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Hotel Transylvania

This week you can enjoy Movie Night at Shot Tower. On Wednesday August 21st from 8:15-11pm bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy the Hotel Transylvania (A family flick starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez). Refreshments and free admission are just some of the perks.

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Shot Tower Park in Queen Village is a historic landmark in Philadelphia. Back in the early 1800’s Shot Tower was built by local plumbers who revolutionized and manufactured musket balls. Originally built to manufacture hunting shots, by the War of 1812, the tower was producing ammunition which continued to be manufactured for the Civil War. The tower was no longer manufacturing by the early 1900’s but now remains a recreation center and city playground for local neighborhoods.

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Movies can also be viewed on certain Fridays in Hawthorne Park until September 27th. They begin at 7:30pm and invite the whole family as they offer activities for all ages until dusk. This coming Friday, August 23rd, the favorite Philly flick ‘Rocky’ will be showing. Also, catch a few showings at Penn’s Landing before summer ends!

After movies in the park, Headhouse Farmers Market is on Saturday (10am-2pm) followed by the Queen Village Book Club on Sunday. This club will meet at 7pm at Old Swedes Church. This meeting will discuss the novel The Dinner  by Herman Koch. From family movie nights, to farm fresh produce enjoy the summer sunshine while it lasts.

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The Problem With Triangle Park

Triangle Park in better days. Courtesy Naked Philly.

Bella Vista’s Triangle Park, at the intersection of 6th and Christian Streets and Passyunk Avenue, is a small, beautiful plot of green in a neighborhood boasting several small, beautiful plots of green. It, however, also sits satisfyingly right in the middle of the neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful houses, cafés, and other small business.

Oh, and it’s privately owned.

That’s why the owner fenced it in earlier this summer, in an “attempt to signal its availability”, despite its half-decade of cheerful local use, much to the displeasure of the neighborhood–a neighborhood which has been working to acquire the parcel so it can stay a park ever and anon…

The overgrown site. Courtesy Naked Philly

But wait, there’s more! According to this Naked Philly piece, the parcel was a gas station before the community covered it with greenery. And gas station sites tend to have nasty underground surprises, particularly for verdanture atop. Environmental sampling and (likely) remediation has to be done before the property can be conveyed, which has to happen before the fencing can come down–remediation which would also destroy the landscaping already in place.

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New Condos In Society Hill

 

Traditionally suburban home developer Toll Brothers–of Naval Square fame–has set its sights on Society Hill, with a 69 unit, 68 feet tall condo unit by Headhouse Square, in the NewMarket site, as Plan Philly reports. With red brick and limestone wainscoting, this structure is deeply respectful of its historic surroundings.

Designed and contracted in-house, this project will also feature a small public space on the Headhouse Square side. Take a look at the renders and see for yourself.

Nevertheless, some near neighbors remain opposed to the structure: parking and sunlight issues have been brought up. Considering the rather vexed history of this site, we here are crossing our fingers and hoping everything gets worked out, and they are allowed to build.

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Christmas Tree Recycling in Philadelphia

Christmas Tree Recycling

Now that the energy and excitement of the holiday season has begun to die down and a New Year approaches, Christmas trees begin to line the streets of Philadelphia. Like old relics of good times gone, tress collected with the garbage are just added to the general population of trash. This upcoming weekend, Philadelphia residents will have the opportunity to take their trees to local drop off sites so that their trees may be recycled. Benefits of Christmas tree recycling range from saving valuable space in landfills to trunks being used as mulch in parks and gardens.

Greenlimbs is teaming up with Whole Foods MarketQueen Village Neighbors AssociationBella Vista United Civic AssociationSouth Street Headhouse District and other neighborhood associations for their 2013 Tree-Cycling event. Trees brought to the following locations will be chipped and turned into mulch for local parks, playgrounds and recreational centers. They will also be collecting holiday wreaths for wreath recycling.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for trees and $3 for wreaths. For any further questions or concerns, please feel to free email treecycling@greenlimbs.com.

Collection Sites for Saturday, January 5th, 2013:

Weccacoe Playground – 400 block of Catherine Street – 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Whole Foods Market – 929 South Street  – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sartain Garden – Sartain & Locust Streets – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Columbus Square Park  – 13th & Reed Streets – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (no early drop-offs)

Marconi Plaza – Broad & Oregon Streets – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

If you aren’t able to make it out Saturday to one of the above listed locations, have no worries. The City of Philadelphia will be conducting their own Christmas Tree Recycling Program. The program will run for two weeks from Monday, January 7 through Saturday, January 19. Residents may drop off their trees for recycling at any of the following Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm:

3033 South 63rd Street

Domino Lane and Umbria Street

State Road and Ashburner Street

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The History of Cianfrani Park

A History of Cianfrani ParkCianfrani Park is an oasis and gem in the heart of Bella Vista. At 8th and Fitzwater, the green space plays host to a myriad of important events that build and strengthen the community. We will look back on it’s history and understand how Cianfrani Park became the hard-won, cherished public space it is today.

Many believe the park is named after former Pennsylvania state senator Henry J. “Buddy’ Cianfrani who lived from 1923 to 2002. Cianfrani was well known for many services to his country.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. However, after winning political office, he also became known for scandal. Cianfrani Park is actually named in honor of Henry’s mother. While Cianfrani’s life was cluttered with drama and headline-making news, the park has also had a tumultuous historical path.

Cianfrani Park sits on land that was once occupied by the Campbell Elementary School. The Campbell School is where Joe Venuti, the proclaimed Father of the Jazz Violin, attended grade school. A plaque at one of the entrances to the park marks this important factoid. Sometime in the 1960’s the school was demolished, thus bringing birth to the park. Neighbors carefully attended and took care of the space. However, by the early 1990’s, the park became a neglected wasteland and eye sore.  A home for the homeless, both dogs and human beings, became the park’s sole purpose.

In 1993, neighbors banded together and created the organization Friends of Cianfrani Park to quickly rehabilitate the park.  Raising funds themselves, these upstanding citizens spent countless hours working towards the common goal of bringing life back to the land. Local architect David Morse observed Friends of Cianfrani Park’s goal was to make the park, “the green heart of our community, everyone’s front yard and urban living room.”

History of Cianfrani Park

The website for the park reads, “With the financial help of many neighbors, small business people and supportive city and state officials, we have accomplished much of it. Gardens fenced with attractive wrought iron, urns overflowing with flowers, benches filled with seniors engaged in conversation, mothers with children playing with pets are all now a reality. Through our efforts, Cianfrani Park is once again the green heart of our community.”

Cianfrani thrives to this day having most recently received First Prize in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 2012 City Gardens Contest. Some widely attended events that take place year round include a Summer Concert Series, Spring Festival, and Holiday Tree Lighting, It’s good to know that when people band together and work towards a common goal, great results can be produced. Cianfrani Park is a perfect example of that.

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Philadelphia Just Sold Homes – 1.16.13 – (Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Pennsport, Washington Square)

Philadelphia Just Sold HomesHere below are all Philadelphia just sold homes 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

Bella Vista

1138 S 7th St

$272,000

3

1

19147

1413 S Franklin St

$75,000

3

1

19147

617 Pemberton St

$540,000

3

2.1

19147

East Passyunk

748 Wharton St

$165,000

4

1.1

19147

Hawthorne

 

906 S 12th St

$387,000

3

2.1

19147

Passyunk Square

1314 S 10th St

$375,000

3

2.1

19147

1530 S Juniper St

$284,000

3

1.1

19147

Penns Landing

7 N Columbus Blvd 212

$319,000

3

3.1

19106

Pennsport

223 Watkins St

$180,000

2

1

19148

409 Manton St

$370,000

4

2.1

19147

       

Queen Village

238 Catharine St

$385,000

4

3.1

19147

242-244 South St

$700,000

3

2.2

19147

836 S Swanson St

$675,000

3

3.1

19147

Washington Square West

230-232 S Hutchinson St

$875,000

2

2.1

19107

517 Fernon St

$139,000

3

1

19148

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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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South Philly Co–Op Workspace opened last fall in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia. The space is located at 1738 South Pierce Street on the corners of 11th and Pierce. Their website reads,”The South Philadelphia Co-Op Workspace is a shared office space in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia. We offer affordable work spaces, networking opportunities, free wi-fi, and conference room access.” It looks like founding members Terence Buckley and Ian Toner will be using the space for their respective small businesses, Buckley Small Business Solutions and Toner Architects. The first of it’s kind in the neighborhood, membership for the space may not be too high. We loves the look it’s and think that this offers a comfortable and cozy professional environment for the freelancer stuck at home or in local coffee shops. To attract members, the Co-Op Workspace is offering a free first month to new members as a promotional deal. We first heard about this deal through the Passyunk Post. Membership rates are the following: Permanent Desk $300/month Unlimited Wi-Fi Conference Room: Unlimited 3 Days per Week $200/month Unlimited Wi-Fi Conference Room: Add $20/day if more than 3 days/week 1 Day per Week $85/month Unlimited Wi-Fi Conference Room: Add $20/day if more than 1 day/week Daily Rate $20/day member or $25 for non Unlimited Wi-Fi Not too shabby. We hope that business improves and memberships sells out quickly with this new promotional deal. All the above information and more can be found on their website. Live Love Philly loves that new, unique, and exciting businesses are flocking to East Passyunk and Passyunk Square. We hope that community members near and far support these efforts.

Philadelphia Just Sold HomesHere below are all just sold Philadelphia homes 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

Bella Vista

1233-35 Bainbridge St G

$409,000

2

2

19147

703 Clymer St

$299,000

4

1

19147

East Passyunk

802 Dudley St

$155,000

3

1

19148

Hawthorne

1233-35 Bainbridge St PH 1

$659,000

3

3

19147

1233-35 Bainbridge St PH 2

$659,000

3

3

19147

Old City

133 N Bread St H1

$400,000

2

2.1

19106

Passyunk Square

1204 Morris St

$262,500

3

1

19148

802 Sears St

$122,500

3

1

19147

Pennsport

101 Sigel St

$170,000

3

1

19148

Queen Village

303 Kater St

$332,500

3

1

19147

Washington Square West

1012 Spruce St 3F

$280,000

2

1

19107

1139 Rodman St

$366,329

4

3

19147

224 S Quince St

$345,000

2

1

19107

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New Philadelphia Homes for Sale – 2.1.13 ( Bella Vista, Pennsport, Queen Village, Washington Square)

New Philadelphia Homes for SaleHere below are all new Philadelphia homes for sale 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

Bella Vista

604 S 11th St 4

$569,900

3

2.1

19147

720 S Marvine St

$579,000

3

2.1

19147

828 S 5th St

$424,900

5

2.1

19147

932 Montrose St

$359,900

2

2

19147

Hawthorne

1201-15 E Fitzwater St 408

$259,000

1

1

19147

Italian Market

821 S 10th St

$349,000

3

1

19147

Old City

109 Elfreths Aly

$294,000

4

3

19106

Passyunk Square

 

1125 Pierce St

$289,000

3

2.1

19148

1125 Pierce St

$295,000

3

2.1

19148

607 Earp St

$75,000

3

1

19147

Pennsport

 

113 Dickinson St

$175,000

2

1

19147

121 Wharton St

$225,000

4

1

19147

127 Watkins St

$229,900

2

1

19148

502 Jackson St

$154,900

2

1

19148

510 Cross St

$189,900

3

1

19147

512 Federal St

$249,900

3

1

19147

Queen Village

112 Queen St

$415,000

3

2.1

19147

139 Monroe St

$448,000

3

2

19147

525 Fitzwater St 11

$236,500

2

1.1

19147

525 Fitzwater St 9

$250,000

2

1.1

19147

635 Kater St

$1,100,000

4

4.1

19147

778 S Front St L

$509,000

3

2.1

19147

Society Hill

225 S 4th St 105

$1,875,000

4

3.1

19106

241 S 6th St 906

$319,000

1

1

19106

415 Pine St

$1,945,000

5

3.2

19106

Washington Square

 

1217 Pine St

$769,000

3

2.1

19107

250 S 13th St 7C

$169,000

0

1

19107

604-36 S Washington Sq 1202

$599,000

2

2

19106

604-36 S Washington Sq 1512

$295,000

1

1

19106

604-36 S Washington Sq 3012

$325,000

1

1

19106

Washington Square West

1032 Spruce St 201

$739,000

2

2.1

19107

247 S Warnock St

$434,500

3

1

19107

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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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