New Coworking Space “The Yard” Brings Privacy Back to the Office

The Yard lounge and exterior of the Steele Building. Images courtesy of The Yard.

This week Philly got another shared office space and this time The Yard, an established New York-based chain of creative spaces, expanded out of state for the first time to Philly’s Midtown Village, Center City neighborhood.

Since launching in 2011, the Yard has opened eight locations across Brooklyn and Manhattan and it’s ninth location is now open at the Steele building where it occupies four floors and the building’s 2,000 square feet roof deck.

One distinguishing characteristic? Unlike other shared offices, you won’t find glass-to-glass enclosures at The Yard’s new location.

“Sometimes in an office you don’t want people looking over your shoulder at your screen and sometimes you can do without seeing your neighbor and their mess,” The Yard co-founder Morris Levy told Philadelphia magazine. And while you may want a window, maybe you don’t want windows on every side, Levy added. And the strategy to integrate less glass in the space has added better acoustic quality and even more creative space, he said. Occupants across all eight locations have made the space their own with photos, art and even paint. Read more »

The Best Cafes (and Restaurants) to Bring Your Laptop and Eat an Actual Meal

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

Maybe you’re a freelancer with a few hours between meetings downtown and you want to keep up the productivity. Or there’s construction in your office building and you can’t get anything done with power tools grinding away upstairs. Or you work from home but you’ve reached the point at which you’ll freak out if you don’t leave the house today.

You need a spot to get work done — school, freelance, creative, or just catching up on email. You also need to eat, and as tasty as the croissants and cookies at most coffee shops are, they’re not exactly brain food.

We’ve rounded up some of Philly’s favorite spots to camp out for a few hours (or more), eat a real breakfast or lunch, crush your task list. For our purposes, we’ve stuck with Center City and adjacent neighborhoods; we also made free wi-fi for customers and an actual food menu (however brief) a requirement.

And for when the workday spans meals, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite trendy spots where you might spend a working lunch (and maybe happy hour afterwards) while chowing down on a more substantial, chef-driven menu.

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Neapolitan Pizza, Craft Beer, and Comfort Food Coming to Chestnut Street This Fall

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Chestnut Street in Midtown Village is heating up. Last week, we announced that beer and BBQ hall Tradesman’s would be opening late this year on the 1300 block. And nearby at 12th and Market, construction on the East Market project continues apace.

Now, the Asbury Park-based creative collective and restaurant group Smith will be opening two restaurants on the 1200 block of Chestnut. Neapolitan pizzeria Porta and comfort food and craft beer-focused Brickwall Tavern will set up outposts at 1214 and 1216 Chestnut Street, respectively.

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Barbuzzo Debuts Salted Caramel Budino Choco Taco, Gives Us Life

Frozen Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Choco Taco / Barbuzzo

Frozen Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Choco Taco / Barbuzzo

We’re rarely optimistic about the week ahead on a gray Monday morning like this, but a ray of hope just peeked through the clouds: Barbuzzo’s newest budino-based dessert is the Frozen Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Choco Taco, and it’s available this Friday only.

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Jawdropper of the Week: Modern History in Midtown Village for $1.975M

105 S. 12th St., Apt. 504, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | Images courtesy of PhillyLiving

105 S. 12th St., Apt. 504, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | Images courtesy of PhillyLiving

When you hear the phrase “penthouse unit,” you know you’re in for a treat – and this unit located on the top floor of Midtown Village’s S.S. White Building is no exception.

This apartment occupies over 3,000 square feet of space and boasts 15-foot ceilings, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and our personal favorite, a huge skylight that spans the entire kitchen (seriously, look at that thing!). Speaking of the kitchen, this one features high-end appliances, an island counter with seating for four, a wine fridge and a pantry. Off the kitchen find a cozy office and laundry room. Read more »

Is “Spring Arts” the Next Midtown Village?

Photograph by Charles Mostoller.

Photograph by Charles Mostoller.

That the viaduct rail park is actually becoming a thing is, well, dumb luck. In 2015, when developers Aaron Cohen and Craig Grossman set their sights on a block just north of Chinatown, they liked what the elevated rail tracks lent to the area; they were authentic and gritty in the best possible way. Now the first phase of the park is under way, and that’s a huge bonus for their audacious plans. Read more »

Destination Dogs Headed to Philly

Destination Dogs comes to Walnut Street

Destination Dogs comes to Walnut Street

The wild idea for Destination Dogs came both from creator Jimmy Cronk’s love for hot dogs and partly from his love of travel, which his wife Diana recognized as combinable passions. “My partners and I travel a lot. Well, we used to. Now we’re definitely traveling from the kitchen to the bar,” said Jimmy. “I knew I could get a little out there once it was globally inspired. I didn’t have to stick to the parameter of just serving hot dogs.” He certainly didn’t. Soon, hot dogs made of duck, alligator, kangaroo, and python will be available in Philadelphia. The restaurant is expanding here after four successful years in its original New Brunswick location. It is also updating its menu to include more shareable appetizers, such as scotch eggs, buffalo-inspired wings, and crab dip.

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Barbuzzo Is Hosting a Rosé Happy Hour

Upstairs at Barbuzzo: Yes, there's an upstairs and it's downright roomy

Upstairs at Barbuzzo: Yes, there’s an upstairs and it’s downright roomy

It’s a Rosé happy hour tonight, Friday, August 12th upstairs at Barbuzzo. The cash only event runs from 5 pm to 9 pm and will feature $10 rosé wines from France, Germany and Spain. Barbuzzo’s kitchen will also be offering bar snacks like papas fritas, marinated sirloin kabobs,  Lolita sliders and more.

DJ Jersey Dan will be spinning hip-hop, soul and disco to keep the in-the-pink revelers partying.

Downstairs at Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean restaurant has turned its whole wine list over to rosé wines. There are 26 rosé wines representing five countries and 36 grape varietals. Elsewhere on 13th Street, Bud & Marilyn’s is serving up slushy Frosé fun all night.

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