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May 2015

There are 14 blog entries for May 2015.

Spruce Street Harbor ParkLooking for summer fun by the river but want something with a little more energy than lounging in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park? Independence Blue Cross gotcher back.

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing on the Delaware waterfront begins its first summer season today with an all-day party open to everyone, the kickoff of a weekend full of fun.

You read that right: summer season. The popular skating rink has laid down wood and is lacing up its roller skates for a summer of family-friendly entertainment and exercise.

Today's events include skating to the sounds spun by DJ Jazzy Jeff tonight from 9 to 11 p.m. The Phillie Phanatic will also make a visit from 3 to 4 p.m.

Tomorrow, DJ Patty Pat does the honors on the turntables

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This light filled home includes a variety of desirable features, including hardwood flooring, high ceilings, recessed lighting, alarm system with 2 keypads and motion detectors, tons of storage and closet space, and so much more.

Enter and discover the spacious, open living room with crown molding, central vacuum system, skylights, wainscoating and a beautifully tiled gas burning fireplace.

Continue through the charming dining area with a passthrough window into the modern kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, lovely dark cherry cabinetry, and granite counters.

The kitchen also includes access to a large rear yard with pavers and landscaped garden beds- just the spot for lounging on those warm, sunny days!

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15th and Walnut

Here's one sign that the new retail building at 15th and Walnut streets on Rittenhouse Row is ready for its closeup:

Its lead tenant is already slapping its name on the place.

Sign installation

Workers were busy installing the Cheesecake Factory sign on the building's exterior earlier this week when we happened past the spot.

Closeup showing interior

What's more, a closer look revealed the interior of the space is nearly finished.

Is The Cheesecake Factory jumping the gun? Apparently not: Property reports that the restaurant has set June 23 as its opening date.

The Cheesecake Factory will occupy almost all of the second floor of the striking glass pavilion designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, designers of the iconic Apple cube in New York.

The building's

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2143-47 Lombard St

Move over, Delancey Street.

With The Lombard Estates, Realtor-developer Noah Ostroff set the bar high for modern luxury. Then he raised it higher with The Rittenhouse Estates down the street. Now, just a little further west, Ostroff is marketing three one-of-a-kind homes that will further Lombard Street’s evolution from quick route to University City into a prime address unto itself.

Living Room

The three homes being built by U.S. Construction and marketed by Philly Living at 2143, 2145 and 2147 Lombard share strong foundations—literally. The homes will sit atop cast-in-place reinforced concrete footings and foundations featuring nine-foot-high watertight walls.

To ensure everything stays high and dry inside, a continuous vapor barrier lies under

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Looking to live large in one of Philadelphia's most desirable neighborhoods, but want to do it on the cheap? You're in luck right now, for there are three attractive two-bedroom residences currently on the market that can be had for under $500,000. Here are the details on each, from top to bottom:

1917-B Spruce St

1917 Spruce St., Unit B | 2 bedrooms, 1 full, 1 half bathroom, 1,184 square feet, $415,000
This beautifully maintained, totally up-to-date home looks for all the world like a private residence, but it's actually a condo. Though its address is on Spruce Street, it has its own private entrance on Manning Street, at the rear of the building. The bi-level unit combines classic style with modern design and comforts: an open-plan main floor trimmed with crown

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Masterman SchoolNo wonder everyone wants to get in: Julia Reynolds Masterman School in Spring Garden is an academic powerhouse. It's the 60th-best high school in the entire country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the "Best High Schools" in the country is out, and once again, the best high school in the region, and the only one to make the Top 100 honor roll nationwide, is a public school in Philadelphia.

That school is the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section. The school topped the honor roll of Pennsylvania high schools and ranked 60th in the nation on the U.S. News national rankings. Among magnet schools, it ranked 14th

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The future Little LionThis handsome Georgian Revival building at Third and Chestnut streets looked like the perfect place to put a New American restaurant honoring one of our most influential Founders, Little Lion owner Chris Young said. That modern addition at the back? He will be able to live with it.

Coming to the northeast corner of Third and Chestnut streets in Old City this summer: An American revolution in dining, across the street from the forthcoming American Revolution Center.

Leading the charge will be Chris Young, owner of The Little Lion, the new restaurant that will open in the space that had housed the Japanese restaurant Haru until last fall.

The restaurant takes its name from a towering figure in Revolutionary America. "The Little Lion" was the

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Duplexcellence II exterior at open houseBrave New Hope (Street): Postgreen showcased the first four of eight new duplex condo units at an open house this past Thursday—the kind of open house only it could host.

It's a rare open house where one of the first things you see is graffiti art.

But the four units that make up Duplexcellence II, Postgreen Homes' latest development in Old Kensington, are themselves rare birds, and the open house Postgreen held to show them off last Thursday was also a showcase of originality.

Living roomLiving room of the model home.

The graffiti was the supergraphic art of Gloss Black, a New Jersey-based artist collective whose murals go beyond graffiti to explore the visual impact of vivid color and large letter forms.

Gloss Black was one of five local artists,

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To keep customers better informed about construction work and other matters, the Philadelphia Gas Works has partnered with Nextdoor, a San Francisco firm that operates private discussion forums for neighborhoods across America and throughout Philadelphia.

Like chatting about your neighborhood with your neighbors over the digital back fence? Want to talk local without half of Facebook eavesdropping?

You want to move Nextdoor, like several city agencies have.

Nextdoor is a private, secure social network now operating in more than 60,000 neighborhoods across the United States, including 270 neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Because Nextdoor participants must verify their residence in order to join a neighborhood forum, the trust needed for candid

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A stunning new construction home you absolutely need to see to believe! Located on a quiet, cobblestoned side street, this home impresses from top to bottom, starting with its hardwood flooring throughout, custom coffered ceilings, large Pella Windows, Dual Zone HVAC, Built in speaker system, video intercom system, home automation system with built in iPad, and so much more.

Enter and admire the open living room area with custom tiled, gas fireplace- just the spot for sitting down and entertaining friends and family. Continue through the spacious dining area into the immense kitchen, which features marble counters and island, beautifully tiled backsplash, Wolf, Viking, and other high end stainless steel appliances, under cabinet lighting and even

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