Pumpkin Cafe Bullied Out Of Location By James Cyril Campbell

James Cyril Campbell is the proud owner of 1609 South Street and the hated landlord of Pumpkin Cafe‘s Ian Moroney and Hilary Bor. Why are they hated? Well Hilary won’t say, but anyone who has passed by the location, knows that the ongoing dispute over the lease (this has been going on for awhile) has materialized itself in a closed Pumpkin Cafe. It’s sad, but not too sad: the Pumpkin Market across the street has been […]


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Bancroft Green Goes Under Contract

The 1,950-square-foot green home at 714 S. Bancroft Street has just gone under contract, which means there are only three units for the Bancroft Green project left. These homes may be half a million, but they sport huge green roofs (and in this location that means a great skyline view), wraparound yards and two patios. No word yet on who signed the contract, but the property was last listed at $560K.


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Outdoor Seating and Summer Hours Will Keep Our Minds Off The Snow Storm Coming

So this weekend it was 60 degrees and tonight we are getting 3-inches of snow. Nana Petrillo’s in the Piazza is practicing mind over manner: they just added more outdoor seating to go along with their Capogiro Gelato selections. Straight from the Nana horse’s mouth: “Winter hours has us open ’till 11pm Friday and Saturday and ’till 8pm the rest of the week. Summer hours will start in March.” So until we can grab a […]


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Philadelphia Man Forecloses On Wells Fargo, Looks Like Jafar

Patrick Rodgers has just stuck it to the proverbial man. Rodgers had initially questioned the bank as to why he had to pay a $1M home insurance premium on his 3-story $180K Victorian home. Thanks to Rodgers’ smarts for reading The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the contents of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s offices at 1341 North Delaware Avenue are scheduled for a March 4 sheriff’s sale.


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16th and Ridge is Going Green

If you’ve passed by the intersection at 16th and Ridge Avenue, you’ve probably noticed that it is very, very vacant. However there are plans in the works to change that. The development, formally Vineyards at 16th, will be LEED-certified (a nationally accepted program for the construction and operation of high-performance green buildings). The City of Philadelphia approved The Vineyards building permits in October. The locale will include 20, three-family townhomes all which will possess amenities […]


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Eat Soup, Pay With Dirt

Philly is full of sites that used to be industrial spots where the soil is now completely contaminated by hazardous wastes (yay community gardens). A pop-up project will be made on one of these sites in Northern Liberties for the first week in April. This seems like a project we’d see pop-up in Brewerytown or Kensington, a place where land comes cheap and young residents are open to a more sustainable city-living attitude. The Soil […]


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Tehran Inspired By Liberty Place?

There is a new building in Tehran, Iran, that looks strikingly like Liberty Place in Center City, which was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn Architects. The resemblance is obvious, and we can’t help but think the inspiration came from our very own Philadelphia landmark, as the architecture and design are incredibly similar. While there is really no proof deeming this as a copycat, we can certainly jump to our own conclusions. A tad bit […]


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Detective Work: Which South Philly Bar Is Closing?

Let’s play a game. “A cozy Bar/Restaurant located in a busy South Philly neighborhood” is up for sale for a cool $349,000 (complete with fixtures and furniture). The bar in question was established in 1961, has four flat screens, an 80-inch projection screen, 7 beers on draft and beer to-go. Our guess? A particular bar that is also a grill and is also in South Philly that is near Pat’s and Geno’s. Your guess?


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Real Estate More Profitable Than Religion

Just kidding. But seriously. Developers are demolishing more churches than we can count on our idle hands. The Metropolitan AME Church at 731 S. 20th St. is in the process of being razed (as you can see) and Dawn Tancredi has wasted no time in applying to create six homes at 723 and 731 S. 20th Streets. According to the zoning board, the lot will be home to six four-story 42’-homes with roof decks, second-floor […]


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The Neighborhood’s First (and MTV-Worthy) Music Video

Philadelphia’s most creative entertainment industry workers are at it again. Designing a studio on 1600 North 5th Street, the founders of The Neighborhood set up both a physical workspace and a professional network to help new Philly productions launch. The studio is literally a Truman Show-esque reproduction of suburban houses (used as offices) complete with streets and street lamps. The environment is an atmosphere where artists can feel inspired and collaborative. The Neighborhood allows production companies […]


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