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Category Archives: Philly Parks

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Next Weekend

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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!

 

New Bike Parking Facility Coming to Broad Street

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SEPTA’s South Broad Street underground concourse.

South Broad Street soon will have a new bike parking facility courtesy of SEPTA’s concourse.  According to PhillyMag.com, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA in the development of a bike parking facility located in the underground concourse on the south end of the Broad Street Line.

This past weekend the announcement was made at the Philly Bike Expo by Becky Collins, SEPTA’s strategy and sustainability planner. If you are unfamiliar with the underground SEPTA concourse, it runs south of City Hall to the Walnut-Locust Station of the Broad Street Line, which also connects to New Jersey’s PATCO train.  The concourse is a long, unused concrete space that is typically very desolate.  This plan to install a bike parking facility will not only provide cyclists with a safe, covered parking space but increase the foot traffic in that section of the concourse as well.

According to the BCGP, it plans to enclose the bike parking spaces with a cage that bikers can lock with their own locks to insure security. There will be a small fee to park, which can be paid via a SEPTA key card (coming in 2015) or users can purchase a monthly pass. This plan is being modeled after a bicycle parking system originally implemented by the City of Boston.

 

 

 

Green Friendly Tips for the Chilly Weather

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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

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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

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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.

 

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.

Taney Dragons Broad Street Parade Today

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Photo courtesy of WJBR.com.

Philly’s own Taney Dragons baseball team will be celebrated today for their accomplishments and national attention in the Little League World Series. The Philadelphia Phillies, city officials and other supporters have organized a parade to honor the Little League team.

According to NBC 10, The parade will start at 2 p.m. today on 20th and Market Streets. The parade route is planned to travel east on Market Street, around City Hall and then make its way down South Broad Street to FDR Park.

Tonight at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies are scheduled to have a pregame tribute to the Taney Dragons.

Although the Dragons did not advance in the Little League World Series, their popularity has spread throughout the country. Especially for star-pitcher, Mo’Ne Davis, who is the first female pitcher to earn a win in the Little League World Series.

If you are on Broad Street or in the Center City area, check out the Taney Dragons parade!

Celebrating the 4th in Philly!

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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!

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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

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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
$639,900
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
$650,000
1-3pm
 
126 Dawson Street
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
$244,500
1-3pm
 
4745 Smick Street
4 bedrooms/1.5 baths
$194,900
2-4pm
 
226 Hermitage Street
2 bedrooms/2.5 baths
$330,000
2:30-4pm
 
276 Hermitage Street
4 bedrooms/2.5 baths
$389,900
1-3pm
 
4338 Silverwood Street
2 bedrooms/1.5 baths
$224,900
1-3pm
 
148 Connaroe Street
3 bedrooms/2 baths
$218,900
1-3pm
 
175 Fountain Street
3 bedrooms/1 bath
$199,900
12-2pm
 
4574 Silverwood Street
3 bedrooms/3.5 baths
$495,900
1-4pm
 
4014 Dexter Street
3 bedrooms/1.5 baths
$235,900
12-2pm
 
302 Dupont Street
3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
$495,000
1-3pm
 
4333 Boone Street
4 bedrooms/3.5 baths
$675,000
2-4pm
 
4331 Boone Street
4 bedrooms/3.5 baths
$659,900
1-3pm
 
4351 Fleming Street
3 bedrooms/1.5 baths
$239.900
1-3pm
 
4254 Terrace Street
3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
$389,900
1-3pm
 
236 Delmar Street
3 bedrooms/3.5 baths
$650,000
1-3pm
 
238 Delmar Street
3 bedrooms/3.5 baths
$675,000
1-3pm

Center City developer plans for a Society Hill high-rise

Photo courtesy Pictometry International / Philly.com

Photo courtesy Pictometry International / Philly.com

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Scannapieco, developer of 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street condos, is planning for a 26-story high-rise for 5th and Walnut Streets in Society Hill.

With a $150 million budget, Scannapieco’s plan consists of 40 luxury condo units that will over look Independence Park. Some of the condos will feature 8,400 square feet of bi-level space with amenities including elevators, scenic balconies and fireplaces.

If everything works out, development will begin in Spring 2015. It will be a nice addition to Walnut Street, especially being right next door to our office!