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Split-Levels Replacing Pain Center

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How it will look like. Courtesy the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.

The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog got us a first look last week at the new split-levels replacing the Pain Center at 12th and Lombard, a rather dated 1970s-era structure.

How it looks today. Courtesy Philaphilia.

Designed by ubiquitous local architects Harman Deutsch, these structures will come with a 2-car rear garage with decks on top, as well as the firm’s idiosyncratic design. We’ll have more details as and we learn about them!

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A New Restaurant For the Kimmel Center?

As reported on Plan Philly, the Art Commission has given its final approval for a proposed new restaurant facing Spruce Street in the Kimmel Center.

Designed by the KieranTimberlake firm, this restaurant will be a Jose Garces (of Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Village Whiskey, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic fame, and Iron Chef) venture.

Watch this site for more details as soon as they come!

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Fun Filled Holiday Events in South Philadelphia

This season, South Philadelphia is full of fun filled holiday events for kids and adults alike.

Check out our listings below and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Holiday Second Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue  
Saturday, December 8, 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy an array of holiday themed activities all day up and down East Passyunk Avenue.  From pet photos with Santa to a charity toy drive to strolling musicians, there will be something for all members of the family.  For more information and a detailed schedule of the day’s events, click here.

Latkepalooza 2012 at the Gershman Y
Sunday, December 9, 2-4 p.m.

To kick off Chanukah, the Gershman Y has brought back by popular demand Latkepalooza. Some of the area’s hottest restaurants will go neck to neck to create the tastiest and most creative version of the Jewish food favorite. Restaurants includes Audrey Claire’sBar FerdinandEl Camino RealCitron & Rose plus a few more. Entertainment will be provided by West Philadelphia Orchestra and a performance for children by Music Monkey Jungle at 2:45 PM. Last year was a sell out so we recommend buying tickets in advance. Cost is $16 in advance and $18 at the door.

Bella Vista United’s Annual Christmas & Hanukkah Lighting Ceremony at Cianfrani Park (8th & Fitzwater) 
Monday, December 10 – 6:30 p.m.  

Featured guests are  Santa Claus (with gifts for all children in attendance), The Bella Vista Elf, Councilman Mark Squilla and holiday singers from Meredith Elementary School. Free hot chocolate for all. Rain or shine.

Spirits & Suds With Santa Bar Crawl on East Passyunk Avenue
Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Eat, drink and be merry on East Passyunk Avenue! Join Santa as he gets his jolly on at 12 East Passyunk bars, pubs and restaurants. The $5 admission gets you $3 craft beers, $4 merry cocktails and $5 snacks (select locations), a Santa or Elf hat and Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card. Registration will be held at Urban Jungle (1526-30 East Passyunk Avenue) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

QOTA Holiday Party at Birra
Saturday, December 18, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Queer On The Avenue for festive cocktails, complimentary brick oven pizza and snacks, and great conversation. In the spirit of the season, QOTA will be collecting gift cards to help local needy families with their holiday shopping.

Queen Village Neighbors Association Annual Holiday Party at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church Hall, Christian and Swanson
Thursday, December 20, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Come with neighbors or friends. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  The QVNA will be providing sandwiches, wine, beer, and other refreshments. Parking available.

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Drag Brigade To Be Included In This Year’s Mummers Day Parade

As the holiday season continues in our city of Brotherly of Love,  the average Philadelphian always looks forward to the Mummers Day Parade. In most cities, New Year’s Eve is the big hurrah and main event. However, here in Philly we do things a tad different. We rev up January 1st for a day full of merriment, drinking, friends, family, and the Mummers.

This year marks a very special parade with the inclusion of some of Philadelphia’s brightest and best drag queens in what will be the first ever Drag Brigade. Ten talented queens were chosen by long time Philadelphia drag power house Brittany Lynn (Ian Morrison out of lashes and heels). Each queen will be leading a brigade they were specifically paired with down Broad Street from Washington Avenue to City Hall early New Year’s Day.  Later that afternoon, each queen will be outfitted to match her assigned brigade and perform a two minute introduction at the Convention Center.

Live Love Philly had the opportunity to ask Morrison, who is performing with the Shooting Stars brigade, a few questions about this revolutionary addition to the parade.

Live Love Philly (LLP): What positive message is being sent by drag culture being included in this year’s Mummers Day Parade?

Morrison: Drag has always been included in the Mummers tradition; however, once women were allowed to participate, drag was no longer a necessity. What’s amazing about this event is that the Mummers are allowing us to form the first “drag brigade”, and to be a regular part of such a mainstream, city wide and televised event. It’s like telling the nation, “Hey, look at our gays!”

LLP: What is special about the ten queens chosen by you to be included?

M: The ten girls I picked were chosen for their professionalism and talents. Each one was specifically matched to the theme of their brigade. They are all amazing at what they do and I give them my full confidence that they are gonna knock this out of the park on New Year’s Day.

LLP: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s parade?

M: I’m looking forward to presenting my drag mafia to the masses. There are literally thousands of people at the convention center ready to cheer on the brigades.  First marching down Broad Street with the String Bands in front of the entire city and visiting spectators, then performing for the masses at the Convention Center, it’s like the city is saying, “Thanks for doing what you do and doing it with us.” That beats Ru Paul’s Drag Race on any day.

The queens joining Brittany Lynn are listed below along the name of their brigade. They are:

Crystal T. Electra – Downtowners

Alexis Cartier – Saturnalian

Mrs. P. – South Philly Vikings

Porcelain – Jokers

Navaya Shay – Golden Crown

Bridget Jones – Clevemore

Cherry Pop – Avenuers

Stella D’Oro – 2nd Street Shooters

Mary D’ Knight – Satin Slippers

After this bevy of beauties are warmly welcomed by all, expect loads of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent at this years historical Mummers Day Parade.

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New Philadelphia Price Changes – 1.18.13 (East Passyunk, Queen Village, Society Hill)

Price changesHere below are all new Philadelphia price changes updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.
     
(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin

Address

Price

Beds

Baths

Zip

East Passyunk

819 Watkins St

$180,000

2

1.1

19148

1319 S 6th St

$239,800

6

3

19147

1629 S 9th St

$209,900

3

1.1

19148

       

Old City

214-18 New St B

$320,000

2

2

19106

Passyunk Square

1226 Emily St

$234,900

3

1.1

19148

1232 Latona St

$254,900

2

1.1

19147

Pennsport

1328 S 4th St

$265,000

3

1.1

19147

717 S Columbus Blvd 712

$239,000

0

1

19147

       

Queen Village

229 Fulton St D

$324,900

2

2

19147

230 Montrose St

$324,900

3

1

19147

412 Bainbridge St F

$259,000

2

1

19147

       

Society Hill

101 Walnut St 2

$829,000

2

2.1

19106

302 Lombard St D

$274,000

1

1.1

19147

312 S Front St

$1,299,999

3

3.1

19106

400-416 S 2nd St 410B

$314,000

2

1

19147

Washington Square West

1023 Clinton St 305

$385,000

2

1.1

19107

610 S Delhi St

$729,000

3

3.1

19147

816 Lombard St

$560,000

2

2

19147

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East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week

East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week

Starting February 23rd until March 2nd, East Passyunk Avenue will be holding it’s first ever East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week. Recently, Philadelphia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurant List highlighted many of the culinary gems found in the heart of Passyunk Square on EPA. Stateside, one of the restaurants participating, topped that list claiming the number 1 spot . Restaurants will be offering $15, $25, and $35 prix fix menus for lunch and dinner. From amazing sushi at Izumi to Mexican at Cantina Los Caballitos to healthy choices at Fuel, there is something for everyone.  Live Love Philly has included here en entire list of all restaurants participating. 

$15 Lunch

Adobe Cafe – El Zarape – Fuel – Marra’s – Plenty – Stogie Joe’s – South Philly Bar and Grill 

$15 Dinner

Fuel – Plenty – Stogie Joe’s – South Philly Bar and Grill

$25 Lunch

Mamma Maria Ristorante

$25 Dinner

Adobe Cafe – Birra – Cantina Los Cabillitos – El Zarape – Marra’s – Noir – Stogie Joe’s

$35 Dinner

Chiarella’s – Fond – Kris – Da Vinci Ristorante – Izumi – Le Virtu – Paradiso – Stateside – Tre Scalini – Will – Mamma Maria Ristorante

Call now to make reservations because we are betting places are gonna get booked, especially popular spots like Will and Kris. We hope that this becomes a yearly tradition. With so much to already love, the East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week is just one more reason to love living in South Philadelphia.

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Local Groups Head Passyunk Avenue Clean Up

Passyunk SquareLitter and trash continue to be a problem throughout Philadelphia, especially in the smaller neighborhoods and communities. However, local groups have taken it upon themselves to work toward fixing the problem. One initiative that has made great progress in its quest to clean up has been led by the Passyunk Avenue Revitializaion Corps. A local non profit real estate development firm, the PARC leads the Passyunk Avenue Corporation Neighborhood Sidewalk Cleaning Program. This program runs in coordination with the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District and is managed by ABM Janitorial Services.

The primary focus of these efforts are on East Passyunk Avenue from Federal Street to Broad Street.  Passyunk Avenue is victim to the carelessness of passer bys and trash not properly bagged. This commercial corridor will be cleaned six days a week, twice per day. In addition, a surrounding residential area, bounded by Ninth Street (east), Snyder Avenue (south), South Broad Street (west), and Federal Street (north), will be cleaned two times a week. See a map of the service area to the right.

Passyunk Square Litter Control

Assigned Residential Areas

  • Zone 1 Tuesday & Thursday (once per day)
  • Zone 2 Wednesday & Friday (once per day)
  • Zone 3 Monday through Saturday (twice a day)
  • Zone 4 Monday through Saturday (twice a day)
  • Zone 5 Tuesday & Thursday (once per day)
  • Zone 6 Wednesday & Friday (once per day)

Local civic associations such as the Passyunk Square Civic Association are also joining this fight against trash by sending out employees to aid. PSCA Neighborhoods not being covered by the PARC in the above listed zones get cleaned almost daily.

Trash only brings more trash. As business and traffic only grow as Passyunk Square and the Avenue become more of a sought out destination, hopefully community members and visitors alike will start seeing a difference. What can you do? Bag trash properly, set out trash at appropriate times and above all else, don’t litter. Then, maybe the PARC can start focusing on some of their other initiatives such as fountain maintenance and neighborhood greening.

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