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July 2018

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

By | Lincoln Square

Philadelphia has become a food destination with many world class chefs opening restaurants around town. Not many people realize, though, that there is a culinary school on South Broad Street.

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts opened in 1988 and has been teaching the tools of the trade ever since.  

With accelerated programs like Associate of Specialized Technology & Restaurant Management, busy individuals who want to learn skills for either front of house or back of house careers can do so without having to wait too long before having accreditations to earn a good job in the industry.  Students can choose between a Culinary Arts focus or a Pastry Arts focus. There are classes like Characteristics of the Food Service Industry, Preparation, The Cooking Process, and Cooking Science.

Another tract JNA Institute of Culinary Arts offers is a diploma in Professional Cooking.  This program also has the option of choosing between Culinary or Pastry, but there are more hours required to obtain the diploma.  It also gives the opportunity for an externship in the food service industry where working hours count toward credit hours.

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts has a restaurant which is open to the public Thursday & Friday, 4:30pm – 8:00pm.  The restaurant is fully staffed by enrolled students and all tips go toward the school’s scholarship fund. The menu changes quarterly so you can make regular visits, but still try new things.  You can make reservations on opentable or by calling the restaurant directly. Residents of Lincoln Square can just walk a few steps out their door to try to delicious food creations of JNA Institute of Culinary Arts.

Nightlife on South Broad Street

By | Lincoln Square

Philadelphia’s options for neighborhoods to go out in has been expanding in recent years.

It used to be that only Center City, Old City and South Street were the places to go at night, but that is not the case any more.  We now have Northern Liberties, University City, East Passyunk, and Fishtown. The newest addition to this list is South Broad Street.  Some fun nightlife options on South Broad Street are Boot & Saddle, The Dolphin and just off Broad Street is South Philly Tap Room.

Boot & Saddle is located at 1131 South Broad Street, at Broad & Ellsworth, and has been at its current address since the 70s.  There was a 17 year period where the building sat vacant, but it has been revitalized and reopened as a live music venue, as it has always been.  The bar has a long and storied past, at one time being a regular hang out for sailors who were docked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  It now boasts a 60-seat bar and 150-person live music venue.  This fun, unique spot is conveniently one block from Lincoln Square!

The Dolphin is just a couple blocks further down Broad Street at 1539 S Broad Street, at the corner of Broad & Tasker Streets.  The Dolphin is a dive dance club – something not often found in Philadelphia. They are open Wednesday – Saturday from 9:00pm – 2:00am with different DJs rotating all the time.  Check out their website before heading out to see what will be playing that night. They host many genres – from EDM to rap to reggae to pop. Historically, The Dolphin was a go-go bar with billiards and still has some of the character from it’s former life in the current iteration.  

South Philly Tap Room is located at 15th & Mifflin Streets, just one block off of South Broad Street.  This is a great option for good food with good beer. The happy hour selections are great, and they serve food late night as well.  The service, selection and scenery make it worth the walk from Lincoln Square.

These are just a few of the great options for nightlife on South Broad Street in Philadelphia.  Lucky for residents of Lincoln Square apartments, this list is bound to keep getting longer!

Robert Indiana’s Love Statue

By | Lincoln Square

There are many iconic Philadelphia symbols and pieces of art and one of the most popular and recognizable is the LOVE statue by Robert Indiana.

Tourists and locals alike flock to “LOVE Park” to take a photo with the statue – many not realizing that they are actually in John F. Kennedy Plaza.  The statue has become such a staple to Philadelphia and the park, that everyone refers to it’s permanent residence as Love Park.  How fitting for the City of Brotherly Love! Not many Philadelphians realize, though, that there are many iterations of Robert Indiana’s LOVE artwork.

LOVE was originally created as a pop art image for the Museum of Modern Art’s Christmas Card in 1964.  It was also used on a US postage stamp around the same time.  The original print has block colors with the LOVE in red against a green and blue background.  The original LOVE sculpture, in the form that we know and love, was first made in 1970 and is now housed in Indiana at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  

Other versions of Robert Indiana’s Love Statue can be seen around the world, including in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. In Singapore the statue is bright blue, a contrast to the bright red we recognize. There are now even versions in Chinese, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish.  In Spain the statue reads AMOR. In Israel it is in Hebrew. There are also many homages to the recognizable work of art in instances of pop culture, like Rage Against the Machine’s album art for Renegade.

The artist, Robert Indiana, was born Robert Clark and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He was born in 1928 and recently passed away May 19, 2018. A 12-foot Love Statue was sold in 2011 for $4.1 million.Philadelphia is lucky enough to have two versions of the famous statue – at 16th & JFK in the famous park it’s known for, and of University of Pennsylvania’s campus.  Now is a great time of year for residents of Lincoln Square to explore the city – and what better way than to find the two Robert Indiana Love statues in Philadelphia.  Every Philadelphian should have their photo with the Love statue! It’s like a right of passage for Philadelphians!

Taylor Swift at Lincoln Financial Field

By | Lincoln Square

Swifty fans unite!

Taylor Swift is going to be performing at Lincoln Financial Field on the 13th and 14th of July so make sure to get your tickets! Taylor Swift will be performing songs from her new album “Reputation” as well as some oldies but goodies.

The show will begin with performances by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX. Cabello is an up and coming solo artist whose career began with Fifth Harmony, a girl group that gained popularity with the help of the X Factor show. Cabello became a solo artist after several duets with other popular singers. Charli XCX, also known as Charlotte Emma Aitchison, will also open for Taylor Swift alongside Camila Cabello. Her music is considered dance-pop, electro-pop and alternative pop by music critics.

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at 14 years old in order to seek a career in country music. In 2006, Swift’s debut album got to number five on the Billboard 200 list. The second album she released Fearless, became the best-selling album of 2009. It won four Grammy Awards. She released five more albums after Fearless, each more popular than the last. Overall she sold more than 40 million albums and 130 million single downloads.  

Swift has received many awards and honors, including 10 Grammy Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards (the most wins by an act), 12 Country Music Association Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards, one Brit Award, and one Creative Arts Emmy Award. She has been listed in Rolling Stone‘s 2015 list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour is the fifth concert tour by Taylor Swift. It started on May 8th, 2018 and will end in Tokyo on November 21st, 2018. Her set list will include over 20 songs including “…Ready for It?”, “Gorgeous”, “Look What You Made Me Do”, “King of My Heart”, “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, “Don’t Blame Me”, and “Call It What You Want”. All you will have to do to make it to Swift’s concert and be a part of her tour is walk to the Broad Street Line from your Lincoln Square Apartment. You will be at Lincoln Financial Field in no time.