in the door at bars.  I eventually proved my worth and was hired at Voyeur Nightclub.  I worked there and at Woody’s for 4 years as a bartender/promoter and even started booking local parties.  It was there I met Dave P. and was offered a management opportunity with the Dolphin.  Now here I am!”






How has the Dolphin changed since Four Corners took over?

Murph: “I can’t speak to what the old Dolphin was because I literally never set food inside of it before March 2013.  However, the bar has gone through some great interior changes like the addition of the light walls and satellite bar in the back that makes it easy for people to grab quick beers while staying on the dance floor.  We did try to keep the original charm of the famous old building to pay homage to everything it was before.”



There are a lot of big name DJs that come through, how have you managed to make The Dolphin a destination bar in Philadelphia?

Murph: “Working with Dave P. (Making Time) and Sean Agnew (R5) has been amazing.  They have managed to bring in huge artists for amazing DJ sets in an intimate venue.  Seeing artists like Animal Collective, Seth Troxler, and George Fitzgerald play a DJ set to only 200 people is amazing and it is an intimate experience that most other venues do not offer”


Are there any drink specials patrons should know about?

Murph: “½ off everything for happy hour 8-10 every day of the week”


The bar has a relationship with Art in the Age, what kind of cocktails have you created?

Murph: “We have a great cocktail list that we have curated with Art in the Age.  It features some of their premiere spirits (Sage, Rhubarb, Root, and Snap) in creative and fun ways.  Our most popular drink would probably be the Sageside, which is a refreshing martini-style cocktail with Sage, gin, fresh lime juice, and house-made simple syrup”



A few weekends ago you started having a weekly sunday night queer party, Clubhaus – do you have any other special events coming up?

Murph: “We have worked hard to be a bar that is inclusive to everyone and we really just want to throw great parties where people can dance and have a great time.  Clubhaus was our


premiere of our new weekly queer party on Sundays, and so far it has been amazing.  [The first Sunday] we had drag performances and burlesque dancers and the fantastic Drootrax spinning.  [This past] Thursday, March 13th, we premiered our new monthly party “Sissy Hop” which will be a queer soul night from the created of Cut N Paste.  We are super stoked for that!”



For upcoming events you can check out the Dolphin online at: