Plazapalooza AT Grays Ferry Triangle

Finally, a reason to love triangles comes to Philly. We haven’t liked this shape since it bested us in Mrs. Bryant’s geometry class back in middle-school, but we are willing to give it second chance today at Plazapalooza: A Celebration of Spring at the Grays Ferry Triangles. The event, held between South and 23rd Streets, will run from 1-7pm. Live music from the likes of Paper Monster, The Absinthe Drinkers (foxes have always been wary […]


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Sister Cities Park’s Green New Facelift

Great progress for Mayor Nutter’s Green 2015 initiative this week (which plans to revamp 500 acres of underused land around the city into sustainable green spaces by 2015) as exciting new plans were announced to transform the city’s Logan Circle area into a green destination for locals and tourists alike. The plan calls for a complete overhaul of Sister Cities park, which if you didn’t know, is the area just south of Logan Circle that […]


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HISTORY BUFF: EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY

John Haviland (1792-1852) was the British architect behind the design of the Eastern State Penitentiary. In 1821, four different architects had submitted design proposals for the new prison, and it was ultimately Haviland’s design which was selected. The architect had drawn inspiration for his design from asylums and penitentiaries built in late 18th century England and Ireland. Our friend William Strickland (who would later design several notable buildings, including the Merchant’s Exchange in 1832) had […]


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DELOREAN MOMENT: PHILADELPHIA CIRCUS

Located at the corner of Callowhill Street and 10th, the Philadelphia Circus of 1890 was not in a typical location for a venue of this type. It sat outside of the theater district, towards the northern limits of the city. This ‘circus’ had originally been called the New National Theater when it opened in 1876. It featured both theatrical entertainment and animal acts. Despite its potentially exciting history of events, this block is now currently […]


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Sharing Backyards Launches In Philly, helps find unused yard space for city gardening

A new trend in city gardening is spreading across the country, and Philly got our own take on it earlier this month.  An urban garden sharing program that links people looking for a place to grow food with unused yard space has taken root with the help of some green-thumbed individuals. Black Cote grew up in Burlington, VT, with a big backyard that yielded tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, strawberries, cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini. When he […]


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Hit List: Contemporary Art Keeps Punk Trick-Or-Treaters At Bay

The bi-level loft at 1728 Chestnut Street (Apt. 3) is furnished with the owner’s accoutrements, which, we aren’t sure, will help or hurt any rental inquiries. The 1,818-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo listed for $3750 a month has a pretty gorgeous roof deck (although we love that more modern, minimal style) to go along with the contemporary pieces (a general phrase used for “art” only a mother could love) and original artwork dotted throughout the home. The […]


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A New Take On Beer Coming To Manayunk From Hawthornes Cafe

A new beer boutique is coming to Manayunk at 4923 Main Street (formerly Events in Style) and the owners are no strangers to the city. The founders of Hawthornes Café, located in Philly’s Hawthorne section, have received a unanimous vote from the Manayunk Neighborhood City Council in favor of the new takeaway beer and food locale. The 1,700-square-foot space will not be a bar, but instead a quaint little location that will sell “fancy” beer […]


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HISTORY BUFF: REVISITING HORTICULTURAL HALL AND ITS ARCHITECT

Hermann J. Schwarzmann was a peculiar pick to design 34 structures for the Centennial Exhibition of 1876;  as an unproved engineer, he had never designed a building before. But not to let this seemingly substantial inexperience stand in his way, he set to work designing and building structures to honor one of our country’s most important anniversaries.  Two of the most notable structures that he designed were Horticultural Hall and Memorial Hall. Horticultural Hall was […]


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Delorean Moment: Chestnut Street Transway Premonition

Architect and urban planner Edmund Bacon imagined up the Chestnut Street Tranway, one of the urban renewal projects that followed World War II, in his 1959 essay “Philadelphia in the Year 2009.” Bacon remade Chestnut Street as a pedestrian-only thoroughfare with a trolley at its center near 12th Street, a design that today would nicely compliment 1200 Bank. Bacon’s “Philadelphia in the Year 2009” outlined several important projects (like Penn Center, Market East and the […]


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Queen’s Walk Townhomes Coming to Queen Village

Queen’s Walk on Fifth and Montrose Streets in Queen Village is JKR Partners’ latest housing development currently under construction in the city. The 16 townhomes fill the gaps left by an old dessert topping manufacturing company long since abandoned. We drove by the other day to get some information on the residences, which will be arranged around a private common drive with garage access. JKR told us that the three-bedroom/three-bathroom homes will range from 2200 […]


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