February 4, 2016 |
We're keeping our fingers crossed that the film Brotherly Love takes home the NAACP Image Award Friday night for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. Not only is Overbrook High School the backdrop, but a makeup artist in the film - executive produced by Queen Latifah and starring Keke Palmer - is Northern Liberties' own Shannon Thompson . "I'm excited ... I'm super excited," said Thompson Wednesday morning, hours before she planned to hop on a plane to Los Angeles for the 47th celebration of African American superstardom held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
February 1, 2016 |
Center City's walkability and accessible public transit are two major reasons home buyers give for moving there from the suburbs. But how many of those buyers are truly eager to give up their cars? Parking is still important to a home sale or apartment rental in Center City and adjacent neighborhoods, real estate agents and developers say. How important is determined by the price of the home or the monthly rent. "At higher price points - $600,000-plus - that buyer will pay a premium for parking," said Mickey Pascarella, an agent with Keller Williams Real Estate in Center City.
January 29, 2016 |
An investment group has purchased the site of the failed Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School near Northern Liberties, with plans for the parcel that could include housing and retail use. American Investment Partners acquired the 1.5-acre parcel at 910 N. Sixth St. on Jan. 15, according to Andrew Yaffe, the group's president. He would not say how much the group paid. The transaction, about a year after the Palmer school abandoned the property, comes amid a flurry of real estate activity in the West Poplar neighborhood, just west of heavily redeveloped Northern Liberties.
January 29, 2016 |
Comforts are coming If all goes to plan, next week will bring the opening of Bar Hygge (1720 Fairmount Ave., 215-765-2274), a brewpub by Earth Bread + Brewery's Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver in a partnership with Stew and Julie Keener of Baggataway Tavern in West Conshohocken. Bar Hygge - pronounced "HYOO-guh" and taken from a Danish expression roughly translated as "cozy camaraderie" - is set up for comfort: a spacious wooden bar, plush anteroom, banquette, and high-top seating.
December 2, 2015 |
Philadelphia's wireless venture Bamboowifi is showing some kick. Cofounders David Platt and James Gregory, who met as Muay Thai kickboxers, have secured a $15,000 grant in SugarHouse Casino community development funds to install six to eight Wifi hot spots on North Third Street in Northern Liberties. The duo also are talking with officials in Old City about extending the hot spots farther south on Third to Market Street - an area known as N3RD Street, or "nerd street," for its Web development and tech firms.
November 13, 2015 |
Vietnamese BYOB StreetSide , a low-key, budget-priced Vietnamese BYOB at 165 W. Girard Ave. (267-737-9165), across from the liquor store in Northern Liberties, joins a small collection of nearby Viet storefront eateries, including SameSame in Northern Liberties and Stock in Fishtown. Co-owner My Huynh, who grew up in South Philadelphia, has 14 seats on the ground floor. There's seating upstairs for a couple dozen more people. The easy-to-decipher, somewhat politically incorrect menu includes vermicelli bowls, fried spring rolls, rice paper rolls, dumplings, banh mi, baked mussels, edamame topped with "Viet crack" (chili salt)
November 6, 2015 |
The 215 Festival, part urban rave, part pub crawl, part literary fest, part movable dance party, is back this weekend. Except for a 2010-12 hiatus, the quirky gathering has been going since its 2001 founding by writer Neal Pollack. Opening night is on Thursday at Ortlieb's, and it keeps rocking and reading and dancing from there. City librarians can take to the dance floor on Friday night at Bourbon & Branch in Northern Liberties at the Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party ("dance party freakout, 11 p.m. "!
September 7, 2015
Three thirtysomething guys with mechanical- engineering degrees had well-paying jobs working in nuclear reactors, infant strollers, and the V-22 Osprey. They left them to tinker with bicycles. No small leap of faith, one acknowledged. "There's a saying in the bike business, 'The fastest way to end up with a million dollars is to start with two million,' " said Stephen Ahnert, cofounder of Philadelphia-based Redshift Sports. "It wasn't an easy decision to leave the salaries and stability of our jobs - I vacillated between extreme confidence and wild doubt, literally on an hourly basis.
August 25, 2015 |
Look no further than the blueprints to his Rittenhouse Square mansion to glimpse the appetite and aptitude of Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein. He is building a megahouse, a gravity-defying playground as unconventional as the onetime Northeast Philadelphia rowhouse boy whose brass and vision have made him one of the city's premier wheeler-dealers. What was, for three decades, the vacant McIlhenny Mansion is now a three-story-deep hole that will hold a tennis court, glass-floored balcony and half-court basketball court.
July 26, 2015 |
Nino Cutrufello and Marcus Toconita, buddies since their Malvern Prep days in the early 1990s, worked for national builders during the housing-boom years. In 2007, they decided to strike out on their own as Callahan Ward Cos. (their mothers' maiden names) and begin building the upscale housing they saw was in demand in the emerging Philadelphia neighborhoods of Northern Liberties and Fishtown. It was August 2007, to be exact - just as the real estate bubble burst. "We timed the market perfectly," Cutrufello, a Havertown native, said recently, laughing.