The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society turned a Manayunk parking lot into an awesome Pop Up Beer Garden paradise

MANAYUNK (WPVI) — Travel just a half block off Main Street in Manayunk and you’ll find a lot filled with more than 22-hundred plants, many getting a second life after this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

It’s a space perfect for COVID-19 with 20,000 square feet of open space that can hold up to 150 socially-distanced people.

The cocktails use herbs from the garden and there’s a menu of bar food and a backdrop of urban grit.

The site holds a community garden, part of the PHS Harvest 2020 program to help feed families in need. Harvests are being donated to Manayunk’s Northlight Community Center. To volunteer in the garden, email Cristina Tessaro: [email protected]

PHS Pop Up Garden | Beer Garden Menu
106 Jamestown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19127

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Fallen Horry County cop honored with parking lot in Garden City

An Horry County police officer who died from COVID-19 will be immortalized in Garden City.

The Horry County Council will name the parking lot at the intersection of Waccamaw Drive and Azalea Drive after Officer Michael “Mike” Ambrosino.

Ambrosino died in August after fighting COVID-19 and other illnesses caused by the virus. He was remembered in a public memorial at Myrtle Beach State Park.

Ambrosino served more than 32 years as a police officer, including seven years with Horry County police. He served in South Precinct patrol, beach patrol, as part of the Honor Guard and team leader for SWAT negotiations. Before joining Horry County police, Ambrosino served with the New York State Department of Corrections, the Philmont, New York, Police Department and the Coxsackie, New York, Police Department for over 25 years.

The County Infrastructure and Regulation Committee is expected to pass the resolution to rename the parking lot Tuesday. The county council is expected pass the resolution at its next meeting on Oct. 6.

County officials honored Ambrosino at their first meeting after he died, but this ordinance will be a more permanent way to memorialize Ambrosino.

Gerard Albert III reports on any and everything in Myrtle Beach for The Sun News. Albert was editor-in-chief at Florida International University’s student newspaper. He also covered Miami-Dade and Broward County for WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station. He is an award-winning journalist who has reported throughout South Florida and New York City. He enjoys balancing the discipline and conviction in journalism with finding creative ways to find the truth and report it. Si, hablo espanol.

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One dead, two wounded in Far Rockaway garden apartment parking lot shooting

A 20-year-old man is dead, two other people are wounded after gunfire erupted in a parking lot of a Far Rockaway Queens garden apartment complex, police officials said.

Police were received a 911 call of people shot at 2 p.m. at 29-43B Far Rockaway Blvd. Police from the 101st Precinct arrived to find two of the three people wounded at the scene, including a 2o-year-old man hit in the abdomen and torso. EMS rushed him to St. John’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 19-year-old man was taken to Jamaica with a gunshot wound to the left leg. A 20-year-old woman was found nearby, suffering a wound to her left ankle and leg. She was also taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Police fanned out through the parking lot, filled with late-model cars and an old Ford pick-up truck that appears to have been sitting for a long time. On the fences and walls surrounding the property were graffiti tags with gang insignia, some residents say.

Detectives were questioning several residents, including family members of the people who were shot at the scene. Spent shells were sitting on the ground marked by orange cones, one on a vehicle, on the steps of the two-story garden apartment residence and in the weeds surrounding the parking lot.

Three people were shot in a parking lot of a Far Rockaway garden apartment complex this afternoon, leaving one man hanging on to life. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

The area had been quiet for some time, residents say, one man identified as Justin, said he has lived in a neighboring private home development and had not heard anything going on.

“I just don’t know why they have to shoot each other, it makes no sense,” he sighed. “What is going on in this city? Why must people keep shooting? I just don’t know what can be done.”

Another woman describing herself as a concerned resident said, “it’s been quiet over here – mostly families just trying to make a living. I don’t understand what could be happening here. It’s usually very quiet and nobody bothers each other.”

Anyone with information in regard to this shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips online at, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Detectives question witnesses after 1 person was killed, 2 others wounded in Far Rockaway. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Gang tags surround the garden apartment complex. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

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