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No stamp required for this love letter, woo!
No stamp required for this love letter, woo!

A visit to Postman's Plot

There’s a new pop-up park on Wells and 2nd Streets called Postman’s Plot, a small park celebrating the founding of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

On May 24, more than 100 volunteers joined forces to help restructure the triangular park. The park came out of the Main Street Now Conference, a 35-year-old organization that helps communities revitalize their downtowns and commercial districts.

The centerpiece of the park is the Letter Carriers’ Monument, which was created in 1989 for the centennial of the National Association of Letter Carriers. However, before the renovation, the statue was rarely noticed or visited because of the stamp-sized greenspace on which it stood.  

A collaboration between Newaukee and the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors – along with the aforementioned volunteers – resulted in this friendlier, more useful space. Additions to the park include bright blue furniture designed by Ryan Tretow, a stage for community meetings, film showings, poetry and music events and a letterbox for people to leave love letters to Milwaukee (#LetterstoMilwaukee).

Yesterday, my sons and I wrote love letters to Milwaukee. They are 13-year-old boys, so they weren’t revved up by the idea initially, but they did it. Afterward, we walked over to the park to read our letters aloud (they were also lukewarm on this part) and then dropped our letters in the mailbox.

One of my sons (I won’t name names) wrote a surprisingly thoughtful letter; the other son wrote three sentences. Letters to Milwaukee, however, were still written, so this mom was satisfied. 

Here are four more photos from our visit.

1. Rain, snow, sleet, hail

2. From a distance

3. Love, Me

4. Doesn't he look thrilled?

More Mexican chow for Walker's Point.
More Mexican chow for Walker's Point.

Taco Bandito coming to Walker's Point

A new Mexican restaurant, Taco Bandito, will soon open at 605 S. 1st St. in the Walker’s Point Plaza between Cafe India and the gas station.

The eatery’s tagline (and hopefully not a premonition) is "in and out like a robbery," and according to the sign on the door, it will serve tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and side items.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information about Taco Bandito when it becomes available and follow its progress on Facebook.

Prepare for beauty ... and maybe a little unidentifiable screeching.
Prepare for beauty ... and maybe a little unidentifiable screeching.

7 photos from Grant Park's "haunted" Seven Bridges

Explore the best Milwaukee has to offer with VISITMilwaukee and OnMilwaukee this summer by "Urban Exploring." We'll be sharing parks to hike, walls to climb, rivers to paddle, trails to bike and so much more. Be a tourist in your own town and experience it with us!

I spent the afternoon wandering around one of Milwaukee’s most lush and serene natural settings: Seven Bridges Trail in South Milwaukee’s Grant Park.

At the trailhead, there’s a covered bridge bearing the inscription "Enter this wild wood and view the haunts of nature" and the witchy words are, in part, why Seven Bridges is often said to be haunted. Allegedly, several people have committed suicide by jumping off a bridge or hanging themselves in the park and some visitors claim to have seen colorful glowing lights, heard unidentifiable voices or screeches and reported sightings of a creature that looks like a cross between a human and a praying mantis.

I’m always up for a good, old-fashioned spooking, but the most supernatural thing I saw today at Seven Bridges were some wickedly twisty tree shadows on the Lannon stone path and a "face" in the bark of a tree that was most likely carved by a teenager.

There are seven bridges at Seven Bridges, as there should be, along with an abundance of beech trees, a wooded ravine, wildflowers, stone steps, brooks, limestone walls and a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. The hike can be as easy or challenging as you desire – at times we strolled slowly and other times ran up and down steep hills.

Seven Bridges was constructed by a WPA crew during the Great Depression and is considered by many the centerpiece of the County Park System. I couldn’t agree more.

If you find yourself feeling lost at Seven Bridges, or not sure which way to walk when presented with a trail split, you are doing it exactly right. Just keep walking and absorbing the sights, sounds and smells around you and all too soon you’ll find yourself back at the entrance and in a far-les…

Farewell party on Kenilworth last night.
Farewell party on Kenilworth last night. (Photo: Facebook)

Updated: Yield bar is closed

According to a source, Yield, 1932 E. Kenilworth Ave., closed last night and once word spread through social media, so many customers showed up it turned into a "borderline block party."

Co-owner Patrick Kapple says they were unable to come to a lease agreement with the new owners of the building. "It's an amicable parting of ways," says Kapple. 

Kapple says he plans to open a bar in the future, but does not have an immediate plan.

The East Side bar and grill opened in 2005 and, allegedly, there is already a new owner and concept in store for the space. Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available.

On a personal and superfluous note, Yield started serving burgers recently and they were really good. Wah.