Jawdropper of the Week: Industrial Chic in Callowhill

429 N. 13th St. #4A, Philadlephia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

429 N. 13th St. #4A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

You know those glamorous lofts you see in the movies? The ones with huge windows and amazing views of the city, exposed brick walls everywhere giving it that industrial-chic look, and occupants who live on a writer’s salary yet can afford a super-stylish apartment that has us asking, “Does this really exist in real life? ”

The answer is yes, and you’ll find it on the 4th floor of a 110-year-old converted garment factory in the heart of the Callowhill Loft District. Located right across the street from the Reading Railroad viaduct and park-to-be, this condo has all the elements needed to make that movie dream a reality.

Designed by an artist and once used as a photography studio, this spacious unit formed out of what were once two separate apartments is an ideal flexible live/work space. One of the best features of this loft condo unit is its totally open plan. The moment you step into the entry hall, you can take in the entire unit in one glance. Read more »

450 New Apartments Planned at 4th & Callowhill

4th & Callowhill | Cecil Baker + Partners

4th & Callowhill | Cecil Baker + Partners

It appears that a developer is hoping to build something big at 4th and Callowhill streets, in the space between Old City and Northern Liberties.

On Wednesday, renderings of the project were made public ahead of a meeting of the Civic Design Review Committee next month. The project includes 454 apartments in two towers, one 26 stories tall and the other 23, with extensive landscaping. The building design was created by Cecil Baker + Partners, with landscape architecture by Studio Bryan Hanes. In recent years, Baker has become one of the best-liked architects working in the city.

The project is designed to take advantage of the East Callowhill zoning overlay, which was adopted in order to encourage dense, pedestrian-friendly development in the area in hopes of connecting Old City and Northern Liberties.

The project will also include two retail spaces and 233 parking spaces. The lot’s zoning allows developer Mark Rubin to proceed with this project by right, but its size requires that it go before Civic Design Review before permits can be issued.

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Grab a Pint (or Two) At The Dog Wash

DogWash-2016This weekend grab a drink with your true best friend, your dog. The Trestle Inn and Philly Pet Hotel are pairing up to host the “At The Dog Wash” event for the third year.

From 2 to 7 p.m., this Saturday, July 30th, stop by the corner of 11th and Callowhill Street to get a drink and a bath for your dog. Bombay Local Food Truck and a DJ will be there. And plenty of pet-based fun will be happening.

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Operators Announced for PHS Pop-Up Gardens

The PHS Pop Up Garden will return to the 1400 block of South Street | Photo via PHS

The PHS Pop Up Garden will return to the 1400 block of South Street | Photo via PHS

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced its designers and culinary teams for its two PHS Pop Up Gardens this summer. PHS returns to 15th and South for a third year on June 1st. The garden is being designed by Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. Regan created last year’s garden and this year is planning aged woods, inventive planters, antiques, flea market finds and curiosities to conjure a magical retreat. Plantings will include roses, fragrant herbs, cocktail cucumbers, a canopy of pink crape myrtles, climbing vines of hops, wisteria and clematis. As a centerpiece, there will be an illuminated, towering mulberry tree.

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New Menu and Happenings at Prohibition Taproom

Pork Belly Potato Skins | Photo via Prohibition Taproom

Pork Belly Potato Skins | Photo via Prohibition Taproom

Chef Val Stryjewski, who has been on staff at Prohibition Taproom since January has rolled out his spring menu with new items like cheese and charcuterie boards (a plus of being in the same restaurant group as Kensington Quarters) plus an extended snack section. Stryjewski, who has had stops at Lloyd, Le Cheri and a.kitchen among other spots, is also offering a Plate of the Day, which brings a comfort food classic to the forefront each day.

This Tuesday, May 10th, ProTap is hosting PhoTap 2. $10 gets you a bowl of pho (lamb or ramp and onion) with either a Neshaminy Creek Trauger Pils or Highwater Hefeweizen.

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On the Spit at Brick and Mortar

bam-spit-whole-fish-940Brian Ricci is getting the most out out of Brick and Mortar’s rotisseur via a weekly on-the-spit menu, called the 4th Spit, a reference to the fourth option beyond Ricci’s standards of pork belly, chicken and lamb. Each week, Ricci debuts a new protein and features it in three dishes (that are usually cooked on the spit, yes realize that whole fish isn’t on a spit) that can be ordered individually or combined into a three-course meal.

Last week the protein was duck, this week it is fish. Ricci and Brick and Mortar will announce the featured item each Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter.

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The City Walk You’ve Been Waiting For: The Rail Park Tour

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

DesignPhiladelphia, the city’s best known architecture and design festival extending for up to nine days, kicks off in about two weeks, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Instead, let’s bring your attention to one of the events included in the DesignPhilly itinerary: the Rail Park Tour.

According to DesignPhilly, these walking tours – scheduled for October  10, 11 and 14 – will be held at street level by Rail Park board members and will be designed to “deliver an understanding of possibilities of the entire proposed 3-mile linear park and recreation path.” What’s more, a Rail Park spokesperson tells us the tour will include access to the entrance of Phase One at 13th an Noble Streets. Ticketing and event info here.

Relatedly, the spokesperson said construction of Phase One, anticipated to take 12-18 months, is expected to begin in 2016. The Center City District will manage the Phase One project.

$8 Pizzas All Day at Bufad: Meatless Mid-Week on Wednesday


Meatless Mid-Week: Pizza topped with eggplant, basil, pine nuts, and raisins.

Tuesday isn’t just about tacos. Bufad offers $8 margherita pizzas all day on Tuesdays. And that deal is available whether you eat-in or get your pizzas to go.

But Tuesday isn’t the only day that Bufad offers something special. On Wednesdays, the 13th and Spring Garden Street pizza spot is offering Meatless Midweek. For $35 a couple, you get a four-course dinner to share.

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Transformation In Store For Vacant Factory Building on Spring Garden

Google Street View

Google Street View

Situated near the corner’s edge of Spring Garden and 11th, the old Lawsonia Building stands in anticipation of a pending renovation and three-story addition. The news, which we heard from GroJLart on Hidden City Daily, is great, considering the property has been vacant for well over a decade. Harman Deutsch Architecture is designing the mixed-use development, he says, which will include ground level commercial space. Currently, zoning issues have the project on hold.

According to GroJ, the structure has been in the neighborhood for eighty-five years and started out as the manufacturing headquarters of the Woodward-Wanger plumbing supplies company. The facility was actually a $45,000 construction built on the site of the original factory, which had consisted of five combined row houses that operated for fourteen years before burning down in 1929. The newer colonial revival building, he writes, lasted a little longer, with seven decades and a stint as a hand-crafted furniture workshop (Lawsonia Manufacturing Company) under its belt. It was vacated in 2002 and has been empty ever since.

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ProTap Hosting a Brat BBQ

protap-bbq-brats-400This Sunday, August 16th, Prohibition Taproom is hosting a barbecue of brats. For $15 per person, you get a housemade bratwurst sandwich with beer mustard, kraut and pickles, plus sides of corn on the cob, macaroni salad and slaw. And wash it all down with a glass of Yards Philly Pale Ale.

There will also be cornhole games and German beers on special.

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. at 501 North 13th Street.

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