A lawyer for a new coalition said many people believe that North Broad Street already is developing, “just sprouting up in a really interesting way.”

Kevin Greenberg, who represents the coalition, cited Eric Blumenfeld’s projects at Loft 640 and the Divine Lorraine; the opening of Osteria, Vie and Alla Spina restaurants; as well as Blatstein’s own plans for luxury apartments at the former State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden streets.

The coalition “is deeply concerned about the impact a casino will have on that community, whether it’s traffic, parking, crime and safety, or consistent development for North Broad,” Greenberg said.

He said on Tuesday that he couldn’t yet name the organizations that make up the coalition but that they include civic groups and religious and educational institutions.

Greenberg also noted that the coalition has neither a pro-casino nor anti-casino focus.

(Full story at Developer to unveil plans for N. Broad site, but some don’t want casino)

Head down the steps of the Wolf Building, on Callowhill at 12th Street, to a colorful hall that leads into a vast space with a stage, concrete pillars and a world of potential.

Underground Arts, a venue for theater productions, performance art, comedy, poetry, dance and music, has been quietly becoming more and more popular over the past few years, growing in size and steadily adding amenities.

(more at Underground Arts: Arts Alive In The Basement. « JUMP: The Philly Music Project)

Reel Good Time: Movie Night TONIGHT. 8PM-12AM. 

Make sure to stop by The Trestle Inn for a double showing of Halloween/The Fog, $1 popcorn & great drink specials!

$15 IPA pitchers, $12 Session pitchers and $5 Narragansett pounder + shot of bourbon.

(via The Trestle Inn)

I will say that I enjoy a stroll on the High Line — who doesn’t? There really can be no question that it is a spectacular amenity for New York, and that its very existence as a (quasi) public space is basically miraculous. But I must also admit that I find it’s very self-conscious design irritating (and already dating), and that its once raw industrial force has become unfortunately toy-like.

Not yet four years old, the High Line has already become another stop on the must-see list for out-of-towners, another chapter in the story of New York City’s transformation into Disney World. According to the park’s Web site, 3.7 million people visited the High Line in 2011, only half of them New Yorkers. It’s this overcrowding — not just of the High Line, but of the streets around it — that’s beginning to turn the tide of sentiment.

(via In the Shadows of the High Line – NYTimes.com)

[Now try to imagine Eraserhood transformed into Disneyhood…]