“Fishtown’s First Float Spa” Is Not in Fishtown at All. Discuss.

halcyonThe soon-to-open Halcyon Floats has sent out a press release describing itself as a ”two-tank isolation spa in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.” An attached flyer has the tagline “Fishtown’s First Float Spa.”

Halcyon — located at 206 West Girard Avenue — may be many things, but it is not in Fishtown. Front Street Frankford Avenue, as a commenter notes below, is the dividing line — when West Girard turns to East Girard. In fact, the spa is on the edge of Northern Liberties, which is bounded by the south side of Girard. But as Halcyon is on the north side of Girard, it’s in South Kensington, a neighborhood whose revitalization and development was just featured in a three-part series by Aaron Kase over at Hidden City.

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Morning Headlines: Kenpor L.P. Backs Out of Property Rehabbing Over a Year Later

An agreement to demolish / rehabilitate the former properties of slumlord Robert Coyle has come to naught. The deal, made in September 2012, was between the city and Kenpor L.P. It involved the holding company getting 98 of the properties in exchange for paying the city $300,000 with $630,000 added overtime.

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It’s Time for Memphis Taproom’s Sixth Annual Boxing Day Festival

boxing-day-memphis-taproomFor the last five years, Memphis Taproom has hosted a Boxing Day Beer Festival. And this year will be no different. Starting at 11:30 a.m. today, the beer bar will be serving some of the best holiday and seasonal ales from around the world. They’ll also be helping neighbors in need. This year they’re collecting new children’s books for area school children. Earn a dollar off each draft beer for every children’s book you donate today.

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Morning-of-the-Day-Before-Christmas Headlines: The Waters Rise

The water main break’s gallons are equal to more than 30 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Of course the big story of the day for those in Frankford, North Philadelphia, Kensington, Port Richmond, and Juniata Park (or anyone else with a heart) is the enormous water main break that caused a gush of 20 to 23 million gallons of water equal to 30 to 34 Olympic -size swimming pools. The break will “inconvenience” residents for months. Given the damage to businesses and homes, and the fact that the city is only mandated to pay out a certain amount, the inconvenience is going to turn into major life changes for many. What a mess. Oddly, I’ve heard no jokes about the Rapture yet, or walking on water. Too soon?

More headlines…

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Unique Kensington Garage Conversion With Exposed Brick and Glass-Encased Courtyard

Kitchen of 2062 E Fletcher Street, Philadelphia, PA

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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Morning Headlines: Loft District Building Goes Up For Auction

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

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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SOLD: Doub Hanshaw’s Incredible Free People Garage Loft

free-people-loftDoub 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 MagazineAnthologyApartment Therapytwice– 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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WATCH: National Geographic’s Doc About Drugs in Philly

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.”

Olde Kensington Gets an Outdoor Trapeze School


“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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