Who Needs A Bank When We Could Be Losing Money At A Pool Hall?

Developer Paul Giegerich has plans to turn the old Beneficial Bank building on 12th and Chestnut into an oh-you-fancy-huh pool hall (aka Philly’s first upscale billiard club), and he has the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Preservation Alliance behind him on this one. This building has been vacant for quite some time now (we’re talking almost 11 years; way to go Philly).  DAS architect David Schultz’s plans for the building, which was originally designed by historic Philly […]


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“Manayunk Island” Still, Looking for New Restaurant

The Manayunk Island (know to adults as 1 Leverington Avenue and to Realtors as Venice Island) that once held Carmella’s (which, for the record, we thought was great) and Arroyo Grille has been as sad as the ratings for the Lost/Greys Anatomy poser, Off The Map. The two acres are for sale or lease and according to zoning (RC1) can be used for a restaurant or a hotel (really?). Although the owner is desperate enough […]


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Local Filmmaker Earns Recognition at Sundance, Goes Broke

Local independent filmmaker John Foy self funded (and single-handedly wrote, directed, shot and scored with skills he taught himself—don’t you feel lazy now?) a documentary with money that he had saved cleaning houses for five and a half years. “Resurrect Dead” got its chance to premiere at the Sundance documentary competition last month. While Foy had made ends meet and was successful at bringing the documentary to life, the expenses that came along with preparing […]


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We Crashed TNT At Shot Tower Coffee

Last night we drove past the corner of 6th and Christian and saw something awesome: a Shot Tower Coffee party spilling out into the streets. Turns out the party was a barista latte art competition, or (for those in the biz) Thursday Night Throwdown. (Watch latte art king Rancilio Silvia here to understand what we’re talking about.) TNT is the brainchild of Octane Coffee and Counter Culture Coffee that started in Atlanta, Georgia. Those who […]


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Cook The Competition

In June of this year Rittenhouse Square will be getting a new addition by the name of Cook at 253 S. 20th Street (bye, bye Snackbar). Restaurateur Audrey Claire Taichman [owner of Audrey Claire (we are the only ones in Philly who still haven’t eaten here) and Twenty Manning Grill on the same block of 20th] will open a mecca for the foodies of Philadelphia. Cook will offer hands-on cooking classes, cocktail classes and cooking demonstrations […]


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reNewbold: PostGreen Fixes Up Point Breeze

Postgreen’s most aggressive and extensive project yet, reNewbold (Postgreen is partnering with LPMG on this), is making its home in Point Breeze (or Newbold, depending on which side of 18th street you are on or what neighborhood committee you’ve joined). On the docket for the 16th and Moore corner are 16 row homes, two condos and one retail space, all targeted to be LEED Platinum standard with a green roof and parking. This corner used to be home to an […]


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Rehabbing with Salvage In The Italian Market

Congrats to Greensaw Design & Build and Brendan Jones for an awesome finished project at 1205 S. Eighth Street (although our opening party invite must have been lost in the mail).  This rehabbed South Philly row home used a variety of reclaimed materials and came out looking spectacular. Jones’ collected architectural salvage that he couldn’t use in other projects, bought and completely gutted the Italian Market home and began pushing the boundaries to test features […]


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