NoLibs Residents Not Pleased With Plans For Old Church

There are plans for a new entertainment venue/restaurant at the Old St. John’s Church located at 1028 N. Third Street. Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments, who has owned the building for quite some time now, is looking to turn the space into a 350-seat concert/show venue that will serve food and will also be equipped with a liquor license (they hope). At a Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) meeting on February 28th, Ron Patterson and Tina Roberts […]


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Mayor Nutter Raps Politics. Rick Ross Unimpressed

This is almost as bad (as good?) as the local commercials for “Not Just Pizza,” except instead of a rap about pizza, it’s a rap about politics. Mayor Michael Nutter may not want to remember this, but 21 years ago he took the mic with councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and federal judge Renee Cardwell Hughes at the Leadership Philadelphia‘s 30th anniversary. If only politics were this fun today.


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Fishtown Chili Cook-Off This Sunday

Kraftwork, Johnny Brenda’s, Doc’s Gourmet Café and Soup Bar, Brindle Café, Lola Bean, Soup Kitchen Café, The Handle Bar and 1 Fishy residents are all cooking this weekend to prepare for the Fishtown Neighbor’s Association’s 2011 Chili Cook-Off this Sunday, March 6. From 1 to 4pm at Feast Your Eyes Catering (1750 N. Front Street) taste your favorite chili and watch the judges test meaty, spicy, vegan and vegetarian samples of Fishtown’s best chili to doll […]


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If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Your Kitchen Is Probably Burning

We never had a chance to eat at La Locanda del Ghiottone. And now it’s burned down. Okay, so the BYO at 130 North 3rd Street isn’t exactly burned “down” after a midnight kitchen fire (veal is very flammable), it’s more just slightly burnt. While the damages haven’t been accessed yet (we sound so lawyer-ly, huh?), owner Giuseppe Messina, who also owns the Northern Liberties’ Il Cantuccio, is hoping Ghiottone won’t be out of commission for […]


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On The Record: We Want To Live In Devil’s Pocket

We never thought we’d say this, but the new construction going up at 2522 and 2524 Grays Ferry makes us almost think of crossing the Avenue (Grays Ferry). Almost. Next week you’ll actually be able to walk through one of the six town homes (they are currently putting the finishing touches on 2524 and 2522 is still under construction).  Four of the $425K town homes will have garages while two at $400k will not; all six will […]


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Arrow Swim Club Pre-Sales VIP Party

The VIP pre-sale event on March 2nd was held at the gorgeous Tedenza event space at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties. When we heard the party was going to be a “virtual tour,” we have to admit we were a little upset. We were excited to prance around a pool (even if we did have to wear a scarf and mittens) and see what the space (which will be located at 1031 Germantown […]


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Interior Shots of 1200 Bank Pool Hall

Thanks to an anonymous tipster for these interior shots of 1200 Bank, the new pool hall and rooftop restaurant coming to 12th and Chestnut! We were also sent some photos of the projects that DAS Architects are using for inspiration for the rooftop bar and restaurant.


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Frankford Chocolate Factory To Be Converted By NYC Slumlord

The old Frankford Chocolate Factory on 2101 Washington Avenue (you know, the one with the massive banner of Tran Dinh Truong written in English and Vietnamese) is going to become a combination commercial and residential center (sounds okay so far, right?). The Factory was bought by the Alphonse Hotel Corporation (owned by Truong) in 2007 for more than $5.5M, and for three years no one really put up a fight about this, probably because no one knew Truong’s past. […]


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Fishtown Isn’t Playing Games When It Comes to Its Bar Scene

A new bar/arcade, cleverly named Barcade, is on its way to the Fishy. The original Barcade is in Brooklyn, but the owners are looking to expand to the city of Brotherly Love at 1114 Frankford Avenue. Pete Langway, Barcade’s owner, fell in love with this warehouse location because it has a similar feel to the Brooklyn digs (they will be maintaining the original façade at the locale). Much of the material used during the construction […]


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Fishtown’s Green and Reused Slow Build

Slow building must be trending in Philly! Tracy Levesque wants to take 204 and 206 East Girard Avenue to LEED standards, hoping to redesign the address using the materials they can uncover from the building. The space is sited in Fishtown’s prominent business corridor and sits right between Murph’s Bar and tattoo artist Josh Geisler’s newly opened tattoo/piercing shop and art gallery, Black Vulture Gallery. Many would see this eternally vacant address as a tear-it-down-and-start-fresh […]


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