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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Fest (May 1st - June 30th)

May kicks off with a bang at Franklin Square Park with the return of the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival. For the 3rd year, the park will light up this part of the city with whimsical and creative constructions including the 200-foot-long Chinese Dragon! The best time to go is after dark although they open the park at 6pm to those with tickets. You are able to purchase tickets at the door however it’s advised to pre-purchase to avoid the lines! This festival is only here from May through the end of June so be sure to plan a time to go before it’s gone! More information on the festival here.

Dining Under the Stars Media (May 2nd - September 26th - Wednesdays)

Nothing’s better than

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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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Use this comprehensive report to help decide whether to sell or reinvest in your home or investment property.

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Maxwell Pau of Beyer Blinder Belle walks the overflow crowd at the Hawthorne Community Center through the components of Tower Investments' proposed mixed-use project at Broad Street and Washington Avenue in Hawthorne.

Let's get the question everyone in Greater Center City wants answered out of the way:

There will be no Wegmans coming to Broad Street and Washington Avenue.

Tower Investments CEO Bart Blatstein did make that much clear in his presentation to Hawthorne residents at the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition meeting Monday night.

But a grocery store is a major component of what is now a 30-story mixed-use complex with three levels of retail and two apartment towers above.

Blatstein had announced the retail part of this development

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As we're all about helping people find a place they can call home, on this Veterans Day, it's only fitting that we pay attention to our discharged warriors who have no such place and efforts to remedy that situation; a North Philly native, inspired by Donald Trump, has done very well for himself as a house-flipper in his old stomping ground; this coming Monday, Bart Blatstein puts an end to all the rumors about that Broad and Washington lot; and here's a first look at the fifth edition of "A Day in the Life of Philadelphia," as captured by thousands of your fellow citizens:

Tens of Thousands of Veterans Have No Place to Call Home (Next City)
North Philadelphia native returns home, flips dozens of properties (
Blatstein to present plans for

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Now that the one missing permit is in hand, a construction crew has begun to dig the hole that will become the foundation of the Residences at Twelve40, a mixed-use residential/retail project being developed by PRDC Properties at 13th and South streets, on the Hawthorne side of the Hawthorne-Washington Square West border.

LIcenses and Inspections issued the construction permit for the new building on Oct. 9, so PRDC has wasted no time getting work started.

Designed by Interface Studio Architects, the four-story building will, according to the construction permit, have a cellar and roof deck, two commercial spaces on the street floor, and 11 type 'B' dwelling units with eight enclosed parking spaces. It will also be fully sprinklered.

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What had been several decaying buildings, then a rubble-strewn lot, at the southeast corner of 13th and South streets, where Hawthorne and Washington Square West meet just off the Avenue of the Arts, is now a grassy plot. Soon, it will be 21 luxury condominium homes, according to the signs now planted on that lot.

All the paperwork needed to get this project rolling has been taken care of, save for one necessary permit. The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted a variance on March 18 to allow the four lots that make up this parcel — 1240-52 South St., 613-15 S. 13th St. and 1237 and 1243 Kater St. —  to be combined into one, and the zoning permit formalizing the action was issued on April 8. The zoning permit authorizing new construction followed on

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This bright and roomy home in Hawthorne has it all - a great location. plenty of space, and up-to-date features. You'll find this home nicely fitted out, with hardwood floors, dual-zone heating and cooling, high ceilings and recessed lighting throughout, along with energy-saving ceiling fans in the bedrooms.

On the first floor, behind the one-car garage, is a spacious in-law/guest bedroom suite with plenty of closet space, its own tiled full bath, and a spiral staircase connecting it to the main floor.

Upstairs, on that main floor, is a sunny living/dining room that's perfect for indoor relaxation and entertaining, a convenient powder room, and a spacious modern kitchen, with stainless steel appliances, granite-topped counters and

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Philadelphia City Planning Commission planner Marty Gregorski walks the commission through proposed zoning changes for the Center City Overlay at Tuesday's PCPC meeting.

By Gabriel Gottlieb

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) is considering whether to approve new regulations for development in the Center City Overlay District that would allow for taller and denser construction without requiring a zoning variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The new rules, contained in a bill introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-1st District), would apply to residential and commercial construction in an overlay zone extending from Poplar Street to Washington Avenue between the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. The commission heard testimony

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Southstar Lofts looking for retail tenants

Floor plan for Southstar Lofts commercial space The facade isn't even complete yet, let alone the interior. But just as leasing is already under way for the residential units in Southstar Lofts, Dranoff Properties is now looking for restaurant and retail tenants for the building's ground-floor commercial space. If the past is any guide, anyone considering opening a restaurant would do well to consider the space. Three new restaurants and a reincarnated favorite currently occupy choice space in Dranoff buildings on the Avenue of the Arts. Two of them have won high praise: modern Indian restaurant Tashan at 777 South Broad has garnered wide critical acclaim, and Top Chef Kevin Sbraga's eponymous modern American restaurant, Sbraga, was named one of the "Best…
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