Interior of the Fat Ham
Photo Credit: Arthur Etchells
Today, The Fat Ham in University City opens to the public. Foobooz reports the Southern cuisine restaurant will hold over forty seats and is owned by Philadelphia’s Top Chef season 7 winner Kevin Sbraga.
The venue’s interior appears to be a careful blend of urban sophistication with rustic accents: still-life photographs of vegetables, sparse tableware with mismatched dining sets, and the Fat Ham logo (a pig) on the side of a white wall.
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This New Jersey home is on a hill overlooking the Delaware and Raritan Canal, a historic waterway that was built in the early 19th century as a freight route between Philadelphia and New York. Although the canal’s industrial past may be long gone, it’s now part of a state park, and the historic properties along its length have easy access to major highways and recreational attractions.
The main house on this property was in 1872 and was well-preserved by its second owner, Norwegian inventor and businessman Anders Jordahl. Additionally, the house got a top-to-bottom renovation in 2008. Perks include hardwood floors, a dry bar, and a wood-burning stove.
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When people in China consider buying real estate in the U.S. — an increasing trend — the cities they look at most often include Philadelphia, which CNN Money seems to think verges on preposterous:
New York and Los Angeles top the list of U.S. cities they are most interested in…More surprisingly, Philadelphia and Detroit come in at No. 3 and No. 4.
But how surprising is it? The same article says Chinese buyers “seek homes near colleges their children can attend,” which certainly makes sense as a rationale for Philadelphia.
One nice perk? The overwhelming majority of Chinese buyers pay cash.
Top 10 U.S. cities for Chinese homebuyers [CNN Money]
If you haven’t already seen it, Philly mag’s Simon Van Zuylen-Wood posted a promo video for the Reading Viaduct Park project and we highly recommend it. Good job Friends of the Rail Park!
Sinkhole on 900 block of North Randolph Street
Photo Credit: 6ABC Local
• Hear what the Water Department had to say about the sinkhole that appeared in Northern Liberties this Thursday. 6ABC got an up close look.
• The Inquirer’s Stephan Salisbury tells us activist group Avenging the Ancestors Coalition wants to challenge the city’s plans regarding the Mother Bethel burial ground at beneath Weccoe Playground.
• Could there be a mixed-use development in Rittenhouse Square’s future? The Toll Brothers have been eyeing up a certain long-vacant site, says Natalie Kostelni from the Philadelphia Business Journal.
• Philadelphia Weekly’s Bill Chenevert reports on why the history behind Giovanni’s Room should make you want to support brick & mortar bookstores.
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Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC
An engineering professor at Penn has weighed in on the Locust Walk Wind Tunnel. The pathway along the university’s campus gets positively hurricane-like after the 38th Street bridge, claiming lives of umbrellas and loose-fitting hats. And it’s not just windy — it’s cold.
Howard Hu tells the Daily Pennsylvanian: “The air, like water, needs to have a channel to flow through … so you need to have tall buildings lined up to experience strong flow.”
In this case, the tall buildings are three high-rise dorms that are perfectly aligned with the easterly wind — an architectural misstep, Hu says. “Usually, for tall buildings, the architect will evaluate what kind of winds the building will experience.”
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“Exciting news, yogis,” says Be Well Philly of the slated February 2014 opening of Yoga Home in Conshy. The new facility at 424 East Elm will obviously have a yoga focus, but it’ll be a community space too where healthy, flexible people can gather over a fresh juice and talk downward dog.
More info here.
Photo: Gerry Senker
The above sign appeared on Temple’s main campus the other day, right in front of the Tyler School of Art building. Handwringing ensued. Hillel Hoffmann, assistant director of news communications, explains:
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Let’s take a look at Philadelphia artist Eric Hall’s home by taking a tour of his paintings. For example, Hall’s triptych Expressway (which portrays East Falls) hangs in the townhome’s living room, which has an open floor plan, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Collimation No. 35 (Arctic) hangs nearby, beneath recessed lighting. Above the woodburning fireplace, in the same room, is Collimation No. 44 (Canyon 1).
Collimation No. 27 (Trapeze 1), Collimation No. 28 (Trapeze 2), and Collimation No. 29 (Trapeze 3) stud the walls of the dining room, which features a china cabinet and a skylit atrium with exposed brick. Upstairs, there’s Collimation No. 10 (Genesis) in a bedroom that’s been converted into a family room/study.
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Hotel Monaco is certainly one of the best designed hotels in the city. Photo: Hotel Monaco.
Do you work in a beautifully designed office space (your answer is yes if you work at the Navy Yard, by the way)? Does your friend have the most amazing kitchen you’ve ever seen? Do you buy your ties and socks at a store whose interior design makes your heart beat faster? We want to know about it.
We’re picking the coolest spaces in Philly for an upcoming story, from rowhomes to mansions, from farmhouses to boutiques. If you live in a cool/beautiful/amazing/superbly designed space — or know someone who does — snap a quick photo (phone photos are fine) and send it along to us by Dec. 13th. Can’t get a pic? Write to us anyway with the address and contact info.
Send your submissions via email to:
Liz Spikol at email@example.com
Questions? Give us a call at 215-279-8317.
We look forward to hearing from you!