Archive for the ‘Secret’ Category

Monday, August 17th, 2015

FYI: Schuylkill River Trail Named Best Urban Trail in Recent Poll.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

By: Jarek Cotto

Michael and Kevin Bacon are calling for college students and professionals to enter in the Better Philadelphia Competition. The challenge for this year focuses on designing healthy neighborhoods in the Mantua/Belmont section.

 

The UberX driver that was arrested for raping a passenger in July is also a cab driver! More here.

 

Philadelphia Police have finally solved the mystery of why the Eagles lost Super Bowl XXXIX. See why.

 

Phillies’ Franco gets hit on the wrist. X-rays came back negative, so although his wrist is not broken, he will still be out for an undetermined period of time.

 

A huge number of people used the Schuylkill River Trail last year. It was frequented more than any other trail in the city. It has even been named best urban trail in a USA Today’s reader’s choice poll.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/14/better-philadelphia-challenge-bacon-brothers/
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/14/philadelphia-uberx-driver-rape/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/13/philly-tom-brady-sketch/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/12/phillies-franco-hit-on-wrist-x-rays-negative/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

 

 
Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Almost Four Dozen Homes to be Built on Front Street.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

By: Jarek Cotto

The 700 block of Front Street has seen some great changes in the past few years. Four new homes on the northwest corner of Front & Fairmount are underway. There had been a community garden at this site for a while, but now there’s a row of uniquely shaped homes. The corner home has already been sold, and two others are  listed at $550K which is actually a pretty good deal for new construction in Northern Liberties.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

There are some additional homes under construction to the north of this development. It was a large vacant lot before, but now a row of homes have risen in its place. In between the finished homes and the framed ones there’s a new row of foundations which will support even more row of homes.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

According to OCF Realty, “this project is supposed to include a third row of homes to the north, on the other side of Olive Street. To date, no construction has started on those homes.” They speculate that the reason is because the developers may want to sell that part of the project to someone else rather than build it themselves. The land is for sale currently, along with approved plans to build eight more homes for $1.28M. There’s definitely an opportunity here for developers.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

Almost four dozen new homes on Front street will be built with these projects combined, along with the other projects going on to the north. That doesn’t even include the hundreds of apartments over the two Pennthouse buildings at Front & Brown. With rapid development constantly happening in every nook and cranny in Northern Liberties, it’s a wonder that there are still even spots left to build on.

 
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Developers Are Getting Busy at 3rd & Poplar!

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

By: Jarek Cotto

Nine, four-story homes have risen at 3rd & Poplar next former home of the Ortelibs Brewery. Back in the fall of 2011, plows began chomping the earth here along the 800 block of N. American St. Worked stopped abruptly and it looked like that project would be abandoned. In late 2012 however, new owners purchased the property for $1.1M, and by the end of 2013, buildings had started to rise.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

The project has been dubbed Liberty Estates by developers Space & Company. The homes start at $1,050,000, but despite the high price points, a few of them are already under agreement/sold. Even the least expensive units have 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and around 4,500 sqft of living space according to the project page.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

Around this time last year, developers were engaged in the community process to demolish a shopping center on the west side of 3rd Street and build 26 new units in its place. Since then, the old shopping center was razed, and 26 units are under construction at last.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a four-story building nearby on the 200 block of Poplar St. That is a lot of investment and building going down in the immediate vicinity. All this is happening right in the heart of Northern Liberties, close to parks, good eating, and not to mention shopping too. Things don’t seem to be slowing down in the least.

 
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

FYI: Philly to D.C. on Public Transit? This May Become A Reality Soon.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/25/indego-hits-100000-ride-mark/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/25/indego-hits-100000-ride-mark/

By: Jarek Cotto

The Sixers have to pay 3 million to the New Orleans Pelicans for not disclosing an injury Jrue Holiday had before trading. More here.

Philly finally gets a Cheesecake Factory of its own. The 3 story building that houses the restaurant is located at 15th and Walnut. We couldn’t be more excited to add the Cheesecake Factory to the line up of Philly restaurants.

Could there be a way to get from D.C. to Philly on public transit? There’s talks of making this happen. Find out more about it below.

The Edmond Beacon Way sign has finally been corrected. We know that “Edmund Bacon” guy won’t be happy about this!

Indego hits its 100k ride share. More below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/29/sixers-fined-trade/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/28/needed-philadelphia-cheesecake-factory/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/26/public-transit-washington-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/25/edmond-beacon-sign-edmund-bacon-old-city/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/25/indego-hits-100000-ride-mark/

 
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.

 
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.

 
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/