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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Next Weekend

rittenhouse row

On Saturday, May 2nd the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will take place on Walnut Street between Broad Street and Rittenhouse Square.  The festival begins at noon and will feature cuisine from Center City area restaurants that include 500 Degrees, a. Bar, a. Kitchen, Alma de Cuba, Applebees, Avance, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer, Capital One 360 Café, Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse and Continental Mid-town just to name a few.

According to PhillyMag.com, there will be a fashion show, live music, cocktail lounges and beauty bars. Don’t miss out!


South Bowl Opens in South Philly

south bowl

Photo from South Bowl’s Facebook page.

This week was the soft opening of a new bowling alley in South Philadelphia.  South Bowl located at 19 E. Oregon Avenue is a branch of the Northern Liberties North Bowl location.  The former Thomas Colace cold-storage warehouse has been transformed into a 26 lane modernized bowling alley with a full bar and kitchen.   Basically, the exact concept of the Northern Liberties location except larger.  Other features include an upstairs area for private parties with 6 lanes, billiard tables and video games. The second floor also features a balcony overlooking the main floor and a roof deck.

Currently, the hours are Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.




Green Friendly Tips for the Chilly Weather


Fall is here and unfortunately winter is approaching soon behind it. During this time of the year, energy costs increase significantly due to the declining temperatures. Investing in energy efficient appliances is one of the best ways to save money on utilities all year long.

EarthShare.org provides an informational list that includes the biggest energy users in your home.

1. Water Heaters
2. Ranges
3. Refrigerators
4. Clothes Washers
5. Clothes Dryers
6. Portable Heaters
7. Freezers
8. Lighting
9. Air Conditioners
10. Dishwashers

Earth Share also offered inexpensive, cost-effective tips for savings money during the colder months. For households with window unit air-conditioners, add covers on the exterior of the air conditioner to avoid any draft coming inside.  Caulking around windows and pipes is also a great way to insulate and reduce energy costs. Typically, caulk is extremely inexpensive and is a quick DIY fix.

Perform regular maintenance on a forced air furnace by changing the filter once a month. Also, it is important to make sure the furnace is professionally cleaned and tuned once a year.

Weatherstripping is another way to keep the cold out during the winter.  Weatherstrips come in plastic, foam or rubber and create a tight seal around doors and windows. The cost is ranges from $3 to $10 per window depending on the type of weatherstrip.

Storm window kits provide an inexpensive alternative to cutting energy costs as well. Most storm window kits come with plastic film or sheets to cover and weatherproof the windows.

These cost-effective tips can help you save a ton when the cold, winter months arrive.  Although we are still enjoying the reasonable, fall temperatures, it would not hurt to get started on insulation for the approaching winter season.




Dilworth Park: October Fest and Ice Rink Opening Soon

dilworth park

Photo courtesy of Center City District Parks.

Center City’s newest feature, Dilworth Park, is hosting an October Fest beginning this Saturday, October 18th at noon. The all ages event will feature food vendors, interactive art, face painting, live music and other fun activities.  The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will also provide pumpkin painting, print making on mural cloth and other art activities for kids.

For the 21 and over crowd, a beer garden will be hosted by Rosa Blanca Cafe along the JFK Boulevard side of the Park.  According to the Center City Districts website, Rosa Blanca Cafe is Cuban-inspired and typically serves pastries, breakfast and lunch specialties with indoor and outdoor seating.

The October Fest at Dilworth Park is presented by Saul Ewing LLC.

Saturday’s October Fest activities will come to a close at 6 p.m. but the fun will continue for a second round on October 25th at noon.

In other Dilworth Park news, Philly.com reported the ice skating rink at the Park is expected to open before Thanksgiving on November 14th! It will remain open through February 22nd.  The Rothman Institute Ice Rink will temporarily cover the fountain for the winter months. The planned size of the rink is 120 feet by 60 feet.  The Center City District described the rink as being similar to the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

During the winter months, other park amenities such as outdoor seating and free wifi will remain the same.

Rothman Institute Ice Rink will be open seven days a week and operate on the following schedule:
Monday to Thurday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dilworth Park began construction and renovation in 2012 and reopened with its new look this past September. Located on the west side of City Hall, Dilworth Park is a great addition to attractions in Philadelphia.


3rd and Chestnut: Breaking Ground for New Museum

3rd and Chestnut

Architectural rendering of Museum of the American Revolution. Photo courtesy of http://amrevmuseum.org/

Earlier this week on 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, a ceremony took place in honor of breaking ground for the Museum of the American Revolution. Opening in 2016, the new Museum set to grace Old City will feature artifacts and interactive exhibits of Revolutionary War history.

At the ceremonial ground breaking yesterday, over 300 people were in attendance along with United States Senator Pat Toomey, United States Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, the Museum’s Founding Chairman H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest as well as other politicians and local dignitaries.

Exhibit design firm, MFM Design, has constructed the overall concept and design of the Museum.  The interactive exhibits will include real life accounts and personal stories of laborers, farmers and soldiers during that time.

According to the Museum of the American Revolution website, the building will consist of 32,000 square feet of space, which will also include two theaters along with the exhibits.

In April of this year, the design and architectural concepts were approved for the $150 million Museum.

In late 2016, the new Museum will join the other historical treasures of Old City including the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall and many other historic sites.

Over the course of the spring and summer months, construction crews have been working on the early phases of demolition.  Since the intersection of 3rd and Market Streets is busy with both pedestrian and automobile traffic, the construction phases and eventual finished product of the new Museum will not go unnoticed.


Former AC restaurant coming to Passyunk Avenue

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Photo courtesy of Friday Architects/Planners, Inc.

Palladino’s Steakhouse, formerly located at Harrah’s Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, has relocated to its new home on Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia.

Located at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave., right off of the intersection at Broad Street and Passyunk Avenue, Palladino’s is expected to open at some point in November.  According to the restaurant’s website, Chef Luke Palladino will bring his top-notch Italian cuisine featuring lunch, dinner and late-night bar items with indoor and outdoor seating.

The website also notes that convenient parking will be available but does not specify as to where.  The Passyunk Square area is typically busy with traffic and parking is usually difficult. If a close-by parking lot is available for Palladino’s diners that would definitely be a plus!

Luke Palladino owns two other restaurants in New Jersey.  The Passyunk Post reported that the steakhouse will feature 80 seats with specialized cocktail and wine lists as well as 40 outdoor seats.

In other restaurant news, The Insider reported Brigantessa will also soon join the Passyunk Avenue restaurant district featuring its Southern Italian cuisine. The owners of Le Virtu, located at 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue, will open Brigantessa at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave, the former location of Karina’s.  Over the past few months, the building was completely rehabbed for the new bar-restaurant’s opening.  Brigantessa is expected to open within the next few days.

Philly Bike Share Coming Soon

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Photo courtesy of Phila.gov/bikeshare

In Spring 2015, the City of Philadelphia plans to initiate the Philly Bike Share program throughout several neighborhoods. This plan allows for convenient and affordable transportation throughout the City of Brotherly Love. According to the Philly Bike Share website, there will be 60 bike share stations owned by the City of Philadelphia and maintained by a private company.  This initiative will be integrated as an addition to the City’s public transportation.

The City of Philadelphia’s website provides a consecutive roll-out plan for the bike share system that will continue through Summer/Fall 2017.  The project will be rolled out through the process of phases. Phase 1 is expected to be complete by spring 2014 and includes 60 stations. This Phase covers a large portion of Center City through Society Hill, Old City, Washington Square West, Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square. The City plans to develop bike stations throughout several neighborhoods within each phase to make the program accessible to all residents.  Before the program is finalized, the City is allowing the public to provide comments and feedback until October 20th on the location of station sites. According to the City’s website, the possible station locations were based on the following criteria: population density, employment, shopping and recreational destinations, bike lanes, available space, site visits and stakeholder meetings (Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, SEPTA, local universities, businesses, etc).

In this program, Philadelphia will join Boston, Washington D.C., New York City and other areas that have also integrated the bike share system within their cities transportation options.  The Bike Share Strategic Business Plan states the program will be funded through private, state and federal sources. The City hopes to accomplish goals of sustainability, increased tourism, accessible transportation and the promotion of healthy life style alternatives for all of Philadelphia and its visitors.

Celebrating the 4th in Philly!

philly july 4th

Photo courtesy of VisitPhilly.com

Philly July 4th Celebrations!

There are tons of events going on throughout the city this weekend.  Philadelphia is the birthplace of independence and freedom. So what better way to celebrate July 4th weekend than staying in Philly?

Here is a roundup of events taking place on this holiday weekend. Hopefully, the impending hurricane down south does not affect our weather forecast in the city!

Philly July 4th

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be hosting a free concert from 7-11 p.m. featuring The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Aloe Blacc and other artists. This event sponsored by VH-1 is known as the “Largest Free Concert in America.”  A fireworks finale right near the Philadelphia Museum of Art will cap off the night.

The Independence Day Parade will commence on 6th and Chestnut Streets at 11 a.m. on July 4th.

The SugarHouse Casino located at 1001 N. Delaware Avenue is also holding its own July 4th celebration festivities with a free concert series on July 4-5 starting at 6 p.m.

Penns Landing is hosting an event for all ages on July 4-6. The Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival that benefits the Joshua Kahan Fund for pediatric cancer research. This event requires a $7 donation for each participant.

The above only covers a few of the many events and activities going on in Philly throughout the weekend.


Sunday Open Houses: Manayunk


Check out this Sunday’s (4/27/2014) open houses in the historic Manayunk neighborhood in Philadelphia!

Featured Manayunk Open House: 4340 Terrace Street, Philadelphia, PA
3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
1-4 p.m.

This is a completely gorgeous, contemporary home located in Manayunk with views of the city skyline! Completely upgraded 2,905 square foot home with modern upgrades and features that include Italian porcelian tile, large fireplace, high-end kitchen, tons of bedroom space, hardwood floors throughout and a stunning roof top deck with a Jacuzzi. This home has it all and is in close proximity to everything Manayunk has to offer!

Listing Courtesy of Weichert Realtors-Whitemarsh


234 Delmar Street
3 bedrooms/3.5 baths
126 Dawson Street
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
4745 Smick Street
4 bedrooms/1.5 baths
226 Hermitage Street
2 bedrooms/2.5 baths
276 Hermitage Street
4 bedrooms/2.5 baths
4338 Silverwood Street
2 bedrooms/1.5 baths
148 Connaroe Street
3 bedrooms/2 baths
175 Fountain Street
3 bedrooms/1 bath
4574 Silverwood Street
3 bedrooms/3.5 baths
4014 Dexter Street
3 bedrooms/1.5 baths
302 Dupont Street
3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
4333 Boone Street
4 bedrooms/3.5 baths
4331 Boone Street
4 bedrooms/3.5 baths
4351 Fleming Street
3 bedrooms/1.5 baths
4254 Terrace Street
3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
236 Delmar Street
3 bedrooms/3.5 baths
238 Delmar Street
3 bedrooms/3.5 baths

Just Sold: Newly rehabbed Hatboro home

465 W. County Line Road in Hatboro PA

Center City Listings represented the buyers of this newly rehabbed home in Hatboro, PA!

Looking for a great investment, home for owner occupant or investor or both? This is it. Single building with Two Units with Separate Entrances . Parking for 7 cars, Totally rehabbed in 2013 with Newer siding & New Central Air Conditioning and Heating System. New windows and doors Newer kitchen with granite countertop .New bathroom und floors . Fully equipped with New Packages of appliance for Both Units. 1st unit has 4 Bedrooms , Living room, Kitchen with Dining Room, 1.5 Bathrooms and entrance to separate Porch. 2nd unit has 3 Bedrooms, Living Room, Kitchen with Dining Room, 2 Full Bathroom .Basement has separate entrance and can be used as 3 unit . Property in excellent condition. Low property tax and excellent place for living. Lovely home in a country-like setting .