Midtown Village Merchants Association in Partnership with the City of Philadelphia and Klip Collective to Unveil “Roy G Biv”, a Light Installation in the Heart of Midtown Village

Midtown Art Installation Unveiling

Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Take Place on Thursday, April 28th at 8pm

The Midtown Village Merchants Association (MVMA), in Partnership with the City of Philadelphia, and locally based light artists, Klip Collective, will officially unveil their long awaited neon light installation symbolically titled, “Roy G Biv” this Thursday, April 28th, 2022 on the corner of Juniper and Sansom in Center City, Philadelphia.

The artwork, commissioned by the MVMA and co-sponsored by the City of Philadelphia was installed this past March and was inspired by the water main break at the same location on July 3, 2018.

The title of the piece, “Roy G Biv” was decided upon by both Klip Collective and the Midtown Village Merchants Association as a nod to not only the diversity and culture of the LGBTQ+ community within Midtown Village, but as because rainbows symbolize a fresh start and new beginnings. The rainbow serves as a gateway to Midtown Village, as well as our historic Gayborhood.  Midtown Village is lively, welcoming, and full of surprises and the hope is this sculpture will enliven this corridor and welcome those from far and wide!

The ribbon cutting ceremony for “Roy G Biv” will also serve as the launch of the Midtown Village Merchants Association’s “Come on Spring, Do Your Thing” weekend, which takes place from Friday, April 29th – Sunday, May 1st. The weekend will feature spring-like festivities by MVMA merchants, bars, and restaurants and will offer spring themed specialties, fun drinks, menu items, decor, and fun events within each of their establishments.

WHEN:              Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 8pm (Sunset)

WHERE:           Juniper and Sansom, Philadelphia

CONTACT:        Amanda Wozniak / 609-230-2643 / awozniak@hooplaphilly.com

Street Closure for Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining - Weekend Street Closure

Midtown Village submitted an application to the City of Philadelphia for Outdoor Dining street closures and as of today, it is official, we were approved.

Midtown Village has been selected at a pilot neighborhood to offer Outdoor Dining to residents and visitors of Philadelphia.

The City of Philadelphia will officially close sections of 13th Street, Sansom, Drury and Juniper streets so we can offer additional outside dining spaces.

This will begin Friday, August 15th, at 4pm and it will end Sunday, August 16th at 10:00pm.

The shutdown is tentatively planned to continue throughout the summer and into the fall.

Where to Eat in Midtown Village and the Gayborhood: The Ultimate Guide

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by JASON SHEEHAN in PhillyMag.com

Midtown Village (and the Gayborhood within it) is proof of all the theories for building heat and capturing lightning. It’s an area that showcases diversity, density and new blood: where the idea of money following money is borne out most fully, where the slow build and the tipping point have reached their logical conclusions. Walk here on almost any night of the week and you’ll see Philadelphia at its most vital and alive.

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25+ Awesome Places to Eat in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood

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Tucked inside the larger Midtown Village neighborhood, the Gayborhood is an enclave known for lively nightspots and excellent restaurants.

Running from Pine Street to Chestnut Street and 11th Street to Broad Street, the area offers a variety of cuisines, price points and unique settings from which to choose.

Find a handful of diverse restaurants from powerhouse duo Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, like the throwback Bud & Marilyn’s and the Spanish-inspired Jamonera.

An array of other hotspots line the lively 13th Street corridor and its offshoots, including Double Knot, serving up modern Japanese food and top-notch coffee, and Tredici Enoteca, which features a wide selection of wines and small plates.

Read on for our roundup of great spots to dine in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, arranged in alphabetical order.