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All Blog Entries by Noah Ostroff

There are currently 184 blog entries published by Noah Ostroff.

5 Great Things To Do With Your Kids in Philadelphia This Holiday Season

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="400"]Christmas Village A German import that Philly has taken to its bosom, the Christmas Village offers fascinating things to see, do, buy and eat for young and old between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year.[/caption] If you're like us, you're probably in a frenzy now in the countdown to Christmas Day. May we suggest you take a break and do something fun with your kids in Philadelphia? The city is at its best this time of year, with both year-round and seasonal attractions that appeal to young and old. Here are five of the top places to go and things to do for kids in Philadelphia: 1. Macy's Holiday Light Show and Dickens Village display. As the only…
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Explore Prohibition with “American Spirits” at the Constitution Center

SEPTA "Speakeasy Silverliner"/a Snap a photo of yourself aboard SEPTA's "Speakeasy" Silverliner V, post it to Twitter or Facebook with the special tags, and you could win two tickets to see "American Spirits" at the National Constitution Center. (Photo: SEPTA)[/caption] The National Constitution Center offers many educational and exciting exhibitions year-round, but these aren’t like your typical museum exhibitions: They’re innovative and interactive, featuring live performances and activities designed to engage visitors of all ages.  The main exhibition lets you experience the history of the Constitution with a multimedia theatrical production, an interactive exhibition, and the iconic Signers’ Hall, a…
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4 Easy Low-Cost Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell

staged living room/a You've seen those picture-perfect rooms in real estate listings. You can have one too for much less than it would cost to hire a home stager.[/caption] Professional home stagers make a living redesigning homes to appeal to potential buyers.  A home staging consultation can cost up to $500, and that doesn’t even include the cost of the redesign, or any furniture or other materials required.  If you’re selling your home on a budget, there are many simple, inexpensive changes you can make that will make your home more attractive to potential buyers.  Follow these five tips to give your home an instant face-lift without breaking the bank. Hang a Mirror If there’s a room in your home which is small,…
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Prospects Brighten a Bit for Commercial Real Estate Market

Philly skyline/a Continued slow but steady job growth and the recent election both point to continued improvement in the commercial real estate market.[/caption] According to the latest projections from the National Association of Realtors, the slow improvement in the economy will also lift the commercial real estate market. In announcing its latest quarterly Commercial Real Estate Outlook, the NAR stated that continued modest job growth is easily absorbing the small amount of new commercial space coming on line. In addition, the real estate trade group noted that the multifamily residental market has fully recovered and that the recent election should bring with it more certainty about the future course of…
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Celebrate the Season with Free Holiday Attractions in Center City

Macy's Christmas light display/a Macy's Christmas Light Show has been a Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1955. Photo: Macy's.[/caption] There’s no better place to celebrate the Christmas season than Center City Philadelphia. This December, the area continues its long tradition of Christmas attractions that delight kids and adults alike. These fun and festive holiday celebrations are free to the public, and available anytime throughout the month of December. So bring the whole family to Center City this year to experience the sights and sounds of the holidays at one of these convenient locations. Christmas Light Show, Dickens Village, and Holiday Windows Macy’s, 1300 Market St. Macy’s gets into the Christmas…
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Philadelphia: A City on the Rise

Center City Philadelphia at night/a Philadelphia has shed its industrial past and is enjoying a renaissance as an affordable place to live that combines cosmopolitan excitement with a small-town, community-oriented feel.[/caption] Once a booming industrial city, Philadelphia has seen its share of hard times. However, the City of Brotherly Love is making a rapid comeback. Centrally located between New York City and Washington D.C., Philly offers residents a cost-effective alternative to high metropolitan housing prices. Plus, when asked why they love their city, Philadelphia residents say: "It's all about community." Affordable Housing To Yield Positive Returns Unlike New York City, where prospective homeowners must look to outer boroughs for…
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Newly Reopened Museum Celebrates What Makes Philly Unique

After three years of being closed for extensive renovations, the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent reopened its doors in September. With a brand new look and five new galleries, the museum is better than ever. More than 1600 people attended opening weekend September 22-23, and the reviews were outstanding. Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater KentHoused in a historic building a short walk from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the 70-year-old museum celebrates “hometown history” with exhibits following the history of the city of Philadelphia from when it was founded to the election of Mayor Michael Nutter. Visitors can also preview new changes and exhibits planned for Phase Two of the museum's reopening this…
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Bainbridge Club hosts holiday pop-up art show

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="355"]"Joy Vault" by Brian David Dennis (2010) Brian David Dennis, whose sculpture "Joy Vault" (2010) is shown here, is one of the 15 visual artists and designers whose work is featured at the holiday pop-up art show at the Bainbridge Club.[/caption] Two artists living in Graduate Hospital, Kevin Broad and Meei-Ling Ng, have teamed up with the South of South Neighborhood Association and The Bainbridge Club to organize a weekend pop-up art show featuring a raft of local visual and performing artists just in time for holiday shopping. The show opens with a reception this Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Bainbridge Club, 1519 Bainbridge St. Along with an opportunity to meet the 15 visual artists whose…
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Things you must know before selling a home in Philadelphia

Residential street in Center City Philadelphia/a Philadelphia homes have historically offered excellent value for the money. To realize all the value you have invested in your home, follow these tips when you put it on the market.[/caption] Philadelphia is a vibrant and lively city, which holds a blend of excitement and fascination. The city is full of cultural, artistic, culinary and ethnic wealth that compels thousands of people from distant countries to visit every year. Owning a home in such a city is no less than a good fortune for those who wish to lead a peaceful yet pulsating life. If you are looking into selling your home in Philadelphia, you need to remember the basic truth – you cannot expect decent dividends from an…
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