The Velvet Lily specializes in some rather spicy merchandise — and we’re not talking about food. Adult aids, pretty lingerie…but while some associate it with sex toys, the Lily takes education and sex-positivity seriously. And after five years, the company was looking for a neighborhood where its message could reach more people than it might on it prior location on Liberties Walk.
Velvet Lily owner/founder Khara Cartagena says, “There’s a lot more going on in the Gayborhood or Midtown Village–I don’t even know what to call it anymore; in New York they call it Midtown Village but I say Gayborhood–there are more interesting restaurants, more interesting shopping. We get closer to the hustle and bustle of hotels.”
553 N Lawrence Street living room
It’s old news that Northern Liberties is quickly flourishing into a hub for young professionals. But, as these listings will show, really anyone is susceptible to fall under the spell of these cool Philadelphia homes. This weekend, spend a relaxing Sunday admiring these open houses in the area. 800 N 2nd Street, #2 Open House: [...]
Jason Evanchik certainly knows what he’s doing when it comes to opening bars. He’s been quietly building an unpretentious bar/restaurant empire (Garage, Time, Bar, Vintage, Growlers) without self-aggrandizing fanfare. Next up? Perhaps, our friends at Foobooz say, this property on Second Street near Liberty Lands Park in NoLibs, for which he has a liquor license but no lease yet.
Sometimes it feels like every listing in Northern Liberties is for sleek new construction with granite countertops and modern finishes. Here we have proof that not all the property in the neighborhood is brand new. City records date this home back nearly a century.
Every room in this Victorian townhome looks cozier than the last. Each separate space invites you to sink in and have a serious if not entirely high-minded conversation. Germans would call it gemütlichkeit.
The Northern Liberties bar Finnigan’s Wake–the subject of so much real estate drama last year–is up for sale for $5 million. Philebrity.com, ever tactful, has some advice for a prospective buyer: “All year long, you’ll be inundated with douchebags of all stripes, and for that, they should really pay you.”
Well, douchebags or no, the inundating visitors will carry wallets. And the listings photos reveal that Finnigan’s Wake, without the presence of all those visitors, has a very attractive interior with a lot of potential for the owner who’s in it for the long haul.
Here’s an excerpt from the real estate listings copy:
The neighborhood wine bar appropriately named WineO has been sold, from bricks to mortar to liquor license, for $650,000. The first floor of the three-story building is zoned for commercial use (obviously) and has dining space, two full bars, a kitchen and an outdoor cafe space. And that bar made out of wine casks, which is just cool.
The two upper floors are zoned residential and therefore perfect for apartments to be rented to regulars at the new spot. As the listing said, “The only thing this property doesn”t have is an Ocean View!!” Well. It sure doesn’t.
Photo: Virginia Claire McGuire
Artist Julie Stone Waring bought her house in Northern Liberties almost 15 years ago, and her garden has changed a lot over the years. At first, the yard was full sun, with a big fruiting cherry tree and grapes growing along a wall. But that has changed in the years since.
“Developers have decided to build on every inch of Northern Liberties,” Waring said. “My yard has turned into a shady yard with a few sunny spots.”
Most recently, developers built a three-story house immediately behind her yard, further limiting her sun exposure. She especially misses the evening light in the garden.
“Since I don’t have as much sun, I have been growing fewer vegetables and more flowers,” she said.
Amanda and Dan Gneiding’s three-bedroom home across the street from the Piazza has received a lot of attention since the couple–both of them designers, one at Anthropologie, the other at Urban Outfitters–restored it. It was featured in Design Home, Nest, Apartment Therapy, Cookie Magazine and elsewhere. Though the couple adores the house and are justifiably proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish, they’re relocating to Bucks County so they can split their time between Philly and New York for work. But it hasn’t been an easy decision.
“We are so sad to leave our little neighborhood and all of our friends in the creative community here in Northern Liberties,” Amanda says, “especially now that we have the new coffee shop right next door, new grocery store, and favorite restaurant right across the street. All of our favorite things are here in arm’ reach. It’s going to be hard to beat.”
He was something between an inspiring commencement speaker and a Catskills comedian. Developer Bart Blatstein sat down with Philly Mag Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath yesterday at the Barnes Museum to talk about development, casinos and other issues pertaining to the future of the city. It was a ThinkFest Salon, an event meant to keep the conversation going until the next ThinkFest in the fall.
Photo: Sandy Smith
“Convenient to Public Transportation,” the flyer for 625 N. Front St. reads. “1/2 Block to the Market-Frankford El.”
Couldn’t get much closer than that. Unless, as is the case with this building, it was once part of the Market-Frankford El.
The building, on Front Street just south of Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties, has 7,000 square feet of space on its main floor and basement and features huge windows and a soaring three-story-high ceiling. That large-volume space comes from its original purpose: It served as the entrance to Fairmount station on the Frankford Elevated Railway.