Photo via South Broad Street Neighborhood Assn.'s Facebook page
The South Broad Street Neighborhood Association has taken its ire to Facebook, where it has posted a photo of the strange shed that sits outside of Dolphin Tavern. The bar is part of Avram Hornik’s Four Corners Management, which also owns Drinkers, Lucy’s Hat Shop and the soon-to-reopen Boot and Saddle. Four Corners is staging a major South Broad revitalization effort, which is much appreciated. But the shed outside does look, from the photo, out of place.
The Association posted the photo, above, along with these words:
The Dolphin Tavern has a new addition. Besides being dog ugly, it was built without zoning and permits. If you care about how our neighborhood looks, call them and tell them what an eye sore they have created.
The Broad Street armory as seen a couple days ago.
Michael Carosella, the developer who owns the dilapidated armory on the 1200 block of South Broad, is not exactly known for preservation work. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the latest news about the armory–first built in 1886 for the Third Regiment of the National Guard–is that it’s going to be demolished.
Initially, the armory was sold with a “no demo” stipulation. But that was vacated, and by the time Carosella bought it a few days ago, his plan to demolish the building had been opposed only by neighborhood residents who felt it should be protected due to historical value–and due to the Frank Sinatra mural on its side. But that doesn’t matter now. Due to the Market Street disaster, the city wants the armory, which is in terrible shape, to be torn down quickly to avoid any collapse.
City Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most distinctive and exquisite buildings, and though there’s plenty of opportunity to get news about what happens inside, it’s not often residents can get a detailed look at the famed Second Empire exterior without closeup photographs–or maybe a rogue helicopter.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, however, has numerous rooms with a view–none so gorgeous as this condo that’s now on the market for $1.35 million. While some Ritz residents are making plans to sell because they fear their views will be blocked when (if) the planned W Hotel/Westin Element gets built at 15th and Chestnut, this unit seems safe from impending construction doom.
We’re not telling tales out of school when we say that sometimes you need to wear some serious rose-colored glasses when buying in South Philly. The grandmom interiors can be rather staggering, leading to Google searches like “wood paneling solutions” and “carpet removal.” Not so with this house above Broad and Ellsworth, half a block from the Broad Street subway, close to the Passyunk Square Dog Park, and perhaps most importantly, not too far from American Sardine Bar.
The Roots mural via muralarts.org
How long have we been waiting for the Roots mural? It seems like forever ago that we started pining for Philly’s biggest hometown hip-hop stars to be enshrined on some wall, somewhere. Well, it’s finally happening, and the wall is at 512 S. Broad Street, on the side of the World Communications Charter School. Seems like a more fitting idea than Sixth and South, which was pitched some time ago.
Here we are with another installment of the April 2013 Philadelphia Magazine Real Estate issue, which focuses on the area’s hottest neighborhoods. This next pick is Avenue of the Arts, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.