Open House at Winter Street

LSNA Virtual May Board Meeting

posted May 10, 2021, 7:28 AM by David Cardy

LSNA May Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
7:00 PM
Meeting conducted virtually using Zoom:

6:50    Board Member Login/Sign-in

7:00    Call to Order:
  • Quorum Report
  • Approval of April Board Meeting Minutes
7:02    Announcements
  • Thank You to Love Your Park Clean-Up Participants
  • Thank you Franklin Institute for hosting the Vaccination Clinic
  • Thank You Shredders!
  • Scavenger Hunt at Matthias Baldwin Park, May 15th, 10am - 12pm
  • Election Day is Tuesday, May 18th
  • Memorial Day is May 31st; trash pickup affected
  • Support our restaurants
  • Parkway Institution update
7:10    LSNA Nominations for Officers and At-Large Board members to be elected at the Annual June 8, 2021 meeting
7:15    LSNA Website upgrade approval

7:25    Zoning Report

7:30    President's Report
  • Neighborhood review of ongoing and near term projects, issues & events
7:45    Old Business, if any

7:50    New Business

8:00    Adjourn

Vaccines available at Franklin Institute on Monday, May 10th, 10am - 4pm

posted May 8, 2021, 7:08 AM by David Cardy

Hi all-
My good friend, Anna Perng, is helping to organize a 300 shot vaccination clinic to be held at the Franklin Institute this Monday from 10-4.  While they are targeting the disabled populace (the Franklin Institute is accessible and is generally closed to the public on Mondays), they are open to all and since it's right in the neighborhood I think it would be good to let neighbors know.  Those being vaccinated will receive a free ticket and the vaccines will be given in the Planetarium for those of you who have experienced that.
Anna would like to know if there are any neighbors interested in volunteering to help out during the day since it's in our backyard.
Andy Toy
Dear Friends,
We are hosting an accessible vaccine clinic at the Franklin Institute on Monday from 10-4 PM. Every person who gets vaccinated will receive a free ticket to visit the museum in the future!
If you know anyone who would like to register, the link is in the email below. If you'd like to volunteer, please click this link:
Let's get our community vaccinated!

Thank you so much!

Your Invitation: Degenerate Art? Gerhard Marcks: Bauhaus and Nazi Germany to Philadelphia

posted May 5, 2021, 7:34 PM by David Cardy   [ updated May 6, 2021, 3:28 AM ]

Degenerate Art? Gerhard Marcks: from the
Bauhaus and Nazi Germany to Philadelphia

Thursday, May 20, 2021   4pm - 5pm

Join us for our annual spring event to explore the life and times of the German artist, Gerhard Marcks and his sculpture, Maja (1942) - an important work of art that recently returned to Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway.😊

This free and virtual event includes art keynote presentations by Dr. Arie Hartog, Director of the Gerhard Marcks House in Bremen, Germany, and Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the association for Public Art.

Click this link to watch the event on Thursday, May 20th at 4pm,
which is being hosted through YouTube Live. You do not need a
YouTube account to watch, but you will need to create an account to comment or ask questions during the livestream.

The event includes a Q&A session with the Association for Public Art's Executive Director. To submit your questions in advance, e-mail


DR. ARIE HARTOG will provide an in-depth look at the German artist's struggles before and during WWII, the creation of Maja, and its survival from Nazi destruction.

PENNY BALKIN BACH will share the fascinating story behind Maja's debut in Philadelphia more than 70 years ago.

Timely Information from Phila. Police Dept.

posted Apr 17, 2021, 3:54 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Apr 17, 2021, 4:01 PM ]

LSNA recently received this message from the Police Dept. and they asked us to forward it to our members. Here is what we received.

Good Morning All:
You responded to our department that your organization would be willing to forward information to the members of your group and/or post information on your social media networks so that we could get this information to as many community members as possible. 
We want to thank you for extending this helping hand as we try to ensure that all voices are heard.
Attached, are various flyers that cover a wide range of information that could be of use to many of our community members. Some deal with protests, outlining the rights and responsibilities of all during these protests and what is viewed as acceptable behavior, on the part of the community and the police. Others are designed to provide information to help deal with stress and/or grief and the last one gives information for people to have and utilize in case of an emergency situation and receive information directly.
In the last section of this email, information was provided by the City of Philadelphia giving information that can be of help to those that might need to reach out for help on a variety of issues.
We are asking that you forward this information to your members and followers on your social media accounts. As more information is received, we plan on forwarding it to you in this same manner as we try to get as much information as possible into as many hands as possible. With your help, we can begin to do so.
If you should have questions, please feel free to call us at the Philadelphia Police Community Relations Unit - 215-686-3380
P/O David E. Jones
Community Relations Bureau
Philadelphia Police Department
750 Race Street, Room 304
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Office Phone: 215-686-3380
Office Fax: 215-686-3399

LSNA Virtual April Board Meeting

posted Apr 11, 2021, 6:48 PM by David Cardy

LSNA April Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7:00 PM
Meeting conducted virtually using Zoom:

6:50    Board Member Login/Sign-in

7:00    Call to Order:
  • Quorum Report
  • Approval of March Board Meeting Minutes
7:02    Announcements
  • April 24, Shred It, document shredding event in Boy Scout parking lot, 9am-12pm
  • Thank You for Spring Clean-Up
  • Support our restaurants
  • Parkway Institutions update
  • Newsworthy events (Jim Fennell, Sean Kardon, Dave Cardy)
7:05    Project Home & Hub of Hope; Sr. Mary Scullion & Candice Player
7:20    Judicial Candidate; Judge Maria McLaughlin, Pennsylvania Superior Court

7:30    Judicial Candidate; Wendi Barish, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

7:40    RCO Presentation: 2136-38 Cherry Street

8:00    Zoning Report

8:20    President's Report

8:25    Old Business, if any

8:30    New Business

8:35    Adjourn

Sister Cities Park is Now Open!

posted Apr 11, 2021, 10:34 AM by David Cardy

Sister Cities Park is ready for spring. The fountain is running, the café has opened, and the flowers are blooming.

The Sister Cities Café, a convenient stop for coffee, snacks, and takeaway fare, has reopened for the season. Outdoor seating with a great view of play areas and a variety of menu offerings make it the perfect place for parents and kids to fuel up. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Limited indoor dining is also available, in accordance with the City’s health regulations.
The park’s Earth Fountain now operates from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Children can splash and play in the area while parents relax under umbrellas. Park guests over the age of 2 are required to wear masks at all times, unless they are actively eating or playing in the fountain.
The Children’s Discovery Garden remains open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley, the space inspires young visitors to explore nature in an urban setting. Center City District made additions to this area of the park in 2020, including a hiding nest and a climbing net.
The big log is still in place for a few more weeks. The Boat Pond will reopen later this month. Visit to learn more.

LSNA Board Looking for Members for 2021-22

posted Apr 4, 2021, 7:01 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Apr 4, 2021, 7:03 PM ]

LSNA is looking for new members to join the Board or for current Board members to renew for the upcoming 2021/2022 year. If you are interested in joining the Board or renewing for the coming year, you must complete a Statement of Interest Form and 
return the Form to Drew Murray by April 24, 2021.
Mailing Address: 143 N. 22nd Street, Unit D, Philadelphia, PA 19103

A Message from Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park

posted Mar 29, 2021, 7:11 AM by David Cardy   [ updated Mar 29, 2021, 7:13 AM ]

We are fortunate to have the beautiful Matthias Baldwin Park right here in our neighborhood (423 N. 19th Street). The park provides fantastic views, a peaceful place to sit among lovely trees and plantings, a place to walk your dogs and encounter your neighbors. Also, it was a great neighborhood amenity during the pandemic. The Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park is a volunteer group committed to maintaining, restoring and preserving the park. Our website has information about the park, neighborhood history, Friends’ projects, and upcoming Friends’ meetings and park events. Please consider supporting the park by becoming a member of the Friends. Our 2021 membership year starts on April 1, and membership levels start at $25.00 annually.  To join, visit our website  If you have any questions, you can contact us at  Thank you for your support.   

James Fennell, President

The website has a repository of over 40 hyperlocal history articles about the Baldwin Park neighborhood. Some discuss big and existing structures, like the soon-to-be-resurrected concrete granary (at Some deal with small and demolished buildings, like 1842 Hamilton Street, the home of a serial killer (at A new article is posted every month under the History tab, and they are best viewed on a larger screen since they have many images. 
We are also involved in a joint project with Aviator Park to place tree identification tags on the trees in both parks. Keep your eyes on those trees!

Enjoy....and JOIN!

LSNA Virtual March Board Meeting

posted Mar 7, 2021, 8:34 PM by David Cardy   [ updated Mar 9, 2021, 7:56 AM ]

LSNA March Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
7:00 PM
Meeting conducted virtually using Zoom:
6:50    Board Member and Attendee Login

7:00    Call to Order:
  • Quorum Report
  • Approval of February Board Meeting Minutes
7:05    Announcements
  • March 14, Daylight Savings Time begins
  • March 19, Giant Market Opening, 23rd & Arch Sts
  • April 8, PCLB State Store Opening, 411 N 20th St, Tidewater Bldg (former Granary)
  • April 10, Philly Cleanup
  • May? June? TBD install memorial plaques for Tully & Jane Speaker and Russell Meddin in Coxe Park
  • Cherry Street Tavern is open!
  • Support our restaurants
  • Parkway Institutions update
  • Newsworthy events & photo diary (Jim Fennell, Sean Kardon)
7:10    Barnes Foundation Update by Margaret Zminda EVP, CFO, COO
7:40    Market Street between 20th & 23rd by Jeannette Brugger, AICP, oTIS Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator

8:00    Consent Agenda

8:05    Zoning Report

8:15    President's Report
  • 2000 Arch Street
  • Coxe Park Memorial Plaques
  • VonColln Memorial Park update
  • Updates: Parkway Council, Mural Arts, 19th & 20th Street Corridor, Streets
8:30    Old Business, if any

8:35    New Business

8:40    Adjourn

Road Closures Around PECO Bldg - March 6

posted Mar 5, 2021, 1:35 PM by David Cardy

Good afternoon,


For those of you who do not know me, my name is Jose Aguirre and I serve as Government Affairs Manager for PECO. As part of ongoing efforts to upgrade our facilities, PECO will be installing two, new cooling towers at our downtown Philadelphia headquarters located at 2301 Market Street on Saturday, March 6, 2021. If you are receiving this email, it is because you or your organization may be a stakeholder for this event. As the cooling tower equipment will be installed on the roof of the building, a helicopter will be used to facilitate delivery of the equipment and materials.


To safely perform this work, street closures surrounding the building will be in effect throughout the day on Saturday. Specific street closures include:

  • Market Street, between 22nd Street and 30th Street
  • 23rd Street from Arch and Market Streets


Access will be limited to the building and nearby surrounding areas during the equipment installation process. Please notify your employees, tenants, or organizations of this activity as appropriate. Police will be onsite directing and the street closures will begin at 5:00 am and terminating by 10:00 am.


In case of inclement weather, PECO has scheduled Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the alternate date to complete the installation of the cooling towers. 


Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sandra Peterman at


Thank you for your cooperation.





Jose Aguirre

Governmental Affairs Manager - Philadelphia

830 South Schuylkill Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19146-2395

Office: 215.731.3235 | Mobile: 215.370.4289

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