Welcome To EPX
EPX spans Broad to 6th, Tasker to Snyder and aims to provide a forum for our neighborhood to have voice and visibility in how the community develops, to bring folks together who have an interest in improving the quality of life in our public spaces, while celebrating the diverse and vibrant character of the neighborhood.
Latest News and Events
Red Gravy Cook-off Fundraiser
Buy two tickets and get 1/2 off the second. That’s admission for two for $30! Use the button below.
Or you can donate the full price or buy multiple tickets here:
Four ways to get involved
- Buy tickets to the event! $20 – Via Paypal or Contact April to purchase tickets in person.
- Enter your gravy into the contest – Download the entry form.
- Become a tasting judge – Contact April for details.
- Volunteer at the event – Contact April for details.
Sponsored by our friends at Triangle Tavern, Alphabet Academy, NY Style Bakery, and Shop Rite
“Experiences” Silent Auction Fundraiser
Strong Neighborhoods make a strong city. Get two things for the price of one – a great experience or item while supporting a great organization!
EPX helps to cultivating clean, safe, sustainable and well-planned streets and shared outdoor space, fosters community partcipation, supports and promotes local education and provids charitable and educational outreach in the community.
- Breadmaking class and dinner for 8 at NOORD
- Watch the Phillies take batting practice and four 100-level tickets to game
- Dinner with a guest and Councilman Mark Squilla on the Avenue
- Pasta making class for 4 with Lynn Rinaldi from Paradiso
- Eagles Memorabilia and Tour for 10 people of Lincoln Financial Field
Update: Mifflin Substation Art Installation Phase I Almost Complete
The process has begun!
On Friday, February 27th, six of the eight fabric panels were installed on the building. We are hoping the last two are put into place on Monday, March 2nd. This would complete Phase I of this exciting project.
Phase II would include the final panel being installed on the large window to the right of the main four. (see rendering here)
Phase III is still in the design process but will include other improvements to the building’s facade.
We still need your help!
Funds for the Phase II and III are still being raised. Help us clean up this prominent corner of our neighborhood. Donate here.
Phase I Photos
EPX Co-chair Joseph F. Marino Quoted in BillyPenn.com Article About Next Mayor
In reference to Jim Kenney’s Mayoral candidacy:.
Is the candidate involved? For the members of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, Jim Kenney is pretty much the man. Joseph F. Marino, co-chair of the group’s board of directors, said Kenney — a now-former at-large city councilman — attended the group’s first community meeting nine years ago and has had a presence ever since. Marino noted that Kenney often stays in the background and allows the neighbors to make decisions, but Marino recalled that after the association’s first organizing meeting, Kenney approached him and said: “I like your style. You’re like a benevolent dictator.”
What the neighborhood wants from its next mayor: Marino said members of the civic association and neighbors have expressed their biggest concern, and it’s not all that unique: Education.
“I don’t think there’s a Philadelphian who’s not concerned about how our education system is working,” Marino said. “Everything from grade schools and librarians to higher degrees, colleges students, graduates and doctoral degree students.”
He added that neighborhood members are also of course concerned with crime rates, trash, recycling and streets — “the same issues every citizen is concerned about” — but educations falls highest on that list.
March 2015 General Membership Meeting
Monday, March 2nd @ 7PM
Zoning Meeting: Tuesday, Feb 10
Please note that EPX will now be holding its zoning meetings every SECOND TUESDAY at the Neumann-Goretti ***Cafeteria***. Please note the location change from last month.
Join us for our monthly zoning meeting on Tuesday, February 10th at 7PM at Neumann-Goretti’s Cafeteria, 11th and Moore. Open to the public.
1710 E Passyunk Ave (Plenty) (CMX-2.5): Application for liquor license for existing eat-in restaurant and coffee shop.
EPX Statement on King of Jeans sign’s removal
Both East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and I were sad to see that the iconic King of Jeans sign was taken down today. For well over a year, we worked diligently to find a new public place for the sign, ideally in the neighborhood but at any Philadelphia location if need be (chair Joseph F. Marino and owner Andy Kaplan even looked into the Atwater Kent independently).
Unfortunately, although we came close to finding it an ideal home before a difficult party tangential to a deal scuttled the sign’s relocation, we were unable to find an appropriate location. We want to thank Andy Kaplan and everyone at Rockland Capital, who not only gave us *every* opportunity in the last year plus to find a new location for the sign at no cost but also looked himself. We regrettably have to agree with him that the best solution at this late time was to find it a new home at Provenance Salvage, whom Andy has reached an agreement with to display the sign under condition that it not be re-sold.
However you viewed the sign–as art, as kitsch, as borderline obscenity–it was undoubtedly part of the neighborhood’s fabric, a reminder of an ’80s era of East Passyunk that we are lucky to still drawn upon, and a conversation piece that reminded us to keep things weird on East Passyunk. While we look forward to the new building that will replace the windowless shell at 1843 E Passyunk Avenue, that sign will be missed dearly and not forgotten.
Excuse me while I mourn the sign’s passing the only way I can think of: listening to Philadelphia’s own Pissed Jeans, who named their third album after that weird, wonderful sign.
– David Goldfarb, Zoning Chair