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Dranoff's One Riverside going up on the Schuylkill riverfront

Construction has begun on another Carl Dranoff tower in Philadelphia. Dranoff Properties is responsible for large and luxe residential buildings like Symphony House, Southstar Lofts, and 777 Broad — and those are just the ones on South Broad Street. The latest project, One Riverside in Fitler...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:00 AM

New construction on the rise in Philadelphia

Summer is a time for beer gardens and festivals to shine, but it's also great house-hunting season. We spoke to a couple of local pros to learn just how the summer housing market is shaping up so far. Hint: it's not too shabby.Starting hot"Philadelphia's market has been extremely strong this spring...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 3:30 PM

Homes on Rittenhouse Square are like 'beachfront property'

We all know that green spaces and parks are great for a neighborhood. They provide outdoor space for community members to exercise, engage, and just relax under some coveted shade on a blistering August afternoon. It's no surprise that having a green space nearby has not only a mental benefit, but...

Monday, June 8, 2015, 8:46 PM

New casual dining spots in Philly

We accept the repeatedly pushed-back opening dates, and we welcome the changing menu plans. We do this because, like you, we love to pull up a seat at the newest and tastiest joints in town. Here’s where you’ll find us.Victory at Magnolia 650 W. Cypress St.,Kennett Square,484-730-1870VictoryBeer....

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 8:18 PM

Franklin Court townhomes going up in unlikely location

Lately it feels like there’s construction on every block in Philadelphia, so we rarely bat an eye at the thought of new homes being erected. But when we learned about a small cluster of luxe townhomes going up at Seventh and Fairmount, we took notice. That area, west of Northern Liberties, is off...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 1:29 PM

Your summer reading list

Mystery:"Mañana"by William HjortsbergAt its core, “Manana” is simple: A man wakes up next to a dead prostitute, and his wife is missing. Talk about drama. This thriller brings us on a dark ride of plot twists and turns through the underbelly of Mexico in the 1960s.Romance:"Girlin the Moonlight"by...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:51 AM

New apartments popping up in West Philadelphia

We’ve seen an increase in new residential development in West Philadelphia over the last few years, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down.Take, for example, the under-construction 3737 Chestnut: almost 300 units stacked 25 stories high. Modular homes have gone up at 46th and Sansom, and there are...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 4:41 PM

How to ace your final exams

It’s final season, but that doesn’t mean you have to stock up on Red Bull or camp out at the library for the next week. Freaking out? Try these three tips on prepping for your year-end exams and tackling those last papers, and you’ll not only get aces, you’ll get some sleep, too.OrganizeStep one:...

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:00 AM

Are online classes right for you?

It’s no surprise that online college courses are quickly gaining popularity. Between hectic schedules, multiple jobs and family responsibilities, classes that offer some flexibility are in high demand.But are they the right route for your collegiate goals? It’s important to first consider what it...

Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:02 PM

How volunteering can enhance your college career

College is a time of exploration — both inside and outside of the classroom. Finding a volunteer project that speaks to your interests is a great way to enhance your education.The experience helps students gain knowledge and network, and it looks pretty impressive on a résumé. The question students...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:58 AM

The basics of starting a small business

Small business owners know that no detail can go overlooked. But in the midst of budgeting and planning, the legal aspects can sometimes be brushed aside. We spoke with local attorneys to learn what someone starting a small business should know.For starters, there’s the business idea itself. “...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:25 AM

Looking for a lawyer? Here's what to ask

Shopping for the right attorney for your situation can be a daunting task, but knowing what to ask a potential lawyer can help make the process more manageable. It can also be the difference between choosing a good lawyer and choosing a great one.Narrow it downFirst things first: What do you need a...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:18 AM

Hot Chef: Damon Menapace at Kensington Quarters

Ever-advancing chef Damon Menapace learned the ropes at acclaimed chef Marc Vetri's hot spots, including pig-centric Alla Spina on North Broad and its neighbor, Italian joint Osteria. Now he's the executive chef at the new Kensington Quarters, which is a restaurant, bar, butcher shop and classroom...

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:32 PM

Hot Chef: Rhett Vellner at Bardot

From the beer-obsessed folks that brought us P.O.P.E. in South Philly comes new No Libs joint Bardot (447 Poplar Street). Running the kitchen at the swankier, sexier and decidedly more sophisticated spot is Rhett Vellner, formerly of Resurrection Ale House. We caught up with Vellner to learn about...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 11:16 PM

Shop the winter craft shows

South Street Craft FairImmerse yourself in a winter wonderland while browsing for home goods at the outdoor market at Headhouse Square Shambles, organized by the folks who organize PHAIR — the big outdoor craft fair we flock to in the spring and summer — so you know it'll be good. Santa will be...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:26 AM

Head down south to Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee, is widely known as the city of music, and for good reason. Pinball down Broadway, the Southern town’s touristy yet charming main drag, and you’ll hear live music pouring out of every bar. But while we love a good ol’ honky tonk, we can’t help but be distracted by the food,...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:14 AM

Black Friday: Where to eat in Philly

Those who wake in the middle on the night to fight the crowds for a bargain will testify: Having a good spot to refuel on Black Friday is essential. Whether you're heading to the malls or Center City, we've got your lunch plans covered.Pumpernick'sFor those hunting for deals in and around the...

Monday, November 24, 2014, 11:12 PM

See 'Green Porno' at World Cafe Live

She’s been directed by David Lynch. She’s been the face of Lancome. And she’s explained animal mating rituals through her online series “Green Porno.” Now Isabella Rossellini takes a live version of the very stylized, tongue-in-cheek re-enactments of animal copulation to Philadelphia. Part...

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 5:19 PM

Hot Chef: Cooking with the mob

Just over the bridge in Collingswood is an Italian restaurant with strong ties to South Philly’s more, ahem, colorful characters. The Kitchen Consigliere is owned and operated by the infamous Angelo Lutz, who, in 2001, was sentenced to nine years in the pen for racketeering, gambling and extortion...

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:01 PM

Bars with haunted spirits for Halloween in Philly

We're leaving the candy to the kiddies this Halloween as we hunt for the city's best grown-up treats. Several of Philadelphia's favorite haunts are serving up cocktails inspired by the season.​​The Icabod, Pub & KitchenIngredients: Dark spiced rum, brown sugar, apple, nutmeg and angostura...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:28 PM