Solar-Charged Rental Housing Development In Francisville Not Out Of Reach For Area Residents

There is new affordable living that has come to the 1500 block of Poplar Street. Francisville East, a 44-unit rental housing development is home to 27 one-bedroom units (two and three bedroom units also exist) and was built over what was formerly a completely vacant, unkempt lot in the economically diverse area of Francisville. Nonprofit developer Community Venture and the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation have teamed up to create these modern living quarters, which include […]


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Greasy Spoon New Acropolis Restaurant For Sale Across From Johnny Brendas

The corner Greek New Acropolis Restaurant in Fishtown is for sale (and the three apartments above it), and while the greasy spoon is nothing to write home about, we think the spot would be perfect for a well-conceived retro diner, something that would have the cache to take advantage of the area’s low prices and proximity to hot spot Johnny Brendas. The 40-year old restaurant and three apartments (total 3,324 square feet) is a turn-key operation (and still […]


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Venice Island Rec Center To Get Performing Arts Auditorium

The Philadelphia Water Department says the $45M Venice Island Recreation Center remake project is now accepting bids. The plans we found (involving engineer Jerry Snyder, the City of Philadelphia and its Capital Program Office) are for the construction of a new recreation center,  performing arts center and the installation of an underground water-storage tank; and the replacement of the playground, park, basketball court, hockey rink and 175 parking spots (the pool will stay the same). The […]


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A DeLorean Moment: Tartes In Old City

Pretty much the closest thing to food heaven are the carrot cake cupcakes at Tartes little pink hut of a bakery in the middle of a parking lot. Passing by it is easy, and if it weren’t for the awards, pink scooter or seductive window treats most people probably would. The building sticks out (literally and figuratively), which made us wonder: what was this before; was it always an island? We searched through the 1885 Friend’s […]


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Top-Hat Wearing Fish Kick Off Shadefest, Their Own Death

Penn Treaty Park‘s inaugural Fishing Derby will kick off Shadweek 2011 on April 16 at 8am. There will be prizes for the most fish caught as well as for the largest fish caught and children are welcome to participate (fishing rods will be provided). We know the history of Fishtown’s name, but we hope for the digestive systems of everyone attending, all fish caught from the Delaware will be released back rather than eaten. You […]


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New Fairmount Mixed-Use Building In The Works

The 5,940 square feet at 1921-1929 Farimount Avenue have the fresh foundation for a mixed-use building. David and Victoria Kilcoyne own the lot and P. Santos Contracting has been hired for the project. We dug deeper (of course) and got the plans from YCH Architect, the local area firm we found out was hired to design this multi-use three-story building with roof deck. According to the plans, the brick, metal and stone building will be […]


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International Pillow Fight Day Sounds More Fun Than Spring Cleanup

Tomorrow, April 2, is Philly’s fourth annual Spring Cleanup Day. This is nice and all, but our inner Dale and Brennan are ecstatic about the massive pillow fights in cities around the world for International Pillow Fight Day. Don’t even think Philadelphia isn’t joining in with Barcelona, Melbourne, Istanbul, Vegas, Zurich, Budapest and Serbia in this feather bombardment of laughter and the type of puerile giddy excitement usually reserved for dirt cups and water slides . […]


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Erawan Opening in Chinatown

Laddavanh Pongdara and her husband are opening the second larger location of Erawan Thai BYO restaurant at 925 Arch Street in Chinatown. The new location will allow for larger parties and Pongdara plans on opening in early April (they are currently hiring). The new menu includes a caramelized sweet and sour sea bass with honey puree and wild boar with red curry and garlic-basil fried rice. We are ecstatic that Erawan is expanding and wish them the […]


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Art and Food Come Together With The Fair Grounds Project Complete With A Pick-Your-Own Blueberry Patch

For Viking Mill, Little Berlin and Emerald St. Urban Farm (Patrick Dunn’s project, the same guy behind Marathon Farm), a vacant lot in East Kensington is a place of possibilities, not a space for dead grass and remnants of its prior occupant. These three organizations are collaborating in an effort to create an edible landscape constructed and maintained as a creative community art space called the Fair Grounds Project near York and Boston Streets. It is […]


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Gunner’s Run Opening Party Tonight

Although Gunner’s Run has quietly been open for a few weeks now (mmm chicken-fried chicken) its official public opening event is tonight at 8pm at 1001 N. Second Street, #3. Gunner’s will be serving up $1 beer and shots, $3 pints of Sixpoint and Philadelphia Brewing Company beers and music by Black Landlord and guest DJs. We’ve been to Gunner’s on Sunday for the Make Your Own Bloody Mary bar and chef Shawn Sollberger’s chocolate zucchini […]


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