Hit List: 25th and Grays Ferry Townhomes Update

Back in March we reported on the new townhomes coming to Grays Ferry and 25th. Noah Ostroff of Coldwell Banker let us know that two homes are currently built and both are sold, with four more coming soon. The new construction three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhomes have garages, video camera security systems, mosaic tile detailing, fenced backyards, walk-in closets, a wet bar with wine cooler, custom-tiled duel-showerhead showers, and roofdecks. The townhomes are being offered for upwards of $400k. […]


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Bookspace: A Hidden Gem With a Bright Future

Bookspace easily contends to be one of the greatest book shops in Philadelphia. As of this spring, it can also boast being the hippest place in town, holding Jazz Session Sundays, folk and rock acts throughout the week, and even chess competitions in the afternoons. The property, originally built to manufacture elevators, now dishes up long corridors of used books, laced with Christmas lights, swallowed under a three-story ceiling of draped fabric and a functional […]


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NakedPhilly Is Really Really Sorry (repents)

As we’ve grown as a site, we’ve worked with many Philadelphia freelancers who contribute to NakedPhilly, some of which have made mistakes. Amy Z. Quinn of PlanPhilly has let us know our two stories on Hawthornes and Sweet Elizabeth’s originated with her story on Newsworks. Our writer took the lead for both stories from Quinn, and while much of the research was original from our writer’s interviews with the owners, Quinn considers this plagiarism. We have […]


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QB Design’s 2149 Catharine Street plans approved

Although there are no tenants secured to date, the project at 2149 Catharine Street received ZBA approval on Tuesday, April 26. The proposal, approved by SOSNA in March, outlines commercial use on the ground floor and second floor. The architect on the project, Qb Design, will be working on the 16 x 60 lot, completing a full basement; full ground, second and third floor; and a fourth floor that is roughly half the floorplate (16 X 30). […]


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Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Coming This Summer

The press release isn’t out just yet, but we have a bit of an early scoop on this year’s Dollar Stroll in University City, which happens every first Thursday this summer. From 5:30 to 8:30pm Baltimore Avenue between 42nd to 50th Streets will be packed with vendors selling everything for (wait for it) $1. This year’s vendors of $1 items include beverages and baked goods from the new Mariposa Co-op; Bassetts ice cream from the […]


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Revitalize This: Northern Liberties Vacant Lot Goes Sustainable Home x2

Olde Glory Builders are transforming a Lawrence Street lot that has sat vacant for years into two new single-family homes featuring elements of sustainable development. When they’re finished this summer, the structures on the 15′ x 45’ lots at 835 Lawrence Street and 842 Leithgow Street will feature green roofs, solar-power generated domestic hot water and fiber cement siding. Designed by architects at LEED accredited firm Rasmussen/Su, responsible for a similar building design at 1207 […]


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Hit List: for those of you who despise ultra modern

This 1905 townhome at 2108 Locust Street was renovated three years ago, in a way that incorporates Main Line luxury (known nationally as French country) with original detailing (as opposed to the complete modern revamp that seems to be trending with renovators and flippers).The four-bedroom, three-bath and 1,954-square-foot building has refinished hardwood floors, wainscoting, a gas fireplace, a Sub-Zero refrigerator (more trouble than they are worth), distressed butcher-block kitchen counters, a custom breakfast booth (with Etsy-esque pillows), […]


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DELOREAN MOMENT: WESTERN MARKET

While it may look like a public library, this attractive piece of architecture was actually the home of the Western Market back in 1859. After a city ordinance (instituted in the same year), market sheds were banned from the center of Market Street in between 15th and 17th Streets; this elaborate building was the new stand-in. Fresh produce was brought in from local farmers both beyond the Schuylkill River and to the north and west […]


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May The 4th Be with you at please touch museum

We’re sorry to admit, but we were always more a fan of Spaceballs than Star Wars (except for those cute Ewoks). But tomorrow is the unofficial Star Wars day (May The 4th Be With You), and to celebrate, Philly’s Please Touch Museum will be full of “live” Star Wars characters, the vintage and contemporary SW toys they have in their permanent collection, space-themed story time with Princess Amidala (is that the cute one?) and an SW-themed […]


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students grow their own food at new temple community gardens

Leaving behind a gravelly patch of land on the corner of 11th and Berks Streets right off of Temple University’s Campus, the main location of the  Temple Community Garden will be transposed to a bigger, better spot on the corner of Broad and Norris Streets. Temple Community Gardens was a project created by Dan Feeser, a Temple University student, in August of 2009. According to the project’s current president, Yuan Huang, a 20-year old Temple […]


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