August 12, 2022
🥳 Friday is here and the Eagles' preseason opener is tonight. More on that later.
- Cooler weather arrives as temps will remain in the low 80s with mostly sunny skies.
Today's newsletter is 870 words, a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: New digs for African American museum
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is moving to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Driving the news: The city revealed Thursday that it will redevelop the massive and long-vacant Family Court Building on the Parkway at 1801 Vine St., which will house the African American museum and other tenants.
- The city also will expand the Parkway Central Library by redeveloping the 88,000-square-foot parking lot that sits behind it at 1901 Wood St.
Zoom in: Four firms were recently selected to redevelop both city-owned sites.
- The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), the nonprofit founded by the city and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, is managing the development process.
The intrigue: No budget is yet set for the projects and future ownership of the sites will be determined as part of the development proposal process, Jessica Calter, a PIDC spokesperson, told Axios.
Details: The Family Court Building has more than 247,000 square feet and looks out onto Logan Square.
- The Beaux-Arts building is a twin of the Free Library of Philadelphia and is located among other cultural institutions, including The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and The Franklin Institute.
Plus: The Parkway Central Library development is expected to add a 60,000-square-foot children and family center, auditorium, offices and more, according to the city.
What they're saying: Ashley Jordan, AAMP president, said the move to the Parkway would boost the museum's visibility, and as much as triple its current gallery, theater and other programming space.
- She hoped the change of venue would help make Philly a destination site for African American history and culture.
- "It's a turning point in our history," she told Axios.
Of note: The nonprofit AAMP was founded in 1976 during the nation's bicentennial and was funded and built by the city.
What's next: PIDC is expected to release a request for proposals later this month for the projects, with plans due from firms at the end of the year.
- Jordan said the goal was to open the museum in the new building by 2026, which would line up with the planned celebrations around the 250th anniversary of the nation's founding.
2. Eagles preseason begins
Eagles preseason kicks off against the New York Jets at 7:30pm tonight at Lincoln Financial Field.
Here's a preview of this year's Birds team.
The backdrop: The Eagles came in second in the NFC East last year with a 9-8 record, but still managed to make a playoff berth.
- Yes, but: Philly fell to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round.
Notable newbies: Rookie center Cam Jurgens, cornerback James Bradberry and wide receivers Zach Pascal and Devon Allen.
What to watch: Head coach Nick Sirianni said he expected the starters to play in the preseason opener.
- Jalen Hurts is entering his third year as the Eagles starting quarterback.
- Veteran Jason Kelce, a five-time pro-bowler, remains sidelined after undergoing elbow surgery this week and is questionable for the season opener.
Of note: Injuries continue to pile up during training camp.
- The Eagles had more than a dozen players listed on the injury report on Wednesday.
Zoom out: The Eagles have the 14th-best odds of winning the Super Bowl this year, placing them squarely in the middle of the pack, per FanDuel.
What's next: The Birds have two more preseason games.
- Cleveland Browns on Aug. 21.
- Miami Dolphins on Aug. 27.
3. Pining over this Penn Street charmer
With our tight housing supply, new gems aren't so easy to come by. But Axios' Brianna Crane might have you fooled with her roundup of especially swoon-worthy homes this week.
- Just look at the curb appeal on this East Falls 3-bed.
Why we love it: The ample outdoor space for entertaining, the chic walk-in closet/dressing room and the full-home surround sound are just a handful of the enviable features.
- Specs: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,741 square feet
- Listed by: Anne O'Malley and Bart O'Malley at Circle Real Estate, LLC
🐉 Don't miss out! It's the last weekend to catch the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square. Stroll through the park and take in more than 30 lantern designs, a bamboo forest and more.
- Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children.
Eastern State Penitentiary has a pair of special programs this weekend.
- Catch performances of "The BOX" at 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. It's an immersive theater experience that delves into the horrors of solitary confinement. Tickets: $20-$50.
- Pop-Up Museum: The Lives of the Officers showcases the daily lives of those who worked in the penitentiary at this free exhibit that runs through Sunday.
🇬🇧🎸Beatles fans, gather 'round. The Rock Orchestra is in the midst of its annual endeavor: performing all 215 Beatles songs in chronological order over five nights.
- Sing along from "Yellow Submarine" to the White Album on Friday night, then "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" Saturday at World Cafe Live. Tickets: $35+.
🍹 And one for Monday: Middle Child Clubhouse is hosting a one-night-only collaboration where popular Chicago tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash serves up drinks, while Amy's Pastelillos and Hummingbird Island cook specialty dishes such as this mind-blowing Kulikitakati Kup.
- First come, first served, 7pm-1am.
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