center city: Gorgeous 1 Bedroom in the Loft District! - 05/08/13 11:39 PM
1111 Mount Vernon Street, Unit 1 is one of the last 2 units available!
This is a first floor front, bi-level unit. Outstanding features include 13' ceilings, breath taking Baroque inspired molding on the main floor, new hardwood flooring throughout, contemporary open kitchen with access to the common courtyard (granite, stainless, Kohler, Pella insulated windows, recessed & designer lighting, high-efficiency GREEN heating and air conditioning etc.). There is a stunning full bath on the first floor (convenient for overnight guests) and on the lower level where there is the 1 bedroom suite with laundry area. This unit includes an extra storage closet … (1 comments)

center city: Tip Jar: Take the Stairs for a Change - 06/21/12 12:53 AM
Take the stairs for a change.
I cannot count how many buyers have turned their nose up at homes that feature a center staircase. That is unfortunate because in Philadelphia, particularly in the older turn-of-the-century homes found in and around Center City, a center staircase is the prevalent design. The center staircase is often situated in the middle of the home dividing it in half separating the living room, parlor, or dining area from the kitchen which is typically located in the back of the house. The current modern trend favors one large open great room with nothing but furniture to … (2 comments)

center city: In Your Face, Center City: Philadelphia Deserves Better! - 07/31/11 03:13 AM
In your face Center City:  Philadelphia deserve better !
I was asked the following by a close friend who is struggling with where he wants to live in Philadelphia.
"Stephanie, if you could live anywhere in Philly no matter what the cost, where would you live?"
I said, without a moment of hesitation, "I'd live right where I am, here in Northern Liberties". If Northern Liberties did not exist I would live in any of the Fringe Neighborhoods such as: Art Museum, Graduate Hospital, Queen Village, Passyunk Square, Fishtown, etc..
"Do you want to know where I would not live? Center City," I … (5 comments)

center city: The Commonwealth: Art Deco Gets an Update - 05/04/11 07:03 AM

We know you're always curious about the hottest properties in the coolest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. That's why we are introducing to you one of the hottest luxury rental properties in the city. It is called The Commonwealth. It sounds as sophisticated as it is in person.
The Commonwealth is an Art Deco-inspired building at 1201 Chestnut Street. This Center City location is all about offering you the lifestyle you desire and freedom you demand. And you will not believe the value!  Now that we've piqued your curiosity, here are some of the details: Opening in July 2011 1 and 2 Bedroom Layouts … (1 comments)

center city: PIFA Street Fair: A Little Bit of Paris in the Springtime - 05/02/11 03:55 AM
PIFA, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, ended a month-long celebration of the arts with a spectacular street fair that took over Broad Street from Chestnut to Pine Streets. A ferris wheel, a maze, live performers dressed as statues and trees, street painters, acrobats swinging from a trapeze, music and theater, and vendors filled the streets with a curious crowd.
Did you attend? What was your favorite moment?

center city: When Aliens Attack II: Final Night for Light Drift - 10/17/10 02:59 AM

Tonight is the last night that you can catch a glimpse of Light Drift, the lighting installation along the Schuylkill Riverwalk that has everybody talking, interacting, and taking photos of.
As we approached the crowd checking out the lights last night, the buzz immediately hit us. Strangers were talking excitedly to each other, explaining how the glowing orbs worked. If you approached one, it started pulsing blue and green, and if you sat down in the orb seat, it actually changed its hue and set off a reaction in the orbs that were shining in the water. Photographers were snapping … (1 comments)

center city: Philadelphia Chutney Company Coming Along on Sansom Street - 06/02/10 01:13 AM

Workers are keeping busy at the soon-to-open Philadelphia Chutney Company, which is taking over the old Remedy Tea Bar space at 1628 Sansom Street in Center City. Will the green paint and black awning be the next changes?
What will set this Indian restaurant apart from others is its focus on organic ingredients and Southern Indian cuisine. There are plenty of Northern Indian curry houses in Philadelphia, and this will bring something new to the table. What can you expect from South Indian cooking? A greater emphasis on rice, a heavy dose of coconut and coconut oil, and plenty of … (5 comments)

center city: Turning Around Philadelphia Schools with Mastery Charter - 05/25/10 02:30 AM

Mastery Charter needs your help.
Over the last 9 years, Mastery has run 4 high performing schools grades 7-12, including 3 turnarounds of Philadelphia public schools that were among the lowest performing schools in the city. This past weekend, they were featured in the Inquirer for their achievements, tackling school after low-performing school and getting real results. Mastery followed a college prep model for their high school, pushing students towards a deeper future. Their motto is "Excellence. No excuses."
So why do they need your help? Brian McLaughlin reveals Mastery's plans for this fall.
"Mastery will turn around 3 … (0 comments)

center city: From Northern Liberties to Liberty Place: Brown Betty Cupcakes - 05/20/10 04:39 AM
The sweet-smelling Brown Betty Dessert Boutique is an essential part of the Liberties Walk experience in Northern Liberties. A few years ago, they opened a smaller "Petite" location in Rittenhouse Square, and now they're frosting up a third cupcake outlet in Center City's Liberty Place.The shopping center that is home to J.Crew and Victoria's Secret needed something else to please the man or woman in your life - one of those luscious, heavy-lidded Red Velvets to go, please.
What does this say about Philadelphia neighborhoods? We are full of some cupcake-loving fiends. We enjoy the sweet little moments in life. And … (4 comments)

center city: Rittenhouse Square: Dog-Walkers And People-Watchers - 04/08/10 04:03 AM

We all know that Rittenhouse Square belongs to the dogs - the tiny pampered ones, the tall elegant ones, the shaggy playful ones. The above statue proves it. They're all here for their daily walks in hopes that their owners will stop by Metropolitan Bakery, south of the Square, for some dog treats.

It's packed with people, too, on any given day, any given time, and any given weather, and not just residents of Rittenhouse. This is the square that attracts people from all over the city and is covered with pedestrians, those working, dining, and shopping in … (0 comments)

center city: Summer in the City Honey: Host Your Own Hive - 03/31/10 03:46 AM
HYOH: Host your own hive? That's how we're referring to a project from Milk & Honey Market in West Philadelphia. The organic market is pairing up with Two Gander Farm for Summer in the City Honey.
Simply put, if you have a roof or backyard in West Philly or Center City, you can host a beehive. Now, before you start freaking out about bee incidents, relax. Trey Flemming of Two Gander Farm will bring the hive to your home, where he'll set it up safely, and he'll visit every three weeks to check up on your little honey-making machine. You'll … (2 comments)

center city: What's up with...Washington Square West - 02/19/10 06:09 AM
Washington Square West is a neighborhood west of the famous Washington Square landmark in Philadelphia. With proximity to both Center City and Old City, Washington Square West has an active nightlife scene and plenty of daytime foot traffic, allowing for coffee shops, restaurants, and original shops to be successful here. 13th Street is a particularly trendy row of unique businesses and dining establishments.
There are surrounding townhomes and intimate side streets that maintain the pedestrian-friendly region, which is one of the easiest parts of town to walk from to an adjacent neighborhood.
Read more about Washington Square West.
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center city: The Foodery Beer Academy Hits Northern Liberties, Center City, and West Philly - 02/17/10 02:01 AM
This Thursday, instead of your traditional happy hour, come over to Cantina Dos Segundos for some real training. The wise beer gods of the Foodery have started a roving Beer Academy, inviting curious drinkers to try 12 styles of beer to better educate their tasting skills. You'll learn how to describe beer flavors and become more adventurous at the bar. The one hour class costs $15 per person and you can pick up tickets there or at either Foodery location.
The first event will be in Northern Liberties, but they'll be wheeling classes to Local 44 in West Philadelphia (one of … (1 comments)

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