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One of our favorite squares in Philly (oh, come on, how does one choose?) is coming out to play - Franklin Square is back for the season! It's official, on April 1st, the square with the carousel, mini golf, and burger shack, is all systems go for another fun spring/summer. And don't forget to check out SquareBurger while you're there (see the discount and details below).

Franklin Square is a convenient walk to ChinatownOld City, or Northern Liberties.

Have you ever been to Franklin Square? And if you had to choose, what's your favorite square in Philadelphia?


Franklin Square: Mini-Golf, SquareBurger, and a Giant Carousel


30th Philadelphia Home Show Starts Tomorrow at the Convention Center

The Philadelphia Home Show is back tomorrow, with a successful thirty years of bringing the latest in home design to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This year's show is anchored by HGTV hosts Chip Wade and William Moss. Moss, host of Dig In, will discuss urban gardening on January 15 and 16.  Wade, from Curb Appeal, appears on January 22 and 23.

Be sure to check out locally-inspired room designs that represent Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square, South Street, and the Jersey Shore.

View other show highlights here and let us know what you plan on checking out.

Philadelphia Home Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center
January 15 - 23

Tickets: $13, children ages 6-12: $3, ages 5 and under free

[image via Philly Home Show]


Philadelphia Cheesesteak Tour of the Market

Cheesesteak TourIt'll be Father's Day soon, and chances are, your dad would rather have a cheesesteak than all of the odds and ends you usually try to surprise him with. On June 19, it's the Special Father’s Day Weekend Edition of the Taste of Philly Food Tour. Take that, ties.

So get him to Reading Terminal Market for Father’s Day weekend. The 75-minute, Market-based walking tour, led by Carolyn Wyman, author of the “Great Philly Cheesesteak Book” (Running Press, $15.95). Learn cheesesteak trivia and history and taste a variety of cheesesteaks sold in the Market while you're at it. Have you always wondered where the Whiz came from? Wyman's got it covered. The juiciest part of the tour? The people that cook up your steaks. You'll get a chance to meet a few of them in the Market.

The tour leaves from the Market Information Desk at 12th and Filbert streets in the heart of downtown Philadelphia at 10 a.m. Sat., June 19, by advanced reservation. The tour costs $15.95 and can be booked by itself or along with a copy of “The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book” personally autographed to your favorite dad. Tour guide/author Carolyn Wyman will sign books at The Cookbook Stall in the Market following the tour (from noon to 2 p.m.).

For more information or to make a pre-paid reservation (required) for this or any other Taste of Philly Food Tour, call 215-545-8007 or visit To reserve an autographed copy of “The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book” (recommended), call The Cookbook Stall in the Market at 215-923-3170 or visit


2 Bedroom Penthouse Condo for Sale in Chinatown, Philadelphia – Short Sale Bi Level Penthouse in Society Hill w/ Breathtaking Views

2 Bedroom Penthouse Condo for Sale in Chinatown, Philadelphia

Call The Somers 215-400-2620, RE/MAX Access, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

1010 Race Street, Penthouse H

1010 Race StreetSHORT SALE! Bi-Level Penthouse unit in the TEN TEN Building with breathtaking views.

This 2 bedroom penthouse condo for sale in Chinatown features:

  • exposed brick walls
  • exposed beams
  • beautiful hardwood flooring throughout
  • recessed lighting
  • kitchen with breakfast bar
  • washer and dryer
  • large bathroom with built-in storage
  • Forced Air Heat & Central Air
  • oversized windows overlooking Center City.

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The bedroom on the first floor has ample closet space. Walk up the spiral staircase to two more bedrooms also with great closet space. 4 1/2 years left on tax abatement! The photos have been taken at different times with different design ideas.

1010 Race Street

We welcome your visit to this 2 bedroom Penthouse Condo for Sale in Chinatown where you will enjoy the breathtaking views of Center City.

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Remax Access, Northern Liberties


If interested in buying or selling properties in Philadelphia, contact Chris and Stephanie Somers at [email protected] or 215-400-2612. For investment properties, check out our new investor site at Philly Investor Hub! If interested in checking out our new office in Northern Liberties, let us know !

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Areas of specialty include: Northern Liberties, Old City, Center City, Fishtown, Graduate Hospital, Art Museum, Queen Village, Pennsport, Old Kensington, Port Richmond, Bridesburg, Society Hill, Loft District, Spring Garden and more !


Walk Philly: A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

Walk PhillyIf you were at the corner of 2nd and Poplar on First Friday, you may have encountered a group of people wondering if you would like to take a tour of Philadelphia.

Now, normally, you'd never come across this in Northern Liberties, or even consider taking a tour as a local who could probably give your own captivating walk through the highlights.

Walk Philly, a project from the Termite TV Collective, is a bit different. Instead of a tour guide and a bunch of slowpoke followers, all you have to do is download the series of video walks onto your iPod or iPhone. After you download, you go to the start location and press play. These aren't just any tours, some would be truly interesting even if you think you know Philly like the back of your hand.

There are several Chinatown tours, where you can learn about the mystery of the Szechuan Shoe, and the Fish For Dinner tour that guides you through shopping for dinner ingredients at the Asian markets.  Most videos are around 10 minutes long. Try the Northern Liberties Artist Tour that takes you from Standard Tap to Ortleib’s Jazzhaus with jazz icon Warren Oree.  There's an Old City stroll, a Temple University trot, and several Walk Phillies tours to check out.  Many are user-contributed and each video has a personal touch from those that know the city and its secrets best.  For an intimate look at Philadelphia streets, without the loud, obnoxious tour guide, Walk Philly makes for some refreshing exercise.


Franklin Square: Mini-Golf, SquareBurger, and a Giant Carousel

Franklin Square

Ben Franklin was anything but a square fellow. So when the oft-forgotten about square named after him was up for renovation, the city of Philadelphia turned the 6th and Race Street park into an amusement-filled attraction.

Now, the 7.5-acre Franklin Square has an 18-hole miniature golf course made out of historic Philly sites. The Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel is a spinning fixture of the park. At the center of the Square is the fountain itself, surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. If you walk by the Square at night, the additional lighting that was put in makes for a romantic shortcut. Franklin Square looks better than ever.

One of the main draws to the park is SquareBurger, a Stephen Starr burger shack that supported a Philly burger craze last season. It's a destination for foodies and Philly bloggers, who can't get enough of the Tastykake-themed milkshakes and the Philly Dog wrapped in salami.

If you're looking for a way to entertain out-of-town guests or a place to spend the afternoon with family, Franklin Square is a convenient walk to Chinatown, Old City, or Northern Liberties. If it's simply a burger you crave? Well, there's that, too.

Franklin Square


Franklin Square


What’s up with…Chinatown

ChinatownChinatown extends north of Market East through the Loft District. Composed of several Asian markets, restaurants, and bakeries, Chinatown is a bustling community that is rich in culture. The Pennsylvania Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market attract many visitors to the area. The Friendship Gate located at 10th and Arch Streets is a famous site marker of the neighborhood.

Explore more about Life in Chinatown.


Craving Spring? Try the Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show
It might look dreary outside, but in the Convention Center for the Philadelphia Flower Show, it's always warm, bright, and energizing. In ten days, the 2010 Flower Show springs back into action, gathering the horticulture geeks, artists, students, florists, and flower enthusiasts for a week of pretty green things from February 28 to March 7. This year, the show's theme will be "Passport to the World", highlighting unusual international plants. The rare Vessel Fern will make an appearance, incorporated into the Explorer’s Garden exhibit. You'll also be able to get your hands on some ancient igneous rock from one of this year's new vendors, Igneous Rock Gallery.

For a complete list of exhibits, you can peep the exhibit list. The marketplace will include over 150 vendors selling seeds, containers, plants, and specialty foods. World Cafe Live will be providing international music for the show. Until it starts, you can follow along by reading the Flower Show blog.

Tickets are available online at the Flower Show website or at select locations.

Sunday, February 28th through Sunday, March 7
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2299


What’s up with…Brandywine East

Brandywine East

Brandywine East is a neighborhood at the eastern section of Spring Garden Street. This neighborhood is residential and is now popular with many Temple University students and artists who have migrated from the Loft District and Northern Liberties. Chinatown is a quick walk. The Community College of Philadelphia is a few blocks away.

The Institute Bar is a local pub known for great beer and an upstairs whiskey bar. Other neighborhood destinations include Cafe Lift and Prohibition Taproom and excellent burritos at Jose's Mexican Food. For finer dining, Osteria on North Broad offers some of the best Italian food and service in Philadelphia.

Brandywine East

The Route 43 bus travels along Spring Garden Street and the Route 23 Bus transports residents to Temple University via 12th and 13th Streets. The Broad Street subway stops at Spring Garden. This makes Brandywine East such an extremely convenient area to live, especially if you are a student or are reliant on public transportation. On weekday mornings, a parade of bikers commutes to work along Spring Garden.

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