Either/Or: Northern Liberties Edition

Northern Liberties either/or

Left: 1005 N Orianna; RIght: 407 Poplar

Parking, balconies, decks, kitchens with granite counters and brand appliances–these two homes have them all. Of course, they’re both in Northern Liberties, so maybe finding what they have in common isn’t the way to go. Let’s see where they differ.

The home on Orianna Street is a custom-designed property offering a lower-level theater room, two-car parking, and a private office on the first floor (this could easily be switched to another bedroom). Outside is a 2,000-square-foot backyard.

Meanwhile, the Poplar Street residence boasts one-car parking and an open steel staircase with solid wood tread. The home is also custom designed, but, unlike the one on Orianna, includes a sunken living area and a roof deck with hardwired speakers. Recessed lighting and hardwood floors can be found throughout.

Galleries and further details below.

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New Listing: Lawrence Street Eye-Catcher in Northern Liberties

Unit B, 956 N Lawrence St, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

This contemporary property–unattached and set 50 feet from the street, so perhaps easily missed–is three stories of African walnut floors, many windows, and bedrooms with smoked glass doors.

The home boasts roof deck, finished basement with two windows, and an open wood staircase with iron railing that was custom-designed.  Marble backsplash and a beverage center are all part of the customized kitchen, which is loaded with stainless steel appliances. Upstairs, the master suite has a private deck and an oversized double shower with a transom window. Another deck can be found in the third bedroom.

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Development Roundup: Digital Billboards Are Finally Coming to Market Street and Other Projects…

Market Street side of Mellon Independence Center. Photo credit: Google Street View

Market Street side of Mellon Independence Center.
Photo credit: Google Street View

Construction making way for video billboards set to line the roof of the former Lit Bros. building on Market Street has begun. Philly.com’s Maria Panaritis reports $10 million went into the project with an additional $10 million going to updating nearby public amenities.

Investors and other involved parties are aiming for a New Year’s Eve light up as the area has long been a ghost of its retail past. The “stadiumlike, wraparound, LED signs” are expected to encourage redevelopment and bring in revenue, something it has already started doing:

Indeed, advertising contracts for billboards of this nature can be very lucrative. Merlini estimated that annual revenues from the signs to be installed atop the Lits building would be in the “seven figures.”

“We didn’t know what a revenue source it would be until we got into it,” he said, adding that advertisement contracts were already in place.

Here are other unfolding projects…

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SausageFest Kicks Off at Standard Tap

standard-tap-sausage-fest-squareNow through Thursday, October 2nd, Standard Tap is celebrating its annual Sausage Fest. The fine folk at the Tap promise this will be their biggest celebration of cylindrical meat yet. There will be everything from Bratwurst to Chorizo and it will all be accompanied by local fest beers and German-style drafts.
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Here Are Some More Philadelphia Neighborhoods We Could Rename

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Earlier this week, Philebrity noted a particularly awesome posting on the Fishtown Spirit’s Facebook page:

Northern Liberties II! “The hysteria this caused was unbelievable,” a commenter wrote, “reigniting the ol’ oldhead vs. newbie debates.”

Though the rumor is ridiculous, the reasoning behind it certainly isn’t: Fishtown does feel more like Northern Liberties nowadays. And not even the Nolibs of 10 years ago. Fishtown has its cache of gimmick bars near Frankford and Girard — a better stand-in for the Nolibs area in and around the Piazza. Approximately 85 new pizza places have opened in the last year. (Note: The last time I made a joke like this, people asked me, “Wow! Eighty-five?!” Please note this number is an exaggeration for comedic effect. It’s actually 81.) Fishtown feels like it’s getting younger and hipper — occasionally, this means “douchier.” So, just like Northern Liberties!

Of course, no one wants to rename Fishtown. The people who just moved there who were scared of it five years ago want that mentioned-in-the-New York Times cachet that goes along with the Fishtown name! But we could rename it Northern Liberties II, if we wanted to be jerks. It got me thinking about other sections of the city we could rename if we were jerks, and I came up with a few:

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Developer Needs Zoning Relief For Mixed-Use Project On 4th and Fairmount

Photo credit: Google Street View

Photo credit: Google Street View

Developer David Perlman wants to transform the site of the former Trans Atlantic Company warehouse and nearby buildings into residences, PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports. Last we heard, developer Greg Hill had his eye on the building at 4th and Fairmount and planned to adaptively reuse the property, according to Sandy Smith.

Now, Perlman has presented his plans before the Zoning Board of Adjustment and asked for zoning relief for the proposed 55-unit project that will still involve “the demolition of a few buildings and the adaptive reuse of others.” Residents brought up potential parking issues, much like last time, but it was the question of commercial space that took precedence this time around:

The major issue between the developer and the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association—and “major” is probably an overstatement—is about the amount of commercial space included in the project. The original plans called for no commercial space, but after conversations with NLNA, Perlman says he agreed to include 1,000 square feet of commercial space in one unit facing Fairmount.

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Philadelphia Fall Festivals Season Kicks Off With Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, Two Brewfests, the NoLibs Fall Music Fest, and More



Tonight: Jerry’s Bar Hosting Four-Course Farm to Bar Dinner

farm-to-bar-jerrys-400Jerry’s Bar, which was recently named a Best of Philly City Brunch spot, is proving good things happen at dinner too. Tonight, September 3rd, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., chef Matt Moon is hosting a four-course Farm to Bar Dinner.

Featuring fresh, organic food from Greensgrow Farm and brews from Yards Brewing, the dinner will take place on the balcony of the Northern Liberties bar.

Each course will include a beer pairing, as well as a description of the courses served and ingredients used from a Greensgrow farm expert and a Yards Brewing brew master. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

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Witnesses: Man Punches Woman After Northern Liberties 2nd Street Fest

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UPDATE: Internal Affairs is investigating police response to this incident. For the full story, go here.

ORIGINAL:

Sunday night was a festive one in Northern Liberties. The sixth-annual 2nd Street Festival brought in thousands of people for bands, beers, and cool food and craft vendors. A fun time was had by all — at least until the party was wrapping up. Read more »

Northern Liberties 2nd Street Festival is Back

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The 6th annual 2nd Street Festival is back. On August 3rd from noon to 10 p.m., enjoy 6-blocks of over 150 vendors, including restaurants, food trucks, beer gardens, pop-up margarita bars, craft stations, and musical guests. Lil’ Pop Shop, Mac Mart Cart, Silk City Diner, and The Cow & The Curd are just a few of the places you can get your eats on. And across the festival, close to 30 artists and bands will be performing.

Yet the event isn’t just there to give you a good ole’ Sunday Funday, the 2nd Street Festival works to bring the community together and introduce others to the neighborhood. “This really is a unique, grass-roots neighborhood endeavor, putting a spotlight on the businesses, artists, and community members that make Northern Liberties so special,” said Owen Kamihira, a founding sponsor and owner of El Camino Real.

The festival is free and open to all ages.

2nd Street Festival [Official]

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