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North Broad Street is growing and changing every day and with the re-opening of the hotel and the buzz around the tenants coming in, including Chef Joe Cicala, it is sure to have a positive impact on the neighborhood. Here's our exclusive interview into the opening of Chef Cicala's newest creation, Cicala, plus your chance to see it before the opening this fall & play a part in Philadelphia's Culinary History!

How do you know Eric Blumenfeld and when he approached you regarding this opportunity, what were your initial thoughts and feelings?

Cicala: I met Eric through my restaurant consultant Harris Eckstut.  Both were having dinner on the patio last summer together at Le Virtu and after Eric mentioned the space being available.  I was

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Philadelphia has its fair share of breweries and micro-breweries, however, what are those who aren't into the typical IPA or Belgian to do? That's where the new owners of Hale & True, Risa & Kerry McKenzie have focused their efforts - those who aren't into beer or looking for something a little different. We checked in with the McKenzie's to get some detail on Hale & True, tucked between Society Hill & Hawthorne on South 7th Street, to learn more about the process of making cider, how they got into the business, what we can expect when we visit Hale & True...and of course, when they're opening their doors! Here's what Risa & Kerry had to say about their cidery:

We’ve read you used to make cider out of your apartment, can you go more in depth about

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Calling All Foodies!

With only a few days left to take advantage of Manayunk's Restaurant week, it'd be a shame to miss! Through Friday, April 27th diners are welcome to enjoy exclusive 3-course meals ranging between $15-$35! Along with restaurant week, there's been a shift in weather and in turn, more Manayunk establishments are opening their outdoor seating options, windows & doors so that patrons can enjoy more than just the food & drink offerings, but also the weather!

Manayunk in the spring and summer are like no other, if you're thinking of buying and think this area of the city may be for you? Check out these two great listings which are currently on the market within 1-mile of Main Street Manayunk...where everything happens!

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Northeast Philadelphia is a sizable swath of land that runs north of Center City along the Delaware River. Nearby are Bucks and Montgomery Counties. It is a combination of more than twenty neighborhoods, each with unique histories and personalities.

Here are some fun facts about the Northeast you may not know:

 

1. It’s a Microcosm of America’s Melting Pot: The Northeast is a prime example of the United States’ immigrant roots. People have come here from all over the world, each adding the flavor of their homeland’s culture.

In Somerton, for example, a little more than seven percent of residents have Russian roots, and three percent trace their ancestry to Greece. In fact, there are more residents with Russian and Greek ancestry than in

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  Independence Beer Garden Opening: We walked by yesterday and saw taps for kegs going in and immediately got excited for summer nights and happy hours after work! Independence Beer Garden is giving us a little tease this weekend to give us a taste of what we can expect when they open for the season on April 26th. New this year...large plates! Last year they not only added in small plates and alternatives to beer but now they’ve added in brisket, wings & other delectable fillers!   Manayunk Restaurant Week: Who doesn’t love a week full of enjoying delicious food at a steal of a deal? 17 restaurants in Manayunk are ready to showcase what they’ve got through April 27th. You can find the full list here and just know you are in for a treat wherever…
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The Philadelphia residential market remains strong for another quarter.

While interest rates have hovered around 4%, buyers are still eager to buy homes. The first quarter of 2018 has proven to be equal to the first quarter of 2017. Both prices and the number of homes have remained approximately the same between the two quarters.

The number of homes sold in the first quarter of 2018 decreased 3% compared to the first quarter of last year, however, the median sales price for homes sold increased 7%.

With the overall low number of homes available on the market, this tells us that we are still leaning towards a seller's market where homes that are in good repair and priced appropriately are anticipated to sell quickly. Another $574 million in

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There is a patchwork of neighborhoods in Philly’s Northeast, each with their distinct personality. If you are interested in discovering which is the best fit for you and your family, read on to learn more about a few select neighborhood highlights: Bustleton, Somerton, Fox Chase and Rhawnhurst.

1. Bustleton

Mostly a residential community, Bustleton is a collage of single-family residential, twin homes, apartment complexes and condos. Shops and restaurants tend to gravitate to the main roads that border and bisect it — Bustleton Avenue, Grant Avenue, Red Lion Road and Roosevelt Boulevard. Also, with easy commuting via both SEPTA buses and regional rail routes and a quiet, clean environment Bustleton is highly livable.

The kaleidoscope of

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  As you can see in the picture...good ole' William Penn has surpassed in height many times over the recent years, but up until 1987 he remained as the tallest building in Philadelphia. Anlong-held 'gentlemen's agreement' ensured the no Philly building would surpass his hat at 548 feet, however, in the late 1900's the developers of One Liberty Place took over the title at 945 feet. Over the years both structures have been matched and exceeded in height allowing for the unique skyline we have today. We can almost guarantee in a few years it will look completely different from how was view it today!   Interested in receiving more Philly trivia in your inbox each month, plus real estate market news & more? Register to receive our monthly…
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Want quiet, enjoyable modern living with parking? Easy access to Center City and suburbs but within a dynamic, active community with great restaurants, cafes, shopping, bike trails, river trails and festivals?

Look no further! Located in the heart of Manayunk, this quiet, first-floor condo is just what you've been looking for. The open floor plan features both a breakfast bar and room for dining, with sunlight filtering throughout. 

Hardwood floors gleaming add to the appeal. Modern amenities include granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances as well as a generously designed bathroom. In-unit washer and dryer, abundant storage and pantry closet.

The fenced-in patio is perfect for entertaining or just enjoying coffee in the

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Cherry Blossom Fest: The week-long festival is coming to a close this weekend! Come out this weekend, or if you’re interested in the main day, Sunday, to celebrate with special dinners, tea ceremonies and for those who love sake...a sake garden! Enjoy this beautiful weather and the Japanese culture at Fairmount Park this Sunday!


Philly Celebrates Jazz: It’s Jazz Appreciation Month and Philadelphia knows how to keep the groove going with many different events & performances now through the end of April. Check out CreativePHL.org for more information on what’s happening when in the Philly Jazz scene.    Garces Foundation’s 2018 Benefit at the Loews: The 6th Annual Think Local.Give Local Benefit is happening tonight at the Loews Hotel…
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