Opening of Front Street Dive and More at Victoria Freehouse

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Lots going on at Victoria Freehouse this summer. First, Front Street Dive (the 2nd floor of Victoria Freehouse) is now open. Head up there on Thursdays for karaoke with Dr. Thunder or on Fridays and Saturdays for various DJs. The bar will be open from 9pm-2am on these days and available for private parties Monday through Wednesday.

Next, happy hour has begun at The Victoria. Mon-Fri from 4-7pm enjoy $5 Imperial (20-ounce) pints and half-priced pub snacks.

And now for their summer events. We’re talking 4th of July, Christmas in July, Harry Potter and more.

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Tomorrow: Federal Donuts Pop Up And More At N3RD St Market

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N3RD St Farmers Market, which brings growers, farmers and makers to Old City, will host Federal Donuts, Hocks N Coqs and Food Underground (among others) tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1st, from 12 – 7pm.

We’ve already had some FedNuts news today, but for those who can’t get to their National Fried Chicken Day celebration, there’s this: A N3RD pop-up that will offer donuts all day long for $2.50/ donut or $20/ dozen. Tomorrow’s flavors are Peach Cobbler, Chocolate Tahina and Creme Brûlée.

But wait, there’s more…

Headlines: Dead on Arrival? Committee to Review New 10-Story Project in Old City

Top: View of site from Arch St; Bottom: View of site from south end of Little Boys Court| Images via Google Street View

Top: View of site from Arch St; Bottom: View of site from south end of Little Boys Court| Images via Google Street View

UPDATE: A request to the Philadelphia Historical Commission for an image of the proposed building at 218 Arch Street was answered several hours after this post was published. The rendering can be viewed below.

ORIGINAL:

Among the projects the city’s Architecture Committee is set to hear tomorrow, PMC Property Group’s proposed 10-story mixed-use building in Old City is one of the big ones. Plans include ground-level retail along Arch, two stories of underground parking, and “five or six stories of apartments” with more stories rising in stages the farther back it goes.

However, the Inquirer’s Jacob Adelman reports committee staffers have already expressed a desire for the project to “be scrapped.” Dead on arrival? Not quite. As Adelman notes, the committee “makes non binding recommendations to the full commission” (emphasis ours).

Set on a parking lot at 218 Arch Street (and extending all the way to 226), the intended $28.5 million development would fall on Little Boy’s Court, a small passage said to be “the city’s last remaining cobblestone lane” and a point on which officials noted developers had not voiced significant information regarding its restoration, though their plans do call for it to be included in the development in relation to a courtyard.

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Open House in Old City: Jaw Dropping Master Bath Crowned With a Chandelier

That bathroom, though. | Images by TREND via Redfin/Coldwell Banker, Old City

That bathroom, though. | Images by TREND via Redfin/Coldwell Banker, Old City

We’re going to keep this one short and sweet, mainly because you’re going to want to skip directly to the gallery. We get it.

This second-floor (walk-up) near 3rd and Vine in Old City is chockfull of tasty treats, including deep ebony floors, spacious rooms painted in fashion-forward color schemes and a wonderful kitchen with glossy cabinets and a super-cool backsplash. Here’s the deal, if you happen to hit up the open house on Sunday, we recommend you tour every single room in this unit and finish with the master bathroom. Why? Oh, you’ll see. Read more »

The Khyber Makes Esquire’s Best Bars List

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Photo by Arthur Etchells

The Khyber Pass Pub makes Esquire’s list of the best bars in America. The bar is one of 15 new bars on the list, and the only one from Philadelphia. Esquire describes the bar from David Frank and Stephen Simons as:

Back in the 1980s, the Khyber was where all the punk bands played. Nowadays the bands are gone and it’s a lot cleaner. But there’s still a great rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, decent New Orleans food (and cocktails), and a whole lot of craft beer on tap.

The Khyber is the first Philadelphia bar to make the Esquire list since 2007.

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PHOTOS: CRAFT PHILA Liberty Bell Fair

For two days this weekend, 6th and Market streets in Old City played home to CRAFT PHILA‘s Liberty Bell Fair, a juried exhibition by regional arts and crafts folks. The show brought out every kind of ware imaginable—from jewelry and glasswork to leather- and glass-made goods.

A rep from the festival says around 4,000 showed up for the festival, which also included food trucks, live music and street performances. We’ve got photos from the afternoon below. If you see something you like, you can contact the artist mentioned in the captions:



 

Spotted in Old City: 130 Elfreth’s Alley Gets Price Cut and…

Image via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Image via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

They don’t call it Old City for nothing, but in spite of this surviving slice of Colonial Philadelphia continuing to wow us with its 1741 birth year and its preserved character (it has wide-planked pine wood floors and ornamental windows for crying out loud), it also warrants mentioning that it’s definitely no worse for the wear given the updates it’s been afforded.

Its most recent touch up? Both bathrooms have been redone with new vanities and toilets, which is why we’ve excluded the old loo images from the gallery. (Keep an eye out! Listing agent Reid Rosenthal tells us new photos of the home should be available later this week.) Other than that, the home has also had its price reduced to $399,000. Remember, the house comes with separate living and dining rooms, has an outdoor patio and basement, and includes dormers, cornices, and lintels.

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Trinity Tuesday: Sweet Old City Home Right Off Elfreth’s Alley

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Photo credit: Drew Callaghan | Courtesy of John Hirniak of BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Whoa, whoa, whoa—is that William Penn? Who is this guy? Quick, someone take a selfie with him… Nah, but all kidding aside, living in Old City looks like it’d be a ball–especially if there’s a chance of running into 17th-century Philadelphians right outside your door.

As luck would have it, this trinity home is smack in the heart of the neighborhood, right off historic Elfreth’s Alley in fact. (Maybe that’s where this dude was headed to?) As it happens, listing agent John Hirniak tells us the updated two-bedroom, built circa 1734, is technically part of the city’s famous street as it’s among a cluster of homes situated right behind the ones sitting at its forefront. Property records will have it as such, but you can still use its more “recent” 3 Bladens Court address (it’s been in use since for a long time, possibly since the 18th-century) in your GPS. Check out more of the area’s history here.

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Little Lion to Roar in Old City This Summer

little-lion-exterior-940The former Haru at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut is being transformed into The Little Lion, an upscale but casual concept opening this summer. The restaurant will have a capacity of 214 people and will be open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

The restaurant is the project of former Devil’s Alley manager Chris Younge and Jason Dills. For those who were never in Haru, expect a dramatic space with 25-foot ceilings, 8-foot tall windows and a grand staircase that will lead to a balcony bar and lounge. The former sushi bar along the 3rd Street side of the restaurant will be a chef’s counter and raw bar, offering views of the staff shucking oysters, making salads and completing dishes coming from the first level kitchen.

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