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September 2015


Final Favorite Pope Photos that weren’t Put on Social Media

A few of my favorite photos from the pope weekend
Ospreys and the Pope’s helicopter flying over the City
A rainbow appears over the Parkway
Leaders of the World Meeting of Families and Mayor Nutter
A gift for his holiness
Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts helps families paint
Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director, World Meeting of Families and Mayor Michael Nutter cutting the ribbon for the World Meeting of Families Film Festival at the Kimmel Center.

One of my fav shots. These football players were playing ball when this kid sad “Priests dont play football.” The priest on the left got down to his level and connected the love of football with the love of Jesus Christ and team spirit. It was really cute.
A child at the Knotted Grotto at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

Openly gay Judge Dan Anders outside St. John’s where St. Maria Goretti relics were on display
Mark Wahlberg arrives at the Kimmel Center for the World Meeting of Families Film Festival showing of Invincible the story of Vince Papale
Mark Wahlberg and Vince Papale introduce the Invincible where Wahlberg played Papale during the years he played on the Philadelphia Eagles
Pope Francis says mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul Saturday morning.

A family during the “sign of peace”
Philly Metro September 29, 2015

A nun watching the mass on a closed circuit tv in the Basilica. It was sad that the nuns were relegated to the sides of the church,
 whereas the Priest, Deacons and VIPs sat in the center pews.

Waiting for the Pope Mobile Parade

It was a long wait
and dark when he finally made is rounds
Logan Cafe at Sister’s Cities did a brisk business. Sweetbox cupcakes didn’t mark up their tweets from their normal prices, which was sweet.
The Pope during the concert Saturday night.

Sunday locking up the bikes in Fairmount
There’s Adam Josephs from 6ABC
The flock

Pouring into the grounds

Spring Garden

Running late, Kory and I took a pedicab. This guy had his work cut out for him. He was from Pittsburgh, Pa and his company set up business in Philly. Where were the Philly pedicabs, did they go on a #popecation like the rest of the residents?
We’re from Michigan and are popped

Comcast simulcast

Top of the Tower

Pilgrims invited to the Top of the Tower to enjoy the view of the mass, a bite to eat and a place to sit.

Metro Philly Monday September27, 2015. A few people took this photo to task saying it shows that 800ks didn’t attend.

What they didn’t understand was no one was allowed to stand in the street below 20th Street.

Where were the people, sadly thousands of people were standing in line to get onto the Parkway,

as well as watching Jumbotrons all over the City.

Back to the mass, here are priests giving communion to the masses watching a jumbotron at 17th and the Parkway
Ironic some of the folks who complained Philly would be shut roads down, now want to do something like that once a year. Great idea, but what about someone who goes into labor?

 I’ll miss the sounds of silence

Photos taken at the Top of the Tower

I headed to Whole Foods for dinner with my friend Kristen Johanson, KYW106 to recap the weekend and saw these pilgrims.

Sisters City Park Monday afternoon. The Melendez family from Mexico take one last photo before heading home.

The End
Check out more of my photos at Phila Business Journal
Philadelphia Magazine


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Madonna at Wells Fargo – The Pope Has A Crush On Me, While Complaining Philly Fans Didn’t Adore Her Enough

Thanks to Marilyn Russell and Live Nation for the invite to see my 4th Madonna concert. It’s always an experience. I remember going to my first Madonna concert in 1986, The Virgin Tour. Always controversial that Madonna.

 She had just come off of the MTV Music Awards and at that time the most controversial thing ever done, rolling around on the stage in a virginal white wedding dress. That act made headlines around the world. Of course she would go on to out do, and out rage people for the rest of her career. But more on that later…

I think it started with Madonna that fans dressed as their favorite artist while attending their concert. It wasn’t as Halloweeny as last night seemed to be, maybe because the garb worn isn’t something someone would wear everyday. Back in 1985 Madonna influenced a lot of kids to wear ripped shirts, large crucifixes and an armful of black rubber bracelets. I remember getting a warning at my job as a busboy at Winston’s for wearing them. They made me take on 20 but allowed me to wear a conservative 5.  Above is Marilyn Russell with a few fans. i saw several Pope’s in the crowd so maybe we have that to look forward to this weekend.

Rebel Heart is on sale now, it’s a good buy. It’s no Like A Prayer, but then again it’s no Bedtime Story either – Thank GOD!
These two are magnificent.

Congrats to these fans who won tickets from BenFM 95.7
I ran into my bud Jenny DeHuff, Philly Daily News Gossip Girl. I also saw Victor Firillo from PhillyMag and

Marisa Magnatta, and her dad. It was Marisa and Marilyn’s first time seeing Madonna. I don’t think it was her Uncle George’s first time. He knew all the Madonna songs, and was dancing along with the rest of us.

Then her Madgesty took the stage at 945PM, YES 945PM. Geez girl. Anyway Madonna at 57 with her 13th Studio album still packs them in at the Wells Fargo
Looking flawless at 57, with moves of a 20 year old. Amazing body, and her voice is mature and smooth. Not like in her first tour where you could hear her speaking voice.

Definitely my favorite outfit of the night singing Like a Virgin of course.

The Beyonce effect.

Madonna sucks. If she mentioned one more time how the Philly fans were unenthusiastic, then she doesn’t understand her fan base and our week. Most of us could have gone on a 4 day vacation and eaten the cost of her ticket, as some people obviously did. All of us have Pope fatigue. 

Vintage Madonna. She sang one of two of my favorite songs:
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore and Deeper and Deeper. My party songs of the 80s. The first was for my pity party, the 2nd for my getting turnt up party. She also did amazing reworks of True Blue, Lucky Star, Like A Virgin, Vogue and Material Girl. Better than on any other tour. Now for the not so hot.

Madonna sex on the last supper alter, it’s controversial like you like it, but why do you have to sing “Jesus Loves My Pussy Best!” I feel like I need to be immersed in Holy Water after hearing this song a 2nd time. I never downloaded it after hearing it the first time. Why can’t you just rely on your talent and other nice songs like True Blue, Cherish or even Like A Pray. It’s sad you think it’s ok to sing those words considering you take your religion so seriously. Glad your proud of your excommunication from the Church. We don;t need the Church to validate us as good people, but common decency goes a long way.

Madonna surprisingly sings La Vie en Rose at her concert. Kinda redundant since that’s the song Lady Gaga has been singing on her last tour this past summer, where she dedicates it to her parents and sister.

I found a video on Youtube comparing the two. Why Madonna would sing this song is baffling. She is obviously obsessed with Lady Gaga. It doesn’t make me love her less, it just is disappointing. I know a million other singers have sung this tune, Grace Jones being the best besides Edith Piaf, it’s just right after Lady Gaga popularized it. That’s a shot across the bow.

The seats were fabulous. The problem with the Rebel Heart concert was she used too many elements and themes from the Like A Prayer tour. It’s been done Madonna, the beds, the masturbation, the sex with religious objects, you are better than this. Love your biggest fan, no really I am but we’re all flawed. And that Jesus comment, I feel she used that because all the rappers have the market on offensive words. Madonna needed to one up them. She’s an Icon, this just soils her.

As for the Pope, he followed her to NYC and now he’ll be in Philly this weekend. He’s obsessed with her. She did say he’s the nicest Pope yet.

On a lighter note, sorry my pixs aren’t pristine.  I must read my new phone’s instructions for better photos. Mike has and his photos are amazing. Happy Pope Weekend.


Mark Wahlberg in Philly: Rumors: Wahlburgers Found a Home; Marky Mark Walks the Red Carpet at World Meeting of Families Film Festival. Confirmed: He Still Works Out

I’ve been told that Wahlburgers, the burger chain owned by Chef Paul Wahlberg in partnership with celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie has found a home in Philly, but not in the Rittenhouse Square area like it had been written last year, but in the simmering Northern Liberties The Piazza. (location of my advertiser Sculpt Fitness Studio – Free Parking)

The new location, was the now closed, but very popular Darlings, which shuttered it’s doors earlier this year in March. 
This is the interior of Darlings
and the interior of  a typical Wahlburgers. 
Mark Wahlberg is in town this week to prepare for Saturday’s  Festival of Families, held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 
which is in conjunction of the World Meeting of Families which kicked off in Philadelphia yesterday. Check out my photos in Philly Mag’s A&E section. 
The Art Museum last night.

Last night I got a tip that actor Mark Wahlberg was seen driving up Walnut Street in a White Jeep near 18th; was he trying out the Pope Mobile, as it’s rumored the Pope’s mode of vehicle for the parade is a white jeep. I was wondering why he was in town so early for a Saturday event. I hear today he went to check out the property for Wahlburgers. The move from Rittenhouse Square to Northern Liberties was prompted by the over saturation of burger places near the square, like Good Burgers, Five Burgers, 500F burgers and Shake Shack.
Dave Magrogan, Mark Wahlberg, DJ Chris Booker at ‘Toys for Tots’ party at Kildare’s pub in Old City. (Yeah that long ago, 2007)
Whalberg is very familiar with Philadelphia, having filmed 3 movies in the area, Invincible , The Happening, and 10th and Wolf 

and he screened his movie Broken City at the Prince Theater
Yes that was working out this morning.
 This morning I tweeted there was a Mark Wahlberg sighting at the Sporting Club over at the Bellevue.  Gov Rendell was working out nearby, no word on if either gave fitness tips to each other.
Will Marky Mark Walk The Red Carpet Friday night: Vince Papale is hosting a screening of Invincible (2006) PG, 105 minutes as part of the World Meeting of Families Film Festival. Confirmed for the screening Vince Papale, and Tony Luke Jr. Not confirmed but rumored to be there Mark Wahlberg, and now that we know he’s in town, why not.
Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia, who overcame long odds to play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear & Elizabeth Banks. 
   Sharon Pinkenson,     Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office,   Gerard P. Cuddy,  President & CEO, Beneficial Bank,  Donna Crilley Farrell,   Executive Director, World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015  and Mayor Michael A. Nutter   at the ribbon cutting of the film festival yesterday afternoon.
One of the first movies to open at the World Meeting of Families Film Festival – Mighty Macs. Tim Chambers, writer director of Mighty Macs (3rd from right) and John Chambers, producer with
Cathy Rush (r) and other basketball players from the The Mighty Macs movie about the 1971 Immaculata College women’s basketball team that went on to win a championship.
There’s an impressive list of films at the festival, and celebrities walking the red carpet including M. Night Shyamalan on Thursday Night. 
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
    • “Urban Trinity” Red Carpet and Premiere (78 minutes, filmed in Philadelphia)
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Opening remarks from:
  • Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director, World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015
Remarks following the premiere:
  • Sam Katz,
Executive Producer, “Urban Trinity”
historical documentary traces the narrative of the many immigrant
groups who came to Philadelphia and whose common bond was their
Catholicism. The story arcs from the earliest times through the more
modern stresses of a changing Philadelphia.
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
    • “Wide Awake” Red Carpet and Screening (88 minutes, filmed in Philadelphia)
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Opening remarks from:
  • Sharon Pinkenson,
Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • M. Night Shyamalan,
Writer and Director, “Wide Awake”
and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Joseph Cross, Rosie
O’Donnell and Dana Delany, this film tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.
  • Friday, September 25, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    • “The Sound of Music” Sing-A-Long-A (230 minutes)
Pennsylvania Convention Center Terrace Ballroom, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
Hosted by:
  • Diane Heery,
Casting Director, Heery Casting
  • Patrick McDade,
Actor, Producing Partner, Sunshine Productions
This special screening is a family-friendly addition to the Film Festival, hosted by two of Philadelphia’s veteran actors and producers.
  • Friday, September 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
    • “Invincible” Red Carpet and Screening (105 minutes, filmed in Philadelphia)
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Opening remarks from:
  • Sharon Pinkenson,
Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • Gerard P. Cuddy,
President & CEO, Beneficial Bank
  • Vince Papale
Former Philadelphia Eagle

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear and Elizabeth Banks, this film is based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. Vince Papale, Tony Luke, Jr. and Walter Thurmond will be attending the Red Carpet, Screening and are available for interviews.


All photos containing people in them were taken by me except the one autographed.


Bill Murray In Philly For His Son Luke’s Wedding to a Philly Girl #Emmys2015 #SNL #Philly

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I started getting texts and tweets from people Friday night. The first one was where he was eating dinner, but you know it is the very busy social season and I couldn’t get away to greet Bill. 

My bud Larry Giuffra texted me to say that he saw Murray in the Rittenhouse Sq area, I knew for sure Bill was here but why?  

When I got home from the Franklin Institute’s Vatican Splendor Gala I jumped on the internet and started to do some research. Thanks to the guy who DM’d me with the answer.

The next morning I tweeted  @iPhillyChitChat Bill Murray was spotted at Oscar’s Tavern the night before, and cringed when I saw I made an era in saying “why is he hear?” instead of here. Then the Philly Voice picked up my tweet, which is awesome except for that mistake – ugh. Twitter edit button please. But the tips started flowing in.

Bill was here to attend the wedding of his son Luke Murray (assistant coach of Xavier University), who was marrying Philly hometown girl

Kara Cassidy, former Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach University of Pennsylvania 2009 – August 2013 (4 years) and South Philly native and now working for ADP.

Basketball runs in her family, her dad Fran Cassidy is Vice President, Premium Seating at Comcast-Spectacor

How’d They Met: They met on a plane to Italy, his team was playing in Europe, she was going to recruit academic basketball Europeans. How random was that.

Before Murray headed over to Oscar’s for a nightcap, he attended the rehearsal dinner at the Acorn Club (actual set up before the dinner). Traditionally the grooms parents pay for the meal, and they did. I hear Bill was very generous with gifts for the wedding couple helping out with the most beautiful wedding to hit the Bellevue since Sabrina Tamburino Thorne‘s. He also paid for all the groomsman’s tuxes and rented out the 27th floor at the Bellevue Hyatt for bridal party preparations and rooms for the guests to stay.

Walking down the aisle St. Monica’s Church in South Philly Bill Murray, with his mom Lucille Murray, and former wife Mickey Kelly, mother of Luke Saturday around 3PM.

Bill Murray stopped by The Palm restaurant at the Bellevue on his way to the reception.

Uncles Joel Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray with the groom, Luke Murray with a few SNL writers Friday night.

Bill Murray on the right dancing to the introduction of the bride and groom song “Feels So Close” by Black Eyed Peas (Which was Tamburino/Thorne introduction song too), at the Bellevue Hyatt. Congrats to the Murray’s and the Cassidy’s, looks like it was an awesome time!!

 The name of the band at the Murray wedding:

Chevis Entertainment headed by Chevy Chevis (l), pretty ironic I’d say. They’re from NYC and the biz address – Rockefeller Center.

At one point Bill Murray jumped up on stage and rocked out with the band. One guest told me it was the best band she’d ever heard, and the Murray’s really know how to party. I say girl, they’re Irish, we know how to party.

Can we talk about this awesome dance floor installed at the Bellevue for the wedding.. It was placed on top of the wooden one that’s normally used.

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BTW there is still a few items left to get on their Wedding Registry


Penn 6 – Midtown’s Popular Eatery Launches a New Menu with Steaks & Chops – Press Preview and #FoodPorn Pixs

Last week Christie Honigman, The Honigman Group, which represents
 Pennsylvania 6 restaurant in Washington Square west at 114 South 12th Street hosted a press preview of the restaurants new menu. 
The Gangs all here, Puri Garzone, co-owner of Penn 6, Christie Honigman, Pax Tandon, Health & Wellness Guru, Elizabeth Wellington, Philly Inquirer, Me, Kristin Detterline, Philly Style Mag, Alyssa Colston and Laura Bukhardt, Where Magazine, Alexander Kacala,, Marilyn Russell, BenFM, Kristen Detterline, and Chris Murphy.Taylor Ciallella , Kristen Johansen, CBS3 and Chris Murphy, Fox 29

The Royale From the Raw Bar – Oysterda, Crab Cocktail, Half Lobster, Six Clams and Six Shrimp

 Yellow Fin Tuna , Chris Murphy raved over it so much he got seconds. $14
Not a toast left after the meal, then I saw a few guests eat the warm Broccolini  Dip with a spoon, it was that good. $11
I had the sampler Rack of Lamb, which was delicious.
 (know that because we had so many dishes the servings were sample size.)

 Other choices on the new Steak and Chops menu include Center Cut Filet, NY Strip, and Rib eye. Prices range from $35 – $58 for the porterhouse.

Chocolate chip bread pudding, bourbon caramel and butter toffee pecans

With each course there was a drink pairing which included this cutie:

The Heimdall Sour. Rye, blueberry mead, rose syrup and fresh lemon.



Fashion Friday – The Weeks Standouts in Style

Every once in awhile I threaten you that I’m going to do a fashion post every week, and I do it for awhile but then I stop. This is one of those times again. Maybe I’ll do street fashion or maybe like this week picking out standouts at parties.This is also a good way for you guys to see my columns in other media outlets, the links will be included where I found each person.

Danielle Hankin is always spot on with fashion, style and a smile that lights up the room. She wore a smart looking Alice + Olivia dress to the Mural Arts Salon Dinner last Friday night.
See photos from that event here:
Artist Advocate Caryn Kunkle at the ground breaking of the Divine Lorraine. She had hoped to create an arts center at the much admired historic building. The developer offered her a 5,000 square space to create an arts center, no word on whether she’d accept that.
PR extraordinaire, Megan Smith, Brownstone PR, often running her business out of the media’s eye, prepares for the ground breaking of the Divine Lorraine looking fashionable while executing the behind the scenes production of the event.
This actually was a few weeks back at the Ralph Brooks Tot Lot Opening. Muralist Steve Powers and Connor Barwin, Eagles and Philanthropist, (charity is always in style) in front of one of the murals that surrounds Ralph Brooks Park
Ashley Taylor, Owner at DFTI Boutique and Lauren Stevis, Saxbys Coffee (she’s wearing a dress from DFTI.) at the Saxbys Coffee headquarters opening party.
Danille Hankin again, in a gorgeous Armani outfit at Andy Popera

My Standout in Style this Week: Mom and son at the Mt Airy Sip and Stroll last night. They are fashion fantastic.


The Most Mind Blowing, Informative, comprehensive Press Release for #PopeinPhilly You’ll Ever Need

Basically it says if you live near the Parkway MOVE YOUR CAR. Then it goes on to say don’t walk here, don’t walk here, don’t walk here and God bless you. Actually I am really excited for the Pope, and it’s going to be awesome. Like Made in America but no driving between Girard and South Streets, ahem like I told you first back in June on my blog here. Before you get started remember to follow me on twitter @IPhillyChitChat, facebook friend me at Philly ChitChat and follow me on Instagram

BTW Here’s a bike map

Wednesday, September 16, 2015                                         
Philadelphia, September 16, 2015 –
The City of
Philadelphia released details about its preparations for the World
Meeting of Families – 2015 Philadelphia from Tuesday, September 22nd until Friday, September 25th,
and the Papal Visit during the weekend of Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th.
neighborhoods in Center City Philadelphia will be most impacted by the
World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and the Papal Visit, but
the entire city has the opportunity to participate
in this historic event,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “I am asking
Philadelphians who are not already joyously anticipating the arrival of
Pope Francis to get excited and get involved.  This is an incredible
moment for our City and the Nation.”
Papal Visit Itinerary
Pope Francis’ schedule for Philadelphia is as follows:
Saturday, September 26:
9:30 a.m. – Arrival at Atlantic Aviation
10:30 a.m. – Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
4:45 p.m. – Independence Mall Address (This event is open to the public.)
7:30 p.m. – Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (This event is open to the public.)
Sunday, September 27:
9:15 a.m. – Meeting with Bishops at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
11:00 a.m. – Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility Visit
4:00 p.m. – Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (This event is open to the public.)
8:00 p.m. – Departure from Atlantic Aviation.
A detailed itinerary for Pope Francis’ September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America is available online at
Travel Restrictions
closures, parking restrictions and changes to public transportation
routes and public works services will be necessary during the Papal
Visit.  The public’s cooperation and patience in abiding by these
restrictions is appreciated.
restricted areas will be posted with “Emergency No Parking” signage. 
Fencing, other physical barriers and uniformed law enforcement officers
will also be
utilized to enforce vehicle restricted zones.  A map of the restricted
areas in Center City is available on
The following streets describe the U.S. Secret Service secure vehicle perimeter or “no vehicle zone”.  Only the streets that
outline the secure vehicle perimeter are described below and these streets
will be open to vehicular traffic.  Every street inside of the below described perimeter will be closed to vehicular traffic. 
City of Philadelphia restrictions:
Beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, the following secure vehicle perimeter will go into effect:
  • Fairmount Drive from the intersection of Kelly Drive to N 24th Street
  • 24th Street between Fairmount Drive and Wallace Street
  • Wallace Street between N 24th Street and N 23rd Street
  • N 23rd Street between Wallace Street and Mount Vernon Street
  • Mount Vernon Street between N 23rd Street and N 22nd Street
  • N 22nd Street between Mount Vernon Street and Green Street
  • Green Street between N 22nd Street and N 21st Street
  • N 21st Street between Green Street and Brandywine Street
  • Brandywine Street between N 21st Street and N 20th Street
  • N 20th Street between Brandywine Street and Hamilton Street
  • Hamilton Street between N 20th Street and N 19th Street        
  • Through the north side of the park between N 19th Street and N 18th Street
  • The Community College of Philadelphia will serve as the perimeter between N 18th Street and N 17th Street
  • N 17th Street south of Spring Garden Street to Callowhill Street
  • Callowhill Street between N 17th Street and N 16th Street
  • N 16th Street from Callowhill Street, over I-676 (Vine Street Expressway) to the East Bound Lanes of Vine Street
  • Along the sidewalk that parallels East Bound Vine Street and runs
    perpendicular to the Hahnemann Hospital – Drexel University College of
  • Vine Street between N 15th and N Broad Street
  • N Broad Street between N 15th Street and Race Street
  • Race Street between N Broad Street and N 12th Street
  • * N 12th Street continuing S to S 12th Street between Race Street and Sansom Street*
    (This will change beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25)
  • Sansom Street between S 12th Street and S 17th Street
  • S 17th Street between Sansom Street and Chestnut Street
  • Chestnut Street between S 17th Street and S 18th Street
  • S 18th Street continuing N to N 18th Street between Chestnut Street and Cuthbert Street
  • Cuthbert Street between N 18th Street and N 21st Street
  • N 21st Street between Cuthbert Street and Cherry Street
  • Cherry Street between N 21st Street, past N 23rd Street to the River
Beginning at 10:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, the following secure vehicle perimeter will go into effect:
  • * N 12th Street between Race Street and Filbert Street* (The secure vehicle perimeter map that was released on August 13 showed the secure border from N 12th Street between Race Street and Arch Street.  As an update, the secure border
    now runs from N 12th Street between Race Street and Filbert Street)
  • Filbert Street between N 12th Street and N 9th Street
  • N 9th between Filbert Street and Cherry Street
  • Cherry Street between N 9th Street and N 8th Street
  • N 8th Street from Cherry Street continuing N across the
    eastbound lanes of Vine Street, under I-676 (Vine Street Expressway) and
    across the westbound lanes of Vine Street   
  • The perimeter will run parallel to I-676 through a grassy area to N 6th street   
  • N 6th Street just south of Callowhill Street to the structure
    supporting I-676 and over to the area of Randolph Street, Vine Street
    and across N 5th Street
  • New Street/Marginal Road between N 5th Street and N 4th Street
  • N 4th Street between New Street/Marginal Road and Arch Street
  • Arch Street between N 4th Street and N 3rd Street
  • N 3rd Street continuing S to S 3rd Street between Arch Street and Willings Alley near St. James Place  
  • Through Willings Alley to S 4th Street  
  •  S 4th Street between Willings Alley and Locust Street
  • Locust Street between S 4th Street and S 6th Street
  • S 6th Street between Locust Street and S. Washington Square
  • S. Washington Square between S 6th Street and S 7th Street
  • S 7th Street between S. Washington Square and Manning Street
  • Manning Street between S 7th Street and S 8th Street
  • S 8th Street to Spruce Street
  • Spruce Street between S 8th Street and S 9th Street 
  • S 9th street from between Spruce Street and Cherry Street
  • Cherry Street between S 9th Street and S 12th Street
State of Pennsylvania restrictions:
All vehicular
road restrictions will be coordinated
between the Pennsylvania
State Police, the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation
and local jurisdictions.
The below
closures will begin on
Friday, September
25 at 10 p.m., until
morning, September
from I-476 to
I-95 to U.S. Route 1
(Roosevelt Extension)
I-676 in both directions
I-76 to
I-95 northbound and southbound
ramps to Callowhill
I-95 northbound and southbound
ramps to
I-95 northbound and southbound
ramps to
Washington Avenue (Open
to registered buses
I-95 northbound and southbound
ramps to
Broad Street (Open
to registered buses only)
The following exit
ramp closures will begin Thursday,
24 at 10:00 p.m., until Monday morning,
September 28:
I-676 East exit
at 23rd
I-676 East exit
Street (PA 611)
I-676 East exit
at 8th
West exit
Street (PA 611)
West exit
Franklin Parkway
The below
will begin
Saturday, September
26 at 10:00
until late Sunday
afternoon, September
U.S. Route 1 in both directions from U.S. 30 to Belmont
Security Checkpoint Locations:
are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for ticket
holders on Saturday, September 26 (Festival of Families) and Sunday,
September 27 (Papal Mass), beginning at
6:00 a.m. each day. 
  • Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection of N 23rd Street and Spring Garden Street
  • N 22nd Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hamilton Street
  • Hamilton Street between N 21st and N 22nd Streets
  • 21st Street between Hamilton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • N 20th Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
  • N 20th Street at Race Street
  • N 21st Street at Winter Street
are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket
holders on Saturday, September 26, 2015 (Festival of Families),
beginning at 6:00 a.m. 
  • N 15th Street at Cherry Street
  • N Broad Street at Cherry Street
  • S Broad Street at Chestnut Street
  • S 15th Street at Chestnut Street
  • S17th Street at Market Street
  • S 17th Street at John F. Kennedy Boulevard
are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket
holders on Sunday, September 27, 2015 (Papal Mass), beginning at 6:00
  • N 19th Street at Wood Street
  • N 18th Street at Cherry Street
  • N 19th Street at Cherry Street
are the Independence Mall event security entry points for ticket
holders on Saturday, September 26 ONLY (Meeting for Religious Freedom),
beginning at 6:00 a.m. 
  • N 6th Street at Race Street
  • N 5th Street at Race Street
  • N 5th Street at Arch Street
  • N 4th Street at Market Street
  • S 4th Street at Chestnut Street
Tow Schedule/Placard Exemptions/Garage Parking:
accommodate the construction of the secure perimeters and event
infrastructure, towing in the Center City area will begin Saturday,
September 20 and will be completed by Wednesday,
September 23.
All no-parking areas will receive notice (signs posted by September 16th).
assist residents in these no-parking areas, the City and Philadelphia
Parking Authority are offering the following parking options:
Residential Parking Permit zones (other than the one to which they are assigned) anywhere in the city from Sunday, September 20th until 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 29th.
Naval Hospital Lot, 1600 Pattison Ave. – 1,500 parking spots available beginning September 21st (free);
Gateway Parking Garage, 16th and Vine Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking permit);
Family Courthouse Garage, 15th and Arch Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking
Old City AutoPark, 2nd
and Sansom Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 –
Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking permit);
Jefferson AutoPark, 10th
and Ludlow Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 –
Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking permit);
The Gallery Mall AutoPark, 9th and Filbert Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking
permit); and
Chestnut Street Surface Lot, 8th and Chestnut Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking
can purchase parking spots at all aforementioned locations, except the
Naval Hospital Lot, in advance.  Once purchased, residents will be
issued a placard which will exempt
their vehicles from towing until Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 p.m. 
Placards must be displayed in the front windshield of the car.  In order
to purchase a garage space, proof of residency is required.
Residents can park their cars in their purchased garage spaces beginning Thursday, September 24
at 6:00 p.m.
For more information on purchasing garage parking and getting a towing exemption placard, log on to or call 215-683-9600 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
If your vehicle has been towed, please call 1-888-591-3636 and press
 after hearing the language options.
Luxe, a private valet service that will pick up your car and move it
out of the no parking zones for you, is available for $20/per day. 
Residents can email for more information or can register for pick up on
Public Transportation

Papal event attendees are encouraged to use public transportation as
many streets in and around Center City Philadelphia will be closed to
private vehicles.


On Saturday, September 26 and Sunday,
September 27, SEPTA will double capacity by modifying Regional Rail
operations in an effort to accommodate travel demand. Center City
drop-off and boarding locations are listed
below and riders will have to board at the same Center City Station they
were dropped off for return service to their outlying station. Service
will operate express-type inbound service every half-hour from the
outlying stations to Center City from 5:30 a.m.
to noon both days. Below are the Regional Rail lines and outlying
stations that will be in operation, listed by their Center City
drop-off/boarding station. All Center City drop-off/boarding stations
are located within the Francis Festival Grounds: 

Jefferson Station

Norristown/Manayunk Line – Norristown Transportation Center
Lansdale/Doylestown Line – Pennbrook and Fort Washington Stations
Warminster Line – Warminster Station
West Trenton Line – Woodbourne Station
Fox Chase Line – Fox Chase Station
*Airport Line – Terminal A/B, Terminal C/D

30th Street Station

Paoli/Thorndale Line – Paoli and Radnor Stations
Chesnut Hill West Line – Chestnut Hill West Station
Trenton Line – Levittown and Croydon/Cornwells Heights Stations
Wilmington/Newark Line – Wilmington and Marcus Hook Stations

University City Station

Media/Elwyn Line – Media and Primos Stations
*Airport Line – Eastwick Station
*Airport Line – Terminal A/B, Terminal C/D
SEPTA is urging
customers planning to use rail service for Papal Visit travel to arrange
to be dropped off at or near one of the open outlying stations. Parking
will be limited at SEPTA stations and surrounding
locations, and spots are expected to fill up quickly both days. However,
SEPTA is working with local officials, businesses and other
organizations to offer additional parking at or near these stations. The
Papal Visit section of features
an interactive matrix with customized maps showing available parking
and suburban road closures surrounding the 18 outlying Regional Rail
Stations opened during the Papal Visit weekend.
*The Airport Line is the only Regional
Rail line that will operate inbound and outbound both days and these
trains will operate every 30 minutes. As noted above, Airport Line
trains will stop in Center City at Jefferson
and University City Stations. Local residents and other visitors
traveling to Center City to see the Pope can pay to park in an airport
lot and those with pre-purchased One Day Papal Passes will get priority
boarding between 5:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. After 8:00
a.m., pre-purchased tickets and weekly and month passes that are
normally valid for the Airport Line will be accepted. Airport employees
commuting to work, as well as those with a flight reservation, will be
able to board at the Jefferson and University City
Stations as noted above. These airport bound trains will not stop at the
Eastwick, 30th Street or Suburban stations.
Subway Service
SEPTA has doubled the number of stations
scheduled to be open for the Papal Visit along the Market-Frankford and
Broad Street Lines – among them, 8th Street and 34th Street on the
Market-Frankford Line, which provide
close access to the Francis Festival Grounds. The service plan has been
adjusted in response to requests from riders and businesses regarding
transit service for weekend commuting needs, and to provide additional
travel options for those going to see the Pope.
Trains on the Market-Frankford and Broad
Street Lines will operate in both directions the weekend of September 26
to September 27 from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. each day. There will be no
overnight weekend service
on these lines during the Papal Visit.
The updated service map of open stations is included with this press release. Here is a summary of the updated service plan:
Market-Frankford Line Eastbound Express Service:
Will run from 69th Street Transportation Center directly to 30th Street
Station. These same trains will then continue with Local service,
stopping at 8th Street Station,
2nd Street Station; Girard Station; Huntingdon Station; Allegheny
Station; Erie-Torresdale Station; Arrott Transportation Center; and
Frankford Transportation Center.
Market-Frankford Line Eastbound Local Service:
Trains will originate at 60th Street Station, with stops at 52nd Street
Station; 34th Street Station; 30th Street; 8th Street; 2nd Street;
Girard; Huntingdon; Allegheny; Erie-Torresdale;
Arrott Transportation Center; and Frankford Transportation Center.
Market-Frankford Line Westbound Express Service:
Trips will operate from Frankford Transportation Center directly to
2nd Street, then continue with Local service to 8th Street; 30th Street;
34th Street; 52nd Street; 60th Street; and 69th Street Transportation
Market-Frankford Line Westbound Local Service:
Trips will originate at Arrott Transportation Center, with stops at
Erie-Torresdale; Allegheny; Huntingdon; Girard; 2nd Street; 8th Street;
30th Street; 34th Street; 52nd Street; 60th Street; and 69th Street
Transportation Center.
Broad Street Line Northbound Express Service:
Trains will run from AT&T Station directly to Walnut-Locust
Station. These trains will continue with Local service to Spring Garden
Station; Cecil B. Moore Station; North Philadelphia
Station; Erie Station; Olney Transportation Center; and Fern Rock
Transportation Center.
Broad Street Line Northbound Local Service:
Trains will operate from Snyder Station to Walnut-Locust; Spring
Garden; Cecil B. Moore; North Philadelphia; Erie; Olney Transportation
Center; and Fern Rock Transportation Center.
Broad Street Line Southbound Express Service:
Trains will run from Fern Rock Transportation Center directly to Spring
Garden; these trains will continue with Local service to Walnut-Locust;
Snyder; and AT&T Station.
Broad Street Line Southbound Local Service:
Trains will originate at Olney Transportation Center, with stops at
Erie; North Philadelphia; Cecil B. Moore; Spring Garden; Walnut-Locust;
Snyder; and AT&T Station.
Customers using the Market-Frankford and
Broad Street Lines can ride using their existing fare instruments, such
as weekly and monthly passes and tokens. In addition, SEPTA now has a
special $10 Three-Day Papal
Transit Pass – or $5 for those who qualify for reduced fare – on sale
now that will be valid for travel on the Market-Frankford and Broad
Street Lines, as well as buses and trolleys, between Saturday, September
26 and Monday, September 28. These passes are
on sale at SEPTA sales locations; for a list of sales offices, visit the
Papal Visit section of SEPTA’s website at Weekly, monthly and Three-Day Papal Transit Passes, as well as tokens and cash, can be used for travel on buses and trolleys.
For ease of travel, riders are urged to purchase passes or tokens ahead of the Papal Visit.
Bus Service
Many SEPTA bus routes will be adjusted
during the weekend of the Papal Visit to complement increased capacity
on the rail network and to maximize operations while traffic
restrictions are in place. Service will
run on weekday schedules providing more frequent service than normal
Saturday and Sunday operations. By utilizing weekday service, a number
of major City Transit routes will allow attendees to get close to the
events. Additionally, this weekday service will
facilitate getting attendees to connecting services such as the
Market-Frankford Line subway/elevated and the Broad Street Line subway.

City Transit Buses operating with this
weekday-level service will include routes 3, 5, 6, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22,
23, 27, 31, 33, 42, 47, 50, 52, 55, 58, 66, 70 and R. City Trolley
Routes 11, 13, 34 and 36 will make
all regular stops from the start of each line in Philadelphia and
Delaware Counties to the 40th Street Portal. From 40th Street, the next
and last stop will be 30th Street. Similarly, a number of key Suburban
Transit Bus routes, including those that provide
access to Regional Rail service and destinations such as the
Philadelphia International Airport, will also remain on weekday
schedules through the weekend. This includes Routes 99, 103, 104, 107,
108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 123, 124, 125, 201 and 206.
In addition, dozens of other routes in the
city and the suburbs will maintain regular weekend service levels. Some
of these routes will be subject to detours due to road closures.
Traffic restrictions will also
result in the suspension of 28 city and suburban bus routes. The Route
10 trolley will also be suspended.
For more information about SEPTA’s service plan, please visit


NJ TRANSIT’s Atlantic City Rail Line
will operate reservation-only hourly trips from the Atlantic City
Rail Terminal which will express to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia
beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September
27. The trains will NOT stop at Absecon, Egg
Harbor City, Hammonton, Atco, Lindenwold, Cherry Hill, and Pennsauken.
The last train to leave Atlantic City bound for Philadelphia will be at
3:00 p.m. Travel time will be about one hour and 25 minutes. A total of
690 seats will be available on each train,
with a total of 4,140 available seats for the eight-hour service to 30th
Street Station. Following the Papal events, trains will leave 30th
Street Station expressing to Atlantic City at 10:00 p.m. and operate on
the half-hour. Please note, no bicycles will
be allowed on the Atlantic City Rail Line during the weekend of the Papal Visit.
Special round trip tickets will be needed to travel on the
Atlantic City Rail Line on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday,
September 27. No other tickets, including monthly passes, Family Super
Saver or cash, will be accepted on the
Atlantic City Rail Line. The limited tickets are on sale now at The last day to purchase tickets will be Friday, September 25.
To accommodate customers traveling to
stations not being served by rail, an enhanced Bus Route No. 554 service
will supplement the
Atlantic City Rail Line and stop at stations between Atlantic
City and Lindenwold. This bus will continue express service to Walter
Rand Transportation Center in Camden. The No. 554 bus route does not
serve Cherry Hill or Pennsauken.
Bus Route No. 419 service will accommodate
customers departing from Pennsauken Transit Center for travel to
Camden, and Bus Route No. 450 will serve customers who want to travel
from Cherry Hill station to Camden.
Additionally, Bus Route No. 406 service will accommodate customers
traveling from Route 70 in Cherry Hill to Camden.
NJ TRANSIT’s River Line will offer
limited service and operate on a 15-minute schedule starting at 6:00
a.m. on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 from Trenton,
making stops at Bordentown, Florence,
Burlington South, Route 73, Pennsauken Transit Center and the Walter
Rand Transportation Center. Trains will NOT stop at Hamilton Avenue,
Cass Street, Robeling, Burlington Towne Center, Beverly/Edgewater Park,
Delanco, Riverside, Cinnaminson, Riverton, Palmyra,
and 36th Street. Once events in Philadelphia have begun, the River Line will shift to a 30-minute schedule.
Trains will not operate beyond the Walter
Rand Transportation Center in downtown Camden due to expected crowded
road conditions. Following the Papal events,
River Line trains will leave the Walter Rand Transportation
Center on a load-and-go basis. In an attempt to increase overall seating
capacity, no bicycles will be allowed on
River Line trains that weekend.
Special round trip tickets will be needed to ride the
River Line. No other tickets, including monthly passes or cash, will be accepted on the
River Line. The limited tickets are on sale now at, or at all River Line stations. The last day to purchase tickets will be Friday, September 25.
To accommodate customers wanting to go to stations on the
River Line not being served by train service on Saturday and Sunday, bus service that parallels the
River Line will operate additional service and stop at those stations.

Bus Service

Once the Ben Franklin
Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, all bus routes that normally
travel to Center City Philadelphia will terminate at the Walter Rand
Transportation Center in Camden
but will remain on schedule for trips outbound from the Camden area
Limited additional bus service will operate
on Route 419 which runs along the River Line between Burlington Town
Center and Camden
Limited additional service will be provided on Route 554
No special ticketing is needed for regular bus route service
Access Link
Access Link, NJ TRANSIT’s ADA-paratransit
service to and from Philadelphia, will be suspended on Friday, September
25 following the closure of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Regular
reservation service will resume on
Tuesday, September 29. On Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September
27, all service in and out of Camden County will be suspended.
For complete train schedule and ticketing information for both the
Atlantic City Rail Line and the River Line, please visit


As mentioned above, in an effort to
facilitate pedestrian travel into Center City Philadelphia, the Ben
Franklin Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning on Friday,
September 25 at 10:00 p.m. The Ben
Franklin Bridge will re-open for vehicular traffic on Monday, September
28 at or around 12:00 noon. During this period, PATCO will operate
express trains providing non-stop, one-way service westbound into Center
City Philadelphia on Saturday, September 26
and Sunday, September 27. This express service will operate every 16
minutes to the 9/10th and Locust Street Stations in Center City from the
Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue and Broadway stations in New
Jersey. There will be no PATCO service or operations
at any station other than those above. For the return trip eastbound to
New Jersey, trains will depart the 9/10th and Locust Street Stations in
Center City and stop only at the stations listed above. This express
return service will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday,
September 26 and Sunday, September 27 and will operate until for several
hours. Riders should expect long lines departing Philadelphia to return
to New Jersey.
For more information regarding DRPA/PATCO, please visit
With some minor exceptions, operations in
and around New York and Washington will be normal, although passengers
should expect large crowds during the Pope’s scheduled events. Amtrak
service will operate on a normal
weekday schedule Monday, September 21, 2015 through Friday, September
25, 2015 with extra coaches added to some trains to accommodate
additional demand.
Starting Friday, September 25 through Monday, September 28 reservations will be required on all
Acela Express, Northeast Regional and Keystone Service trains.
Amtrak will operate Philadelphia-centric “Event Extra” service on
Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 in some cases utilizing
equipment from Amtrak commuter partners.
To better ensure efficient train movements
for all users of the NEC, Amtrak will suspend maintenance activities,
pre-position rescue equipment to quickly respond to any disabled train
and continuously share real-time
dispatching information with our regional transit agency partners.
30th Street Station
To ensure public safety and aid in crowd
control, some special procedures will be implemented at the Philadelphia
30th Street Station during the weekend of the Papal Visit. In addition
to Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT trains,
SEPTA service to/from Levittown, Marcus Hook, Wilmington, Croydon and
Cornwells Heights, will operate from the lower-level/main concourse.
Specific boarding procedures and recommended points of entry will be
announced at a later date. Additional station personnel
and ambassadors will be on hand to assist, but passengers should expect
long lines and crowded conditions.
Taxi service and rental cars will not be
available to/from 30th Street Station. Station restrooms will be closed
to the public but facilities will be available outside. Food court
eateries will be open and accessible
from the Market Street entrance.
Tickets for all Amtrak trains are
available now at Passengers are advised to book as early as
possible to ensure availability. Additional announcements with more
detailed information will be made in
the weeks to come and posted to, which will be updated regularly.
Taxis/Rideshare Services
Taxis and legal Uber
vehicles will be able to access the Francis Festival Grounds until
Saturday, September 26, at 2:00 a.m.  Service in the Francis Festival
Grounds will resume on Monday, September 28, at 3:00
WAV (wheelchair
accessible vehicles), SEPTA CCT and UberWAV (PUC-licensed paratransit
partners) will have no restrictions entering the Francis Festival
Bicycle use is permitted anywhere in Center City, except within
the Secure Perimeter (bicycles cannot go through the mag lines), during
the Papal Visit.
Additionally, Indego, the City’s bike share program, will offer special service during the Papal Visit from Friday, Sept. 25th – Sunday, Sept. 27th.
Indego will provide staffed, corral service at several stations to
guarantee bike and dock availability, and to answer customer questions. 
The following locations will provide this service:
Rittenhouse Square station (Walnut & 19th streets);
Foglietta Plaza station (Front & Dock streets);
30th Street station (30th & Market streets); and
Broad & Spring Garden station.
Most other Center City stations will be closed to accommodate this
service.  A complete list of open and closed stations is available on
www.rideindego,com/stations, or for real-time station and bike availability during the Papal Visit, download the ‘BCycle Now’ app.
Business Accommodations
Deliveries and Commercial Trash
window for deliveries and commercial trash collection that need to enter
the Traffic Box (Francis Festival grounds) will be 12:00am – 4:00am on
Saturday and Sunday, and will be limited
to vehicles 28ft or smaller.
and trash collection trucks that will service businesses located within
the Secure Perimeter and Secure Vehicle Perimeter must be screened by
the USSS.  Additional information about
screenings and entry points will be provided directly to businesses and
commercial trash haulers over the next week.  Businesses with questions
should contact the Business Service Resource Center by calling 215-683-2100.
can also walk deliveries into the Secure Perimeter and Secure Vehicle
Perimeter, therefore negating the need for vehicle screenings.
Business Services Center
Businesses with questions should contact the City’s Business Resource Center by calling 215-683-2100 or by e-mail at
In the lead up to the Papal Visit, the Business Resource Center will be
open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Center will operate
from 9 a.m. Friday, September
25, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 27.
Venue Details and Public Safety Information
vicinity of the festival on the Parkway and Independence Hall will be
firmly secured and protected for maximum public safety.
Throughout the
Papal Visit weekend, the City will provide a strong presence of law
enforcement and emergency medical services. The City, the United States
Secret Service and WMOF officials will utilize
a network of prevention and response services, which will be integrated,
mobile and in constant communication.
EMS personnel will
respond within each zone by foot, bike, Segway, Gator, or ambulance, and
provide services at each first aid tent and medical station.
First aid tent
capabilities include triaging, treatment of minor injuries (such as
insect bites, rehydration, sunburns, and heat exposure), CPR with AED,
and diagnostics for diabetic concerns. Each tent can accommodate
up to 20 patients.
First aid tents will be placed in the following locations:
FA2: Ben Franklin HS Lot 2
1314-1332 Green Street 
FA6: Public Health Building Lot
500 S Broad Street
FA5: Market Lot
Market Street (Between 8th and 9th)
FA1: Moore College of Art and Design
Race Street (20th street to Logan Circle)
FA4: Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square Park
FA3: PECO Surface Lot
Market St. and 22nd Street
Medical station
capabilities include advanced life support, minor trauma treatment
(wound repair, splinting, suturing), triaging, cardiac resuscitation,
obstetrical assessments and emergency childbirth management,
and pediatric services. Each medical station can accommodate up to 50
Medical stations will be placed in the following locations: 
MS4: Francisville Playground
Wylie Street (N 19th to Cameron)
MS2: City Hall Courtyard
Market and Broad Street
MS1: Roman Field
N 24th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
MS3: American College of Physicians
Race Street (Between 6th and 7th)
Water Stations will be positioned along walking routes at the following places:
South Broad Street and Locust Street
Rittenhouse House
Spring Garden Street between 17th and 18th
Franklin Square
Prohibited Items
The following list pertains to events held
during Papal Visit Weekend. The following items will not be permitted
past the security entry points. Please note: the Secret Service also may
prohibit any item determined to be a potential
safety hazard.
• Aerosols
• Ammunition
• Animals, except for service animals
• Backpacks and bags exceeding 18″ x 13″ x 7″ (Clear bags are recommended to speed the MAG line process.) 

• Balloons
• Bicycles
• Drones
• Explosives, firearms, or weapons
• Glass, thermal, or metal containers
• Hard-sided coolers (soft-sided thermal coolers are allowed)
• Laser pointers
• Mace or pepper spray
• Packages
• Selfie sticks
• Signs exceeding 5′ x 3′ x 1/4″ made of any material except cardboard, poster board, or cloth
• Structures
• Supports for signs and placards
• Toy guns
Missing Persons/Items
American Red Cross and
PPD personnel will staff lost children posts at all first aid tents and
medical stations. Additional posts will be located at 30th
Street Station and in the vicinity of the Sports
Complex. Reunifications will be coordinated through a Multi-Agency
Reunification Center staffed by the ARC. Each reunification site will
utilize the web-based Safe and Well program ( to coordinate
City Courts will close Wednesday, September 23 and will reopen Tuesday, September 29.
Philadelphia School District Administrative Offices and Schools will be
closed on Thursday, September 24, and Friday, September 25.  (Please
note: The School District of Philadelphia
will also be closed Wednesday, September 23 for Yom Kippur.)  School
closings for Monday, September 26, will be decided early that morning,
in accordance with inclement weather procedures.
Schools will be closed Wednesday, September 23, through Friday,
September 25.  Philadelphia Archdiocesan Schools (city and region) will
also be closed Monday, September 28. 
Parents should confirm closure dates with their child’s school.
Colleges and Universities
closing or schedule changes for local colleges and universities were
made by university leadership.  Local college students should check with
their schools about possible cancellations
or schedule changes for Friday, September 25, and Monday, September 28. 
Any information about cancellations or delays will be posted on each
school’s website. 
City of Philadelphia Government
government will operate on an “essential services only” status
beginning Thursday, September 24 through Monday, September 28.  City
employees should contact their immediate supervisors
to determine if they are essential services personnel. 
libraries, recreation centers, parks and health centers outside of the
‘Francis Festival Grounds’ (formerly known as the Traffic Box) will
operate normally with a few exceptions:
Health Department:
Health Center 1 (500 S. Broad Street), STD testing and treatment, will be closed Friday for patient care.
Health Center 2 (1930 S. Broad Street) will not be offering clinic hours on Saturday.
Office of Supportive Housing:
Emergency housing intake for families and single women will operate from 2532 N Broad Street on Friday and Monday.
Department of Human Services: 
Hotline and walk-in services staff will be
relocated to 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue from Monday, September 21
through Monday, September 28.  
Ben Franklin Parkway Institutions
The institutions along the Benjamin Franklin
Parkway cultural corridor and the vicinity will operate the following
dates and times during the World Meeting of Families and the Papal
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University:

Open Mon. 9/21, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Open Tues. & Wed., 9/22 and 9/23 extended hours until 9 pm.

Open Thurs. 9/24, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon., 9/28

Barnes Foundation:

Open Mon. 9/21 – Fri. 9/25 extended hours, 10 am – 8 pm
Closed Sat. 9/26 and Sun. 9/27
Open Mon. 9/28 and Tues. 9/29, 10 am – 5pm

Cathedral Basilica Saints Peter & Paul:

Open (main Cathedral) Mon. 9/21 thru Thurs. 9/24, 9 am – 9 pm
Open (Chapel) Mon. 9/21, 6:30 pm continuously thru Thurs. 9/24, 8:30 pm for Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament 

Mon. 9/21 thru Thurs. 9/24 Mass 7:15 am, 12:05 pm, 5:30 pm
Closed Fri., 9/25 following 7:15 am Mass
Closed Sat. 9/26 am for private Papal Mass
Sat. 9/26 4:15 Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in Confessionals and 5:15 pm Mass, then closed
Sun. 9/27 Mass 8 am, 9:30 am and 11am, then closed

Eastern State Penitentiary:

Open Sun. 9/20 – Thurs. 9/24 extended hours, 10 am – 8 pm
Open Fri. 9/25 10 am – 3 pm
Closed Sat. 9/26 thru Mon. 9/28

Fairmount Water Works:

Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon., 9/28

Franklin Institute:

Open Mon. 9/21 – Thurs. 9/24, Museum 9:30 am – 5 pm; Special Exhibits, until 9 pm
Open Fri., 9/25, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Closed Sat. 9/26 and Sun. 9/27

Free Library/Parkway Central:

Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon. 9/28

Friends Select School:

Closed Thurs. 9/24 thru Mon. 9/28

Moore College of Art & Design:

Closing offices Thurs. 9/24 at 1 pm (students on Fall Break Thurs. & Fri.)
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon. 9/28

Mutter Museum:

Open Mon. 9/21 thru Thurs., 9/24 extended hours 10 am – 8 pm
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Sun. 9/27
Undecided re Mon. 9/28

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society:

Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon. 9/28

Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Closed Mon., 9/21
Open Tues. 9/22, 10 am – 5 pm
Open Wed., 9/23, 10 am – 8:45 pm
Open Thurs. 9/24, 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon. 9/28

Rodin Museum:

Open Mon. 9/21, 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Tues., 9/22
Open Wed. 9/23 and Thurs. 9/24, 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Sun. 9/27

Emergency Weather Alerts & Heat-related Precautions Information
during the Papal Visit are rain or shine events. In the case of severe
weather, listen for announcements and sign up ahead of time to receive
emergency texts or e-mail alerts at
ReadyPhiladelphia: Plan for a safe, informed, joyous event.
the event of high temperatures, be aware of the risk of heat-related
health issues. EMS personnel will be on duty all day at an accessible
First Aid Station and will be on patrol to
monitor activities. Many heat stress or heat exhaustion issues can be
avoided by taking simple precautions.
Stay hydrated by
drinking lots of water; avoid over-indulging in alcoholic liquids,
caffeine and avoid wearing excessive layers of clothing.
Consider the Three L’s Rule: light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting. Wear garments made of natural fibers like cotton. 
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Simply Divine Lorraine Hotel – Photos of the Groundbreaking, Pop-up and the Lobby – Philly is twice as nice, for half the price says William Procida

Yesterday I attended the groundbreaking of the long anticipated revival of the grande dame of North Broad Street, The Divine Lorraine Hotel (699 N. Broad St.). Over the years there have been many stops and go projects slated with the building that has fascinated so many in Philadelphia. It’s one of the finest example of  a Victorian style building in Philly, next to the Bellevue Hyatt, but what sets this apart is it stands tall and alone on North Broad, which really magnifies it’s greatness.

The beginning of something wonderful happened yesterday as the developers, dignitaries and fans of the Divine Lorraine gathered to break ground on the $44 million redevelopment project with plans to develop nearly 120 apartments, and 20,000 sq feet of retail space.


Funding for the project came from Procida Funding Advisors, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, the state, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. and the City Philadelphia.

The event was MC’d by Alan Greenberger the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, who for all his years in city office has had a photo of the Divine Lorraine hanging in his office. No one is happier than he is to see this building come back to life. 
Many notables were in the crowd like Sam Sherman, head of the historic committee, dead center in this photo. BTW he spearheaded the new gateway at East Passyunk last week, check out the photos HERE
Mayor Nutter told stories of being in the neighborhood as a kid and seeing the grand Divine Lorraine, the first integration hotel in Philadelphia.

 Darrell Clarke,  President of City Council and represents the 5th Council District which includes North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, was glad he wouldn’t have to call Greenberger on the phone every week and ask him “what are you doing about the Divine Lorraine? There’s new graffiti on the building, and it’s not even spelled right.”

William Procida, President, Procida Funding and Advisors told an amusing story of how he was in town (for a Dead concert)  (Which Reminds me of this song)  and drove by the Divine Lorraine. He too was drawn in by it’s beauty and sought out to bring it to life again. In his research he found that developer Eric Blumenfeld, EB Realty Management, who was in the midst of trying to get a redevelopement project off the ground for the building.  At the end of his chat Procida claimed, NYC better watch out,” Philly is twice as nice, for half the price.”

Alan Greenberger, Darrell Clarke, Eric Blumenfeld, Mayor Nutter, William Procida and Nydia Rotson, Governor Tom Wolf’s office.

Mayor Nutter gets a tour of the lobby of the Lorraine Divine, where in the last 16 years has become a mecca for street artists, photographers and urban explorers. 

 Through out the lobby there were photos of the bygone era of the hotel

I’ve said it before, no other mayor and city planner in the history of Philadelphia has done more for developing Philadelphia than Mayor Nutter and Alan Greenberger. He’s list of accomplishments in this area has far surpassed that of City Planner Ed Bacon’s era.

The Divine Lorraine Pop Up Store in the lobby.  According to the NY Times “a local businessman, Najeeb Sheikh, produced a line of merchandise
including towels, bathrobes and shampoo bottles imprinted with Divine
Lorraine logos, and sold them all in a one-day sale at a store in
downtown Philadelphia.” Blumenfeld heard about the sale and loved the idea. Najeeb Sheikh produced a second line including the coffee cups you see here, and shirts in the background, to sell inside the lobby.

Nearly 1000 people waited in line yesterday to see the long closed to to the public lobby and to buy merchandise from the pop-up store. The reason for the line, L&I would only let 30 people in at a time.

Hello any ghosts?
A friend of Father Devine tells a reporter about 

Father Jealous Divine (here with his wife Mother Devine), an African-American spiritual leader who bought the property in 1948 and converted it to a the integrated hotel, as Greenberger and his right hand man, Luke Butler look on.

I took this last week

ANDY: A Popera – Fringe Arts – Go See It. Added Shows this Week = The Reception and After Party Pixs

A mashup of cabaret and opera. ANDY: A Popera explores the contemporary phenomenon that is Warhol. 

The party starts next door to the theater at 7:30 p.m. at the eclectic art gallery Bahdeebahdu. Come early for “Campbell’s Soup,” party games, and more!  

 Danielle Hankin (It might be NYFW, but Danielle is styling it this week in Philly. The night before I saw her at a charity event and she was wearing Alice +Olivia, and tonight it’s stunning Armani) and Ian Hinken
 Jerry Wind, Mark Ingram and John Wind.
 The venue is at 1526 North American Street, and is contained in two buildings. The first building is where the
 Alexander Hankin is excited that fall is upon us, he’s breaking out the vests and the wool.
John Jarboe, founder and artistic director of The Bearded Ladies pours Kool-Aide for the guests waiting for the show to start. John also directed Andy” A Popera. Malgorzata Kasprzycka, who plays Andy’s mother, greets the guests.
 Gotta love this guys suit on the right

At intermission we return to the art gallery where there were snacks to buy while enjoying the art on the wall
There were also #Selfies to be taken
After the show we headed over to PYT’s for kick off of the Opera Company’s new Young Friends group called VIVACE. VIVACE is Opera Philadelphia’s new community for the young professional (ages 21-45) it offers access to a curated suite of exclusive events. See the operas, meet the casts, and mingle with like-minded peers at VIVACE Nights throughout the season. For More Info check out
 Crystal Bean, Jeff Sherman, Christina Sioutis and Martin Ihrig.
Jackson Williams, Ryan Lewis and Jennifer Dubin
Scott McPheeters with John Jarboe
Kelly Riley and Elizabeth Conberry
 Karina Kacala and Frank Luzzi

Sara Delozier and Clint Walker
Sean Lally, plays Joe Dallesandro and Mary Tuomanen, plays Andrei (Andy)