WATCH: Wiener Dogs Race in Hot Dog Buns in Manayunk

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Shaak via Instagram

If you weren’t one of the hundreds of people crowding around tiny race tracks in Manayunk last night to watch wiener dogs sprint in hot dog buns, well … that’s too bad.

Lucky for you, social media exists, and we’ve culled some of the best posts from the event, which benefited the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and took place at a bar called Lucky’s Last Chance. Read more »

First-Time Find: Refreshed in Germany Hill for $239.9K

332 Fountain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

332 Fountain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We know, we know, we keep featuring homes for sale in Northwest Philly. But in our defense, all the stellar listings that are fresh to the market lately make it so easy – like this Germany Hill townhome that was just re-listed, is incredibly affordable and would make a great first-time home.

Right away, we have to mention the adorable front porch (although it might not be so adorable if you don’t like your neighbors). From there, enter inside to the main floor, which is highlighted by wood flooring that balance greatly with the brick fireplace in the corner of the living room and the light colored walls throughout. From the living room, reach the dining room and then the updated kitchen. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Young at Heart in Manayunk for $275K

4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

It’s not often that a trinity is this new. Rebuilt only ten years ago, it is quite certainly a baby compared to its counterparts. But don’t let its age (or lack thereof) fool you; the residence definitely gives its predecessors a run for their money.

Step through the front door and enter into the home’s modern kitchen, fit with tile countertops, designer backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. In typical Manayunk fashion, the home is situated on a hill. So, it makes sense that the sizable deck off the kitchen soars above the ground.

Back inside, descend down the spiral staircase into the lower level living room – a modern twist on the traditional trinity layout. This living area features a stone fireplace, a powder room, and yet another deck. Quite bigger than the first, though, this deck is perfect for entertaining guests during those warm summer months.

Located upstairs on the second floor are a decently sized bedroom and the home’s only full bathroom. Continue up the steps to a loft, which features a skylight and nice view, and depending on your needs, is probably the best choice for the master bedroom.

Any regular to Manayunk knows that parking after rush hour or on the weekends can be a nightmare, but you can breathe a sign of relief because this home is located on a street that has recently initiated permit parking. Add to that its prime location just minutes from the Manayunk train station and all the fun that Main Street has to offer, and you have yourself a winner.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 955

SALE PRICE: $275,000



4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 [Reda Akbil | BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Walnut]

Union Taco Moving in Manayunk, Napoleon Burger Opening in its Place

Union Taco/Facebook

Union Taco/Facebook

After close to two years at 4229 Main Street in Manayunk, Union Taco’s Nick Farina will try his hand at making something of the 4161 Main Street address, which, since 2011, has been home to five failed restaurant concepts (Anastasi Raw Bar, Beast & Ale, Bisou, Gemelli, and MangoMoon).

For Farina, the game-changer here is obviously the liquor license attached to the property, so he’s rebranding and calling it Union Taco Tequila y Cerveza.

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Ramen Pop-Up at Taqueria Feliz

A Mexican bao bun? It's happening this week in Manayunk.

A Mexican bao bun? It’s happening this week in Manayunk.

Have you ever felt like your burrito needed more noodles? Or your ramen needed more tortilla chips? Neither have we, nonetheless we’re intrigued by the pop-up Taqueria Feliz has planned. The Manayunk Mexican restaurant is hosting a ramen pop-up. Mexican-Asian fusion might sound weird but we’re willing to give dishes like Ramen Poblano a try.

And the Main Street bar will also be well stocked with Sapporo Pilsner and Black Raspberry “Sake-Ritas.”

Check out the rest of the menu.

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First-Time Find: Room to Grow (Up) in Manayunk for Under $250K

4618 Smick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 | TREND images via RE/MAX Premier

4618 Smick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 | TREND images via RE/MAX Premier

You’ve probably heard that if you’re a kid fresh out of college looking for the perfect house that’s within close proximity to multiple bars and hangover-curing restaurants, then Manayunk is your hub. But the ‘Yunk is also one of the hippest places for young families. With a variety of vintage and fashion-forward stores, numerous top-rated restaurants and, of course, a killer bar scene, Manayunk is totally on trend. This week’s First-Time Find is ideally situated for both those who want to relive their college days and those looking for a home (and a location) that’s a little more grown up. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Notch Above the Usual in Manayunk

3810 Lauriston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

3810 Lauriston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

It’s not every day that you’ll run into a home in the city so well-maintained and affordable–it’s totally updated and priced under $220,000.

The least a first time homeowner could ask for are somewhat spacious quarters and modern appliances. This charming home checks those boxes off and does more–with fresh updates like new hardwood flooring, replaced windows, roof and carpeting, it’s a new homeowner’s dream. Read more »

This Expansive Persian Rug Showroom Is Manayunk’s Best Kept Secret

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Parisa and her father in their Manayunk showroom. | Photo by Lauren McGrath for phillymag.com.

Manayunk may not be the hippest neighborhood in Philly anymore (that honor belongs to Fishtown), but that doesn’t mean it’s not home to a few hidden treasures.

One such treasure—a magnificent Persian rug showroom—belongs to Parisa Abdollahi, owner of Parisa Rugs and Décor in Old City, and it seems decidedly out of place along the banks of the Schuylkill.

“It’s kind of like Ali Baba’s secret cave,” she chuckles as she leads us into her private collection of roughly 3,000 antique Persian rugs. She’s definitely not wrong. Read more »

Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Craig Wilson and his fiancee Jacqueline Au who are behind the curiously punctuated Maya.J are preparing to open their second restaurant in Manayunk. Gigi Italian Bistro BYOB is replacing So Crepe at 4357 Main Street. Wilson and Au are promising a cozy feel, like being invited into a mother or grandmother’s home.

The menu will offer pasta, poultry, meat and seafood. The menu will range from $15 to $40.

Check out some photos of the plates »

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