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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

SoPhilly Spotlight: G-Ho Bling edition

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hi, folks. We’re taking a couple days off for an Easter break, so we won’t be posting anything else till Tuesday. See you then, and thanks for reading.
– Albert Stumm

Get ready to dream. This week’s SoPhilly Spotlight is on the market for $1.1 million.

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Located at 804 S. 19th St., just off Catharine, this monster of a new-construction house has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Of course, there’s the requisite roof deck, but also a media room in the basement with 11-foot ceilings. Hardly qualifies as a “basement,” huh?

From the listing by BHHS Fox Roach:

Custom Cabinetry by Lutzwood (hand-made); Quartz; Grohe; Wolf; Sub-Zero and Asko. Maple Floors & Stairs; Frosted Glass doors; Metal Railings; Floating Vanities; Custom Built-In Armoires; Stone Floor Showers; Recessed lighting; Intercom and Video camera. Floors throughout are maple, sanded andfinished in place. Bathrooms have white porcelain floors, stone shower floors, floating vanities and Quartz tops. 1st FLR: Bedroom/den or office at the rear w/double closet and full bathroom. Foyer closet, Laundry room with countertop, upper and lower cabinets, stainless steel sink and room for a full sized washer and dryer.

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2nd FLR: Open floor planned dining, living and kitchen. Kitchen features Stainless Wolf 6 burner gas range, Wolf Micro Wave, Asko Dishwasher, Subzero Refrigerator. White Quartz tops and Glass subway tiles for backsplash. 10′ Center Island with sink. 14′ Custom Side Serving bar with Quartz provides ample storage. Living room has double French Glass doors with 2 sidelights and a transom. Great balcony off of the dining room. Triple wide oversized window in the dining room.

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 3rd FLR: Master Bedroom in the rear featuring a custom Ebony Stained Oak Armoire. Hanging room and drawer room. No need to buy a bureau! 3 large windows. 8 foot frosted glass entry door. 9 Foot ceilings. Master bath with material as described before, but with two sinks and Rain shower head. Hallway features custom built-in Armoire of the same wood. Front bedroom features a large triple window and a built in Armoire. Roof Deck: 360 degree panoramic views.Glass railings. Sink and countertop with Refrigerator on deck. Gas Pipe has termination point at the roof. Basement: 11′ ceilings, media/social/family room w/ 2 large windows, high shine white porcelain floor, powder room, utility room with abundance of storage, double wide closet.

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

Homes proposed to ring Mt. Sinai get a new look

Back in January, we brought you the update to the redevelopment proposal for the former Mount Sinai Hospital located at 4th and Reed Streets. After meeting with the neighborhood and taking their parking and design concerns in to consideration, Barton Partners and developer Gagan Lakhmna added a parking garage and decided to lower the town home component from four-stories to three to better fit with the surrounding built environment.

According to, the town homes are also getting a redesign and construction on the town homes could “begin in the next few weeks.” Lahkmna is still looking to obtain historic tax credits to begin work on the main hospital building, which is proposed to house upwards of 200 apartments.

Here is the new rendering (note that the corner property is not a part of the new Mount Sinai plans):

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The redesigned town homes as seen from 5th and Dickinson Sts. (via

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

First Pics: Volta Market opens with natural soaps and home products at 1439 E. Passyunk Ave

Another corner of Passyunk and Dickinson has been revived with the opening of Volta Market, which offers handmade soaps, natural household cleaning products and organic packaged goods like chocolate, mustards and snacks.

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Owner Lisa Volta opened her namesake shop last week — at 1439 E. Passyunk Ave., across from the POPE and B2 – about four years after launching her homemade soap line, Volta Organics. If the brand sounds familiar, she had already been selling at Nice Things Handmade and other shops around town, as well as online.

Volta makes a wide range of bath and body products, such as an all-in-one Ginger Grapefruit hair, face and body bar, customized mixes of bath salts, teatree lemongrass deodorant, a Dead Sea facial mask and many more. For men, Volta also has been selling A Man Kit (For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow), which includes aftershave, mustache wax and beard softener.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Pennsport food roundup: Lunch at Moonshine, Guerrilla wants you and Mekong al fresco

Here’s a look at some of the food happenings in Pennsport:

Way back in June of last year, Moonshine transformed the old East Side Moyamensing Saloon from local dive to Pennsport hot-spot. As of April 1st, Moonshine has started offering lunch seven days a week starting at noon. Lunch features their full menu with some daily specials. Their drink menu is also available during lunch hours, if you’re in a Mad Men type of mood

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Want to work in an award-winning food truck? Good news – Guerrilla Ultima is looking to add an experienced cook to work alongside owner/lead guerrilla Robert Legget. While Guerrilla Ultima does travel around the city, you can usually find them posted up at 2nd and Morris most evenings as the “Guerrilla Kitchen at 2nd Street Brew House.” Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital :  Point Breeze :  Whitman 

Quick Hits: Sparkling renovated temple; Kenyatta vs. Ori; CHOP’s plans vs. bike lane

  • Hidden City checks in on a stunning, nine-year renovation of a former Lutheran church into the Preah Buddah Rangsey Temple at 6th and Ritner. Check out their cool slideshow here, along with a good story about the changing face of that neighborhood.
  • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson blocked the sale by the city of two Point Breeze lots to Ori Feibush, the developer who plans to challenge Johnson for Council next year, the Inquirer reports.
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s plan for an office and research complex in Graduate Hospital could impact the bike lane on the newly rebuilt South Street Bridge, Plan Philly reports.
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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Win FREE tickets to Theatre Exile’s ‘Annapurna,’ which opens tomorrow

Theatre Exile closes its 17th season with the Philadelphia premiere of Annapurna, which opens with previews tomorrow and runs through May 11. And we’re giving away a pair of tickets!

To enter, just sign up for our weekly newsletter by clicking here or entering your email address in the field at the top right of any page on the website. No spam – ever. The winner of two tickets to the performance of your choice will be selected from our newsletter subscribers on Friday.

Annapurna has been described as a moving and explosive new play by critically acclaimed, emerging Broadway playwright Sharr White. Driven by the emotionally charged relationship between a husband and wife, Exile’s production stars Barrymore Award-winning actors Pearce Bunting (Exile’s A Behanding in Spokane, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and Catharine Slusar (Iron, Any Given Monday) as Ulysses and Emma.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Has Blue Belly BBQ bitten the dust? Yes (updated)

Could the absence of the smoky smell of barbecuing meat wafting down 6th Street signal the demise of Blue Belly BBQ at 600 Catharine St.?

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Butcher paper is up in the windows and there are dead plants inside.

We emailed them the see what’s up but haven’t heard back. The restaurant’s phone message says they would be closed from March 19 to April 1 for vacation.  That’s a bit long to extend a vacation.

UPDATE: We heard back this morning from co-owner Amy Giuffi:

We have decided to close.  We are considering reconceptualizing. Generally speaking, we were busy on weekend dinners,  but lunch and weekdays never got going to the degree we had needed to hit enough volume.

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SEPTA will experiment with 24-hour subway service this summer

Starting in June, SEPTA plans to restore overnight subway service on the weekends, replacing the Night Owl buses with trains every 15 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights (or Saturday and Sunday mornings, really).

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The Inquirer reports that the program is an experiment that the transit agency will run from mid-June till Labor Day. The key to keeping it is that people need to use it.

Says the paper:

Since 1991, subway service has been halted between midnight and 5 a.m., with Nite Owl buses substituted on those routes. Increasing nightlife and residential activity in Center City prompted SEPTA officials to bring back the subway service.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

New dog park proposed for Broad and Jackson

Chatter around South Philly High’s master greening plan is typically focused on the green roof, but did you know that a dog park is also on the agenda?

Now you do! At the corner of Broad and Jackson streets, the plan is to fence in the grassy area and make it an official dog park. This part of the master plan doesn’t depend on another phase being completed first — it’s its own mini phase. What does need to happen, though, is fundraising and support from dog owners.

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Right about here.

Molly Devinney, of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, says that so far feedback from neighbors and community members has been positive, but all agree that the park has to be well-maintained because usage will be heavy.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Should ground-floor commercial spaces be converted to apartments?

A zoning notice popped up recently on a shuttered McKean Street hair salon saying the first floor would no longer be a commercial space.

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City records show that the former Kathy’s Hair Salon, at 1129 McKean St., on the corner of Sartain Street, will be turned into an apartment, joining two others in the building. Now, McKean and Sartain isn’t exactly a bustling commercial corridor, but one would think that you don’t need to live on a commercial corridor to appreciate having businesses nearby.

What do you think? Should the building owner have held out for a business or office to open there?

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