How Dow You Do, Stephen Starr?
The group that bought the Dow building says a restaurant is part of its plans.
Canal-Side Property With Guest Cottage and Ghostly Figures
Historic NJ spread got a $100K price cut.
Museum Tour of Philly Artist’s Logan Square Home
Eric Hall's townhouse has a skylit atrium and skyline views.
Help Us Find The 30 Coolest Spaces In Philly
It's all about interiors for our March 2014 issue.
City Council President Darrell Clarke is floating a plan to take care of rehabilitating LOVE Park the same way the city is going about rehabilitating the parking garage under it: By having private business foot the bill for the repairs.
Mayor Nutter has already announced that the garage would be sold to Chicago-based InterPark, which bid $30 million for it. InterPark would then renovate the garage on its own dime and restore the park – formally, John F. Kennedy Plaza still – with $16.5 million from the city.
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.
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.
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!
• 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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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.”
“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.
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: