Cheu Fishtown Will Open This Friday

Clockwise from top: beef and kimchi bing, wasabi rice cakes, brisket ramen

When Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh’s opened their ramen shop, Cheu Noodle Bar, there wasn’t a doubt in the world — at least by us (for Puchowitz and Darragh, it was a different story) — that the concept would be a great success. And now, four years in, Cheu Noodle Bar feels classic, like it’s been here for decades, because those guys know how to make a restaurant fit in in Philly. They did it in Washington Square West, and then again with Bing Bing Dim Sum on Passyunk Avenue.

And by the end of this week (Friday, July 21st), they’ll go for three with the opening of Cheu Fishtown at 1416 Frankford Avenue.

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Hard Hat Tour: Jack & Jill

The stairwell of 1903 E. Arizona St. at the second-floor level. | Photos: Sandy Smith

“When are you going to clean up the outside?”

That’s what some East Kensington residents asked Red Oak Development principal Anthony Giacobbe about 2401 Emerald St., the crystal-like townhouse covered in Cor-Ten steel that was featured on Property right after Memorial Day.

Well, Red Oak is at it again, and East Kensingtonians are simply going to have to get used to rust-colored homes on their blocks.

This pair of trim townhouses at 1903-05 E. Arizona St. has been dubbed “Jack & Jill” because of their joined-at-the-hip character. And even though they’re still a little ways from completion, they’re already being marketed by Solo Real Estate, which is also marketing the Emerald Street property. Read more »

Cats Welcome Visitors to Fishtown in New Mural

Photo courtesy of Danielle Wong.

Already known for its quirky prior works depicting local wildlife, Visual Urban Renewal & Transformation (think an alternative Mural Arts) unveiled its latest project earlier this week on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.

The spray-painted mural, which features cuddly tabby cats welcoming you to Philly’s hipster mecca, is the first in V.U.R.T’s neighborhood-focused Welcome to… series. The piece – found on the side of a building in an empty lot adjacent to Barcade – is a cheeky play on the community’s fishy name. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Fishtown

434 Belgrade St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We’re sure that there are some longtime Fishtowners who look on in astonishment at the prices homes in the southernmost of the River Wards are fetching these days.

But for a hot neighborhood, Fishtown remains relatively affordable: the current median listing price for homes in Fishtown’s 19125 zip code is $330,000, according to Zillow. This means that $500,000 gets you a decent amount of space in a newly or recently renovated home like the three featured here — all of which are priced under $500K. These homes are ideally sized for a young couple starting a family, and they’re convenient to all of the great eateries and shops that draw throngs to Fishtown most every night. Read more »

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 »

Room of the Week: A Punch of Personality You’re Going to Love

Photo courtesy of Henck Design

Black is always the new black, or so we thought. Earth-tone enthusiasts, we were shocked to fall head-over-heels for these fresh and funky finishes. Goodbye black; hello blue! Bright and bold looks like the way to go.

Personality is all over this pad. This room comes to life with vibrant details yet somehow stays sleek and sophisticated–but how? Lucky for you, we have the lowdown on what interior design maven Christina Henck has to say about making your home a hip–and happy–place. Find out how to get the look below. Read more »

Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City in U.S. This Year

All of Center City’s neighborhoods, from the Avenue of the Arts on down, are “Walker’s Paradises,” contributing to the city’s continued ranking among the five most walkable cities in the U.S. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

A mere two-tenths of a point dropped Philadelphia from its perch as the nation’s fourth-most-walkable city in this year’s Walk Score rankings of American cities.

Miami traded places with Philadelphia to become the No. 4 most walkable city in the U.S. on this year’s list. But no one should lament this development, for what it means is merely that cities all across America continue to up their walkability game.

A news release from Walk Score parent Redfin noted that once again, all of the 10 most walkable cities had higher Walk Scores than they did last year, and of the top 50, only Omaha saw its Walk Score fall (by a mere 0.3 point). Philadelphia’s Walk Score of 79 was 0.7 points above its showing last year, but Miami posted an even stronger gain of one full point to 79.2, putting it in fourth place and Philly in fifth. Read more »

Just Listed: A Standout Home in East Kensington for $585K

2401 Emerald St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos: Sandy Smith

Red Oak Development, the people who built the Parish House not far from this place in East Kensington, pride themselves on being a notch or two — or several — above the run-of-the-mill builders throwing up new homes around the city.

They seek to give each home they build personality through the use of local craftsmen, reclaimed materials and original design.

This brand-new townhouse that went on the market today oozes personality out of every pore of its being.

Especially on the outside. “We had neighbors asking when we were going to clean up the outside,” said Red Oak principal Anthony Giacobbe. Read more »

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