Category Archives: HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Vintage Storefronts of Philadelphia

ONE OF THE THINGS that makes Philadelphia so not-New York is the abundance of old storefronts, even whole rows and blocks of them, that have endured through the decades without being demolished or remodeled out of existence. Philly still has … Continue reading

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There’s Always More to Explore in Philadelphia

WAITING FOR MEN… that’s how I spent much of the past week, camped out in a vacant apartment in Philadelphia, planning a renovation there (I own two 19th century row houses in Philly). In between appointments with contractors, the appliance repair … Continue reading

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Philadelphia: Walking in Southwark

I’VE JUST SPENT three days in Philadelphia, where I camped out in a vacant apartment on an air mattress in a building I own in Queen Village, a made-up 1970s name for the neighborhood along the Delaware River, just south … Continue reading

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Downtown Brooklyn: Then and Now

I ALWAYS LOVED those hokey “Then & Now” books you could buy at souvenir kiosks in Rome, showing what the Forum and Colosseum looked like in their 1st century heyday, with acetate pages superimposed to show how they look today. The photo … Continue reading

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Schenectady’s Stockade District

I’VE BEEN TO TROY, N.Y. (and blogged about it here), and to Albany (likewise) and was impressed with both, but never to Schenectady, the third sister city in New York State’s Capital District. But I’m not averse to covering a … Continue reading

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Nearly Untouched 1829 Townhouse in Historic Center City Philadelphia $550K

IT’S ALMOST BEYOND BELIEF, that a grand 1829 townhouse like this, now on the market (<- Sotheby’s listing with many more photos) for only $550K in a primo Philly neighborhood, should remain in such antique condition to the present day. Not that the … Continue reading

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Brooklyn the Beautiful: Clinton Avenue

MY 2008 Honda Fit has nearly 100,000 miles on it and keeps on chugging. Its the best city car I’ve ever had. (You should see me wedge its 108″ into a 109″ parking space.) Occasionally it needs maintenance, however, and … Continue reading

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