TONIGHT: Josh Schonewolf’s Big Gay Pool Party Kicks Off at North Shore Beach Club

drink or swim north shore beach club

Philly party producer Josh Schonewolf has a lot of great ideas, but I think this one takes the cake: Tonight is the debut of his weekly pool party at North Shore Beach Club, Drink or Swim. Schonewolf says the parties will happen every Monday throughout the summer — or until it gets cold — and feature surprise performances (drag queens! songbirds!), a revolving selection of local DJs, and your chance to see your Man Crush Monday and Woman Crush Wednesdays in the skimpiest getup imaginable.

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New in NoLibs: Fantastic Home With Many Appealing Adjectives

422-24 Green Street, Philadelphia, PA

422-24 Green Street, Philadelphia, PA

Looking both fresh and comfortable, this three-story home in one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods was built circa 1840 and blends traces of historic charm with heavy doses of contemporary. Among its restored features are the wood beam ceilings, staircase, and exposed brick.

The living room includes original pinewood floors (now with radiant heat), high ceilings (13 feet) with exposed beams, and built-in shelving. The brick wood-burning fireplace is also an original and has an 1840s mantle with a decorative German ceramic tile surround. From this room a set of glass-etched double doors lead to the skylight-lit staircase.

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Vision of NoLibs That’s More Buñuel Than Blatstein


Perhaps it’s fitting that renderings of this new construction on Third Street should appear on real estate websites around the time of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s death, when so many are talking about magical realism. These remind me of fantasist animator Hayao Miyazaki too, particularly the night view, which is in a dark rain. You don’t see that too often — usually an exterior night view in a rendering has a building shimmering like a golden palace atop a hill of diamonds. Sparkly and pretty.

One image of the homes recalls the Mario Brothers circa Atari, with bright green levels that make me want to break out the eighth-grade joystick.

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NoLibs Civic Still Concerned About TLA Movie Theater

tla warehouse cinema rendering

A rendering presented to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Photo by Sandy Smith.

This much is clear after the proposed Warehouse Cinema’s second trip before the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) Zoning Committee on Feb. 24: While the committee and its neighbors generally like the idea, they’re not going to let it sail through without ironclad assurances about two things.

One, that it will be a place where people go to see movies with food and drink on the side and not a bar and restaurant where people can catch a flick.

Two, that the crowds and noise won’t spill over onto nearby streets — or even the desolate block of North Sixth Street this project will enliven.

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Builder Callahan Ward’s Latest Project Gets a Lukewarm Reception

Photo: Sandy Smith

Photo: Sandy Smith

Generally speaking, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) Zoning Committee has a good working relationship with Callahan Ward Companies, one of the neighborhood’s more active builders. The firm has a reputation for being attentive to neighbors’ concerns when building new homes, and company rep Nino Cutrufello generally likes the end products of the often highly detailed critiques the NLNA’s Zoning and Urban Design committees give projects up for review.

That doesn’t mean that what Callahan Ward wants, it gets. Its latest proposal for new residential construction in NoLibs is a case in point.

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New Condos in Northern Liberties

933 N. Front St.

Well, sure. Development couldn’t hurt. Photo: Google Street View.

Variances have been granted, permits issued, and foundations poured for a new seven-unit townhome condo development at 933-37 N. Front St. in Northern Liberties, a stone’s throw from the Delaware riverfront.

But nothing’s gone up on those foundations yet, because the project architect, JKR Partners, sought to make a change to the design that required another round of zoning review.

In a previous review, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) had given the go-ahead to a design that terraces the homes so the structures slope down towards the river, just as the lot they sit on does. The townhomes, which will rise to a height of 60 feet, will have garages on their street floors and three stories above. The homes will have rear decks on the second and third floors and roof decks accessed via pilot houses.

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From Bauhaus to Your House at Fourth and Fairmount

Photo: Sandy Smith

Photo: Sandy Smith

If you’re the sort of person who takes pride in having cosmopolitan taste and International Style, we have a development in Northern Liberties for you.

Zabels Row, a three-unit townhome project at 444 Fairmount Ave., takes its design cues from Bauhaus industrial architecture of the 1930s. When Nino Cutrufello of Callahan Ward Companies presented preliminary renderings and photos of the building that served as inspiration for this project on an industrially zoned site to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Zoning Committee a little more than a year ago, many neighbors in attendance expressed the desire that Callahan Ward build the industrial building instead.

The company took the advice to heart, lightening the building’s color palate — even adopting the shade of brick used in the 1930s building — and enlarging the windows on the narrow Fairmount Avenue elevation.

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Northern Liberties Rehab With Exposed Brick, Original Floors

Here’s a terrific new listing in Northern Liberties: a four-story home that’s been renovated without being stripped of its historic charm. There’s exposed brick, curving banisters and classically designed staircase, and refinished original wood floors on the first level. Each of the bedrooms has its own private bathroom and walk-in closet, and one of the master suites has an adjoining sitting room as well. All the finishes — from windowsills to kitchen backsplash — are, according to the listing, “magazine quality.”

Extra space includes a finished basement and a large private patio outdoors.

Beds: 3
Baths: 3.5
Square feet: 3,184
Price: $595,000
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