Archive for the ‘Kensington’ Category

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

FYI: Will Philly Survive the Chaos of Pope Francis’ Visit?

By: Jarek Cotto

Its no secret that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia in September. It takes a lot of preparation for something of this caliber to go off without a hitch. Could this be Philadelphia’s biggest challenge ever? See why many think so.

Are Eagles fans really that obnoxious? See why they are ranked in Sports Illustrated most hated list.

Man with plastic bag on his head robs Dunkin Donuts on Oregon Ave. Video below.

An undercover operation led to 68 arrests in one neighborhood in two days. Read more below.

The crane driver that caused the collapse of the Salvation Army thrift store in 2013 has pled guilty. More on this below.

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Six New Homes Coming To Trenton Avenue.

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.

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.

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?

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

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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


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.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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

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.

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

More New Development In Northern Liberties.

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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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

FYI: Beer Can Now Be Delivered With Your Pizza!

By: Jarek Cotto

There is a steadily growing gap in funding between Philly’s richest schools and its poorest schools. Read the report below.


When Philly Bike Share comes back around they will offer a new safety feature, pedal powered lights. This unique feature will be added to increase safety and to limit the number of accidents during those heavy biking months. More below.


Uber was sued by 45 Philadelphia cab companies for operating a taxi service illegally. Uber has been under fire from a number of different sources since its introduction to Pennsylvania earlier this year. Will it bounce back?


Two police cruisers heading to the same call collided on Tuesday leading to 6 injuries. The crash happened at 22nd and Montgomery Street.


You can now order a 6-pack with your pizza! So many peoples dreams have just come true! Read more.


A 3-year-old child was struck by a stray bullet in Greys Ferry. It happened after a confrontation lead to shots being fired. A 40-year-old male was also shot. Both victims are reported to be in stable condition.


Friday, December 12th, 2014

Major Changes Are Coming To This Section of Frankford Ave.

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By: Jarek Cotto

Back in the spring, developers, Revolution Development Group, had purchased 1546 Frankford Ave. and was planning a serious renovation of the property. Today, that project looks like it’s mostly finished. The building was previously a mess of siding and stucco, and the finished product is a great improvement. It has eight apartments and a commercial space that’s available for rent.


According to the project page,

“1546 Frankford Ave is a newly renovated, 3 story, mixed use Brownstone in the hip, upcoming neighborhood of Fishtown. The building is centrally located on Frankford Ave in the heart of the commercial district between Girard and York. The building’s one bedrooms and studio’s feature great light and open floor plans. The renovations included modern features and sustainable finishes. The finely-crafted apartments features include hardwood floors throughout; modern kitchens with elegant granate counter tops and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, garbage disposal, a gas stove and built-in microwave; air conditioning; and an efficient washer/dryer combo.”

This is not the sole development in the area either. Across the street, a former bar at 1523 Frankford Ave. is under construction as well. Over a year ago, the owners went before the community to renovate the building into two apartments and a vacant commercial space on the first floor. This place has been vacant for several years, and renovations have been slow, but any sign of work is an improvement.


We are eager to see the completion of these projects. They will surely breathe new life into this once forgotten section of Frankford Ave.


Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Kensington’s Mini-Golf Course Is Actually Pretty Cool.

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By: Jarek Cotto

Old factories have met different fates over the past few years. A former dye works was converted into apartments and office space at Oxford Mills. On Howard St., a factory was torn down to make room for new single homes. Today, we bring your attention to a factory that was converted into something pretty cool. The Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade is a factory conversion that is a unique edition to the area.

Located at 161 Cecil B. Moore Ave. The space occupies what was a textile and dye warehouse in the past. This BYOB mini-golf course was opened in mid-June by two Bucks County natives, Bill Cannon and Drew Ferry. The idea came to them after experiencing a crappy mini-golf course themselves. They were toying around with the idea after that experience, so the next day they went hunting for a space and a week later they signed a lease.

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They were originally going to make it a Philadelphia landmark-themed 9-hole, but Franklin Square already took that idea. Instead, they went with a 1950’s “Americana” type of look. The design for the holes was created by Drew’s retired father Skip  They plan on continually changing the course in order to”keep it fresh.” They acquired a number of the course’s unique fiberglass props from vintage stores and flea markets. The old-school arcade games were found and gifted to them.

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This place brings some much needed fun to the area. Keystone Mini-Golf is open Thursdays from 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Fridays 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Come get drunk and play some mini-golf!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

#Hot Props:What’s Going On At Hagert Square?


By: Jarek Cotto

Hagert Square is a major project from the folks over at Hagert Development LLC. It consists of 30 premium housing units on the blocks of E Hagert st. and E Letterly st. Half of the units, which have already been sold, are between 2403-2431 E Hagert St. The other half are between 2402-2430 E Letterly St, and four of these homes are already under contract.


The homes are on a 21.333ft wide footprint making them fairly sizable compared to other homes whose footprints are only 16-18ft wide. Here, you get the most bang for your buck. These homes come with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, or 2.5 if you opt out of a full bathroom in the basement- save $10,000! That is pretty cheap for a bathroom considering they can usually add about $20,000 to the price of a home.

The homes feature hardwood floors throughout and tiled bathrooms. It comes with all new, stainless steel appliances, except a washer and dryer. In the kitchen, you will have a choice between 3 types of quartz counter tops and 2 choices of cabinet styles. It has an open riser staircase with aluminum rails leading to the upper floors. The homes have a full rooftop deck great for those days that you have company over. It comes with high efficiency heaters and video intercom monitoring system. Two car parking is also available making it the only development in 19125 with 2 car parking under $390,000.


These beautiful homes are close to GreensGrow Farms and next to restaurants like Cook and Shaker and Loco Pez. It is close to Planet Fitness over on Aramingo Ave., and it is close to El stops. You’d better hurry if you’re interested in one of these homes. They’re getting snatched up fast!


For More Info Contact:

steven osiecki broker/ owner of RE/MAX Access

Steven Osiecki
RE/MAX Access
1033 N. 2nd Street 5th Floor
Philadelphia,PA 19123
215 400 2617 direct
215 284 2892 cell
215 400 2650 fax
Steve Capriotti Realtor


Steve Capriotti
Associate Broker
RE/MAX Access
1033 N. 2nd Street 5th Floor
Philadelphia,PA 19123
215 400 2606 direct
215 651 0702 cell
215 400 2650 fax