December 10: Snow day | St. Clare’s update | Reviving 52nd Street | McGlinchey’s history | Essene’s next chapter | Farewell Roy

Yes, Streeters, it’s snowing again. Expect 3-7 inches of snow, the heaviest of which will fall between 8am and 10am. So give yourself some extra time to get around and be sure to keep your sidewalks clear.

It’s a snow day for Philly’s public and parochial schools. 

Since St. Clare’s Monastery on Girard Avenue was razed two years ago to make way for new development there hasn’t been much action until now. Naked Philly reports that the vacant lot now features heavy machinery and it looks like construction is getting underway for 15 duplexes.

The 52nd Street Partnership Network is working to restore West Philly’s “Main Street” into a clean, safe, and attractive shopping strip. West Philly Local takes a close look at the initiative, and its first steps: hiring a commercial corridor manager and undertaking a cleaning program.

GroJLart dives into the history of McGlinchey’s for Hidden City Daily. The Shadow writes, “Few peers resemble the type of bar that used to inhabit big city downtowns across America before the influences of a less rugged, more effete patron prettied up the world of bars and restaurants. Truly, McGlinchey’s is an American treasure.”

Queen Village’s Essene Market & Café have changed hands after 40 years, The Insider reports. Howard Waxman sold the business Steven Clofine, a commercial real estate broker with a past as an organic farmer, and his wife Janice Innella a vegetarian and raw food chef. The pair will overhaul the store over the next six months.

And, it must be said: Roy Halladay, we’re sad to see you go.

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