Hard Hat Tour: One Riverside

The living room in Unit 412, one of two finished model units at One Riverside. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated

The living-dining room in Unit 412, one of two finished model units at One Riverside. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated

The last time we caught up with Carl Dranoff, he was celebrating the topping-off of his One Riverside, the east-bank exclamation point that, along with the all-but-finished FMC Tower at Cira South on the opposite bank, redefine the southern Schuylkill riverfront in Center City.

Last Tuesday (January 3rd), as architects ran down a checklist on a nearly-finished apartment, the proud father showed off his baby with a behind-the-scenes tour that offered glimpses of what the residents can expect when they start moving in in March along with some condos whose fitting out was very much in the early stages.

The tour began in the most-of-the-way-there lobby and proceeded to the fourth floor, where two finished model apartments take full advantage of the building’s clean modern lines and plentiful views. From there, it proceeded to the top floor, where two spectacular penthouses — one a bi-level and the other a nearly full-floor unit — were just beginning to take shape. Read more »

Organizers: Crocodile in the Schuylkill Won’t Affect Weekend Regatta

The news spread among rowers in emails and on message boards: Someone had spotted a crocodile in the Schuylkill recently. No one seemed to be very concerned about it, as the croc — almost certainly released into the river by an owner — was probably on the other side of the dam as the weather cooled. But people were on alert.

The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is this weekend, one of the “fall classics” of East Coast rowing. Competitors in masters, open, college and high school divisions compete in “head” or distance races, and have been on this weekend since 1971. (The name dates back to the 1800s, however.) It is Philadelphia’s largest regatta — and, indeed, one of the largest in the country. Read more »

That Green Slime Blooming in the Schuylkill Is Just Duckweed, Y’all

Duckweed on the Schuylkill | Photo by Jared Brey

Duckweed on the Schuylkill | Photo by Jared Brey

We saw some pictures floating around the social media airwaves this morning showing a long strand of green stuff floating on top of the Schuylkill River. Was it an algae bloom, some wondered? Evidence that the Schuylkill is increasingly toxic?

No, says the Philadelphia Water Department. It’s just duckweed. 

“Duckweed is naturally occurring, typical to low-flow and/or stagnant water conditions, and not harmful to the health of the river,” said Laura Copeland, public information officer for PWD, in an email.  Read more »

VIDEO: Take a 112-Mile Paddle Down the Schuylkill River in 3 Minutes

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

Well, friends, it’s been 10 months since we posted the Philly Fitness Bucket List, our handpicked compendium of the 25 things every local fitness enthusiast needs to do at least once. So it’s time for a status check: How many items have you managed to check off? (You can go ahead and tell us in the comments.)

While we’re certainly smitten with all 25 to-dos, we’re particularly jazzed today about #17, the Schuylkill River Sojourn. See, the just-posted video, below — part of WHYY’s Keystone Crossroads series on urban waterfronts — documents the seven-day, 112-mile kayaking journey from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in a speedy three-minute reel. And the kayak-mounted camera aaallllmost makes you feel like you were there.  Read more »

This Stunning Drone Video Will Make You Not Hate The Icy Weather, Maybe

We’re so over winter–especially after the latest storm that transformed the city into one enormous ice skating rink. While the shoveling, salting and slipping have certainly worn out their collective welcome (and clumpy boots, too!), there’s no denying one thing: winter is damn beautiful.

That’s especially true when it’s enjoyed from the confines of your warm home or even the office. Because it’s too dangerous to venture out onto the frozen Schuylkill River (for most of us, cough Brad Maule cough), drone enthusiast Rocco Avallone did us all a gigantic solid and captured the serene scenes from high above (and even up close to) our city’s Hidden River. It’s quite magical.

• H/t: Drone Captures Aerial Views of Schuylkill River [NBC10]

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