Philadelphia excels at industrial-to-residential conversions, a trend with super cool results: A warehouse turned family home. A trolley garage turned firehouse turned apartment. A meat-packing plant turned into eight units.
So it’s understandable that the listing for this Kensington home wastes no time boasting that it’s a “stunning conversion of an industrial garage to an ultra modern 3 bedroom.”
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Cook and Shaker opened yesterday at the corner of Tulip and Albert Streets in Kensington. Restaurant industry vet Laura Viegas is behind the venture. The spot will focus on serving fresh and elevated comfort food along with cocktails and craft beer.
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What’s nine stories high and a full 156,000 square feet? The Independence Press building. Located in Philly’s “Loft District,” 533 N. 11th Street has been in want of a new owner since May 2012 when it was put on the market for $6.9 million.
Since then, the former site of a commercial printing company has passed through the hands of developers eyeing it up as a potential project for “loft-style condos.” But with no takers willing to commit, The Philadelphia Business Journal now reports the building will be up for auction on November 7th.
The suggested opening bid? $3.1 million.
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Doub Hanshaw, the über-creative creative director of Free People, bought this Kensington garage a few years ago after a bolt of inspiration hit her as she was walking her dogs. Fast-forward past the renovation of the former mechanics’ HQ, and the transformation was featured in Foam Magazine, Anthology, Apartment Therapy–twice– Philadelphia Magazine, and here on Property. It’s simply too splendiferous an interior (as we say) to ignore.
Major perks: radiant-heat cement floors, wood-burning stove, outside courtyard, plenty of light streaming in through a wall of windows. Best of all? A peek into Hanshaw’s remarkable vision as seen in photos that can serve as decor blueprints. When we last spoke to her, Hanshaw and fam were preparing for a move to the country. She said, “We hope the garage goes into some good hands that appreciate it as much as we do.”
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National Geographic: “In Kensington, north Philadelphia, heroin, crack cocaine and PCP are dealt from a hundred different corners. Abandoned homes and factories serve as crash pads, shooting galleries, dope holes and stash houses. And for the fiends and dealers born in the neighborhoods, the area is a deadly trap. We’ll meet Jerome an addict for more than 40 years who sells clean needles, and Matthew, an HIV-positive user who tests heroin for local bosses.”
“Soar Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease on Kensington’s Flying Trapeze!” That’s what the poster would say if P.T. Barnum were advertising the Fly School Circus Arts’ move to 1620 North Fifth Street. From suburban Bucks County to gritty Fifth and Cecil B. Moore — that’s quite a change.
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This video, purporting to show Philadelphia officers in Kensington subduing a suspect with a certain level of force, is pretty interesting.
Here’s what we really don’t know: When this video was taken, or the reason this suspect was stopped in the first place. It’s fair to say he was resisting police at points; is their response merely the messy part of police work, or does it cross a line? (And for the record: These are actual questions—it’s easy to see how people are going to see what they want to see in this video, both for good or ill.)
What we do know: This video was uploaded to LiveLeak.com on Monday by user XcriscofistX, and seems to be going viral—viewed more than 40,000 times and embedded on websites more than 180 times. (Which is why we’re publishing it before we get police comment—this video is already out there.) The comments section makes Philly.com look like a salon in Plato’s Greece.
We’re sending inquiries to the Philly Police Department to see if the department has any comment.
[Hat tip: Reddit]
[Update 10:30 am] The Philadelphia Police Department offers the following response via email:
This video is a old video that we are aware of and just resurfaced on the web. This is an open internal affairs investigation so we can not comment on the facts of the case at this time.
Kensington is landing a new bar. Cook and Shaker is replacing the Chug a Mug bar at 2301 E. Albert Street (corner of Tulip and Albert). The spot is from Laura Viegas , a restaurant vet with experience at White Dog Cafe, Farmacia and Bisro 7 Viegas has worked as a chef and a baker and will focus on providing scratch-made, freshly prepared cooking. During the buildup, Viegas was adamant about not including a walk-in fridge, ensuring that fresh will be the mantra.
Cook and Shaker will be open seven days a week with the kitchen serving from 3 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and beginning at noon on weekends. The menu of sandwiches and entrees will top out at $15 and will include vegan and vegetarian options. Menu highlights which will feature ingredients from Greensgrow and Green Meadow farms, will include:
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This condo unit in the Steel Factory Lofts in Kensington is pretty special: The combination of the wood ceiling, the exposed brick walls and the hardwood floors in the central open space is every loft-owner’s dream. It also has a vast bathroom with a marble bathtub, a private balcony, deeded parking and five years left on a tax abatement.
The views of the skyline and the bridge are terrific; for those who don’t agree, there’s a skyline on the wall as well.
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