Philadelphia’s Hotel Monaco Is One of Fodor’s Top 100 for 2013

Source: Philly Magazine

The Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards is pretty much what it sounds like: a contest honoring the best 100 hotels around the world. And Philly’s own Hotel Monaco, in operation for just one year, has made the cut in the Sleek City Addresses category, which acknowledges “glossy city hotels that offer high style and first rate amenities.”

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New state, federal suits filed for marriage equality in PA Read more: PGN-The Philadelphia Gay News. Phila gay news. philly news – New state federal suits filed for marriage equality in PA

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Two more lawsuits were filed Thursday in the effort to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

A federal lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by a legally married lesbian couple. The women were married in 2005 in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize marriage equality, and now live in Philadelphia.

The couple, together since 1998, is arguing that the state’s Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional. The suit contends that the law violates equal-protection, due-process and other constitutional guarantees.

The suit was initiated by Equality Forum. Firms Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Jerner & Palmer are handling the case.

Also Thursday, 21 same-sex couples who received marriage licenses in Montgomery County this summer filed suit in state Commonwealth Court. That suit also argues that the state ban is unconstitutional and urges the court to rule that the licenses are valid.

The couples were among 174 who received licenses from MontCo Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, who moved to grant the licenses after determining the state DOMA is unconstitutional and upholding such a law would violate his oath of office.

The state Department of Health sued and, earlier this month, a judge ordered Hanes to stop issuing licenses, but did not rule on the validity of those that were issued.

The suits come months after the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed suit in federal court on behalf of 23 plaintiffs — same-sex couples, their kids and a widow — calling for the overturning of Pennsylvania’s DOMA. A hearing in that case is scheduled for next week.

Read the full details on all three pending cases in next week’s PGN.

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Market8 Releases New Rendering for Casino Complex



One of the six contenders for Philadelphia’s second casino license, Market8 — an investor group helmed by Ken Goldenberg and Ira Luber, among others — has just released a new vision of what it calls its “urban entertainment center” proposed for Eighth and Market. The announcement emphasizes the commitment to ground-floor retail and restaurants “on a newly beautified Market Street” (their optimism is boundless).

Ken Goldenberg says in the statement:

“We are designing the ground floor to fully engage walkers and commuters, recognizing not just how central our location is, but how critical this is to the vitality of this corridor. We will be opening up that level with transparency, doorways, tables and outdoor seating that will allow 8th and Market to become an attractive social place to meet for lunch, dinner, or coffee, and a place that will create energy and excitement all hours of the day and evening.”


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Check out the Mario Lanza Park in Queen Village

Mario Lanza Park is an urban oasis located on the 200 block of Catharine and Queen Streets.  A central meeting place for families, civic groups and dog lovers, the park features gorgeous vegetation, walkways, benches and a separate dog area on the southwest corner.  The Friends of Mario Lanza Park keep the park clean and organize a wide range of events and activities.

This park was built on the site of the former Trinity Church (Episcopalian, 1821 -1908) and originally called Queen Street Park. In 1967 it was rechristened Mario Lanza Park in honor of South Philadelphia native and celebrity tenor Mario Lanza.  Born Alfredo Cocozza in 1921 to Italian immigrant parents on Christian Street, Lanza achieved worldwide fame as a performer, recording artist and actor. Lanza’s father was an opera-loving grocer, and young Mario paid for his opera training by moving pianos. The house at 636 Christian Street where Lanza was born is still standing, identified by a Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC) marker. The Mario Lanza Institute and Museum, established in 1962 is housed in the former rectory of St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi at 712 Montrose Street, Lanza’s childhood parish.

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Source: Queen Village Neighbors Association

Check out the Schulkill River Dog Park!

The Schuylkill River Park Dog Run is a newly renovated area looking overlooking the river for your furry 4 legged friends to enjoy. Your dog can sprint across antimicrobial K9 grass and refresh at the pooches-only water fountain. Bring your pet here to check it out!

Schuylkill River Park Dog Run, South 25th Street, at Spruce Street.

Check Out The Columbus Square Dog Park

Columbus Square Dog Park is located at 12th and Reed. The dog park is about 40 yards in length, with amenities even for dog owners. Many owners sit comfortably in the park’s benches, watching their dogs play and conversing with other visitors. The park consists mainly of gravel where the dogs run around, but also has tree stubs and other obstacles for the dogs to enjoy. Trees provide shade in some areas, and a fence separates it from the playground for children just a few feet away. Black rubber at the bottom of the high fences keeps the gravel contained in the park. The Park provides a fun, safer atmosphere for pet owners and their dogs.

Check out the PA Renaissance fair!

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday
August 3 – October 27, 2013
11AM – 8PM

 Adults Online: $25.95 – No Convenience Fee! ($29.95 at the Gate)
Children (Age 5-11): $10.95
Children (under age 5): Free

Royal Pass: $170.00
Season Pass: $100.00
Child Season Pass: $45.00

The 2013 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate! The castle gates swing wide August 3, 2013 for 13 weekends of mirth and merriment amidst jousting knights and royal delights! A cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed characters fill the Shire with music, dancing, and more! With over 90 stage shows daily, 22 Royal Kitchens and scores of artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Renaissance Faire invites guests to immerse themselves in our 35-acre village and experience the fantasy!


Price:$.$25.95 in advance; $29.95 at gate

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Labor Day Weekend In The Philly Gayborhood


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Philadelphia Dog Parks

Have a dog and living in Philadelphia? Well this is a great city to live in with your pet because of the abundance of dog parks! Check out this page to all news/updates relating to and about the dog parks in and around Philadelphia!

Exploring Gay Philadelphia


Over the past few decades, the City of Brotherly Love has evolved into a place that lives up to its gay-friendly billing. Philadelphia has history on its side: It was the site of some of the nation’s first gay rights pickets, and in 1982 was one of the first cities in the country to pass an anti-gay discrimination law.

Today, the city is home to a large and vibrant gay and lesbian community. And at the heart of gay Philadelphia is Center City’s Washington Square West, a neighborhood of handsome town homes and charming, narrow back streets where many gay businesses and much of the nightlife is located.

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