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June 2018

Rail Park

By | Lincoln Square

There is another beautiful addition to Philadelphia’s growing public green space – The Rail Park.

Tucked into the Callowhill neighborhood, Phase 1 of the Rail Park is now open.  It begins at 1300 Noble Street and extends to the viaduct.

The Rail Park got its name because this unique park is situated on two train lines which are no longer in service.  At its completion the park will be broken into three sections: The Viaduct, The Cut and The Tunnel, all once used to bring passengers, supplies and materials through and to Philadelphia will now be transformed into a multifaceted outdoor space for all of Philly to take in.  The portion that is now open is just part of The Viaduct.

The Rail Park is planned to be about 3 miles long with plenty of seating and communal areas for people to relax and for friends and family to gather.  This first section was designed by Studio Bryan Hanes and Urban Engineers and took 19 months to build.  It now boasts 1100 plants, 11 types of trees, and 30 varieties of perennials.  All of this is complemented by graphics by Cloud Gehsan.

Growth and maintenance of the rail park is a collaborative effort between Center City District, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Rail Park.  You can get involved and become a member of Friends of the Rail Park – the easiest way is to donate.  There are three tiers of suggested donations, with some thank you gifts, or you can choose to donate any amount you wish.  The Rail Park is sure to be a place for Philadelphians to enjoy nature and being outdoors for many years, and this is your chance to be a part of the history that makes up our great city.  

Residents of Lincoln Square can easily grab the subway to get to the park.  Callowhill and Fairmount neighborhoods are great for exploring and this is the excuse Lincoln Square residents have been looking for to discover those neighborhoods on the other side of Broad Street.  

Target

By | Lincoln Square

The much-anticipated Lincoln Square development of the long-empty parcel of land at the southwest corner of Broad and Washington Streets is bringing some very exciting new tenants to South Broad Street in Philadelphia.

One of them is everyone’s favorite super store – Target.

Until last year the only Target in the city was the one on Columbus Boulevard which was not at all convenient for Center City residents, or anyone without a car.  Recently Center City Philadelphia has welcomed two Target shopping stores, both on Chestnut Street. These stores are smaller versions of their big box counterparts, so they fit well in the smaller spaces in Center City Philly.

The Target at Lincoln Square is sure to be a shopping destination for Center City and South Philadelphia residents.  This is new construction so hopefully it will be a spacious store with a wide selection of home and lifestyle products that Target has been come to known for for us to choose from.

Other retailers joining Target at Lincoln Square are PetSmart, Starbucks, Fine Wine & Good Spirits and Sprouts Farmers Market. Alterra Property Group is managing the luxury residential apartment buildings that will sit above the retail space at the corner of Broad & Washington.  The apartment building is topped with an impressive roof deck featuring an outdoor track, outdoor movie screening area, firepits and communal social spaces.  Imagine the convenience of living at Lincoln Square – it’s like an entire city, everything you need, all in one building. You can have this luxury living experience for yourself – Lincoln Square has studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments available for rent. It will be easy to furnish your new Lincoln Square apartment – you can just go down to the Target store on site to find comfortable furniture and cute decor to match your style.

PetSmart

By | Lincoln Square

At Lincoln Square, they believe that pets are family too.

They didn’t forget about your furry friends!  The apartments are pet-friendly; there is an on-site dog park and dog wash station, and most conveniently, there will be a Petsmart pet store in the ground floor retail space.  Owning a pet has never been so easy. You don’t even need to leave your apartment building to completely care for your pet.

With highly-amenitized apartments upstairs, the well-curated selection of retail stores downstairs and the ease of accessibility with parking and public transportation, it’s easy to see that Lincoln Square will be a popular addition to South Broad Street and South Philadelphia.  If you want to avoid the crowds, Petsmart gives its customers the option to order online and then pick up in store, and you save 5% at the same time – sounds like a no-brainer for pet owners renting apartments at Lincoln Square.

You may even find a furry friend to take home when you visit Petsmart!  Some locations have animals for purchase, or adoption. PetSmart has facilitated more than 8 million pet adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization.  Expert veterinarian care is available in many Petsmart stores, where Banfield Pet Hospital operates full-service pet hospitals. These in-store pet hospitals operate independently of PetSmart and employ veterinarians who provide a full range of health care and emergency services.

We haven’t heard yet if this Petsmart location will include the exciting extras that some stores provide like adoption centers, vet care, a grooming station or boarding facilities, but we are sure to find out soon, as construction on this project looks like it’s running smoothly.  The neighboring stores, Target and Sprouts Farmers Market, look to be coming along as well.  We should anticipate stores opening this year, which is very exciting!

PetSmart is another great addition to South Broad Street at the new Lincoln Square development – Philly’s newest Square.

PIFA 2018

By | Lincoln Square

There’s so much going in the City of Brotherly Love in June this year, it’s hard to decide which events you’re going to attend and which ones will have to wait.

One event you definitely don’t want to miss is the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts street fair on June 9th!

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, or PIFA, is a series of events highlighting all different genres of live performance art.  Hosted by The Kimmel Center, the festival is a multi-day affair with scheduled performances, including dance, circus acts, comedy and music,  throughout the city from May 31 – June 10th, with the main event – the street fair – on June 9th.

The PIFA Street Fair is the highlight of South Broad Street each summer.  Broad Street from City Hall to South Street is transformed into a whimsical space to reflect that year’s festival theme.  Food trucks and food tents line the edges of Broad Street while the middle of the street is filled with different exciting stops like a little river and pond for kids to float little boats down, colorful bridges lining the street, and gardens where some of the plants come alive!  There’s even a ferris wheel on Broad Street! If that’s not exciting enough for you, you’ll love the new addition to the fair this year – a zip line down Broad Street! If you’d rather take in some excitement with two feet on the ground, you can visit the virtual reality area and go anywhere in the world.

Lincoln Square is just a couple blocks from all the action!  The fair is just a few blocks up on the same street as the apartment building – so convenient and fun!  There are so many great things about living at Lincoln Square, like the impressive fitness center and outdoor track, and the PIFA event is just one more thing to add to the long list.