July 22, 2015

Sale of “Pope Passes” Crashes SEPTA Site

Those trying to buy the special SEPTA regional rail passes for the weekend of the pope’s September visit were thwarted yesterday by high volume crashing the site. The site for buying the passes went live at 9 AM yesterday and crashed almost immediately. By 10:30 AM SEPTA decided to shut down the site and the ticket sales indefinitely. The agency […]
July 21, 2015

What’s With All the Special Events in Philadelphia?

It’s an exciting time to be in Philadelphia. It seems like not a month goes by that there isn’t some high-profile special event or visitor in town drawing attention to the city. Last week saw President Barack Obama visiting for the NAACP annual conference. Bill Clinton was also in town recently. The pope and the Dalai Lama are visiting in […]
July 20, 2015

Seeing Pope Francis On the Cheap

It’s been a known problem ever since the pope announced that he was coming to visit: there simply are not enough rooms at the literal inn(s) for all the faithful welling into Philadelphia to see him. With an estimated one million visitors expected to flood the city and only tens of thousands of hotel rooms – all booked solid, of […]
July 17, 2015
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Get Your Feet Moving on Philadelphia Dance Day

Get ready, Philadelphia – National Dance Day is coming, and the city will be celebrating it in its own special way. Philadelphia Dance Day, an offshoot of the national celebration, will be held on July 25th. From ballet to meringue, waltzing to tap, salsa and tango to contemporary, every form of dance is acceptable. Dancing is good for both body […]
July 16, 2015

The CENTERfold: Make a Splash on Spruce Street

There’s nothing like a gorgeous, roomy home – especially when it’s in Center City. Today’s CENTERfold is a complete beauty. 2031 Spruce Street features six bedrooms and four bathrooms spread over an incredible 4,000+ square feet of living space. A tribute to elegance, this home is a class act all the way through. Built in 1915, it is imbued with […]
July 15, 2015

Philly News Briefs: 7/15/15

1.) The sale of a Center City apartment building just broke records. The Icon apartments, located at 1616 Walnut Street, sold recently for $112 million. This created a new record for price per unit, coming in at $514,000 for each of the 206 apartments in the building. The apartments average 730 square feet. Icon features 23,000 square feet of retail […]
July 13, 2015

Philly Hotel Occupancy Hit Record Highs in June

June was a very good month for hotels in Philadelphia, as occupancy rates hit record highs. Several special events in the city drove traffic to city hotels, which reaped the benefits of extra bodies in beds. The rates of occupancy were so high that they haven’t been seen in 22 years. The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that conventions […]
July 13, 2015

All the Philly Beer News You Can Drink

1.) Looking to celebrate the Pope coming to Philadelphia, but you don’t quite know how? Get in on the Pope Crawl 2015, a bar crawl meant to commemorate the papal visit. As of the time I’m writing this, some 5,200 people are planning to get their brew on in the name of His Holiness. There’s a GoFundMe page to get […]
July 10, 2015

Philadelphia Could Become a UNESCO World Heritage City

The accolades just keep rolling in for Philadelphia. News broke yesterday that the city might have earned the distinction of World Heritage City from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Not only is this a tremendous distinction, but it would be made more so by the fact that Philadelphia would be the first city in the United […]
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