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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Trenton China Pottery Finally Sold After Eight Years On Market

It’s been eight years since Rudolph Giuliani was knighted and Italy adopted the euro. It’s also been eight years since the Old City property at Second and Arch Streets had a mom (NakedPhilly reminder: Mother’s Day is this Sunday). The former Trenton China Pottery building (actually, nine of them, totaling 55K square feet) that runs from 127-37 Arch Street to 101-107 N. Second Street finally sold to a group of “undisclosed local investors” for 1.4M, according to […]


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Seals Go after Osama, City goes after blighted home owners

Last week The Department of Licenses & Inspections initiated its pilot program to zero in on many of the city’s estimated 25,000 unoccupied, neglected properties. The task isn’t as easy as sending a letter to the owners; finding the correct owner information is what’s been holding L&I back from taking the major steps needed to improve neighborhoods. Maura Kennedy, the director of strategic initiatives for L&I, explains it’s not the city-owned 10K-plus properties that they […]


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HISTORY BUFF: PUBLIC LEDGER BUILDING

Horse-drawn carriages and dusty streets describes the scene in 1870 where Chestnut and 6th Street met at the Public Ledger Building. The Public Ledger began as the first penny paper sold in Philadelphia in 1836. The paper was later purchased by George William Childs in December of 1866, when Childs decided to give the organization a home by purchasing land and erecting the Public Ledger Building. The building was designed by prominent architect of the […]


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Hit list: Spa Bathroom on myrtle street

Right south of Poplar on a cobble stone street sits 468 Myrtle Street in Northern Liberties, the freshly renovated (early 2011) multi-level home. The 3775-square-feet of space include custom steel-and-glass stairs, hickory flooring Vikin and Bosch appliances, custom stone detail and a unique floor plan that gives you a view of almost every room in the house. Open steps in the living room lead to the custom chefs kitchen and the patio or down to […]


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A Neighbor takes matters into his own hands; fixes up vacant home

When the city and absentee owners take no action on derelict vacant homes, one way to turn a building that is falling apart into an almost half-million-dollar investment is to do it yourself. In August 2008, when Truman Gilbert bought 2011 W. Girard Avenue for $38K, the structure was in disrepair. It had no doors and no windows for at least seven years prior. There was no roof, which caused rainwater to leak into Gilbert’s […]


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Philly LandCare Program Receives Recognition

The Philadelphia LandCare program (coordinated by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and funded by the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development) has recently been recognized as one of the 36 Bright Ideas for their involvement in addressing the urban blight and vacant lots here in Philly. The LandCare program model includes cleaning the lot, adding a layer of grass and trees as well as a storm water management berm and surrounding it with a wooden […]


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PPA Typo causes tickets for motorcyclists

We all know that the Philadelphia Parking Authority is the most ruthless and tightly run governmental agency in the city (honestly, if SEPTA ran with the proficiency and exact timeliness of the meter maid who works our block, we’d actually get to work on time), but what we didn’t know is that they might also be the most conniving. Working on the suggestion of one of our readers, we found that the motorcycle parking spots in […]


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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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