The National’s Rebirth Officially Begins Friday

The new National mixed-use apartment/retail building in Old City. | Rendering: Barton Partners via The Buccini/Pollin Group

A little more than a year ago, as it was being demolished, the old National Products Company Building on North Second Street in Old City got a thorough going-over from Bradley Maule at Hidden City, who noted that whatever else happened, the bright-orange-tile Midcentury Modern facade that made the building worth saving would be preserved and restored.

The only difference between Maule’s description of how that would happen then and what will happen starting Friday, June 9th, is that the people in charge of the reconstruction project have changed. Replacing Glenside-based Dale Corporation is the Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG), a Wilmington-based developer of multifamily housing, office buildings and mixed-use projects, including Talen Energy Stadium (nee PPL Park), the home of the Philadelphia Union soccer team on the Chester waterfront. Read more »

Old City Eats Kicks Off Second Summer With Block Party

During summertime in the city, Thursday really is the new weekend: with everyone heading out of town for weekend fun at the shore or other vacation spots, socializing over a drink or two within city limits gets bumped up a few days.

To ensure that you’re still getting your recommended weekly allowance of food and drink specials, Old City Eats has returned for a second season — and they’re kicking off the summer with an outdoor block party next week.

Read more »

Nick Elmi Is Opening Another Chef-Driven Bar in Old City

After his first hit restaurant, Laurel, Top Chef winner Nick Elmi chose to get into the bar game. He opened a sneaky-good cocktail and wine bar right next door to his intimate 22-seater called ITV and gave East Passyunk diners an elegant spot to snack on things like beef fat biscuits and caviar. And it’s great — the New York Times even singled it out in a feature piece with the likes of only three other restaurants (powerhouses): Kanella, Vedge, and Vernick.

Elmi — stir-crazed on East Passyunk or itching for a change of pace — has a new deal in the works in Old City at 52 South Second Street. And this time, he’s partnering up with a couple of familiar bar pros,Stephen Simons and David Frank.

Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Old City

122-30 New St., Unit 4A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Torn between the cutting-edge and colonial? Can’t decide if trendy or traditional is right for you? We found the solution: new Old City.

Rich in history, teeming with notable landmarks and outfitted with cobblestone streets to boot, the remarkable charm of Old City, located between Front and 6th streets from Callowhill to Walnut, is unmatched. Then, when the sun goes down, first-rate nightlife abounds. With delicious eats, lively bars and the monthly First Friday celebration for art lovers across the city, the area seamlessly blends the ancient and the contemporary; it’s the new Old City, providing its residents the best of both worlds. Warning: tourists are plentiful, to say the least, and parking is minimal, but public transportation is easily accessible.

If this traditional yet hip atmosphere feels like the perfect combination for you, then look no further. Old City has a median home value of $325,200. But if you can bump that number up by 150K, give or take, then we have three great options below. Homes in the area, like the location itself, skillfully combine historic appeal with present-day glamour. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Huge and Historic in Old City for $750K

123 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

123 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

A trinity house in Elfreth’s Alley? It doesn’t get much more Philadelphian than that.

This expanded trinity maintains plenty of its traditional elements, most notably the trinity staircase, but these elements are balanced out by many new upgrades. First and foremost, each floor has multiple rooms, giving homeowners much more space than they would have in the average trinity. Enter into the living room, which is followed by a dining room and then an eat-in kitchen. From the kitchen, head outside and enjoy the nice yard space. The second floor is home to the master suite and a den. The third floor has two additional bedrooms, a sitting room, and a bathroom. Read more »

Room of the Week: A Dreamy Old City Dining Room With Ceilings for Days

Photo by Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Photography

Photo by Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Photography

Imagine with me, if you will, the amazing dinner parties you could have in this Old City dining room. I can’t help but place myself right there at the head of the table, full-on fabulous Great Gatsby attire, with a long smoldering cigarette between my fingers, while I entertain my guests with my wit and charm. I don’t even smoke, you guys, and I’m probably not that charming, either.

But doesn’t this dreamy dining room just make you want host the most fabulous parties, with the light from that pretty chandelier glinting off your champagne flute?

In this week’s installment of Room of the Week, I got the skinny on how this pretty dining room came together. Pay attention, people. There’s plenty of design inspo to crib here.

Read more »

More Than 100 Bodies Found at Old City Construction Site

More than 100 bodies have reportedly been excavated from an Old City construction site where workers first unearthed a coffin last week.

The construction site, soon to be developed into a new apartment complex by PMC Property Group, is located at 218 Arch St. You might recall that last week a construction worker threw a dirt ball at a reporter who was broadcasting the scene on Facebook Live. Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: Lokal

A model suite at Lokal. | Photos: Sandy Smith

A model suite at Lokal. | Photos: Sandy Smith

The PHLCVB, of course, wants you to Visit Philadelphia®.

The owners of Lokal, a new boutique hotel opening next month on North 3rd Street in Old City, wants you to see it like a native.

To help you do that, they’ve made themselves scarce and outfitted the suites so that you can settle in like a resident.

The six-unit hotel with a salon on the street floor is in the final stages of construction. Two model suites — a family-friendly two-bedroom and a one-bedroom — have been outfitted by the Jersey Ice Cream Company, the firm co-owners Chad and Courtney Ludeman hired to design the facility. (Yes, it’s an interior design firm. They don’t make ice cream at all.) Read more »

« Older Posts