Philly Beer Scene is Not Tapping Out

Yay. We love it when Philly gets its own apps and guides (Not For Tourists got us super excited, and maybe one day we will get our own Gridskipper). If Philly should get some love from the rest of the nation for one thing, it should be our craft beers, microbreweries and general awesomeness in the brewery department (college kids who live around here have kegs of Yuengling; so spoiled). Planning a night out and […]


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Church Site Being Used As Gigantic Hole

763 South 19th Street was the former site of Varick A.M.E. Church (check out the pictures of it being demolished “with care” here) and is currently a gigantic hole. Fred During tried (ah, zoning permits) a few years back to get approval for a 24-unit condominium with parking and failed because of the lack of funds. (Although you can check out the $1,600,000 listing and renderings here.) On December 22, 2010, the vacant lot was […]


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Snowpocalypse Philadelphia 2011 Photos

We laughed. We cried. We built snowmen. Click through to see the our gallery of best shots from 2011’s best snowstorms and remember those few days not for the hassle they caused us (digging out our cars at 7am and sliding across 76), but for the fun snow crafts we made!


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Sam Sherman Tries His Hand At Un-Corrupting Passyunk

Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent J. Fumo (above) started out positively, founding and funding the Citizens’ Alliance for Better Neighborhoods. (We suppose he went wrong somewhere around the “137 counts of fraud, obstruction of justice, tax evasion and conspiracy.”) Paul Levy did his best to clean up Fumo’s mess and now is passing the newly named baton to Sam Sherman Jr.–owner of New Urban Ventures, board member of the Congress for New Urbanism, the man behind […]


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Detective Work: Historical Home Goes Into Foreclosure

Historical 109 Elfreth’s Alley was built in 1702 on one of America’s first streets, and because of two less-than-responsible owners (we’re talking to you Scott and Caren Cronin), it now sits in foreclosure with water damage and mold infestation. According to the Preservation Alliance, its owners (who bought it for $123,000 in 1996) abandoned the 1130-square-foot, 3-story home four years ago. Scott (a Philadelphia attorney nonetheless) and Caren used to live in West Chester where they owned […]


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Bikers and Walkers Get a $1.3M Manayunk Bridge Trail

The Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative granted $1.3M for a new Manayunk Bridge Trail as part of its “Smart Transportation” grants (outing one of the near 200 applications that were rejected). This path will extend the Cynwyd Heritage Trail over the historic Manayunk Viaduct. Manayunk is already a huge cycling neighborhood and this trail will be a welcome shortcut for bikers who have to squeeze next to cars on Green Lane to get to the great […]


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Kildare’s Hasn’t Paid Rent Since….$262,000 Ago

Will 4417 Main Street be up for rent soon if Kildare’s Irish Pub doesn’t get all their attorneys in a row? (And will Main Street Market pick up this space too?) Kildare’s currently has multiple court cases filed away at the Municipal Court of Philadelphia, two of those cases open right now involve Dave Magrogan’s Kildare’s failing to pay rent. [We all know Manayunk rent is high, but Kildare’s has a $12,000-per-month rent that was locked […]


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Bella Vista: The Street The Plows Forgot

Tipster “Rick” reports that the 1700 block of S. Iseminger Street has not been plowed once during this Snowpocalypse. We’re sure the neighbors digging out their cars and throwing the excess snow in the street doesn’t help (police officers not excluded). Just so you know, the city mandates residents and business owners shovel a minimum 36-inch-wide path on the sidewalk in front of their properties within six hours of a snowstorm.


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The 2013 Family Court Being Built Below Budget

Ed Rendell had approved $200M for the Family Court project, but according to the Inquirer, it will only be around $140M. EwingCole Architects will be in charge of the 14-story project at 15th and Arch, and the neighborhood is already alive with opinions. The original Logan Square location at 1801 Vine Street will no longer be owned by InterContinental Hotels and will sit vacant. There even was a petition against this vacant building at such […]


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Saxby’s Can’t Pay Rent; Main Street Market Picks Up Space

Another example of a failed Manayunk business. Main Street Market will be expanding into the now-closed (a sheriff’s sale is great for public relations) Saxby’s in Manayunk. Belvedere Restaurant Group (the same group, headed by Joseph Scarpone, that opened Agiato’s and Terrace Taproom) signed the lease for 4343 Main Street, which basically means Main Street Market grocery store is taking over the old Saxby’s space. (We are pretty amazed Saxby’s couldn’t afford to stay in […]


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