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March 2018

Avenue of the Arts

By | Lincoln Square

Avenue of the Arts is extremely important to the city of Philadelphia socially, economically and culturally.

Located on South Broad Street, all APG Living apartment residents should do their best to attend, but Spruce Street Lofts residents are able to simply walk a block to the west and attend any number of shows and events that are being held on the avenue.  Most impressively, the Avenue of the Arts has significantly impacted the economy of Philadelphia beyond what anyone could have realized. According to a study in 2015, the arts and culture activities has accumulated $795 million of economic impact. More than 10,000 jobs have been created with $265 million in wages, $17.5 million in local tax dollars and $22.9 million in state tax dollars. The American Planning Association has recognized the importance of South Broad Street and even dubbed it as one of the “Great Places of America”. APG Living residents have many opportunities to add to this economic impact to Philadelphia by attending any number of activities on the Avenue.

Just this month you can attend The Tempest at St. Stephen’s Theater, Noises Off at the Walnut Street Theatre, Small Mouth Sounds at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, Philly Wine Week at Cibo Ristorante Italiano, Wyclef Jean at the Ardmore Music Hall, Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week at Impact HUB Philly, and many more other events happening.

In the upcoming months you should keep an eye out for the following events:

  • School of Rock at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
  • Human Rites at the Drake Proscenium Theatre
  • Kimmel Center Building and Theater Tours
  • Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds at the Academy of Music
  • Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: Confidential at the Academy of Music
  • Grace & Grandeur at the Merriam Theatre

Whatever you may be interested in with arts and culture, the Avenue of the Arts will have something for you.

Authentic Mexican Restaurants in South Philadelphia

By | Lincoln Square

Qdoba, Chipotle, burrito bowls and queso dip. But what about authentic Mexican food?

Luckily, you will be able to find quite a few authentic Mexican restaurants to try in South Philadelphia. Lincoln Square residents are definitely going to want to pay attention to this list. Especially if you love good, authentic Mexican food.

Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria is reasonably priced and delicious. According to the customers you will not go wrong with the $6 tacos or Horchata. Others recommend absolutely anything if you love real Mexican food so you will want to put this restaurant on your “must try” list.

Less than half a mile from Wharton Street Lofts is El Jarocho. Open until 11 p.m., this is the perfect place for a late night meal after work. Tacos with Mexican sausage are very popular as well as their tamales and tortas.

About half a mile away from Queen Village Lofts is Blue Corn which is another authentic Mexican restaurant that you will want to check out. While it is cash only, everything is affordable. You will have a tough time choosing from the delicious appetizers to start your meal all the way to the desserts to end it. Just keep in mind, “there’s always next time”!

Some other “must try” Mexican restaurants that you may want to either bike or take public transportation to include:

  • La Mula Terca (they have authentic Mexican with a creative twist that you will have to see for yourself)
  • San Miguelito Mexican Cuisine (try their Huevos Con Chorizo or Huevos Rancheros for brunch)
  • México Lindo (they have a specialty Mexico City style quesadilla that gets rave reviews)
  • Café and Chocolate ( Mexican cafe and Mexican restaurant  – it has chocolate in the name, it has to be good!  )
  • El Vez (Their nachos and guacamole are a great combination)
  • Illegal Tacos (Obviously they are best known for their tacos but you can also order taco bowls, burritos and rice bowls)

No matter where you choose to grab a bite, you will never be disappointed.

Rock School of Dance

By | Lincoln Square

Intense, passionate and talented. Students at the Rock School of Dance must possess all of these traits in order to be a successful dancer.

Established in 1963 by George Balanchine and Barbara Weisberger, the Rock School of Dance was originally the School of Pennsylvania Ballet but became its own independent institution in 1992. Bo Spassoff and Stephanie Wolf Spassoff have worked side by side as co-directors of the school for the past 30 years. With the help of the trustees of the school, Bo and Stephanie have transformed a relatively humble school into an internationally renowned institution for dance. The Rock School of Dance’s faculty consists of distinguished dancers, instructors and choreographers from around the world. Students are able to train in the best ballet training facilities in the Philadelphia area. Not only do students learn how to dance to the best of their ability but there is also rigorous 7th to 12th grade course work that they must complete. Only 1,200 students are accepted to this school but with a budget of $5.8 million more than $900,000 are awarded to promising dancers as scholarships.

Impressively, the dancers are awarded, more often than not, the highest ranks at Youth America Grand Prix which is the largest ballet competition in the world. The Rock School has had the honor of being named an “Outstanding School” by the Youth America Grand Prix for the last 13 years and was the only school to be invited to perform at the YAGP 15th Anniversary Gala in Lincoln Center, New York City in 2014. The students are amazingly talented and have won awards from the Prix de Lausanne, World Ballet Competitions, the USA international Ballet Competition, Moscow IBC as the Berlin Tanzolymp. In fact, Michaela DePrince, an alumni of the Rock School of Dance co-starred in the 2011 documentary First Position. The film followed Michaela as she learned ballet and her eventual competition at the Youth America Grand Prix. She was awarded a scholarship to study at the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet. Currently she is a member of the Dutch National Ballet.

Residents from Lincoln Square can walk to the school to attend the performances that the students put on during the year. Maybe you will see the next Michaela DePrince.

Construction at Lincoln Square

By | Lincoln Square

Projected to be fully constructed August 1st, 2018, you can already see the basic structure that will become a hub of shopping and living for residents in Lincoln Square and the surrounding area.

Essentially, this project will merge South Philadelphia and Center City. What used to be an empty 300,000 square foot lot will now transform into apartments, 50,000 square feet of amenity space, and 100,000 square feet of retail space. Located on the corner of South Broad and Washington Avenue this colossal project will become a four story garage with a rooftop terrace for residents, a nine story building with apartments and commercial stores designed by BLT Architects as well as the restoration of the historical train shed.

Residents of Lincoln Square will adore their newfound and newly built home. Picnics and gatherings will be possible on the rooftop terrace for visiting family and friends. You will have plenty to do with the grills, fire pits, TV screens and running track. With over 322 apartments, there will be plenty of choice depending on your needs. Micro studios of only 380 square feet to apartments that boast 1,427 square feet will be available. Some units will have private terraces as well as floor to ceiling windows. Everyone though will have access to the fitness center and the rooftop terrace that will most likely be a regular hang out for tenants.

When tenants are in need of living essentials or simply want to walk around the ground floor retail which will have stores the include Target, Petsmart, Sprint and other commercial tenants that have yet to lease the space.

The restoration of the historic train shed is another major project in itself. Architect Kelly Maiello is up to the task though. She is closely collaborating with the Philadelphia Historical Commission in order to best bring the train shed back to its former glory with a few modern touch ups. The shed will be graced with a new roof, windows, doors as well as a brand new brick and glass addition which will become the entrance to the organic grocery store that the shed will house. The natural beauty of the train shed will be left though with wooden ceilings and steel frames which will cause visitors to feel as if they stepped into 1876.