Where To Put Philly’s Two New Bike Lanes?

Center City cyclists who swerve through traffic and squeeze through moving cars will have a less dangerous option for a route across town later this summer when the Streets Department implements two new bike lanes. The north and south lanes (linking Spring Garden and South Streets) will complement the current east and west lanes on Spruce and Pine. When we talked to The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, they said there is a bigger need for bike […]


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PHA-Gate Continues: PHA Claims Worlds Smallest Parking Spot For The Disabled

Front page on Philly.com today is the continuation of one of Nakedphilly’s stories from late March, the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s $1M lesson in listening to the community. This time the argument is over parking; “PHA submitted a plan without parking or an approved loading zone on 20th Street to accommodate vans or buses for the handicapped” for their building, but they are now claiming they did provide parking spots for loading and unloading on the […]


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The Last Time The Sartorialist Came To Philly, He Left

How fashionable is Philadelphia? That’s a question one might not normally ask themselves, and considering the fact that we saw at least two full-grown adults wearing pajama bottoms as pants today in Center City, it’s not hard to imagine why we don’t ask ourselves questions like that. However, the news just came out that perhaps the most important street fashion photographer in America right now, most recently selected as one of Time Magazine‘s top 100 […]


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Save The Dream This Weekend, Not The Basketball Player

When we first heard that Save the Dream was coming to Philadelphia, we immediately thought that Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon was coming out of retirement to help the Sixer’s make a playoff run. But as we looked further into the story, we were just as pleased to see the non-profit organization Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America is in town to help mediate and (hopefully) remedy pending foreclosures and mortgage terms between homeowners and banks. Looking […]


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Sakura Sunday Teaches Us To Roll Sushi, Enjoy The Nature We’ve Seen On TV

If you are like us and enjoy the random bit of departure from our busy lives, then don’t miss your last chance this weekend to seek some solace and cultural heritage at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia (we promise that saying the long name is the most stressful aspect of partaking in this festival). Sakura Sunday, the culmination of the month-long event, takes place tomorrow, April 10, at the Shofuso Japanese House […]


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Community College of Philadelphia’s Sustainable Expansion Project

It’s difficult to quantify the impact the new 47,600 square-foot, potentially LEED-Silver-Certified Community College of Philadelphia expansion at 17th and Spring Garden Streets will have on the surrounding neighborhood when it’s finished this summer. According to Forrest Huffman Ph. D., a professor of real estate and finance at Temple University, it could lead to greater commercial activity. Builders from Gilbane Building Company broke ground on the site in November 2008, and this week a construction worker […]


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Point Breeze Moratorium: Anna Verna’s Side Of The Story

The scene outside of South Philadelphia HOMES on the 1400 block of Point Breeze Avenue last night at 6pm was a disarray of violent protesting. Members of the Concerned Citizens of Point Breeze held signs that read “Save Point Breeze,” calling anyone who dared to enter “gentrifiers.” The meeting that was scheduled to take place inside was one that Philadelphia city council president Anna Verna asked community leaders to arrange in conclusion to the ‘grueling and […]


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Stephen Starr’s Fishtown “Bier Garten” Bringing In Large Trees For Courtyard

Construction has sped up today at the site of Stephen Starr’s Fishtown “Bier Garten” on Frankford Avenue between Girard and Thompson. Heavy machinery and large–very large, in fact–trees are on site as construction workers tell us they’re working on the much anticipated restaurant’s court yard. Now we don’t know a whole lot about trees in general, but we do know that buying and shipping trees that big can’t be cheap. I guess Mr. Starr’s got a […]


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Legal Battle Leads To A New, Greener Design For Manayunk Historical Building

Seven years ago Alon Barzilay looked out of the window at Bourbon Blue onto the 1860’s building across the street and called his friend David Waxman. The 3 Rector Street building had everything to make an unbeatable residential project: a great location, perfect neighborhood, waterfront lot, cobblestone street and access to the Tow Path and two train stations. Three years later Waxman tried to make a five-story residential complex out of the historical former Labov Plumbing […]


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