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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

New Homes Are Rising Near Konrad Square Park

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

By: Jarek Cotto

 

Konrad Square Park is a beautiful patch of green space in Fishtown a fair distance away from Girard Avenue. With the temperatures rising and things blooming once again, it’s always a great experience to walk through here during this time of year.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

tulip dauph old

 

2243 Tulip St. is one of the two projects you see making progress here. It’s a stuccoed three story home that at some point in the last couple of years, got demolished. The project even seemed to stall out. Last year, the front of the property was down to two stories of plywood, but now, you can see a new three story home has been framed out in its place. The developers of this project are the Z Home Group. Although, it hasn’t been listed yet, you can bet that this new construction right on the park should fetch a strong price, and be gone quickly.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

 

Next is the 2300 block of Tulip St. Here, we see that an old yellow two-story home at 2311 Tulip St. has been taken down. One home is under construction in its place and another one is being built on the adjacent vacant lot. The lots are each only 12.5′ wide, making the homes on the skinny side. Even if that’s the case, this area and nearby East Kensington have proven again and again that even if the homes are skinnier than most, the buyers still seem to come out of thin air.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

We are excited to see the progress of the construction projects here, and can’t wait until they are finished.

 
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

FYI: Would Philly’s Millennials Be Happier If Bars Were Open Later?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

By: Jarek Cotto

What would happen if Philly’s bars closed at 4 a.m. instead of 2 a.m.? Would this make the city’s Millennials happier? Democratic Rep. Jordan Harris thinks so, and is introducing a bill that would allow bars to do just that. More below.

 

UberX has hit 1 million rides in the region, but it’s still illegal in Philly. Why?

 

Two men in PA were arrested and admitted to making and selling IEDs. More here.

 

A man breaks into Ishkabibble’s II on April 1st and only makes out with $80 dollars. This genius was caught on video tape. Watch the full video below.

 

Bill Cosby won’t be speaking at Temples graduation this year. This should not be surprising given the recent sex abuse allegations he is facing. Find out more here.

 

This new Philly PSA tells pedestrians to get off of their phones while walking. Full video below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/uber-philadelphia-uberx-one-million-rides/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/istvan-merchenthaler-ryan-joseph-hribick-ieds-pennsylvania/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/ishkabibbles-south-street-robbed/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/cosby-wont-speak-at-temple-graduation/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/10/psa-pedestrians-drivers-road-safety/

 
Thursday, April 9th, 2015

The Old Edward Corner Building Will Make Way for Tons of New Apartments.

 

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/edward-corner-building-coming-down

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/edward-corner-building-coming-down

By: Jarek Cotto

At the corner of Delaware Avenue and Shackamaxon Street lies the old Edward Corner building. The place is owned by Core Realty, and for years people have been wondering if if they were planning to bring the building back to life.

 

Back in 2010, Plan Philly did story which described a preliminary plan to renovate the building and open a diner on the ground floor. It seems those plans were long forgotten. The rendering looked very promising. As you can see below, the diner would’ve been on the first floor with space above which could be used for things like building apartments. It even shows the preservation of the ghost signs which would have been pretty cool.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/edward-corner-building-coming-down

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/edward-corner-building-coming-down

 

After an upcoming Fishtown Neighbors Association zoning meeting, the developers presented a plan for a twelve-story building with 180 apartments and retail. Twelve townhomes will also be included in the project along with a ton of parking. Unfortunately, that would mean the end of the Edward Corner building.

Since this project is only in the planning stages, there will definitely be more information forthcoming on this project. Let’s hope that the existing building can be incorporated into the redevelopment plans somehow.

 

 
Thursday, March 26th, 2015

More New Development In Northern Liberties.

410 green

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-on-green-street-will-just-add-to-the-bonanza-in-northern

By: Jarek Cotto

If you were to drive around Northern Liberties you would see new developments at various levels on so many blocks. There is a trend of consistent development in the neighborhood. It’d be hard to walk more than a block or two before seeing a development that’s under five years old.

 

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-on-green-street-will-just-add-to-the-bonanza-in-northern

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-on-green-street-will-just-add-to-the-bonanza-in-northern

A smaller project is at 410 Green St., a new single family home thats being built. The lot is just a corner parcel for now which serves as a small parking lot. It’s where Green Street intersects with N. Lawrence street. Silk City is also around the corner as well. The Northern Liberties Neighbors Neighbors Association supported plans recently for a home with a garage, designed by Harman Deutsch.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-on-green-street-will-just-add-to-the-bonanza-in-northern

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-on-green-street-will-just-add-to-the-bonanza-in-northern

Just across the street from the new development, a proposal to knock down the Color Reflections warehouse at 413 Green St. was struck. According to OCF Realty, they plan to, “build ten new homes, with four fronting Green and the rest facing Wallace.” In January, workers were inside the main Color Reflections building at 4th & Green working to convert it into apartments, and across the street at the northwest corner, a building was recently demolished to make room for ten new homes that will eventually rise there.

 
Monday, March 23rd, 2015

FYI: Council President Wants ShotSpotter Tech In Philly.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/clarke-wants-shotspotter-tech-for-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/clarke-wants-shotspotter-tech-for-philly/

By: Jarek Cotto

A 15-year-old teen was jumped by a group of young males at a subway platform in Center City. The assault took place on Thursday, March 19th at around 4 p.m. Video footage shows the large group of males pumble the victim to the ground, then fleeing the scene. Detectives are still looking for the suspects.

 

Council President Darrell Clarke wants to bring new technology to Philadelphia which helps locate and track shootings in our city. It is called ShotSpotter, and it is already being used in Camden and in parts of New York where it is said to be effective in reducing shooting crimes.

 

Drunken idiots caused over $1800 in damages by breaking windows at Jim’s Steaks on South st. Video footage shows one of the morons throwing himself into the windows and breaking it. They’re still at large.

 

Who would think there are 38 hate groups in PA? Click below to see a map of where these hate groups are.

 

Man gets shot 11 times in Point Breeze and survives! More below.

 

What is the real reason why Penn’s tuition is going up this year? Read more here.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/video-assault-broad-street-subway-platform/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/clarke-wants-shotspotter-tech-for-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/19/jims-steaks-south-street-windows-broken/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/19/hate-groups-pennsylvania-splc/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/16/point-breeze-man-shot-11-times/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/16/real-reason-penns-tuition-going-year/

 

 
Thursday, March 12th, 2015

New Mexican Joint Coming to Fishtown!

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/tacos-planned-for-frankford-avenue

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/tacos-planned-for-frankford-avenue

By: Jarek Cotto

If you’ve been around Fishtown you may have noticed a tiny building on a vacant Frankford Ave. corner. 1431-35 Frankford Ave. has just been sitting there for years, and we were beginning to wonder if it would ever be redeveloped since there is so much construction going on in the surrounding area. Finally, it looks like we got our answer. The Fishtown Neighbors Association recently supported plans for a take-out taco shack at this location run by the owners of Modo Mio. If you ever been to Modo Mio, you’d know that this taco shack has the chance to be a real hit.

 

Just across the street from the shack is another Frankford Ave. project. According to OCF Realty, it will be a “mixed-use proposal for three four-story buildings with ground-floor commercial”. Just down the block from the future stand, is a church on Marlborough that will soon be demolished. The church is coming down to make room for six single-family homes.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/tacos-planned-for-frankford-avenue

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/tacos-planned-for-frankford-avenue

 

The lot that will eventually house the taco shack used to be a hot dog stand then a breakfast luncheonette, and then it was vacant for a while. Back in 2005, it was first listed for sale, then again in 2009 for $125K. Fishbone Real Estate eventually snagged this lot in March of 2013 for $105K. Since its just three blocks from the hustle and bustle of Girard Ave.,there is no doubt that the new business will be welcomed by the neighborhood.

 

 
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

FYI: Will Comcast Purchase Netflix?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/comcast-buy-netflix/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/comcast-buy-netflix/

By: Jarek Cotto

Why does the Mayor’s six-year capital budget plan include setting aside $5 million dollars for a new prison? Details below.

 

The price of a Philadelphia Taxi Medallion is dropping fast. The medallion is now available starting at $50K for a minimum bid compared to the $475K the PPA was charging last fall. See why the price has dropped so dramatically.

 

Will Comcast be trying to buy Netflix? More below.

 

Feds postponed the release of a report of the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of force. No reason was given as to why the delay.

 

Woman crashes her Escalade into a bank window on Broad Street. Read more here.

 

Why does this Beaver County sheriffs candidate own a vending machine that sells ammunition?

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/michael-nutter-wants-5m-land-new-prison/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/price-philadelphia-taxi-medallion-keeps-dropping/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/comcast-buy-netflix/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/06/feds-postpone-release-philly-police-report/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/05/cadillac-escalade-crashes-bank-window/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/04/beaver-county-candidate-owns-ammo-vending-machine/

 
Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Northern Liberties Is The Home of Modern Living

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

By: Jarek Cotto

You don’t have to walk far in Northern Liberties to stumble upon new projects being built. The Franklin Court Townhomes at 7th and Fairmount are but only one development in this hub of new constructions. These modern townhomes boast a spacious, open layout along with 2,475 sqft of living space and start at $450,000. They have 3 levels of space with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The kitchen is exquisite, and it even comes with the option to select cabinets and countertops ranging from Dark Sable or White Maple cabinetry to Granite or Quartz counter tops. The kitchen even has an island for additional counter space.

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

 

There are 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom located on the second floor along with a laundry closet. On the third lies the beautiful master suite which has ample closet space and large windows to allow natural light to flood the room.  If you think no expense was spared now, wait until you see the master bathroom. It features a stall shower and double sinks and beautiful fixtures that give it a most luxurious feel. Also located on the third floor is a wet bar complete with sink and cabinets and a roof deck perfect for indoor or outdoor entertaining.

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

As if all that wasn’t enough, the homes offer unparalleled to public transportation, public highways and Center City. It is also close to multiple recreational parks within walking distance of the homes. There is even a variety of shopping and restaurant options close by. These homes are another welcome addition to the area. Hopefully, we don’t see a slowdown in development anytime soon.

 
Monday, February 16th, 2015

FYI: The DNC Is Coming To Philly in 2015!

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

By: Jarek Cotto

A fire broke out this morning at the Locust Medical Center in West Philly. It was around 4:45 a.m. when the fire started and firefighters came to the scene. With the frigid temperatures this morning, and all the water that was used, the whole medical center was in cased in ice. Check out the amazing pictures by clicking below.

 

New York Times has gotten things wrong about Philly a few times. Read about a few of those times below.

 

The Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia! They even mentioned cheesesteaks in their commercial. How typical.

 

The Army will be detonating the Delaware River this year in a massive dredging project. They are attempting to make the river 45 ft deep instead of 40 so bigger ships can get through.

 

Police arrested the man they believe to be behind the robberies at Ubiq on Walnut Street and the Ultimo coffee shop in Point Breeze. He was arrested in Powelton Village on Tuesday by US marshalls. Bail is set at $250,000.

 

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/16/amazing-pics-west-philly-fire/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/13/new-york-times-gets-wrong-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/11/u-s-army-will-detonate-delaware-river-year/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/11/man-arrested-ubiq-ultimo-coffee-robberies/

 
Friday, January 30th, 2015

New Condos At Race Street Square.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears

By: Jarek Cotto

A new four-story building has appeared on the 100 block of Race Street over the past few months. It has been dubbed Race Street Square, and it is a quadplex that is replacing a surface parking lot at 138 Race St.

A few of these four condo units are still on the market. The prices range from $369K for a 1 bed/1.5 bath unit to $439K for a 2 bed/3 bath unit. They’re in a great area too. Located just down the street is the wonderful Race Street Pier which is just past the Race Street Connector. That’s not all either. The surrounding blocks have all the things that Old City is known for like bars, restaurants, galleries, places to shop and much more. It’s even far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Market Street, so the block is pretty quiet. Outside of the traffic across the street at bridge and Patco of course.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears

Just around the corner at Front & Quarry is a six-condo project that has progressed nicely. Unlike the project on Race Street, these homes will have parking for each unit. While each of these units will have a view of the bridge like those on Race Street, they’ll also have a view of the surface parking lot in the foreground as well. We look forward to seeing the outcome of these projects.