You Have to Check Out This Neat, Solar-Paneled Home in Northern Liberties

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Is it just us or is there something a tad maze-like about this home (at least by what we can tell from the photos, see gallery below)? It’s interesting because other than that quirk and its über neat details, it’s a fairly unassuming newer construction in Northern Liberties, tucked away on the cobblestoned corner of Reno and Orkney Streets.

Unique features include a glass wall segregating the dining room from the Joanne Hudson-designed kitchen, where there’s custom concrete countertops and dining island (seats four), appliances made by Miele, Liebherr, and Wolf, and Downsview cabinetry; and a split-level second floor with three bedrooms (one of which has a custom steel fireplace) and a walk-in laundry room. Birch hardwood floors are throughout and there’s a custom-crafted wood, steel, and glass central staircase.

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New Spring Menu at Bardot

Sherry-Glazed Pork Belly with black garlic barley, garbanzos, ramps and fresno chiles

Sherry-Glazed Pork Belly with black garlic barley, garbanzos, ramps and fresno chiles

Your favorite French New Wave Cinema inspired restaurant (not that you have that many to choose from), Bardot, has released its new spring menu.

The menu includes a selection of tartines, small plates, and large plates. New items include:

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New-Look Finnigan’s Wake Would Become Creative Office Space

New look Finnigan's Wake | Rendering via Atkin Olshin Schade Architects and Stockton Real Estate Advisors

New look Finnigan’s Wake | Rendering via Atkin Olshin Schade Architects and Stockton Real Estate Advisors

“May it rest in peace.”

That was the sentiment from one of the neighbors in the crowd at the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association’s (NLNA) zoning meeting regarding the redevelopment of the former Finnigan’s Wake at 537 North 3rd Street. Developer Stockon Real Estate Advisors is looking to transform what was pub crawl central into a sleek creative office building with a roof deck and possibly a ground floor restaurant.

Those plans called for an addition to the building that would see it stretch to upwards of 75-feet, thanks to the roof deck. The height didn’t sit too well with some nearby neighbors, but NLNA showed they have bigger concerns in their provisos to the plan, which were set up after the initial meeting.

Essentially, NLNA is cool with the two-story addition, but they sure as hell don’t want another Finnigan’s Wake coming to the ground floor restaurant space–or worse, the proposed roof deck. NLNA Zoning Chair Larry Freedman Read more »

PSA: NoLibs Criminals, Dos Segundos Has Cameras

dos-segundos-suspect-400Attention to Northern Liberties criminals: Cantina Dos Segundos has cameras, and they’re pretty high resolution.

Last week, footage emerged of a female customer at Dos Segundos swiping a backpack that contained a gun belonging to a Philadelphia Police officer.

Yesterday, police say Dos Segundos’ cameras picked up another crime. A suspect, described as a white male, 20-30 years-of-age with brown hair walked in and made off with a money bag containing an unspecified amount of cash.

Criminals, you need to start noticing those surveillance cameras, they’re watching you.

Anyone with information is asked to call East Detectives Division, 215-686-3243/3244.

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Good Riddance: McFadden’s Closes Today

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

From the Department of Don’t Let the Door Hit You In the Ass comes news that the 3rd Street location of McFadden’s – aka that horrible bar somewhere near the cruddy cusp of Old City and Northern Liberties – is closing its doors today. And all God’s people said, “AMEN!” Read more »

On the Market: Luxe Unit Inside Northern Liberties Brownstone

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

I don’t know, friend. Would you say there’s a Rittenhouse Square vibe going on in this unit? That’s what the listing says, but we think the NoLibs home is lovely enough on it’s own without name-dropping the Square. Seriously.

Not only has it been historically designated, but the structure across from it happens to be the oldest Orthodox Christian church in Philadelphia: St. Andrew’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a neat looking place if we do say so ourselves.

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NLNA Gives Finnigan’s Wake Conversion Plans A Trim

So, Finnigan's Wake could look dramatically different. | Image: Sandy Smith

Early Conceptual designs show that Finnigan’s Wake could look dramatically different. | Image: Sandy Smith | Designs: Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

There have been times when the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Zoning Committee has stopped developments in their tracks because of the strong objections of a single near neighbor.

That didn’t happen at the committee’s March 30 meeting, and boy, was that neighbor pissed about that.

Instead, the committee expressed general approval of a plan to build an addition on top of the former Finnigan’s Wake at Third and Spring Garden streets and only asked that the developer take about 20 feet off of the proposed 75-foot-high structure.

Architect Sam Olshin of Atkin Oshin Schade Architects, presenting on behalf of developer Stockton Real Estate Advisors, explained that the addition, Read more »

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