Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City in U.S. This Year

All of Center City’s neighborhoods, from the Avenue of the Arts on down, are “Walker’s Paradises,” contributing to the city’s continued ranking among the five most walkable cities in the U.S. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

A mere two-tenths of a point dropped Philadelphia from its perch as the nation’s fourth-most-walkable city in this year’s Walk Score rankings of American cities.

Miami traded places with Philadelphia to become the No. 4 most walkable city in the U.S. on this year’s list. But no one should lament this development, for what it means is merely that cities all across America continue to up their walkability game.

A news release from Walk Score parent Redfin noted that once again, all of the 10 most walkable cities had higher Walk Scores than they did last year, and of the top 50, only Omaha saw its Walk Score fall (by a mere 0.3 point). Philadelphia’s Walk Score of 79 was 0.7 points above its showing last year, but Miami posted an even stronger gain of one full point to 79.2, putting it in fourth place and Philly in fifth. Read more »

Center City Korean-Fusion Restaurant Transforms Into a Northeast Philly Favorite

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Today, BopBrent Celek (yeah, that one) and Scott Keenan’s humdrum Korean fusion restaurant on Broad Street with a “three-umbrella problem“, is officially no more. And that’s okay. There’s better Korean in Center City to be had, what with Dae Bak now open, SouthGate doing its thing in Rittenhouse, plus a few more opening soon (Serpico/Starr’s new Korean spot on Sansom Street Kyung Ho and Chris Cho’s Center City Seorabol).

In its place, opening this Friday (June 9th), will be the second coming of the Blue Duck — this one called Blue Duck on Broad — Northeast Philly’s New American restaurant by Kris Serviss and Joe Callahan, Jr.

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The Gershman Y Wins Historic Protection

The Gershman Y at Broad and Pine streets. | Photo: Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

A prominent South Broad Street landmark that now serves two purposes has been added to Philadelphia’s historic register over the objections of its owner.

Liz Spikol, writing in the Jewish Exponent, reports that at its May 12 meeting, the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to add the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine streets to the city register of historic places.

The building’s owner, the University of the Arts, had objected to the original nomination, saying the structure did not rise to the historic significance the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia claimed for it in the nominating petition it filed last July. After meetings and continuances sought by UArts produced no common ground with the Alliance, the commission took action on the petition at its most recent meeting. Read more »

The Best Cafes (and Restaurants) to Bring Your Laptop and Eat an Actual Meal

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

Maybe you’re a freelancer with a few hours between meetings downtown and you want to keep up the productivity. Or there’s construction in your office building and you can’t get anything done with power tools grinding away upstairs. Or you work from home but you’ve reached the point at which you’ll freak out if you don’t leave the house today.

You need a spot to get work done — school, freelance, creative, or just catching up on email. You also need to eat, and as tasty as the croissants and cookies at most coffee shops are, they’re not exactly brain food.

We’ve rounded up some of Philly’s favorite spots to camp out for a few hours (or more), eat a real breakfast or lunch, crush your task list. For our purposes, we’ve stuck with Center City and adjacent neighborhoods; we also made free wi-fi for customers and an actual food menu (however brief) a requirement.

And for when the workday spans meals, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite trendy spots where you might spend a working lunch (and maybe happy hour afterwards) while chowing down on a more substantial, chef-driven menu.

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Trinity Tuesday: Something Extra in Wash West for $425K

209 S. Sartain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

209 S. Sartain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The “little streets” of Washington Square West are some of the most attractive in the city. Tree-lined and intimate, they offer seclusion, traquility and even a little romance in the heart of the city.

A friend of ours delivered a paean to one of them, the block of South Quince Street between Locust and Spruce, five years ago. This elegant and spacious historically certified expanded trinity is located on the next street over, the equally intimate Sartain Street.

Did we just say “spacious trinity”? That wasn’t an accident: this home is an unusually roomy example of this uniquely Philadelphian house type. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Pop of Color in Washington Square West for $299K

1136 Waverly St., #R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Houwzer Real Estate

1136 Waverly St., #R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Houwzer Real Estate

This tiny trinity is located on a gated courtyard in Washington Square West that might fool you into thinking you’ve landed in a Mediterranean village by accident. The narrow lane, brightly colored stucco exterior and very intimate interior all reinforce this feeling. If you don’t mind living in extremely close quarters (because your neighbors are literally feet away), this cozy pad could be yours.

The galley kitchen on the main floor features a Carrara marble countertop, a modern gas range and oven, a space-saving under-the-counter refrigerator/freezer, decent pantry space, and hardwood flooring. There is room for an eating area on this level, too, so spice up the space with a cute little breakfast table. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Double Feature in Wash West for $599K

1245 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images courtesy of Space & Company

1245 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images courtesy of Space & Company

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – for this double trinity in Washington Square West, it’s all about the details.

It’s been just over two years since we featured this home the last time it was on the market. As indicated by the price increase since then, it has undergone some updates both extensively (shout out to the new kitchen) and minimally (the backyard has been cleaned up, amongst other things).

Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2017, the townhouse still maintains some of its finest original details like pine floors, moldings, two functioning fireplaces, and a (maybe not-so-fine) traditional trinity staircase. Alternatively, it also boasts fresh features like central air and a gourmet kitchen. Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: The Lincoln

The Lincoln's lobby is being used as a construction staging area while finishing touches are being put on the apartments. | Photo: Sandy Smith; all other photos: Brandon Morrison via PRDC Properties

The Lincoln’s lobby is being used as a construction staging area while finishing touches are being put on the apartments. | Photo: Sandy Smith; all other photos: Brandon Morrison via PRDC Properties

“Better late than never” might be the best way to describe the nearly complete restoration of The Lincoln, the apartment building at 1222 Locust Street in Washington Square West’s Gayborhood that was seriously damaged in a fire in 2006.

David Perelman bought the onetime hotel-turned-apartment building in 2014, and the company he founded, PRDC Properties, has been rebuilding it for the past year. Even as construction crews were working to finish the lobby and several apartments on our recent tour, new residents are already moving into the building. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Off the Beaten Path in Wash West for $339K

1007 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Affiliates N.E.

1007 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Affiliates N.E.

It’s not that often that one runs into a trinity home where the living room is in the basement.

But that’s one of the distinctively quirky features that make this trinity on a secluded Washington Square West cul-de-sac stand out from the crowd.

So let’s start out with that most distinctive feature, namely, the role reversal found on its lower two floors. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Modern Palace Just Off the Avenue of the Arts

1334 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1334 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just off the point where the Avenue of the Arts and South Street cross, where Hawthorne and Washington Square West meet, is a stylish new development of luxury homes called Kater Court. The name strikes us as most appropriate, as these large (4,000-square-foot) homes are so lavishly equipped you’ll feel like modern royalty living in them.

There’s plenty of space for living, relaxing and entertaining, indoors and out, including two roof decks facing in opposite directions. Rich wide-plank wood floors (eight inches wide and six feet long) and modern iron stair railings add a touch of contemporary sophistication to the home, which has an elevator to carry you from floor to floor effortlessly.

The first space you see upon entry is the most breathtaking in the home: a dramatic living room with a 15-foot ceiling, the focal point of the split-level main floor.  Read more »

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