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Phabulous Philly Home of the Week, II: 123 Church St.

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Exterior of 7inSPIRE townhomes

Our second featured home of the week is a real stunner – a large, luxurious, elegant and stylish modern townhome in the neighborhood where Philadelphia was born.

This Old City home really does merit the phrase “it has to be seen to be believed.” But right now, the only place where you can see it is online, for it’s under construction, with completion scheduled for the end of the  year. (more…)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Say farewell to the SS United States, as its current owners say it’s headed to either Brooklyn or the scrap heap, depending on the outcome of negotiations; we’ve actually seen this script play out before, as the Philadelphia Theater Company actually canceled a season due to financial difficulties, but this time, with its home on the verge of being sold out from under it, the local artistic community is rallying ’round the company; GroJLart smells a rat — make that an effin’ rat — in some moves Jefferson is making on the Chestnut Street side of its parking garage in the 900 block; and zoning and design changes breathe new life into the 205 Race apartment/retail tower proposal:

SS United States Could Move to Brooklyn in Months (News + Opinion blog|Philadelphia magazine)
Local theater community rallies behind Philadelphia Theater Company (The Philadelphia Inquirer|
Fill This Front: Jefferson Garage (Philaphilia)
Developers take another crack at 205 Race Street (Plan Philly)

Independence Beer Garden almost ready to roll out the barrel

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

SIgn announcing garden at southeast coener

Independence Mall is close to welcoming its first beer garden.

We were on the Mall yesterday and saw that work on the Independence Beer Garden is nearly complete. (more…)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The place where seven strangers discovered “The Real World” in 2004 is up for sale; Hotel bookings are down this year, and the hoteliers blame the lousy convention picture; an entire block of Kater Street is ripped open for water main replacement, and one observer wonders: Why aren’t the power lines being buried at the same time?; and if you want proof that everything’s fair game for Broadway, consider this musical about what may be the least likely subject you ever thought someone would write a musical about:

‘Real World: Philadelphia’ house for sale (The Philadelphia Inquirer|
Hotel performance “abysmal” due to fewer conventions this year (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Planning Fail: Philadelphia Has No Process to Bury Power Lines (This Old City)
There Is A Musical About Urban Planning. No, Really. (Property blog|Philadelphia magazine)

One Water Street clears Civic Design Review

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
The Civic Design Review panel reiterated the concerns it had with pedestrian crossings and restoring Water Street in its vote to accept the One Water Street proposal as submitted.

The Civic Design Review panel reiterated the concerns it had with pedestrian crossings and restoring Water Street in its vote to accept the One Water Street proposal as submitted.

Satisfied with the overall design and plan, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s Civic Design Review panel voted last Tuesday to accept the proposed One Water Street apartment building, reiterating the minor recommendations it had made at its previous meeting on the proposal.

The July 1 hearing was the second for the project, which will be at Columbus Boulevard and Vine Street, just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge on what is now an empty lot. The building will have 250 apartments in two wings. (more…)

Phabulous Philly Home of the Week: 104 N. 2nd St. #401

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Living-Dining Room with View of Kitchen

You don’t have to be a cook to live in Cook’s Row, but if you do like to cook, it helps to have a good kitchen, and this bright condo in Old City’s Cook’s Row has one. But its attractive features don’t stop at the edge of its tile floor.

Living Room

As you might expect from a condo unit in a former commercial building in Old City, this top-floor unit has loads of character: high ceilings, wide-plank hardwood floors, large windows that let in lots of light and exposed ductwork for a loft-like feel.


The open-plan living-dining room flows seamlessly into the modern kitchen, a well-equipped vision in white with neotraditional cabinetry, tile floor and tile backsplash.

Living-Dining Room with View of Den and Bedroom

Also off the living-dining room is a den that makes an ideal spot for a home office or study.


Bedroom Closets

The bedroom is flooded with light from its large windows and outfitted with two equally large closets.


Bathroom Tub & Shower

The bathroom features a rusticated tile floor, tile wainscotting and a full tile tub/shower enclosure.

Building Entrance

But perhaps the nicest amenity that comes with this condo is Old City itself. Right at your doorstep are history, culture, art, fine and casual dining, and one-of-a-kind shopping, and Penn’s Landing and the Delaware riverfront are a short walk away, as are transit connections to points beyond the neighborhood via the Market-Frankford Line.

Building Lobby

This condo has one bedroom, one bathroom and 770 square feet of interior spacc. It lists for $249,000.

Front Elevation

More on 104 N. 2nd St., #401

Weekend Winners: July 3-6

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014


Bombs bursting in air (figuratively speaking) are a July Fourth tradition, and few places have as grand a fireworks show as Philadelphia’s, which puts the grandeur of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Art Museum to good use. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia.

This year, the Glorious Fourth ushers in an equally glorious long weekend. Here’s our advice on how to fill it:

Thursday, July 3

Two Philly classics: Take your pick, lovers of outdoor arts and culture – there are two great al fresco events taking place tonight. If you missed yesterday’s outdoor screening of “Rocky” on the Art Museum steps the scrappy boxer made famous, Schuylkill Banks offers a reprise tonight next to the Walnut Street Bridge. If you’re more in the mood for music, check out the Philly Pops concert on Independence Mall, a patriotic spectacular featuring guest soloist Capathia Jenkins. Our only caveat: Given that the forecast includes the chance of thunderstorms, you should follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter or visit the Wawa Welcome America website for up-to-the-minute weather information.

“POPS on Independence”: 8 p.m. on Independence Mall, between Fifth and Sixth streets on Market Street. “Rocky” Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks: Screening starts at dusk (8:30 p.m.) at Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge. Both events free.

Friday, July 4

Boom! Bang! Oh, say, can you still hear?: If you’re like most of us, the only question you’re asking about the Fourth of July right now is “Which fireworks display do I want to see?” The Big One, of course, is on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway behind the Art Museum. Starting around 10:30 p.m., it’s the capstone to a free evening of music, the 4th of July Jam, featuring hometown faves The Roots and an all-star lineup that includes Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, and Aloe Blacc, starting at 7 p.m.

4th of July Jam: 7 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Square to the Art Museum, with fireworks around 10:30 p.m. Free. 

Saturday, July 5

…and if that wasn’t enough: Why should the Birthplace of the Nation limit the birthday celebration to just one day? Tonight, the fireworks move to the other side of the city. This year’s Penn’s Landing July Fourth celebration begins at 8 p.m. with a concert by the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, followed by fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Before you spread out your blanket to enjoy the concert, how about gorging on all the ice cream you can eat during the day at the Wawa Welcome America Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival, which began yesterday and continues through Sunday at Penn’s Landing.

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival: All day at Penn’s Landing, Walnut Street and Columbus Boulevard. $7 donation benefits the Joshua Kahan Fund’s fight against pediatric leukemia. Penn’s Landing concert: 8 p.m. at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Walnut Street and Columbus Boulevard. Adventure Aquarium Fireworks Display: Following the concert (approximately 9:30 p.m.) at the Great Plaza and on the Camden waterfront. Concert and fireworks free.

Sunday, July 6

All-American fare for a good cause: Today is National Fried Chicken Day, and what better way to celebrate it than at Philly’s premier poultry purveyors, Federal Donuts? In honor of the occasion, all four FedNuts locations are serving up boneless-thigh FedNuggets from 11 a.m. until they’re gone. $6 gets you four of these tempting morsels. And while you’re at it, how about chipping in for a worthwhile charitable project the brains behind FedNuts are cooking up? Restaurateurs Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov are partnering with the Broad Street Ministry’s Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative to launch a first-of-its-kind-in-Philly restaurant: Rooster Soup Co., a soup emporium that will take Federal Donuts’ surplus chicken parts and turn them into delicious stock for a variety of soups. Proceeds from the soup sale will benefit the Hospitality Collaborative’s programs that provide meals and support services to Philadelphians in need. Donate $20 to the Kickstarter campaign by 11:59 Saturday night and you could win free Federal Donuts fried chicken for life – the drawing will be held at noon today.

National Fried Chicken Day at Federal Donuts: 11 a.m. until the FedNuggets run out at all four Federal Donuts locations: 1219 S. 2nd St., 1632 Sansom St., 3428 Sansom St. and 701 N. 2nd St.

Cool summer hangout at Penn’s Landing opens with lovefest tomorrow

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014


Spruce Street Harbor beach

The urban beach and boardwalk at Spruce Street Harbor

Can’t make it to the beach this summer? Don’t despair. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has come to the rescue by bringing the beach to you.

Actually, it’s not quite accurate to call the DRWC’s Spruce Street Harbor pop-up park at Penn’s Landing a beach, for there will be far more greenery than sand at the site. But it will offer all the fun and relaxation of a day downashore — and you won’t have to drive or buy a bus or train ticket to get to it, either. (more…)

Look who’s back! That ’70s Store reopens

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Suit Corner etc. new home

Now open just steps from Independence Mall: That ’70s Store, The (Suit|Shirt|Pants) Corner.

Word reached us through the grapevine, and we were able to confirm with our own eyes last week, that while the last remnants of what had been three separate stores, two of which dominated the intersection of Third and Market streets in Old City with their loud red-white-and-blue supergraphics, are biting the dust, the three businesses have combined under one roof on the street level of the parking garage at Seventh and Market streets. (more…)

New Curtis Center owners to add residents to mix

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Curtis Center

The Curtis Center will become a live-work-play complex when new owners Keystone Property Group and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation add 90 new apartments to its mix later this year.

The Curtis Center, the landmark office-retail building at Sixth and Walnut Streets on Washington and Independence squares, has two new owners who announced yesterday that they will be adding apartments to the building’s mix of uses.

Keystone Property Group and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation acquired the Curtis Center yesterday for $125 million in an all-cash transaction. The new owners stated in a news release that they would embark on an upgrade of the 885,000-square-foot building that will turn it into a live-work-play environment, consistent with business strategies of both companies. (more…)

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