Old Crown Fried Chicken Becoming Retail and Apartment Building

On a tip from a reader, we trekked out to the northwest corner of Fifth and Washington Avenue to see what trouble we could get into. What we found when we arrived was that the man who was walking away from the site as we were walking up was the owner, and that we walk way too slow. The information we could pull out of the general contractor (who was as scared of sharing information with us […]


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Grant Opportunities Announced For Clark Park

The second annual Clark Park Community Grants are now accepting proposals for projects to enhance the nine-acre park from permanent improvements to plants or signage. The grants will be awarded for one or more projects (up to $3K) and judging by last year’s winning improvements including the maintenance of 30 new trees by UC Green Corps, this year should bring in something the whole community can enjoy. Individuals and community groups are invited to submit proposals, which will be reviewed by Friends of Clark […]


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Race Street Pier Promenade Preview Event

On Wednesday, May 11, at 6pm you will have a chance to see Philadelphia’s newest park, Race Street Pier, on the Delaware River. This preview event will give you a change to see the new outdoor open space from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and the City of Philadelphia, which includes the upper level sky promenade and lower-level social gathering area. Race Street Pier will open to the public on May 12 and feature 37 […]


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James Moving Locations And Taking A Step Away From Fine Dining

We’d like to tell you that Jim and Kristina Burke—-the culinary couple behind the Bella Vista restaurant James—-are moving their restaurant to a larger space in order to accommodate all their accolades and awards, but, sadly, this is not the case. When we spoke with Jim about his restaurant on Eighth Street, he had a slight gloom in his voice as he told us they are moving on once their lease expires in the beginning of June. […]


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1936 Philadelphians Way Dirtier Than 2011 Philadelphians

Alonzo Biggard photographed S. Fourth Street, looking south from the corner of South Street (no, not confusing at all, Department of Records) in 1936. The most important thing we noticed and wanted to share (besides the fact that Borden’s Malted Milk “with dipper of ice cream” sounds amazing) is that Philly looked a lot dirtier 70 years ago. On the heels of Philly’s Spring Cleanup day and the ongoing Unlitter Us campaign, we have to […]


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L&I Hates Puppies: Late-Night Dapper Dog, A Hot Dog Vendor Shunned

A funny thing happened on our way out of the bar last week; our neighborhood stand-by for late-night grub was missing from its usual perch at Second and Poplar Streets in Northern Liberties. Thinking we may have misplaced it like a set of car keys after a bout of drinking, we decided to get to the bottom of it for our readers. After talking to the other glossy-eyed patrons looking aimlessly for their gourmet hot […]


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U.S. Custom House Under Construction To Become More Energy Efficient

Grunley Construction Company is heading a project to renovate the exterior of the U.S. Custom House in Penn’s Landing to make the building more energy efficient. The Customs House will get new exterior lighting with energy-efficient fixtures, a high-efficiency boiler and “green” roof. (Attempts to contact Grunley Construction to deduce just what “green” means in this case have thus far been unsuccessful.) Other repair work includes heavy restoration of masonry, replacement of all windows and […]


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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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