Report: “Anarchists” Vandalize Cars, Apartments in South Kensington

About 30 people vandalized a number of luxury cars and newly-constructed apartment buildings in South Kensington last night, according to NBC10.

Police reportedly described the vandals as “anarchists.” About 20 cars and several buildings were damaged near the intersection of 2nd and Jefferson streets.

Windows were smashed and paint was splattered across the outside of apartments. A banner discovered at the scene of the incident read “Gentrification is death, Revolt is Life.”  Read more »

Monday Morning TL;DR: Just Another Story About a Vegan Strip Club

Photo via Grubstreet

Photo via Grubstreet

Happy Monday, everyone? If you’ve found yourself here yet again, that means you’re wondering what that special button on Donald Trump‘s desk does. No, not that button. The other one. And also maybe what Stephen Starr had to do with the Fyre Festival (nothing) or how to get into the artisanal candy business (hint: you’ll need a briefcase and a bicycle).

Well don’t worry. We’ve got all the answers for you right here. But this week, let’s begin with an opening for what some people (not me) are calling the greatest job in the world: Michelin Guide inspector.

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Shoo Fry Brings Ultimate Late-Night Drunk Food to Fishtown

Shoo Fry/Facebook

Shoo Fry/Facebook

Philly’s love affair with cheese curds is showing up in Fishtown: The poutine-centric Shoo Fry will open its second location in Fishtown at 200 East Girard Avenue on Thursday.

After testing the Canadian-born concept with a six-month pop-up stint at the King of Prussia Mall in 2013, owners Matt and Rachel Baiada opened Shoo Fry’s permanent location in Rittenhouse last year.

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It’s Hip to be Square on Avenue 30

The Avenue 30 development. | Rendering: KJO Architecture via The Riverwards Group and The Somers Team

The Avenue 30 development. | Renderings: KJO Architecture via The Riverwards Group and The Somers Team

There have been all sorts of attempts to solve the central problem of the Philadelphia row house, namely, the need to fit it into a long lot with narrow street frontage.

Over the years, these attempts have produced such distinctive features as incredibly small middle bedrooms and squarish houses with nonexistent back yards.

Fishtown-based developers The Riverwards Group faced just such a problem when they got their hands on a 300-foot-long, 110-foot-deep on Amber Street in East Kensington. The aim was to produce a large townhouse development with luxurious yet reasonably priced homes.

Their solution: Go wide, which is what they did with the new Avenue 30 development. Read more »

A Farmhouse in Fishtown for $425K

241-43 E. Wildey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

241-43 E. Wildey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Every so often, a listing comes along that truly merits the word “unique.” This is one of them, for we’re certain you’re not going to find a home like this one anywhere else within the Philadelphia city limits.

One look tells you that this home on the riverward side of Girard Avenue in Fishtown goes back a while – back to the early decades of the 19th century, most likely, when most of the homes that lined the streets near the Delaware looked like this.

What it doesn’t tell you is that this home is the singular creation of Mary Seton Corboy, the founder of East Kensington’s Greensgrow Farm. Over the 15 years she lived here prior to her passing last year, she transformed what were originally two separate residences into one stylish, comfortable home with loads of personality. Read more »

Stripp’d Juice’s Fishtown Grand Opening Is Friday (And They’re Offering a Sweet Deal!)

Acai Bowl at Stripp'd Juice | Photo courtesy of Stripp'd Juice

Acai Bowl at Stripp’d Juice | Photo courtesy of Stripp’d Juice

Boys and girls, hang on to your hats, because the time has come: This Friday, March 17th, Stripp’d Juice’s brand-spankin’-new Fishtown location will be hosting its grand opening shindig from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. And, let me be the first to tell you: You’re going to want to get there right at 10 — the first 10 people in the door will get a free ginger shot.

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Hard Hat Tour: The Parish House

Made by hand, not beforehand: A Red Oak construction crew member works on the hinge of a custom door made from wood salvaged from the demolition of the parish house's interior. The door will lead from this home's finished basement rec room to the mechanical room. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Craft-brewed building: A Red Oak construction crew member works on the hinge of a custom door made from wood salvaged from the demolition of the parish house’s interior. The door will lead from this home’s finished basement rec room to the mechanical room. | Photos: Sandy Smith

“God is in the details.” —Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

God, then, continues to make his presence felt throughout the building that began life in 1912 as the parish house for the Episcopal Church of Emmanuel and the Good Shepherd in East Kensington, for Red Oak Development, which is converting the building into five three-story townhouses with finished basements, is loading these new homes with fine architectural details — most of them salvaged from the building itself. Read more »

Fishtown Church Will Live On As Live/Work Space

The Church of the Living Word on Susquehanna Avenue in Fishtown will be born again as a live/work space. | Google Street View image

The Church of the Living Word on Susquehanna Avenue in Fishtown will be born again as a live/work space. | Google Street View image

Preservation activist Oscar Beisert’s petition to add the Church of the Living Word in Fishtown, which began life as the Fifth Reformed Dutch Church, to the city’s historical register may have failed last fall, but he will have another chance to add it thanks to a savvy tattoo artist.

Plan Philly reports that the Fishtown Neighbors Association enthusiastically backed True Hand owner Mike Ski’s requests for variances he will need to turn the church into a combined residence and studio at its monthly meeting last Tuesday night. Ski is purchasing the home from the Church of the Living Word and needs a variance because its zoning forbids mixed uses. He also needs a special exception in order to perform “body art service” in the building.

Ski got the backing by assuaging the neighbors’ two biggest fears: that the property would become a multifamily residence and that it would make on-street parking more difficult. Read more »

Evil Genius Is Opening Their Fishtown Brewpub Next Week

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See that? That’s what 1727 North Front Street looked like when the crew from Evil Genius Beer Company first got their hands on it in October of 2015. It was an old carriage factory, falling to pieces in an overgrown lot. But over the past 18 months, they’ve torn everything down, cleaned everything up, and on Wednesday, March 8, they’re going to officially open it up to the public as the brand new Evil Genius Brewpub–which is nothing but good news for their new Fishtown neighbors and everyone else in Philly.

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