Down The Shore—On The Delaware


Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

  • NewsWorks previews the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s $600,000 beach-themed Spruce Street Harbor pop-up park on the Delaware, set to open this weekend at Penn’s Landing. Here, beach-goers can enjoy a water garden, a performance stage, a bar, a food concession by chef Jose Garces, and boardwalks. “To the north, along the balcony of the Hyatt, a series of sandboxes leads to a misting corridor in front of the Seaport Museum, which in turn leads to the walking pier – the quay where kayaks and paddleboats are moored – piled with more sand and shipping containers converted into art galleries, all looping back toward the centerpiece water garden.” DRWC vice president of communication Jodi Milkman explains that the pop-up park is meant to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of this oft-neglected space, as well as serve the interest’s of their master plan for the river, which envisions a public park every half-mile along the banks.
  • Philadelphia magazine relates the numbers from SEPTA’s extended subway hours pilot program. “On Friday night (Saturday morning), total ridership on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Night Owl trains was 7,407, compared to a baseline figure for Night Owl bus service of 5,274, a 40 percent increase. On Saturday night (Sunday morning), the figures were 6,846 and 4,301, respectively, a 59 percent jump.”
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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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  1. Great idea a Beach on the Delaware.

  2. Cannot understand why a supposed cash strapped city is always forgiving tax debtors. They do it with absent landlords who let their properties go and with large corporations. And who pays……the poor schnook who goes to work every day.

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