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The SS United States Vs The Hooters Boat

Our deep dive into the stationary vessels of the Delaware River continues this week. Today we examine the SS United States, a derelict cruise liner parked outside of Ikea, and The Hooters Boat, a long gone relic of the tacky 80's craze. The SS Untied States is famous for being the fastest liner to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean but now it doesn't go anywhere. The Hooters Boat was in service for 100 years before it ended up sinking under the frozen river. Tune in to find out how they got there.

Wooder World: Life Aboard The Moshulu

The waterway that separates Philly from Jersey is home to tugboats, garbage scows, private yachts, oil tankers and more. However we’re going to focus on the Moshulu this week. The world's last windjammer ship, is currently a floating restaurant docked in Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. But she's sailed all around the world and set a few records along the way. So, hoist the sails, shovel more coal in the furness, and grab a paddle; cause we’re gonna take a deep dive into the most stationary boat on the Delaware River.

Sicilian Magic: The Forbidden Art of Water Ice

It is getting hot out there So we thought it might be fun to talk about the city’s signature fruity, frozen snack; water ice (or Italian Ice). It's an icy treat made from water, sugar and some sort of flavoring — usually fruit. It is firmer than a slushy, softer than sorbet and lighter than a snow cone. So today we’re going to try to explain what it is. And why is it so popular. Where it came from. And who makes it the best.

South Street: 1950 - 2020

So, welcome back to our two parter on South Street. By the 1950s, South Street was mainly a garment district, with stores for men's suits and other clothing, while the more western areas around South Street served as a cultural and commercial center for South Philadelphia's African American community. Real estate values plummeted after city planner Edmund Bacon and others proposed the Crosstown Expressway connecting the Schuylkill Expressway and I-95 that would have required the complete demolition of South Street and Bainbridge Street. The fight to stop construction went on for decades. Fear of the highway and mounting racial tensions caused an exodus of businesses and families from the area. This sent property value plummeting and the suddenly cheap real estate attracted artists and counterculture-types.

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