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Philadelphia summer camps for kids 2018

Calling all young explorers, inventors, artists and actors: whatever you’re into, Philadelphia has a summer camp for you. Here’s a roundup of five of the best, with themed weeks offering everything from sails on Tall Ships to the chance to dig for buried treasure. It’s enough to...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 8:29 AM

Neighborhood Guide: Fairmount

One of Philadelphia’s most livable neighborhoods, charming Fairmount has a storied history. Once a rural riverside suburb where prominent 18th-century Philadelphians retreated to their country estates, the area gave way to industrialization by the 19th century. Factories, breweries and...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 5:00 AM

Neighborhood Guide: Spruce Hill

A century ago, Spruce Hill grew up in the city’s western reaches. A streetcar suburb, so called for the ease of access created by Philly’s new transit system, this neighborhood was where middle class workers fled the urban landscape at day’s end for tranquil, tree-lined streets...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 1:01 PM

Neighborhood Guide: Washington Square West

From quaint pedestrian alleys straight out of the 18th century to the bustling sidewalk cafes of Midtown Village, Washington Square West – bounded by 7th and Broad, Chestnut and South Streets – is a neighborhood that blends the best of old and new. Stephen Ferguson, a realtor with...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 5:00 AM

Neighborhood Guide: Point Breeze

Of all of Philadelphia’s up-and-coming neighborhoods, none has received more buzz recently than Point Breeze. It started in 2016 when RealtyTrac looked at “rough-and-tumble neighborhoods on the rebound” and Point Breeze came in at number five in the nation. Then earlier this year...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 12:19 PM

5 can’t-miss summer camps for kids in Philly

Once school’s out for summer, can camping season be far behind? Whether your kid loves science or history, is artistic or sporty, there’s a camp to fit nearly every interest. Here’s a roundup of some of the best. And remember, popular weeks fill up fast, so make your reservations...

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1:15 PM

4 Equestrian Events in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s suburbs are horse country, and there’s no better time to visit than spring and summer, when a host of events put the ponies front and center. Radnor Hunt Races Kentucky may have its Derby, but Philadelphia has the famed Radnor Hunt steeplechase. Surrounded by 6,000...

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 11:50 AM

Neighborhood Guide: Port Richmond

A peaceful enclave of row houses and corner bars, Port Richmond is an unlikely hot spot. But something’s happening in this quiet quarter and people are starting to notice. In fact, real estate website Zillow named it one of Philadelphia’s top five housing markets this year....

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 11:13 AM

Philly’s most buzzworthy development projects

When did Philly suddenly become a boom town? Less than a decade ago, in the wake of the real estate crisis, construction ground to a halt, with planned projects languishing for years, some never to be completed. Recently, though, something happened, first in emerging neighborhoods like Northern...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12:40 PM

Neighborhood Guide: Graduate Hospital

It’s got a bit of an identity crisis, the neighborhood bounded by South Street and Washington Avenue to the north and south, and Broad Street and the Schuylkill River to the east and west. Variously called Southwest Center City, Graduate (or Grad) Hospital, G-Ho, South of South or SoSo, this...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 8:40 PM

4 hot Philly neighborhoods to invest in now

Location. Location. Location. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or just looking for a good investment, where you buy is as important as what you buy. Recently, buyers have seen double digit returns on investment in hot neighborhoods like NoLibs, Fishtown and Passyunk Square, but as these areas...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

Neighborhood Guide: Spring Garden

Don’t try to pigeonhole Spring Garden; it’s too varied. It’s neither preciously quaint, like some of the City’s historic neighborhoods, nor aggressively edgy. Spring Garden is rather the reflection of waves of growth and change throughout the years, with corner bars abutting Victorian mansions, and...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:44 AM

Neighborhood Guide: Fishtown

Take a working class neighborhood as old at Philadelphia itself; add the youthful energy that comes from an influx of Millennials; throw in a heaping helping of artists looking for affordable urban space; and the result would probably look a lot like Fishtown.Once a center of the shad fishing...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 3:30 PM

The service that wants to turn the movie business 'upside down'

Serial entrepreneur Martin Warner wants to shake things up. Flix Premiere, his ambitious new streaming movie service, won’t just change the way we watch movies, he promises — it is poised to disrupt the entire film industry.“I’m essentially turning it upside down,” Warner says.Until now, says...

Friday, October 21, 2016, 8:13 PM

Neighborhood Guide: Society Hill

Boasting the largest concentration of original 18th- and early 19th-century residential architecture in the United States, Society Hill wears its pedigree on its sleeve. Graceful Georgian and Federal townhomes bear plaques designating them historic properties. Three story “trinities,” originally...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 2:30 PM

Neighborhood Guide: Queen Village

Try to describe Queen Village without using cliched words like “quaint” and “picturesque,” and you might just find yourself at a loss. For this historic quarter — roughly bounded by Front and Sixth streets to the east and west, and Lombard and Washington to the north and south — boasts cobbled...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 2:14 AM

Neighborhood Guide: Rittenhouse

Stretching out from one of the five original green space parks planned by city founder William Penn in the 17th century, the neighborhood of Rittenhouse is one of Philadelphia’s most desirable. Rittenhouse Square itself is a leafy oasis amid the high-rise condos, graceful brick townhouses, and...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 4:30 PM

DNC Neighborhood Guide: Northern Liberties and Fishtown

If it’s artisanal, locally sourced, organic, repurposed, sustainable or any of a hundred other adjectives beloved by hipsters, you will find it in Fishtown and Northern Liberties. Once solidly working class, this quarter is renowned today for a vibrant food, music and nightlife scene. Other areas...

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 12:38 PM

DNC Neighborhood Guide: South Philly

If South Philly conjures images of Rocky running through the Italian Market and Mummers strutting down Broad Street, get ready to rethink your preconceptions. The neighborhood still boasts a proud Italian-American heritage, but waves of Mexican and Asian immigrants have added a multi-cultural...

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 12:08 PM

DNC Neighborhood Guide: Center City East

Founded on Quaker ideals of tolerance, the City of Brotherly Love has a tradition of embracing difference. Nowhere is this more evident than Center City East where ancient and modern exist side by side. Bustling Chinatown is home to a melting pot of Asian communities steeped in age-old custom....

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 5:10 PM