Art Machine Tattoo Moves To The Fishy

Last night Fishtown community members voted (a 30-0 vote actually; guess Fishies love tattoos) to subdivide the existing building at 1341 Frankford Avenue to make a new home for tattoo-haven Art Machine Productions. Art Machine is moving from 2424 Studios at 2424 E. York St., and will be toting their loved artists with them, one of which includes Tim Pangburn, a talented tattoo artist that has been featured in East Coast Tattoo Magazine and Tattoo Guru. […]


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Orange Jumpsuits Coming to South Philly (and Its Not the Flyers)

Inmates are moving to South Philly and neighbors are less than thrilled, not only because criminals will be living next to them, but it’s proposed for a space right next to a day care (!). The protesters living in the southwest section of the city near 5200 Grays Avenue have a reason to be upset, given the fact that an inmate could escape at any time. The city needs a place to put these felons […]


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Washington Square West is Fishing for a New BYO

Josh Lawler and Colleen Kelly will be opening a new restaurant, The Farm and The Fisherman, at 1120 Pine Street, formerly the restaurant Paul owned by Paul and Effie Bouikidis of Effie’s Greek fame across the street. The Farm and The Fisherman will be a 30-seat BYO restaurant that will focus on using sustainable, locally sourced ingredients and is looking to open in spring of this year. The menu will change often based on the […]


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G Ho’s Dance Dance Party Party Is Back

After a year of silence, Dance Dance Party Party is back! DDPP is the dance party that is the answer for women who “just want to dance” without worrying about creepy guys hitting on them, crazy cover charges or “bad” dance moves. DDPP stopped it’s regular dance parties back on January 7, 2010, because it was just getting too much to handle for its founders. This spring, Graduate Hospital is going to be home to […]


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Philly Beer Scene is Not Tapping Out

Yay. We love it when Philly gets its own apps and guides (Not For Tourists got us super excited, and maybe one day we will get our own Gridskipper). If Philly should get some love from the rest of the nation for one thing, it should be our craft beers, microbreweries and general awesomeness in the brewery department (college kids who live around here have kegs of Yuengling; so spoiled). Planning a night out and […]


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Church Site Being Used As Gigantic Hole

763 South 19th Street was the former site of Varick A.M.E. Church (check out the pictures of it being demolished “with care” here) and is currently a gigantic hole. Fred During tried (ah, zoning permits) a few years back to get approval for a 24-unit condominium with parking and failed because of the lack of funds. (Although you can check out the $1,600,000 listing and renderings here.) On December 22, 2010, the vacant lot was […]


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Snowpocalypse Philadelphia 2011 Photos

We laughed. We cried. We built snowmen. Click through to see the our gallery of best shots from 2011’s best snowstorms and remember those few days not for the hassle they caused us (digging out our cars at 7am and sliding across 76), but for the fun snow crafts we made!


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Sam Sherman Tries His Hand At Un-Corrupting Passyunk

Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent J. Fumo (above) started out positively, founding and funding the Citizens’ Alliance for Better Neighborhoods. (We suppose he went wrong somewhere around the “137 counts of fraud, obstruction of justice, tax evasion and conspiracy.”) Paul Levy did his best to clean up Fumo’s mess and now is passing the newly named baton to Sam Sherman Jr.–owner of New Urban Ventures, board member of the Congress for New Urbanism, the man behind […]


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Detective Work: Historical Home Goes Into Foreclosure

Historical 109 Elfreth’s Alley was built in 1702 on one of America’s first streets, and because of two less-than-responsible owners (we’re talking to you Scott and Caren Cronin), it now sits in foreclosure with water damage and mold infestation. According to the Preservation Alliance, its owners (who bought it for $123,000 in 1996) abandoned the 1130-square-foot, 3-story home four years ago. Scott (a Philadelphia attorney nonetheless) and Caren used to live in West Chester where they owned […]


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Bikers and Walkers Get a $1.3M Manayunk Bridge Trail

The Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative granted $1.3M for a new Manayunk Bridge Trail as part of its “Smart Transportation” grants (outing one of the near 200 applications that were rejected). This path will extend the Cynwyd Heritage Trail over the historic Manayunk Viaduct. Manayunk is already a huge cycling neighborhood and this trail will be a welcome shortcut for bikers who have to squeeze next to cars on Green Lane to get to the great […]


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