Archive for June, 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Chinatown Block Party: July 2nd 12-4pm

chinatown_block_party-flyer-280uwWawa Welcome America heads to Chinatown this Saturday, July 2 from noon-4 p.m. for the Chinatown Block Party, a showcase of Philadelphia’s vibrant Asian culture.  The neighborhood will celebrate America’s Independence Day with a full day of festivities and programs. Both 10th and Race Streets will be used for pedestrian traffic only on that day.

At the celebration you can enjoy:

  • outdoor retail and food vendors offering a wide variety of pay-as-you-go delicious treats.
  • Performances by the Chinese Opera, Philadelphia Suns doing a Lion Dance performance, drum routines, martial arts demos and six-year-old Erin Lee performing violi
  • Mahjong tournaments for you to watch
  • Miss America and Mayor Nutter will both be in attendance

Chinatown Block Party
Where: 10th and Race Streets
When: July 2nd 12-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info:


Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Highlights from The 2011 Greenworks Progress Report

g_greenworks-sidebarGreenworks Philadelphia was released in spring of 2009, and in the first year of implementation the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and our partners made great strides toward making Philadelphia more sustainable.

The Greenest City in America:  That’s the ambitious goal that Mayor Michael A. Nutter has set for Philadelphia. Reaching it will be an opportunity to reposition and repurpose Philadelphia as a city of the future.With Greenworks Philadelphia as its guide, 21st century Philadelphia will face the challenges and opportunities created by recent global shifts and reposition itself as a city of the future.

The 2011 Progress Report details the measurable successes already achieved in Philadelphia towards reaching this sustainability goal.

A few highlights from the report:

  • SEPTA: SEPTA purchased 472 hybrid diesel buses, exceeding the Greenworks goal of 440. All of these will be in service by 2012. In addition, SEPTA officially adopted its first ever sustainability plan, SEP-TAINABLE: The Route to Regional Sustainability. The plan outlines twelve specific sustainability goals set for 2015.
  • Trees: Since 2008, nearly 40,000 trees have been planted in Philadelphia. In addition, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced an exciting new environmental initiative this spring called Plant One Million, an ambitious effort to add one million trees in the 13 counties covering southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
  • Solar Energy: The city installed its first solar project, a 250 kW array at PWD’s Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant in spring 2011. Planning for a second large solar installation on city-owned land is already underway.
  • Electric Cars: The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability won a $140,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to install 20 electric vehicle charging stations. Eighteen of the chargers, which the City will install in surface lots and garages, will serve PhillyCarShare electric vehicles, available for any of PhillyCarShare’s 12,000+ members to drive. The remaining two chargers will be open to the public for use by electric vehicle owners.
  • Recycling: In the first quarter of 2011, the curb-side recycling rate was just over 20%, four times higher than the 2006 rate. Some sections of the city achieved diversion rates over 30%, and many neighborhoods have seen double-digit increases in recycling in the past year. Plus, last year, the Streets Department collected over 189 tons of public recycling.

And: a brand new, 60,000-square foot recycling center officially opened this spring in Northeast Philadelphia; it can sort and process more than 20,000 tons of recyclable newspaper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and plastic each month, and it received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

We’ve got details on parks, green roofs, bikes and more, below.

  • Parks: Since 2008, the City and its partners have committed to creating approximately 100 new acres of public green space. The City established the first two new neighborhood parks in over a decade, Hawthorne Park at 12th and Catherine Streets and Julian Abele Park at 22nd and Carpenter Streets. The city has selected another 105 acres of park sites, under the Green 2015 plan, and is working to secure funding for those projects.
  • Local food: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health received a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish Get Healthy Philly which, in partnership with The Food Trust, opened four farmers markets in underserved neighborhoods in 2010 and plans to open an additional six in 2011.

This initiative increased food stamp redemption at markets by over 120%. In addition, Get Health Philly has recruited more than 500 corner stores into the “Healthy Corner Store Initiative,” which involves adding nutritious products to inventory.

  • Bikes: Philadelphia was ranked the #1 big city for bike commuting per capita in the U.S., a whopping two times as high as the next-best major city, Chicago. To that end, Mayor Nutter has announced that the city will be adding two critical new bike lanes to Center City in June.

Not only that, but in 2010 the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Environmental Council secured a historic $17.2 million in Recovery funding to enhance the city’s off-road bicycle and pedestrian trail network. As of May 2011 planning for 21 miles of trails is complete; five projects are under construction, three will break ground this summer and four are in the design phase.

  • LED Lights: The city is converting 55,000 yellow and green incandescent traffic signals to energy efficient LEDs.
  • Roads: This spring, the city installed its first porous pavement on Percy Street in South Philadelphia. The new paving approach not only reduces the amount of stormwater that enters the sewer system, it may also result in quicker melting of snow and ice from the street, which increases the life of the pavement and reduces the amount of road salt required to keep the street clear and safe throughout the winter. See rendering above for a vision of what a green street could look like.
  • Green roofs: 52 green roofs have been constructed in Philadelphia covering 459,368 square feet, 16 are under construction currently and 18 green roofs more are planned, for a total of 21.15 acres of green roofs. In fact, Philadelphia came in at #4 on the annual list of top 10 U.S. Green Roof Cities.
  • Green jobs: A major focus of the Greenworks program is to double the number of low- and high-skill green jobs so as to help sustainability drive economic development in Philadelphia. Accordingly, in September 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy selected the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) to serve as the new national energy research and development hub. Led by Penn State University, more than 70 academic, commercial, financial, and community partners joined forces to secure $129 million in federal grants and create GPIC at the Navy Yard in South. This is a big deal!

At the Energy Coordinating Agency Green Jobs Training Center, opened in March 2010, 978 workers received training as weatherization workers, building analysts, and insulation.

Future initiatives to look out for include:

  • Incorporating energy conservation in future building maintenance contracts
  • Including feedback on energy use on utility bills
  • Exploring ways to capture water at Fairmount Park and Flat Rock Dams (on the Schuylkill River)
  • Creating an urban agriculture workforce strategy to grow green jobs
  • Looking into the implementation of a bike-sharing program

Read more about Philadelphia’s ongoing green efforts here.

Greenworks Philadelphia [Mayor’s Office of Sustainability]

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Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Tip Jar: Be Safe Out There This Summer

nltownwatch1Summer time is, for the most part, all fun and games! But you still gotta be safe out there! The Northern Liberties Townwatch is all about Summer Safety. That is why this week’s Tip Jar is brought to you by the Northern Liberties Townwatch. Here are some of the tips they have for Northern Liberties neighbors and business owners, but they can be applied to any neighborhood and any business anywhere!

1. DETER – Display Townwatch Stickers and Flyers to let folks know to take precaution.

2. EXPOSE – Install outdoor cameras and signage.

3. LIGHT UP – Install outdoor lighting.

4. GO VIRAL – Use your online presence to re-post info from Townwatch sources.

5. GET HOOKED – Install hooks beneath bars and encourage your patrons to use them.

6. GIVE – Become an active member or make a donation!

Do you have any safety tips to add to the list?

[Tips from Northern Liberties Townwatch]



Safety Tips from the Northern Liberties Townwatch

Origially posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

3 Bedroom Charming Home in Burholme, Philadelphia Just Listed for Sale

7524 Bingham St, Philadelphia, PA 19111


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5910404t1This 3 bedroom home in Burholme is filled with charm from top to bottom. Walk into the home and enter into the spacious living room with wall to wall carpeting then into the dining room with an abundance of natural sunlight shining through. The eat in kitchen features tile flooring and a window over the sink looking out to your backyard oasis with hot tub. On the second floor you will find three large bedrooms with refurbished hardwood flooring and a completely updated full bath with tile surround and jacuzzi tub. Fully finished basement with tile flooring and bar. Off-street driveway parking included.


Contact Steven Osiecki at 215-400-2617 or for more information


Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

4 Bedroom Home for Sale in Fishtown, Philadelphia at a Great Price!

2407 E Gordon Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125


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5902939aGreat Location! Four bedroom home with small rear yard. Needs updating. Newer Windows thru out. Sold in as is condition. Great potential- good property for a 203k loan for a owner occupant. 




For more information contact Marta Roman at 267-249-5865 or


Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Space Needed! Sankhya Yoga School Seeks New Studio

Women in gym class.Northern Liberties yoga school Sankhya is on the hunt for a new studio and they’re scouting out North 2nd Street. They reached out to us to spread the word, and so we ask that you do the same for this neighborhood favorite (which is currently located on 4th Street and holds some pretty amazing practices).  If you’re a business owner with an extra room or extra floor of space that you’d be willing to rent out to this yoga school, please get in touch with us or Sankhya! We’d love to help them find a new place in which to grow in the neighborhood.Here’s what they’re currently looking for:

  • At least 700 sq ft (they currently occupy 1,500 but are willing to scale down the space)
  • Half bathroom onsite
  • Windows
  • Storage space
  • An empty lot or backyard for outdoor yoga classes if possible
  • A small area for couches/lounging if possible
  • Wood floors (for yoga mats)

Owner Keirra’s mission is to keep the studio yoga classes at an affordable rate in addition to offering a by donation/pay what you can class.  Says Keirra ” We are open to ANY and ALL ideas to make this work.”

“In the past, we had the awesome experience of sharing the space with an acting troupe, a martial arts stunt coordinator, artists, musicians, and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival Offices.  While that collective energy is very exciting and did serve us well for a time, as we grow and expand we hope to focus our energies on providing more yoga and wellness services for our clients and students, which may require a singular yogic atmosphere.”

Email: Tel: 267-234-0196

Originally posted on The Somers Blog


Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Realtors Against Selling Properties in East Kensington/Fishtown

emeraldpark2You read it correctly. Realtors AGAINST selling Real Estate. It is unusual, we agree, but sometimes you just have to say NO to development in order to embrace progress.We are talking about saying NO to selling and developing a piece of land located at Emerald Street and Dauphin Street in the East Kensington neighborhood close to Fishtown. This parcel of land if sold will be developed into a townhouse. That alone is not the problem. The issue is that this land is located smack dab in the middle of a community park and green space! Developing this parcel will destroy the best use for this land which is a public park that serves, beautifies, and unites the community.

We were speaking to local Realtor and President of the EKNA Jeff Carpinetta when he mentioned a project he is working on that is close to his heart. Saving Emerald Park. Jeff explained to us his efforts to save the appropriately named Emerald Park and we understood that we to had an ethical and moral responsibility as fellow professionals and community activists to lend a helping hand.

We invited Jeff to speak to our entire office about saving Emerald Park at our most recent RE/MAX Access office meeting. Many of our agents work, live and or participate in this thriving community in some capacity. So, we opend the floor for Jeff to speak and educate us about what we can do to help. The plan is for EKNA to buy the lot from the private seller. So far the EKNA has raised a little over $17,000 for the purchase but they need about $15,000 more to close the deal. Our RE/MAX Access office donated $1,000 toward the cause.

Like the dazzling green gemstone, this green space is equally precious in the hearts and minds of this community. We encourage others to donate to Save Emerald Park even if it is $5. No donation is too small. Let our friends and neighbors in the  East Kensington community know we hear their outcry and support their cause to protect this cherished green space.


Save Emerald Park!

[photo via Save Emerald Park Facebook]

Originally posted on The Somers Blog


Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

22nd Annual Manayunk Arts Festival, June 25th and 26th

arts20festival20logoThe Manayunk Arts Festival is the largest outdoor arts and crafts show in the Delaware Valley, attracting more than 250,000 attendees. Over the course of two days, artists from as many as 22 states bring the culture of arts and crafts to collectors, buyers and designers.  In addition to the artists’ work, there is live music and entertainment along Main Street. Manayunk’s spectacular restaurants offer sidewalk cafe service and the eclectic retail shops and galleries feature outdoor display booths.

About Manayunk:

Manayunk is a unique shopping, dining, and service destination with over 50 Chic boutiques and 30 restaurants and eateries. The town also has over 20 furniture and home furnishings stores, which is the largest concentration of furniture stores on one street in the entire East Coast.

Named a National Historic District in 1983, Manayunk is located just minutes west of Center City Philadelphia, nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill River and the historic Manayunk Canal. Strolling the street is like being whisked away to a European city. Visitors to Manayunk will feel welcome and encounter an honesty and pride of service that makes shopping and dining a special experience.

Visiting Manayunk is the ultimate urban experience with a small town historic charm!

The Festival is on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th from 11am-7pm on Main street in Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Visit their website for more information!


Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Celebrate the Official Start of Summer Today with Free Ice Cream from Jack & Jill

ice_cream_colorJack & Jill Ice Cream , which was started in 1929 when founder Mickey Schwartz sold ice cream in the streets of Philadelphia, will be handing out free ice cream from 1:30 to 1:30  on the lawn of the Independence Visitor Center on 6th and Market Streets or at the entrance doors to the National Constitution Center at 525 Arch Street.

Get there early to ensure your free treat!





Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Next Monday, June 27th, Jimmy Rollins Attempts to Break Babe Ruths Guiness World Record for the Longest Batted Ball Ever

11661_194349975311_117394425311_3980494_7444541_nBaseball All-Star and World Series champion Jimmy Rollins will be knocking baseballs over Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Red Bull – Ball Park Cranks.

Attention Phillies Phans: Clear your lunch hour next Monday, June 27  because Jimmy Rollins will be hitting baseballs over a closed-down Benjamin Franklin Parkway as he attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Batted Ball ever hit which Babe Ruth currently holds.

The event is being hosted by Red Bull, which Rollins may need a few cans of before he attempts this record which is  576 feet — or the distance of almost two football fields.

Rollins is encouraging his fellow Philadelphians to stop by to witness the science, the technology, the talent, the strength, or to just see their favorite professional athlete really hit it out of the park…and over a highway. 

Jimmy Rollins World Record Attempt – Red Bull Ball Park Cranks
When: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., June 27, 2011
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Intersection of 20th Street
Cost: Free