OTR Gateway Quarter Wayfinding Map created by Laura Collins and Katie Garber.
CEOs for Cities held its national meeting at the Contemporary Arts Center this week. The theme was “The City as a Start-Up.” This amazing video was produced to introduce the attendees to Cincinnati. It stars a little boy who lives on Orchard Street riding around Over-the-Rhine and downtown on his Prince Lionheart balance bike. “See Cincinnati. With new eyes.”
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As UrbanCincy reports, a lot is going on this weekend. Phase 1 of Smale Riverfront Park is opening tonight and the GO OTR 5K and Summer Celebration kicks off tomorrow.
WLWT reported on the grand opening of Smale Riverfront Park in this video. The grand opening will include free UDF ice cream, music and fireworks. Keep up with the park on facebook via the Cincinnati Parks page.
In the photo below, one can see the Bicycle Thursday Night Slow and Steady Riders at the top of the Main Street steps.
Quan Hapa is set to open in September. The restaurant located at 1335 Vine Street plans to serve Asian-inspired bar and street food. The people behind the venture are the owners of Pho Lang Thang, the popular Findlay Market vendor. Like on facebook here and follow on twitter @QuanHapa.
The Anchor-OTR is set to open this summer across from the renovated and expanded Washington Park. It, too, has a new facebook page and twitter account @theanchorotr. Construction on the seafood restaurant and oyster bar is already underway. Read more about it here.
Both Taste of Belgium and Park + Vine are celebrating their 5th anniversaries this month! Congrats to both amazing businesses and all the people behind them! Connect with Park + Vine on facebook and twitter @parkvine, and Taste of Belgium on facebook and twitter @tasteofbelgium.
The businesses are celebrating the milestone by offering free waffles (pictured below) in Taste of Belgium’s case and a party during Final Friday on May 25 in Park + Vine’s case.
The Midpoint Indie Summer Concert Series on Fountain Square has announced its lineup. Check it out via Each Note Secure and remember it’s all free, all summer!
Washington Park continues to make amazing progress:
Finally, the weather is going to be great all weekend! Photo via Donna Covrett:
This Friday (tomorrow) is yet another Final Friday in Over-the-Rhine, and its set to be a great one. In addition to the standard Final Friday happenings, there are some unique offerings.
First up is another edition of OTR Skate featuring You, You’re Awesome and Automagik. This takes place at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center from 8:00-11:00 pm. Also in attendance with be the Cincinnati Rollergirls, Cincinnati’s Roller Derby Team. There will also be free Wii, fooseball, air hockey, pool and bumper pool available courtesy of the OTR Recreation Center. Participants will be able to enter a raffle to win gift certificates and goods from OTR businesses, including Pho Lang Thang, Atomic Number Ten, Daisy Mae’s Market, Iris Book Cafe, Smartfish Supply and more. All raffle proceeds will benefit the OTR Recreation Center. Admission for the event is $5, which includes the cost of skate rental. Skates are first-come, first-served and skaters are welcome to bring their own skates. OTR Skate is an 18 and older event. April’s OTR Skate is sponsored by The Counter Rhythm Group, Cincy Blues Society, and the Cincinnati Roller Girls. Last year, OTR Skate events drew 500 people and raised more than $1,000 to help the Recreation Center provide scholarships and staffing for youth programming.
A new addition to the Final Friday scene this month is Final Friday OTR @ The Emery. The Requiem Project, which manages the long-shuttered Emery Theatre in OTR, will be opening the doors to The Emery and welcoming attendees to wander the halls to experience the visual exhibits of photographers and artists Brian Bruemmer, Darrin Ballman, Cedric Cox, Chris Hoeting, Jonathan Robert Willis, Katherine Durack, Mike Flesch, Margot Gotoff, Mark Krotchin, Michael Wilson, and Ron Rack. There will also be performances by Exhale Dance Tribe, Origami, and Lauren Edward. Ric Hordinski and Daniel Martin Moore will be giving a concert and premiering their new records. To top it all off, Christian Moerlein, event sponsor, will be tapping their spring seasonal beer, Saengerfest Maibock. Doors to The Emery open at 6:00 PM with the keg-tapping at 7 and concert beginning at 8.
Old Spice Art Show @ 1423 Vine St, 5 pm
BikeArt Poster Party @ Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway, 6:30 -8 pm
Flowers In The Recycle Bin @ Park+Vine, 6 – 10 pm
The Natives perform live @ ORIGINAL THOUGHT REQUIRED 7 – 10 pm
Bootleg: The Musical Influences of Ghost Empire @ MOTR, 8 pm – 1 am
Washington Park‘s progress is impressive, and the activity around the park is just as remarkable.
Let’s take a virtual walk around Cincinnati’s second oldest park starting at 210 West 14th Street.
As part of the Gateway Quarter Phase V, 1401 Elm Street will be developed into 4 residential units:
Nearby, the City Gospel Mission (near 14th and Elm) is preparing to move to Queensgate along with the Lord’s Gym (at the 12th and Race) corner of Washington Park.
Back on 14th Street, the City Home development’s latest phase sold out before it was completed.
A new seafood restaurant called The Anchor has signed a lease for City Home’s commercial space at 1401 Race and will open summer 2012.
Kurt Platte Architecture + Design, KMK law firm, 4EG and others are now in Saengerhalle which is 93% leased. Schickel Design Co. has been located at 124 W. 14th St. for almost four years now.
In the same block of Race Street is the Westfalen Lofts development. Here’s an interior shot via Sherman Cahal:
Across the street is 1419 Race which is being renovated as part of the Park Haus development and is scheduled to be completed this summer:
At 1429 Race, the City and 3CDC partnered to save the old church at 15th and Race (aka St. Paulus Kirche). The stabilization of the church is truly extraordinary. According to 3CDC’s February 2012 monthly report, 3CDC is “applying for State of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits in order to complete the renovation. Two potential tenants have engaged architects to determine if their businesses are feasible operations within the church space – one is a bakery and the other a brew pub.”
Heading south Race Street, one intersects W. 13th Street halfway down the length of Washington Park. Just half a block from the park is 24 W. 13th Street, another Park Haus location.
3CDC’s February 2012 monthly update shows some interior shots of the property’s “dramatic renovation”:
Construction at Washington Park has been thoroughly documenting on its flickr page. Here’s a view of the Race Street side of the park:
The School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), the country’s only K-12 public arts school, sits along Washington Park’s southern edge just across West 12th Street.
At the corner of 12th and Elm, the Drop Inn Center is set to move – as of January 2012, its Board of Directors has given a verbal commitment to 3CDC to relocate. 3CDC, the City, and Strategies to End Homelessness are all working together with shelters as part of Homeless to Homes. Read more about it in 3CDC’s February 2012 monthly update.
A couple photos of Memorial Hall via Sherman Cahal’s UrbanUp:
Next door stands Music Hall which is in the beginning stages of its own revitalization. Here’s what the view from Music Hall of Washington Park’s future civic lawn is like today:
And what it should look like by July 1:
Washington Park will be the first park in the nation to allow visitors to select the classical music that plays in the park and set the tempo of the interactive fountain via a mobile app.
And to top it all off, The City Flea is holding four of its monthly urban flea markets at the park this year!
Like the City Flea’s tagline for 2012, Washington Park and the neighborhood around it are “BIGGER BETTER BADDER.”
Two pictures from Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine yesterday. The first is Taste of Belgium bistro‘s new patio at 12th and Vine. The second is the street scene in front of Senate and the other restaurants and shops up the street. The Ferrari in the picture might be, in the words of 5chw4r7z, “Jay Bruce living large.”
Over-the-Rhine is staking its claim as Cincinnati’s restaurant mecca with a variety of high quality dining experiences. The long waits just to be seated at these establishments tell the story. OTR is in high demand. Wine Me, Dine Me has the scoop on Cincinnati Magazine‘s Top Ten restaurants of 2012 as well as Best New restaurants:
- Orchids at Palm Court (Downtown)
- Jean-Robert’s Table (Downtown)
- The Palace (Downtown)
- Bouquet (Covington)
- Nicola’s (Over-the-Rhine)
- Cumin (Hyde Park)
- Senate (Over-the-Rhine)
- Hugo (Oakley)
- Boca (Oakley)
- Sichuan Bistro (Mason)
- Abigail Street (Over-the-Rhine)
- Enoteca Emilia (O’Bryonville)
- A Tavola (Over-the-Rhine)
- Taste of Belgium (Over-the-Rhine)
What is perhaps most remarkable about Over-the-Rhine’s epicurean offerings is their proximity to one another. With the exception of Nicola’s (which is on Sycamore Street), all of the ranked restaurants are on Vine Street. What’s more, there are number of neighboring bars, cafe’s and other eateries that compliment the aforementioned restaurants. Some of those options on Vine Street include The Lackman, Lavomatic, Bakersfield OTR, 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab, among others.
A year ago Jared Wayne, co-owner of A Tavola, foresaw what Vine Street was to become when he told Soapbox Cincinnati:
“There’s a renaissance going on down here you know, it’s kind of like this whole culinary boulevard.”
That’s a vision of Vine Street worth celebrating.
There are so many secrets to Over-the-Rhine, both new and old. The P&G Old Spice Loft Space is one of them. The gallery at 1423 Vine St. was recently featured in the following video by Soapbox Cincinnati and The Big Media Company.
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In the video, P&G Associate Design Director Krista Jonesgehring explains that “being in Over-the-Rhine has really helped us [P&G] revitalize, rethink, reenergize the brand [Old Spice] and where we could go and where we could be. Being close to the community really helped inspire us, with the peope and the vibrancy, change and look at ourselves differently.”
But before it was dedicated to the Old Spice Buoy Bottle, this space (or one of its neighbors) served another purpose. If I’m not mistaken this is the same loft space that was used by P&G and Hyperquake for its Manifestation space.
Hyperquake’s website describes Manifestation this way: “Hyperquake and Procter & Gamble collaborated to create an inspirational space right here in downtown Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood inciting innovation in the Male Grooming category.” Manifestation, as in “Man“…get it?
The following photos of the Manifestation space are from Hyperquake’s website:
5chw4r7z wrote a post about it in August 2011. Here’s one of his photos:
So first was Manifestation, then it was Old Spice, what will it be next? Is it still being used by P&G? Regardless of its future use, 1423 Vine will always have a history as one of OTR’s most design-conscious man caves.
Imagine a heavily programmed public space like Fountain Square spread over 8 acres of park nestled among OTR’s most outstanding landmarks. That’s what the new and improved Washington Park will be like. When completed, the park will be a reinvigorated hub of neighborhood activity. And it’ll have a dog park and underground parking too.
More on 14th and Vine can be found here.