New Northern Liberties Condo With Roofdeck and Parking

Of the three units originally built for Callahan Ward’s Zabel’s Row, two remain. This unit, B, is move-in ready. Unit C is “available for customization.” Unit A, we suppose, has already been snapped up.

There are many lovely features to the condo — sleek, modern lines and luxury finishes among them — but one of the finest is that the home is 30 feet wide. This is not only a rarity in a neighborhood with occasionally crowded rowhomes. It allows for side-by-side two-car garage parking downstairs (another rarity in Northern Liberties).

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Dos Segundos Kicks Off Half-Price Happy Hour

Margarita at Cantina Dos SegundosStarting today, Dos Segundos in Northern Liberties is kicking off a half-priced happy hour. The Mexican bar is offering nachos, plantains, wings and empanadas for half-price.

On the drink side, classic margaritas (including pitchers), featured margaritas, draft beer and sangria are also half price.

Happy hour at Dos Segundos runs Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Want to Float on Epsom Salt? Check Out Philly’s New Floatation Spa

halcyonI did triple take this morning when a I got a press release about a new saltwater floatation spa that just opened at 209 West Girard Avenue. Yes, a floatation spa.

It’s called Halcyon Floats, a self-described “two-tank isolation spa in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia,” according to the press release. (Note: Our real estate gurus over on Property say the ‘hood is technically South Kensington, but … moving on.) The treatments work thusly: You’re lowered into a tank containing 10 inches of Epsom salt-laced water, whereupon you float in peace and quiet for 90 minutes. The water is so salty, apparently, that you become more buoyant than you would be if you floated on the Dead Sea.

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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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Northern Liberties Housing Rises Up in Wake of Warehouse Fire

front street townhouses

Photo: Sandy Smith

Even in cold, snowy weather, we can find construction workers digging away on projects across the city. We managed to catch a backhoe in action yesterday at a new townhouse development at 1118-30 N. Front St. in Northern Liberties.

This project, the first of two slated to go on the site, will add 26 three-story townhouses to the housing mix in the neighborhood.  The lot is the site of a vacant warehouse that caught fire in the summer of 2012. The building, which was owned by a subsidiary of Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments, was razed in the wake of the fire.

The lot changed hands the following summer in a nominal transaction that transferred ownership to another limited partnership for $2, according to public records.

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Northern Liberties Original Is Now Bourbon and Branch


One of the first reasons to venture to Northern Liberties was Liberties Restaurant. But that was back in the nineties and that rose has long lost its bloom. Now the bar and restaurant is being remade as Bourbon and Branch.

Alex Carbonell is the chef and owner of the new establishment. He has previously been in the kitchen at Lola’s in New Hope. Carbonell will be serving up pub fare with a twist like lamb bourguignon shepherds pie and tikka masala mussels.

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Tale of the Tape: Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co.


As we continue the Year of the Cheesesteak, we’ll be taking a look at cheesesteak spots that are new or have been suggested to us. Today, we visit Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co. in Northern Liberties. Del Rossi’s opened in late October of 2012, giving Northern Liberties a steak, pizza and sandwich shop that owner Mike Frank thought was missing from the neighborhood. The extensive menu includes burgers, hoagies and even salads, but we were focused on the cheesesteak when we visited on a recent weeknight.

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