New York Developer Buys Shovel-Ready Penn Treaty Park Project

The Views at Penn Treaty has been sold to a New York developer for $7 million. | Rendering: Abitare Design Studio via Shovel Ready Projects

Shovel Ready Projects LLC has sold its latest shovel-ready project, the 19-unit Views at Penn Treaty, to New York-based developer Gotham Bedrock LLC for $7 million.

The deal was announced in a press release this morning from Shovel Ready Projects spokesperson George Polgar.

The purchase price covers the 1.5-acre strip of land just south of Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware riverfront near Marlborough Street and Delaware Avenue along with the luxury townhouse plans from Abitare Design Studio and all necessary permits for construction.

The deal makes Gotham Bedrock the first New York developer to build on the Philadelphia waterfront. Read more »

Funding Secured for Penn’s Landing Makeover

The new park and civic space for which funding has been secured is part of a larger overall vision for transforming the central Delaware riverfront. | Renderings: Hargreaves Associates and redsquare unless otherwise indicated, via Delaware River Waterfront CorporationThat huge new lawn intended to suture the gash separating Old City from the Delaware riverfront is a go.

At a noontime news conference at Penn’s Landing, Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, and Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation announced that together they have committed all but $10 million of the $225 million needed to build a new park and civic space between Chestnut and Walnut streets from Front Street to the water’s edge and a new signature pedestrian bridge across Columbus Boulevard at South Street.

The William Penn Foundation also announced at the news conference that it would help the city, the Commonwealth and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) obtain the last $10 million needed to finish the job. Read more »

Another New Yorker Buys a Place on Philly’s Waterfront

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Morgan’s Pier is among the properties The Durst Organization has acquired in a huge bet on the future of Philadelphia’s Delaware riverfront.

It’s no secret that the piers at Penn’s Landing have an irresistible appeal – and apparently, this appeal isn’t felt by local Philadelphians alone. The Durst Organization, a self-proclaimed world leader in the development of commercial and residential spaces based out of Manhattan, announced today that it has acquired a string of piers along the Delaware waterfront just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

The purchase spans Piers 12, 13-15, 19 and 24 North, and yes, contained within this area are many Penn’s Landing hotspots like Dave & Buster’s, Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, Morgan’s Pier Beer Garden, and the Philadelphia Marine Center marina. Don’t worry about the future of these places yet, though, because the company has no immediate plans for development. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: All Wet by the Waterfront

808 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

808 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

In the suburbs, many homeowners enjoy taking a dip in the pool and inviting friends over for parties at poolside. City dwellers who live in apartments or condominium complexes often have access to pools as an amenity as well. But it’s the rare urban private residence that offers its owner the opportunity to make a splash.

This home in Queen Village is one of those rarities.

Built in 2009, the home is endowed with a back yard that’s large for the neighborhood. The owner hired a top-notch landscape architect to transform that yard into an outdoor oasis that features a pool, a built-in hot tub, a deck (that also covers the hot tub when not in use) and a poolside bar and seating area. We’re sure you and your friends will enjoy this rare amenity… Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Urban(e) Chic Near the Delaware

621 S American St., #G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | BHHS Fox & Roach

621 S American St., #G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Ah, the loft. It’s the epitome of fashionable city living, the defining characteristic of the modern man’s home, the city girl’s crown jewel. But surely, this trendiness comes at a steep price.

For those who don’t want to shell out all their hard-earned cash, this charismatic trinity home offers an alternative that’s just as sweet–a stunning mix of classically Philadelphian features with a modern twist in the loft-like third-floor bedroom. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Riverside Retreat in Stockton

80 River Rd., Stockton, NJ 08559 | TREND Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

80 River Rd., Stockton, NJ 08559 | TREND Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

In the early 1700s, a fellow from Germany named Kugler decided to take his chances on a better life in colonial America. He made it to an area along the Delaware in New Jersey in present-day Hunterdon County and became one of the original founders of the community of Frenchtown.

His extensive landholdings in the area, which extended from Frenchtown into Kingwood and Stockton, were eventually divided among his children. Sometime around 1830, one of Kugler’s great-grandsons built a two-story farmhouse on a riverside plot in Stockton. That structure later became known as Hamish Lodge.

That lodge has been expanded on since. The original home got a newer companion many years later. Together they form a beautiful country retreat amidst the woods along the Delaware. Read more »

Spruce Street Harbor Park Opens Earlier This Year

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The multicolored lights that enchanted visitors to Spruce Street Harbor Park last summer return in even greater numbers this summer. Photo | Matt Stanley

Mark your calendars for May 6 this year. That’s when Spruce Street Harbor Park, the pop-up park that’s turned Penn’s Landing into the place to be in summer, opens for an extended season.

The three-week head start comes courtesy of Univest Corporation and its local subsidiary Valley Green Bank, who are serving as the park’s presenting sponsors for the first time. Read more »

This Season’s Food and Drink Lineup at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park Returns | Photo via DRWC

Spruce Street Harbor Park Returns | Photo via DRWC

Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening earlier than ever this year, Friday, May 6th. The Delaware Riverfront destination is also expanding its summer restaurant collaborations, adding Chickie’s and Pete’s fries and a Little Fat Ham to a lineup that already includes Franklin Fountain, Federal Donuts, Frozen Delights and Garces Group.

Kevin Sbraga, who just announced a second Fat Ham at the King of Prussia Mall is bringing The Little Fat Ham to the riverfront park. The shipping container-sized Fat Ham won’t be offering hot chicken but will be have hot fish sandwiches, plus pulled pork, beef brisket, spicy pork rinds, corn on the cob, homemade Southern sweet tea and old-fashioned lemonade.

What else is new at Spruce Street Harbor Park »

Jim Burke Is 2016 Chef in Residence at Morgan’s Pier

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Jim Burke is back cooking in Philadelphia

Philadelphians have missed Jim Burke’s cooking since his restaurant James closed back in 2011. But this summer, the chef will be back cooking in Philadelphia as the chef-in-residence at Morgan’s Pier when it opens for the 2016 season on April 21st. Burke’s accolades include being a winner of Food & Wine’s Best New Chef, a nominee for Best Chef-Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation and a finalist for Bocuse d’or USA. After James, he worked in New York at Stephen Starr’s Caffe Storico and Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne. He has also recently been working as a chef/instructor for Drexel’s hospitality program.

At Morgan’s Pier, Burke follows in the steps of Nick Elmi (Laurel), David Gilberg (Koo Zee Doo), George Sabatino (Aldine) and David Katz (Mémé) who have been past chefs-in-residence.

Menu at Morgan’s Pier for 2016 »

Palm Restaurant Employees Could Have Soft Landing at SugarHouse

sugarhouse casino 940The Palm Restaurant is closing for an extensive renovation that will see the Broad Street restaurant close on February 29th and not reopen until late in the fourth quarter at the earliest. With the extended closure, the Palm’s long tenured front-and-back-of-the-house pros were looking at an uncertain future.

Today, SugarHouse Casino and the Palm Restaurant have announced that SugarHouse will offer jobs to all of the Palm’s staff. SugarHouse is completing a $164 million expansion that will add seven food and beverage outlets that will include its own steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House.

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