Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

Monday, June 1st, 2015

FYI: Philly Will be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lanes.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/26/new-bike-lanes-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/26/new-bike-lanes-philadelphia/

By: Jarek Cotto

 

Philly has tons of beautiful streets. You just need to know where to find them. Here’s a list of the 25 most beautiful streets in Philadelphia.

 

What are some of the most outrageous tourist destinations in Philly that are actually real? Here’s a list of 12 of them.

 

With the Pope’s arrival getting closer and closer it is no wonder why so many in the city are preparing. The Philadelphia Mural Arts program announced that the Pope will be getting his own mural at St. Malachy School. More here.

 

Why is a 61 foot, 11 ton rubber ducky is coming to the Philadelphia waterfront? Find out below.

 

SEPTA will ban all Anti-Islam ads to be run on local buses. That goes for tobacco and guns as well.

 

Philly is planning on adding more than 10 new miles of bike lanes to the city. There are even plans to introduce Philly’s first protected bike lanes in Northeast Philadelphia which will be running along Frankford and Ryan Avenues. Read more here.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/31/beautiful-philly-streets/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/31/fake-philadelphia-tourist-attractions/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/28/philly-gets-pope-mural/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/28/giant-rubber-duck-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/28/septa-islam-advertisements/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/26/new-bike-lanes-philadelphia/

 
Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Tons of Changes Coming To Fairmount.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

By: Jarek Cotto

Over the years, the 400 block of Fairmount has seen some major changes take place. Callahan Ward built three homes in a deep lot at 444-48 Fairmount Ave. They’ve managed to get an extra home in the project by orienting the homes toward a drive-aisle instead of the street. Another three homes are now under construction at 414 Fairmount Ave. That’s going to be three homes on Fairmount, two triplexes on Wallace Street, and eight parking spots from what we can tell.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

That is not even the end of it. The Trans-Atlantic building is finally being converted into apartments. So far, the homes have started to spring up on 5th Street, and some demolition is taking place at the warehouse building. The people behind this project are PRDC Developers and on the website for the project, you can find renderings and floorplans of what’s on the way. You can also find that twenty five townhomes are priced in the mid-$500s, and forty-one apartments are going to be created in what’s left of the warehouse building.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/changes-on-the-400-block-of-fairmount-and-more-to-come

This will be an amazing residential conversion that will change this block dramatically when it’s all done. The future’s looking bright for this section of Northern Liberties.

 
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

FYI: New Paving Plans Will Make Philadelphia A Safer Place For Bikers.

https://www.claremont-courier.com/cms_uploads/sf.Claremont-Bike-1_.jpg

https://www.claremont-courier.com/cms_uploads/sf.Claremont-Bike-1_.jpg

By: Jarek Cotto

Do you love Dunkin’ Donuts coffee? Well, you’re not the only one. Apparently, other people in Philly think that it’s our city’s coffee soulmate. See why here.

The FBI is investigating whether the Amtrak train was hit by a projectile when it was derailed recently.

Sarcone’s Bakery was robbed by a masked thief recently in the Italian Market. More here.

New paving plans are set to be completed this year that will greatly increase pedestrian/biker safety in the city.

Home sales are up, and prices are down in Philadelphia suburbs. Read more about it below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/17/dunkin-donuts-philadelphia-coffee/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/15/amtrak-crash-projectile-septa/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/18/sarcones-bakery-italian-market/

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Paving-Streets-Bikers-Safety-Pedestrians.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150518_Home_sales_up__prices_down_in_Phila__suburbs_in_quarter.html

 

 

 
Friday, May 15th, 2015

Six New Homes Coming To Trenton Avenue.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

By: Jarek Cotto

Trenton Stables is the name of the new six home project being built at the intersection of Blair Street and Trenton Avenue. AGA Developers are the ones behind the construction on this “flatiron-shaped” parcel. These are the same developers that have been building the Frankford Square project for the past few years. The homes are replacing a one-story building that was once a stable back in the day. Ironic isn’t it? We must say that it is a drastic improvement than what was there before.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

Four homes are now framed out and will be finished by June according to the project website. These four homes will have a pretty standard layout, with a garage in the back facing Blair Street. According to the project website, “Home features include black-diamond brick exterior, rear garage, finished basement, gourmet kitchen with stone countertop, 4th floor master suite, roof-top deck, an open floor plan with hardwood flooring throughout. Buyers will be able to customize all finishes!” The remaining homes are still waiting to be framed. These will be much more unusual because the lot narrows to a point.

 

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

Don’t think there is still plenty of time left to purchase one of these townhouses. According to OCF Realty, “Three of the homes are already under agreement but the “corner” home is still available.” Even though it is oddly shaped, it will have 3,300 sqft of interior space along with parking. The homes are pricing fairly high near the 500’s but that should not be an issue to interested parties. Once this project is done, it will bring life back to the area.

 
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

FYI: How Do We Increase Safety For Bike Riders In Our City?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

By: Jarek Cotto

 

The Sixers’ new logos carry a retro-ish vibe with them. The team’s new logo is a modern version of their classic insignia. More here.

 

Drunk man tunnels into an Old City karaoke joint and steals alcoholic beverages. How thirsty was this guy?

 

Philly’s new sick leave law goes into effect on Wednesday. What does this new law entail? Find out here.

 

There were a total of 551 bike accidents in Philly in 2014. Even though that number has dropped drastically over the past few decades, city officials still believe that there are still too many accidents. As a fellow cyclist myself, I agree. Now, the question is, how do they go about making our city safer for bikers?

 

A man shoved a gun up his where? You may not want to know where it ended up, but it’s very entertaining to say the least

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/sixers-unveil-new-logos-with-retro-vibe/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/drunk-guy-tunnels-old-city-bar/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/philadelphia-sick-leave-law-starts-wednesday/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/gun-smuggled-butt/

 
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, May 6th, 2015

FYI: Could Infrared Technology Eliminate Our City’s Pothole Problem?

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By: Jarek Cotto

 

Fish can get cancer too? Yes they can. Not only that, but the first case ever was recorded right in a PA river! More here.

 

Philly has tons of street festivals every year. What are the 5 rules you need to follow in order to behave during these times? Read below.

 

How do we emancipate ourselves from police brutality? Here are 10 steps that might help.

 

Hoagie fest is back at Wawa, and they’re spreading joy to all.

 

How could infrared technology vaporize potholes? Find out.

 

Did Philly show the nation the right way to protest? Or, did we meet the same fate like those before us?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/05/fish-cancer-pennsylvania-river/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/05/philadelphia-street-festival-etiquette/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/04/10-steps-end-police-brutality-slave-patrols/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/03/wawa-expansion-hoagie-sub-hero-sandwich/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/29/infrared-technology-potholes-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/01/philly-is-baltimore-philly-protest/

 
Monday, April 27th, 2015

FYI: Should We Be Concerned That Handgun Sales Have Skyrocketed?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/27/report-pa-handgun-sales-rise-171-percent/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/27/report-pa-handgun-sales-rise-171-percent/

 

By: Jarek Cotto

 

A Kensington mother locks her kids in the basement as punishment. She claims to not know that the door was locked. Really?

 

A NoLibs resident responds to his neighbors nasty note about his big, ugly hummer by writing a column! See what he has to say here.

 

Handgun sales in PA rise 171%. What does that mean exactly? Read more.

 

Think our Mayors are a little weird? Well, you won’t believe these 9 incredible true tales of our past mayors.

 

Comcasts mission to merge with Time-Warner Cable has officially failed. But why? Find out below.

 

Ever find yourself making endless laps downtown trying to find parking? Well, check out this app that shows you where the cheapest parking in the city is.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/27/mom-locked-kids-in-basement/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/27/philly-hummer-owner-anonymous-note-moving/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/27/report-pa-handgun-sales-rise-171-percent/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/26/weird-philadelphia-mayor-stories/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/24/comcast-makes-it-official-merger-over/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/22/philadelphia-parking-app-spot/

 
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.