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Olde Kensington Gets an Outdoor Trapeze School

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“Soar Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease on Kensington’s Flying Trapeze!” That’s what the poster would say if P.T. Barnum were advertising the Fly School Circus Arts’ move to 1620 North Fifth Street. From suburban Bucks County to gritty Fifth and Cecil B. Moore — that’s quite a change.

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Enormous Live/Work Space Takes “Studio” to New Levels

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Sometimes studio means a small living space. Sometimes it means a place to do your creative work. Sometimes it means a living space inside the place where you do your creative work. This? This loft is not that. This loft is nearly 5,000 square feet of space where you can live luxuriously, do your creative work and – if the listing photos are to be believed – apparently have room left over to park at least two motorcycles inside.

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Manayunk to Get a New Co-Working Space, Plus the Wild West in Wash West

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Photo of Manayunk's upcoming co-working space via Transfer Station's Facebook page.

• CBS 3 gets podcasty to talk about the new two-day First Friday in Old City [CBS3] • A Piece Of Wild West History In Historic Wash West [Hidden City] • Collingswood loves its parklet [philly.com] • Two brothers propose innovative co-working vision for old Manayunk building [Newsworks] • At Maplewood Mall block party, opinions [...]

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Property’s Morning Obsession: Slice-of-Life Video of Kensington in 1982, Starring Philadelphia Accents

Screen shot from the YouTube video "Old Kennsington, Philadelphia 1982" by RockosPoorSportVideo

Screen shot from the YouTube video "Old Kennsington, Philadelphia 1982" by RockosPoorSportVideo

This is a really depressing video (and good morning to you!) that’s nonetheless mesmerizing. A California filmmaker follows around a bunch of teenagers in Kensington in 1982. Some kids are profoundly stupid, racist and misogynistic; others almost have some charm, and you wonder if they ever got out. The area was severely disadvantaged at the time, more so than it is now. At one point, the filmmaker drives through a part of Kensington that is so lost and abandoned, I can’t believe it’s Philly. And that’s saying something.

At one point, there’s a cop car spotted, which one teen assumes means someone is getting a ticket. Not so. “Double-parked having coffee,” says another kid. “Philadelphia Police.” Then: “Philly’s finest. Rizzo’s Raiders.” As a slice of life from that time period, it’s completely fascinating. But if you plan to watch at work, wear headphones: There’s profanity–and skin-searing Philadelphia accents.

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Mystery Real Estate: Gold Club to Open in Northern Liberties, But Where?

Photo: Gold Club on Facebook

Photo: Gold Club on Facebook

The Gold Club Center City, which bills itself as a “world famous gentleman’s club,” will soon add to its renown with a new location in Northern Liberties. The Center City strip joint is at the end of Chancellor Street, that little alley by Applebee’s on 15th. Programming is rather diverse, from the burlesque Peek-a-Boo Revue to “performances” by porn stars (“Sex Machine” Kendall Karson will be there April 26th and 27th, FYI).

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