Pharmacy Replacing Pharmacy on 18th and South?

Up until eight years ago, to the best of our knowledge, the corner property at 18th and South Streets was used as a police mini station but has been vacant ever since. The owner (the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, located on Fitzwater Street and 22nd Streets) has been asking $2750 per month to lease the whole property at 1742 South Street. Word on the street is that the owners found […]


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More roof decks taking over 23rd and Carpenter area

Across the street from the abandoned Falcon Candy Company factory in Graduate Hospital is a block of 23rd Street ripe with new three-story roof-decked homes and freshly planted trees. Located around the corner from this factory on an empty corner lot facing the St. Anthony’s Senior Residence, Joseph Beller has applied to the ZBA to get a permit to build two semi-detached homes each with bay windows/balconies and roof decks to hopefully further more of […]


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Web Linc Expands to Secret Location on Third

The wheat pastings and neglected facade of 12 N. Third Street would have you believe that only raccoons live there. In what was formerly the headquarters of the kitchen design group Teknika, the property now boasts three floors of work space for Web Linc‘s second location. President Darren Hill invited us in to see the spot they purchased in December of 2010, adding to their already impressive location at 22 S. Third Street. We wandered up […]


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Starr’s Frankford Hall to Open May 17th with ping pong tables

If someone was going to bring valet parking to Fishtown, you might as well suspect it’d be Stephen Starr, right? And when his new German-inspired Fishtown beer garden (which now has the official name of Frankford Hall) opens on May 17th, you’ll get much more than that. Two ping pong tables, three bars and nine taps (pouring a variety of traditional German beers, as well as some crafts), are all reported to be on deck […]


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100 BLOCK OF CHURCH STREET PROPOSAL NOT TO PROCEED

This week Joe Schiavo, vice chair of the OCC Developments Committee, informed us that councilman DiCicco has decided that the proposed street closing on Church Street’s one-hundred block will no longer proceed. Schiavo says that councilman DiCicco felt that this was too much of a contentious issue and that the results would be inconvenient. Residents of the area had asked in an April Development Committee meeting that the Streets Department eliminate the flow of vehicular […]


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Take Photos Of City Problems, Win Coffee

“With the help of the Newbold Neighbors Association, our relationship with coffee will be getting a bit stronger. Based in Philadelphia, the Newbold Neighbors Association just launched its very own SeeClickFix contest hoping to stir the pot and wake up the local government. Lasting until May 30th, residents can espresso their concerns through several means from the Newbold widget and SeeClickFix main site to the SeeClickFixmobile site and smartphone apps . . . . With coffee being offered as the prize, Newbold […]


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Hit List: massive one-floor Society Hill Apartment

A one-level 3,000-square-foot apartment with a garage is pretty hard to find in most cities, nevermind Philadelphia. This three-bedroom and 3.5-bathroom rental at 512 S. Third Street is being offered by Nancy Alperin of Maxwell Realty and includes a large west-facing Juliet balcony, a 16-seat dining room, fireplace, marble bathrooms with radiant floor heating, mosaic tile showers, walk-in closets and a private elevator (obvi). The Society Hill step-less apartment is going for $6,800 a month. —-Caitlin Connors


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DELOREAN MOMENT: WHITE TOWER HAMBURGERS

White Tower Hamburgers, founded in 1926 in Milwaukee, became a national fast food chain essentially looking to one-up White Castle. The fact that the exterior of this burger joint looks like the freshly mopped, white-tile floor of a hospital is no mistake: its intention was to purvey a sense of cleanliness. Overt similarities White Tower shared with White Castle eventually prompted the latter to sue in 1934, and ultimately forced White Tower to change its […]


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Empty Lot at Fourth and mckean Still empty seven months later

More than seven months ago, the corner at Fourth and McKean in South Philadelphia was the home of an 11-unit apartment building. Since that building caught fire in October of 2010—destroying the apartment building so badly it needed to be torn down (unlike Spread Bagelry)—we’ve been left with this empty plot. We haven’t heard plans for it yet, but we’d like to see more than this sandlot in the following seven months. —-Caitlin Connors


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Is That Fairmount Park Or The Future Site for a Very Profitable Project in Philly

If there weren’t those buildings in the background, one could think this photo (framed by lush, maturing greenery and grass as long as the afternoon sun) was something from Forbidden Drive. This vacant lot just shy of 10,000 square feet at 763 South 19th Street, the former site of the old Varick Church, was originally zoned and approved for a high-density (24 unit) condo building. The site then went into foreclosure last September and the […]


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