- Eyes on the Street was excited to see 15th Street Station’s Under the Clothespin mosaic unveiled to the public on Monday. “Philadelphia is recognizable in Under the Clothespin, but it’s not an obvious read,” says Ashley Hahn. “The more time I’ve spent with the design, the more I have discovered pieces of the artwork in the city and vice versa.”
- Temple News highlights the work of Rabbi Daniel Grodnitzky and his wife Reuvena to assist the city’s Jewish art students in “accessing” their heritage. Their Kugel Collaborative (at 1544 South Street) is a gallery space whose monthly exhibits showcase themes of Jewish festivals. “We’re a nonprofit, explains Grodnitzky. “We’re not here to make money, we’re not here to gain commission, we’re here to provide Jewish life to our students and help them get their work out there and help promote Jewish teaching in the greater community of Philadelphia.”
- The City Paper’s Isaiah Thompson discusses last week’s community meeting in support of Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez’s bill to consolidate all vacant properties into a land bank. Many urged 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla to support amendments to the bill that would set quotas for selling the parcels to civics and nonprofits.
- The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute’s third annual county-health report places Philadelphia, yet again, as the least healthy of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
- Metro Philly reports that the Northern Liberties’ defunct Arrow Swim Club will reopen next month as the North Shore Beach Club, a combined pool-bar (reserved for members) and restaurant (open to the public).
About the author
Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.
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