Archive for the ‘Old City’ Category

Philly Living Open House: Cherry Condominiums

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Located on Cherry Street, right next to the intersection of 4th Street and Race Street in the neighborhood of Old City, is the newly built low rise Cherry Condominiums. This Philadelphia condo building offers something that no other condominium can replicate; the opportunity to live in a brand new building within the historic Old City neighborhood. Built in 2009, the Cherry Condominium is by far the best value and most stylish condo center in town. This newly constructed building offers top of the line technology and amenities. Surrounded by timeless landmarks, restaurants, and pubs, Old City is the hub of excitement and entertainment in the area. Its prime commuting location, near I-95, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and SEPTA regional rail lines, makes these units more than ideal. Cherry Condominiums in Old City Philadelphia by Philly Living

Available Units in the Cherry Condominiums

The Cherry Condominiums are the perfect place for any young couple or single person looking to live in Philadelphia. Conveniently located in Old City, the location itself can be considered an amenity. Old City offers one of the city’s most popular cultural and nightlife destinations, such as Independence Hall, Cavanaugh’s River Deck, and Lit Ultrabar.

Philly Living has many different options to choose from within the condo building, all of which are top of the line luxury and affordability. Currently available for sale is 125 N 4TH ST #401. This unit features 694 square feet, one bedroom, and one and a half bathroom and is priced at $289,000.This spacious unit features two sides of windows, providing the unit with plentiful amounts of natural light and amazing views of the Philadelphia skyline. The sleek kitchen design includes granite counter tops, an island/ breakfast bar, and various cabinet spaces. Likewise, the clever design of the unit allows for an open dining room, living room area, and a Shoji Screen leading into the master bedroom. Large enough to fit a king sized bed, the master bedroom also features a full master bathroom, complete with tile finishing. An added bonus is the half bathroom, a rare Philadelphia home find. Located in the perfect neighborhood for a young professional or a newly married couple, and available at affordable rates, the Cherry Condominiums is one of the best places to live in Old City

The Historic Old City Philadelphia

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Occupying the blocks between Front and Sixth Streets, and bound by Vine Street to the North, and Walnut to the South is Philadelphia’s most historic square mile. Old City Philadelphia is the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and his Quaker followers originally settled. Present day Old City is the hub of Philadelphia’s best shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Historic Old City Philadelphia by Philly Living

The Sights to See in Old City

Famed Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr’s Buddakan, is one of the toughest reservations to get throughout the city. Known as one of the most popular restaurants in Philadelphia, Buddakan features exotic flavors of Asian cuisine combined with creativity and excitement. Even the inside of the restaurant is exotic as it is decorated with a magnificent 10 foot Buddha statue along with a shimmering waterfall filled with Japanese river stones.


After a great dinner in Old City, the spot to go for desert is the Franklin Fountain. An early 1900’s style ice cream saloon that is completely outfitted with antique soda dispensers, belt driven ceiling fans, and even the servers dress in period attire. This soda jerk has been featured on television multiple times over the years and is hailed as one of the treasures of Philadelphia

Historic Attractions
One of the most famous symbols in America is the Liberty Bell and it lives right downtown in Old City Philadelphia. A symbol of freedom across the United States the Liberty Bell is housed in the Liberty Bell Center where tourists can get a close look at the bell with its famous crack.
What could be argued as the most important building in the United States is located right in Old City Philadelphia. Independence Hall, which was once known as the Pennsylvania State House is where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were drafted.


For a truly educational experience the National Constitution Center is the place to go. Built in 2003 this state of the art museum claims to be the most interactive museum in the United States. The National Constitution Center is a great place to learn about our nation’s history and the men who made it possible.

An old diner that has been converted in a martini bar, the Continental is one of the hottest spots in Old City Philadelphia. With an extensive martini list filled with interesting named drinks and an elusive atmosphere the Continental is the perfect place to start your evening in Old City.

Picking the Right Old City Schools

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Mastery Charter High School

Among the great Old City schools is the Lenfest Campus of Mastery Charter High School on Fourth Street.

Old City has a lot to offer: history, nightlife, sophisticated living. All of these make it an appealing place to buy a home. But if you’re planning on raising children in Old City, you should have the facts on Old City schools. Here’s the information you need to know to make the best choice for your child among Old City schools:

Old City Schools

Public Elementary: Gen. George A. McCall

Public High School: Julia Reynolds Masterman*, Constitution High School*

Parochial Elementary: St. Mary Interparochial School

Parochial High School: Roman Catholic High SchoolJohn W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School

Public Charter: Mastery Charter High School (Lenfest Campus)Charter High School for Architecture + Design

*citywide magnet school

Society Hill’s Historic Philly Properties and Attractions

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Society Hill Philadelphia Sites Old City Liberty BellThe streets of Philadelphia’s are enriched with landmarks commemorating important moments of America’s early history. The city’s history has watched the beginning stages of America form to the modern life that we see today. An expedition to any of the streets will lead you to many historic properties. This is particularly true in Old City, which houses tourist attractions sites such as Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, and The Betsy Ross House. Center City also accommodates some of America’s most influential cultural beginnings like the Academy of Music, which still proudly resides and operates as the oldest opera house in the United States.

Yet, Old City isn’t the only popular destination for beautiful historical attractions in Center City. For some of America’s older significance, Society Hill is notorious for its celebrated buildings and still serves as part of a vital part of Philadelphia history.

Society Hill’s Historic Sites Still Stand

Society Hill’s historic neighborhood is named after the 18th century society of Free Traders. Many historical buildings still stand today, including St. Peter’s Church, which finished construction between 1758 and 1761, and the Society Hill Synagogue, which was built in 1829. In the 19th century, the city’s westward move caused the area to lose its appeal. As the times progressed, the houses started to break down until the 1950s when the local and Society Hill Philadelphia Real Estate Propertiesnational governments stepped in to begin its first redevelopment program to restore Society Hill’s historic buildings. While some of the buildings were replaced by modern buildings and high rises, most of the of the antique houses were sold instead to individuals. The 18th and 19th century homes are not collecting dust in museums, but are instead converted into local residences by native Philadelphians. This aspect gives the local neighborhood some of its historic charms.

Today, Society Hill has the highest concentration of early 18th and 19th century architecture than anywhere else in the United States. The bed rocked sidewalks, block-layered buildings, and bordered brick row houses give way to a nearby metropolitan area; showing the slow transformation from the previous centuries to the emerging modern metropolis we see today.

Delancy Street Shows Its Age

The cobblestoned sidewalks lead to one of the most regal streets in Society Hill’s Center City, and a personal favorite among tourists, Delancey Street. This street borrows many of its architectural building details from yesteryear. Its distinguished bricked sidewalks, blackened doors, and antique fire marks are all residential characteristics that personify the 18th and 19th century.

Besides the picturesque scenery, Delancey Street also exhibits some cultural attractions, including the Rosenback Museum & Library. One of the treasured literary treasures of the world, it showcases a titanic collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, art pieces, and manuscripts. The museum regularly hosts travelers from all over the world with its research services, programs, events, exhibitions, and guided tours.

A walk down Society Hill’s Delancey Street is filled with historical sites and attractions. This street reminds us of Philadelphia’s place in America’s history.

Tour History with Historic Philadelphia Houses

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Historic Philadelphia HousesPhiladelphia is a city that has a lot of history. Dating back to the Colonial Era, Philadelphia has been witness to all eras of American history, and this can be seen in the architecture of such areas as Old City.  A tour of Philadelphia houses presents a broad spectrum of architectural styles spanning centuries, including Georgian and Federal style buildings, 18th Century brick buildings, 19th Century Greek revival  and Victorian architecture, Modernist skyscrapers, and contemporary architecture.

The influence of the many styles of architecture have inspired the Philly skyline, making it diverse and interesting whether the towering skyscrapers have been influenced by historic styles or modern aesthetics. For a real taste of Philadelphia architectural history, one can look almost anywhere in the city for examples of the City’s nearly four-hundred years of history, but no building illustrates the City’s long history than the Stenton House.

The Stenton House: An Historic Philadelphia House

Stenton House Historic Philly HouseThe Stenton House dates back to the Colonial Era of American history, having been built by Philadelphia’s colonial mayor, James Logan, between 1723 and 1730. This historic Philadelphia house is named for the Scottish birthplace of James Logan’s father. The house passed through multiple generations of the Logan family before it was acquired by the city of Philadelphia in 1910. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

This historic Philadelphia house now serves as an educational museum and picture-perfect example of American Georgian architecture. The symmetrical, red brick construction, and hipped roof typify the era. The interior of the Stenton House recreates another time with authentic furnishings and décor.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania give guided tours, provide educational programs, and host special events at the Stenton House during which you can learn more about the Stenton House’s history and architecture. They will gladly regale you with tales of James Logan, secretary to William Penn himself, Mayor of colonial Philadelphia, and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Logan even discovered the role of pollen in the farming of corn, establishing himself as one of Philadelphia’s great “Renaissance men.”

Take a tour of the Stenton House to take a trip through much more than one of the oldest Philadelphia house still standing. The Stenton House is a testament to much of the City’s history and a great example of the fine architecture of Philadelphia.

Park Proposed Between Old City and Penn’s Landing

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Penn's Landing Park Project Old City PhiladelphiaThe Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) has unveiled their plans to redevelop Penn’s Landing by creating parks and new developments across an eight acre swath of Philadelphia. The proposed area reaches from Old City to the Delaware Riverfront at Penn’s Landing and is currently intersected by I-95.

The board of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has yet to finalize the plans but is already in discussions with the design firm it selected from amongst 15 candidates. Hargreaves Associates has developed parks in cities around the world, including the Louisville Waterfront Park in Kentucky and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Connecting Philadelphia with the Delaware Riverfront at Penn’s Landing

The long-term goal of the DRWC’s plans to develop this particular area of Philadelphia real estate is clear. Philadelphia is going to rediscover its waterfront, and the DRWC hopes that its strategy of creating attractive public spaces and courting private development expedites the process.

According to DRWC board chair Marilyn Jordan Taylor, this is a “great start in creating public spaces that Philadelphians use and enjoy.” Further, she suggests that “the spaces are beginning to attract private investments as well.”

The DRWC clearly has its sights set on Penn’s Landing as the ultimate point of contact for Philadelphians and their riverfront. Penn’s Landing Park development plans include private commercial zones at either end of the park and a parking facility hidden beneath. By courting private investment, the eight-acre Penn’s Landing Park is expected to contribute both recreational and economic additions to the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Delaware River development plan for Penn’s Landing will create a green bridge between Old City and Penn’s Landing. It is also expected to extend the South Street pedestrian footbridge to increase pedestrian traffic to the park and surrounding businesses.

Penn’s Landing Park Development Plan Study Underway

A project of this magnitude involves much forethought in order to avoid disrupting transit systems and local neighborhoods. The DRWC is currently studying the engineering requirements and expected costs of the Penn’s Landing Park project. Philadelphia residents can expect the study to be completed in 2013, providing expected project costs for the City.

“The Hargreaves-led team has a proven track-record in creating high-quality public spaces that will attract private development,” said Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development Alan Greenberger. “This is another step in a very deliberate process to make connections from the city to the Delaware River, ultimately leading to the redevelopment of Penn’s Landing and a significant return-on-investment for the city.”

Historic Philadelphia Tours Lined Up for Spring

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Independence Hall after dark

Ever want to see Independence Hall without the crowds? You can do it after dark. Photo from Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has officially announced its spring lineup for walking tours, which run through the fall and winter of 2013.  The evening tours, Tippler’s Tour and Independence After Hours, are filled with real people with real stories from Philly’s Colonial days that connect history to modern-day experiences.

What makes these tours particularly unique are their hosts – usually an actor personifying the character of a real 18th-century person. Not to worry – these aren’t some geeks off the street; each performer goes through extensive training to learn thorough details of the time period and their individual persona.  Combined with authentic Colonial locations, HPI’s tours immerse the viewer with a unique, all-access pass to real history come to life.

Tippler’s Tour showcases the city’s Colonial and modern-day watering holes while the Independence After Hours Tour highlights some of the landmarks of Philadelphia’s Historic District and gives tourists and locals wanting to get in touch with their historic side the ability to tour Independence Hall with no crowds.

For more information on Historic Philadelphia and its tours, visit the Historic Philadelphia website.

-Greg Meckstroth 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a Famous Philadelphia Pub Crawl

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

No city does St. Patrick’s Day better than Philadelphia, and there’s no better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than with an old fashioned Irish pub crawl.  This March, grab your four-leaf clover, dress up in green, and take a tour of some of the best Irish pubs in Philly at one of these famous St. Patrick’s Day pub crawls.


Official Saint Paddy’s Pub Crawl Philadelphia
Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
Begins at Red Zone, 35 South Second Street, Old City

The producers of the world’s largest pub crawl,, presents Philadelphia’s “official” St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl.  Hang out in Old City’s best pubs, meet new friends, and enjoy drink specials like $1 (12 oz.) draft beers, $2 bottle beers, $3 well drinks, and $4 Irish whiskey.  Register for only $10, or paint the town green with 3 days of pub crawls with a special all-access pass.  Only $20 gets you access to the Happy Hour St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl on March 15, the Saint Paddy’s Day Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl on March 16, and finally the Official Saint Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl on March 17.  You can even add on a Saint Paddy’s Day T-shirt for an additional $10.


Running of the Micks
Saturday, March 9, 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Begins at Finnigan’s Wake, Third and Spring Garden Streets, Northern Liberties

“Drink, ride, and run up the Art Museum steps,” Rocky-style, at the wildest pub crawl in Philadelphia.  Visit Philly’s hottest bars and enjoy live music, contests, and drink specials for 11 straight hours.  Finish off the evening with a historic run up the Art Museum steps.  General admission is only $15, and special VIP access, including an open beer bar, is $80.


Erin Express
Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, March 16, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Philly’s number one St. Patrick’s Day celebration is presented by Cavanaugh’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in University City.  Get absolutely free bus transportation for six whole hours, and visit the Erin Express “depots,” including Mill Creek Tavern, Smokey Joe’s, The Blarney Stone, Westy’s, and many more.  Buses run in a continuous loop every 15-20 minutes, so there is no starting or ending location.  Best of all, there is no registration charge!  All you have to do is show up at one of the depots, buy yourself a drink, and hop on the next bus.

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution at One of the Best Gyms in Philadelphia

Friday, December 28th, 2012

The holidays are almost over, and 2013 will be here before you know it.  After a December full of delicious dinners, cookies, cakes, candy, and other treats, you might have put on a few extra holiday pounds.  If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape by 2014, joining a gym will be a great first step.  For a local gym with outstanding service, state-of-the-art equipment, and fun classes that will keep you fit, try one of these top-rated gyms in Philadelphia from the PHL17 2012 Philly Hot List.

AFC Fitness, Northeast Philadelphia

AFC’s four convenient locations are well known throughout the Philadelphia area for their aquatic fitness training and therapy.  They offer personal training, group classes, on-site physical therapy, and a massive double-Olympic pool at their 45,000-square-foot facility conveniently located on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philly.

City Fitness, Northern Liberties

The expertly trained fitness counselors at City Fitness work with you to ensure that you meet your personal fitness goals, either for the new year or for life.  Their state-of-the-art facility on Spring Garden Street is ultra-clean and features award-winning amenities, like personal 15-inch-screen LCD TVs, iPod and cell phone connectivity, and built-in fans on all of their brand-new cardio equipment.

Optimal Sport 1315, Center City

With a combined 40-plus years of experience in the fitness industry, the experts at Optimal Sports can help you “be optimal” with their group classes, personal training, and “Executive Performance,” a training program designed specifically for stressed-out executives.  Their Center City facility is conveniently located in The Philadelphia Building at 13th and Walnut Streets, near subway and PATCO stops, and just a short walk from Market East Station.

Urban Athlete, Mt. Airy

Urban Athlete’s fitness training programs combine old school methods with the latest functional strength training principles.  They provide group classes, personal training, and boot camps at their Mt. Airy facility on Germantown Avenue.  Their expert staff offer personal attention to each member.  They greet all of their members by first name, and look forward to seeing them walk through the door every day.

Keep your New Year’s resolution with training programs and classes at one of these top Philadelphia gyms.  View the full Philly Hot List of “Best Gym” winners here and find the best facility to meet your personal fitness goals.

Explore Prohibition with “American Spirits” at the Constitution Center

Friday, December 14th, 2012
SEPTA "Speakeasy Silverliner"

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)

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 display of 42 life-sized bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

This year the Constitution Center’s feature exhibition is “American Spirits:  The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” the first exhibition to comprehensively explore this curious time in America’s history.  “American Spirits” follows the story of Prohibition from the dawn of the temperance movement the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, immersing the audience in the era of flappers, bootleggers, and speakeasies through films, music, photos, and multimedia exhibits.

Over 100 rare artifacts are on display, including 1920s fashions, propaganda, a 1929 Buick Marquette, and original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st Amendments.  Travel back in time to the Roaring ’20s in a complete recreation of a speakeasy, where you can explore the culture of the Prohibition era, and even learn the Charleston.  Play a custom-built video game that transforms you into a federal agent tracking down rumrunners.

To promote the event, Philadelphia commuters can ride on SEPTA’s Speakeasy Silverliner V train car covered in Victorian-style décor plastered with life-sized photos of influential figures from the 1920s.  Post a photo of yourself riding the Speakeasy car on Twitter or Facebookand you could win two  free tickets to the exhibition.  Just tag your photo #NCCSpeakeasy on Twitter, or “National Constitution Center” and “SEPTA” on Facebook.

The Prohibition era has always been an oddity of American history that scholars and students alike have struggled to understand.  It’s a time period that shaped law and forever changed lives.  Delve into these strange times and learn about the passions, plans, and power that led to the rise and fall of prohibition through “American Spirits,” now through April 28, 2013.  The exhibition is free on Sundays from 12-5pm.  Weekday tickets are $17.50 for adults, $11.00 for children 12 and under, $16.00 for seniors and students, and free for active military.  Visit to learn more and order tickets.  The National Constitution Center is located on Independence Mall at 525 Arch Street, close to subway and bus stops and a short walk from Market East Station.

-Jen Heller Meservey

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