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FEASTival

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Are you ready for this year’s FEASTival?

Audi FEASTIVAL is Philadelphia’s premier annual fundraiser benefiting FringeArts, which brings the hottest movers and shakers in the city’s business, culinary, and arts scenes into one exclusive, unforgettable party on the Delaware Waterfront. Feastival is scheduled for September 27th, rain or shine. This usually means a sprawling indoor-outdoor party with all of the city’s best chefs representing their brands and restaurants. This year, however, they’re shaking things up a bit.

This year, the 9th year of FEASTival, it’s founders wanted to push the creative envelope even further by challenging chefs to collaborate outside of their category and cuisine of expertise, to cook with their peers, to dream up something truly collaborative, and to use this as an opportunity to give guests an experience they won’t find anywhere else in Philly.

So what does this mean? Well, this year, instead of each chef representing their respective restaurants, the chefs — all 60 of them — will represent the eclectic neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the cuisines largely associated with them. So chefs who are assigned West Philly will get to cook Caribbean, African and Indian inspired foods. Chefs assigned South Philly will go with Italian, or Cambodian, or Vietnamese, or Mexican. Each chef will be paired off with a teammate and, together, they’ll work on creating a dish that best represents them, their style of cooking, and the neighborhood they’ve been assigned to.

The epic blowout party that wraps up the Philly Fringe Festival blends art, entertainment, and food with live performances and cuisine from the best chefs in the city. Described as a “completely delicious and amazing” evening and named “one of the best events in the last decade,” Audi FEASTIVAL celebrates both our artistic and culinary scenes – two great economic engines that push Philadelphia forward. Audi FEASTIVAL has been hailed as “the cultural event of the year,” “best party in Philadelphia” and “a party from a different world”.

Labor Day Weekend

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Summer gets a suitable send-off this Labor Day weekend with loads of incredible events at both indoor and outdoor attractions citywide in Philadelphia.

Residents and visitors alike descend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the impressive Made in America music festival on Saturday and Sunday.  One of Philadelphia’s biggest music festivals hits the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for another year of live music from some of the biggest names in hip-hop, EDM, rock and pop. The festival weekend is jam packed with performances by Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Diplo, Zedd, Alessia Cara and more.

Labor Day weekend also brings the last few days of the season for the fun-filled Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Head to the Delaware River waterfront destination by Monday — its last day open of the season — for boardwalk eats, craft beer and cocktails, roller skating, mini-golf, arcade games and the 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel.

Explore Philadelphia’s multifaceted maritime history at the Independence Seaport Museum, located along the scenic Delaware River waterfront and open all weekend long. Stop by Deck — the museum’s pop-up beer garden — for top-notch views of the Delaware River, drinks, live music and fun for the whole family on Friday and Saturday. Nearby, Admiral’s Tavern — a pop-up beer garden on the historic Cruiser Olympia — is another superior place for craft beer, cocktails, wine, games and music on Friday and Saturday as well.

Both spots provide great views of the Labor Day Fireworks show on Saturday. They will be popping off after an entertaining end-of-summer concert featuring the U.S. Army Band Downrange at Penn’s Landing. This festive fireworks show, hosted by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation illuminates the sky above the Delaware River to commemorate Labor Day and is a not to be missed, long standing Philly tradition.

Also, every Labor Day weekend, the Canstatter German society in Torresdale hosts a three-day Oktoberfest party with crafts and lots of German food and beers in a jovial setting. And, if that’s not enough to keep you busy, a cultural festival and sustainable living celebration takes over the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Sunday. 

There’s plenty to do in Philly over Labor Day weekend, so chill out at your Lincoln Square apartment, invite over some friends & family and enjoy the outdoor amenities before and after checking out the festivities throughout the city.

Blue Corn Lifestyle Fest

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The PECO Energy Multicultural Series has yet another event coming up on the weekend of September 2nd.

Celebrating sustainable living, the Blue Corn Lifestyle: Green and Organic Fest centers around traditional Mexican indigenous customs as well as modern Mexican farmer practices encompassing corn.

Gather your friends at Lincoln Square and go down to Penn’s Landing to savor authentic Mexican foods and take part in their culture.  Everyone is welcome to learn about the importance of sustainable farming and will have the opportunity to see how ancient traditions blend with more contemporary techniques.  

Agricultors, green market owners, restaurant owners, artists, musicians as well as tribal groups come together to share their talents and expertise with the community. The Blue Corn Lifestyle Fest is a completely free event sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center, Tortilleria San Roman, Circle of Hope, Secretaría De Relaciones Exteriores, Green Mountain Energy, Hello Fresh, Grid Magazine and more. Traditional dancing, music, and food will be available for attendees to enjoy.

Other upcoming PECO Multicultural Series events that you should check out are Brazilian Day on the ninth of September and Mexican Independence Day on the sixteenth of September. Brazilian Independence Day is another event that celebrates all the different aspects of Brazilian culture. Grab a partner and learn to dance the Samba or Forro while listening to Pagode and Samba-Reggae. Performers, artisans, and chefs will be entertaining and offering goods and delicious foods for you to enjoy.

Much like Brazilian Day, Mexican Independence Day the next week will also be a celebration but of the Mexican culture. Mexican rock bands will be headlining. You will be able to purchase traditional arts and crafts, eat food, drink, dance and just have an all around good time. Bring the kids as well! There will be tons of activities to keep them busy at one of the most popular events at Penn’s Landing.

Lincoln Square is NOW OPEN!

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Lincoln Square is Philadelphia’s newest square – and it’s NOW OPEN!

Lincoln Square Apartments are now ready for move ins!  The first residents moved into the brand new construction apartment building in July 2018.  The residential apartment building houses studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments that are smartly laid out with large, bright windows.  The kitchens have sleek stainless steel appliances, some with kitchen islands. The apartments are ready to move in immediately.

The building has a lot of perks, outside of the apartments themselves.  There is a resident amenity floor that you’ll love hanging out in. There are multiple televisions, private seating areas and a communal table overlooking the city skyline.  The fireplaces and customizable music set the ambiance.

The roof deck on the building is one of many highlights.  You won’t believe the functionality of the roof space unless you see it in person for yourself.  The outdoor track provides a fresh-air alternative to the in-house, fully equipped work out area.  The outdoor movie area is the perfect place for an at-home date night. There are also seating lounge areas and fire pits for social relaxation.  

Pets are valued residents as well!  There is an onsite dog run for utmost convenience.  There is also a pet wash station so you don’t need to deal with that chore in your apartment.  Your pet will be happy to welcome you home to Lincoln Square each day!

Lincoln Square isn’t just an apartment building – it’s its own neighborhood!  There will be a great selection of nationwide retailers, like Target, Starbucks, PetSmart & Sprint.  It doesn’t get any more convenient than that!  Oh wait – it gets better – there’s a Fine Wine & Good Spirits liquor store on site as well!  

When you live at Lincoln Square, the party never has to stop, but you can leave it all in the resident amenity spaces and keep your apartment a respite from the rest of the hustle & bustle.  Schedule a tour today and you could move in this weekend!

Diner en Blanc

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Dress up to the nines, enjoy a delicious dinner with great friends, and know that you are part of one of the most well known, secretive events in Philadelphia.

Diner en Blanc is the event of the summer. There will be over a thousand people in attendance who are all dressed in white and have studied all facets of etiquette in order to conduct themselves properly at the “chicest picnic” of the year. It is located in a public space that is away from car traffic and pedestrian traffic.

Francois Pasquier, with a few friends, started this exclusive picnic almost 30 years ago in France. The Diner en Blanc that is located in Paris now yields over 10,000 guests a year. Some of the locations that were chosen for the secret picnic were The Pont Des Arts, the Eiffel Tower, Place Vendome, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Le Louvre Pyramid, and the Palais Royal Garden to name a few. Could you imagine eating with friends and many others who are all dressed up in the Champs Elysees of Philadelphia?

If you decide to attend, there are some rules that must be followed. Participation in the event is only made possible by being a member or being sponsored by a member from the previous year. Confirmation will be sent and attendance is absolutely mandatory no matter the weather. Since the event is being held in a public space, the occupied areas must be as clean as it was before the picnic. Attendees must bring their own seating of a table, two white chairs and a white tablecloth. Their picnic basket must be filled with gourmet munchies, cutlery, dishware, and glassware. If attendees wish, they may bring wine or champagne if local laws allow it. Due to the formal nature of the Diner en Blanc, participants must wear white exclusively and dress elegantly.

Lincoln Square Apartments is a great place to gather your friends before you head over to the secret location of Diner en Blanc. After a terrific time eating, dancing and simply having a great time, return to Lincoln Square to continue the party on the green roof lounge.

Philly Free Streets

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Philly Free Streets is back again this year – bringing you traffic-free roads in Center City for a day.

On August 11th from 8:00am – 1:00pm North Broad Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from City Hall all the way to Germantown Avenue.  The Philly Free Streets route is over four miles long and includes several exciting stops along the way.

The Divine Lorraine is an iconic building standing strong where Broad, Fairmount and Ridge intersect.  The beautiful building holds a long-storied past dating back to the 1800s. The site recently underwent a full renovation and is now a residential apartment building.  

The New Freedom Theater and The Blue Horizon are often overlooked pieces of history on North Broad Street.  The New Freedom Theater is the oldest African American Theater in Pennsylvania.  The Blue Horizon is a boxing venue, which is still in operation today, where Sugar Ray Leonard once fought.

Specially for Philly Free Streets, there will be a beach on North Broad Street.  There will be 50 tons of sand brought to Broad Street between Jefferson and Oxford for this pop up city beach.  You won’t want to miss the once in a lifetime events that take place. The beach will be open August 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th.  

North Broad Street will be closed to motor vehicles for Philly Free Streets, but you are welcome to ride a bicycle.  Indego bikes will be available through the route.  Walking, jogging and running is encouraged, but don’t go too fast, or you’ll miss all the fun.  You’ll pass 15 official murals and Murals Arts Project will be creating murals during the event as well.  The Academy of Fine Arts are opening the doors to their collection for free in honor of Philly Free Streets.

There are so many reasons to check out North Broad Street during Philly Free Streets on August 11th, but really, it will be fun just to have the busy road closed to traffic and be able to roam freely.  Residents of Lincoln Square can walk straight up Broad Street from their door – that would be a long walk, though, so it may be best to take the sub and get off at anywhere from City Hall to Erie Ave.

Eagles Home Opener

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Are you ready for some Football???

If you’re like me, you have been counting the days until the very first flip of the coin at the Eagles home opener. 26 weeks and 4 days since we watched our “Underdogs” bring home The Big Win. Granted, it’s pre-season, but it’s still FOOTBALL. It’s also a perfect opportunity to score seats that are actually available and less costly than regular season tickets. (Thanks to The Pre-Season Snobs.) Bonus: no parka necessary!  And if you live at the brand new apartments at Lincoln Square, you’ll already be on the same street as the game.

What could be more fun than watching The Reigning Super Bowl Champions take the field for the first time since capturing the Lombardi Trophy against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field? The Eagles will begin their preseason schedule on August 9 with The Battle of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh’s last regular season trip to Philadelphia didn’t go so well for them.

After opening at home against the Steelers, the Eagles will travel to New England for a Super Bowl LII rematch with the Patriots. The Eagles playing the Patriots in the preseason after beating them in February should be pretty fun!

The Eagles’ third preseason game, a road contest against the Cleveland Browns, will be televised nationally on FOX and is set for Thursday, August 23 at 8 p.m. Will Carson Wentz be ready in time for the dress rehearsal game in Cleveland? He is probably too nice to do it, but he should remind the Browns that they’re 1-31 since passing on him.

The Eagles will round out their preseason schedule with a home game against the New York Jets. The Eagles and Jets have played each other in the fourth preseason game in every season dating back to 2001.  The two teams have played in 32 of the last 33 preseasons.

What I know is, Doug Pederson is 6-2 in eight preseason games. He’s 23-12 in games that really matter (20-12 in the regular season, 3-0 in the playoffs). Doug just knows how to win. And, if you ask me, that’s just fun to watch no matter what the stakes are!

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

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Philadelphia has become a food destination with many world class chefs opening restaurants around town. Not many people realize, though, that there is a culinary school on South Broad Street.

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts opened in 1988 and has been teaching the tools of the trade ever since.  

With accelerated programs like Associate of Specialized Technology & Restaurant Management, busy individuals who want to learn skills for either front of house or back of house careers can do so without having to wait too long before having accreditations to earn a good job in the industry.  Students can choose between a Culinary Arts focus or a Pastry Arts focus. There are classes like Characteristics of the Food Service Industry, Preparation, The Cooking Process, and Cooking Science.

Another tract JNA Institute of Culinary Arts offers is a diploma in Professional Cooking.  This program also has the option of choosing between Culinary or Pastry, but there are more hours required to obtain the diploma.  It also gives the opportunity for an externship in the food service industry where working hours count toward credit hours.

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts has a restaurant which is open to the public Thursday & Friday, 4:30pm – 8:00pm.  The restaurant is fully staffed by enrolled students and all tips go toward the school’s scholarship fund. The menu changes quarterly so you can make regular visits, but still try new things.  You can make reservations on opentable or by calling the restaurant directly. Residents of Lincoln Square can just walk a few steps out their door to try to delicious food creations of JNA Institute of Culinary Arts.

Nightlife on South Broad Street

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Philadelphia’s options for neighborhoods to go out in has been expanding in recent years.

It used to be that only Center City, Old City and South Street were the places to go at night, but that is not the case any more.  We now have Northern Liberties, University City, East Passyunk, and Fishtown. The newest addition to this list is South Broad Street.  Some fun nightlife options on South Broad Street are Boot & Saddle, The Dolphin and just off Broad Street is South Philly Tap Room.

Boot & Saddle is located at 1131 South Broad Street, at Broad & Ellsworth, and has been at its current address since the 70s.  There was a 17 year period where the building sat vacant, but it has been revitalized and reopened as a live music venue, as it has always been.  The bar has a long and storied past, at one time being a regular hang out for sailors who were docked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  It now boasts a 60-seat bar and 150-person live music venue.  This fun, unique spot is conveniently one block from Lincoln Square!

The Dolphin is just a couple blocks further down Broad Street at 1539 S Broad Street, at the corner of Broad & Tasker Streets.  The Dolphin is a dive dance club – something not often found in Philadelphia. They are open Wednesday – Saturday from 9:00pm – 2:00am with different DJs rotating all the time.  Check out their website before heading out to see what will be playing that night. They host many genres – from EDM to rap to reggae to pop. Historically, The Dolphin was a go-go bar with billiards and still has some of the character from it’s former life in the current iteration.  

South Philly Tap Room is located at 15th & Mifflin Streets, just one block off of South Broad Street.  This is a great option for good food with good beer. The happy hour selections are great, and they serve food late night as well.  The service, selection and scenery make it worth the walk from Lincoln Square.

These are just a few of the great options for nightlife on South Broad Street in Philadelphia.  Lucky for residents of Lincoln Square apartments, this list is bound to keep getting longer!

Robert Indiana’s Love Statue

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There are many iconic Philadelphia symbols and pieces of art and one of the most popular and recognizable is the LOVE statue by Robert Indiana.

Tourists and locals alike flock to “LOVE Park” to take a photo with the statue – many not realizing that they are actually in John F. Kennedy Plaza.  The statue has become such a staple to Philadelphia and the park, that everyone refers to it’s permanent residence as Love Park.  How fitting for the City of Brotherly Love! Not many Philadelphians realize, though, that there are many iterations of Robert Indiana’s LOVE artwork.

LOVE was originally created as a pop art image for the Museum of Modern Art’s Christmas Card in 1964.  It was also used on a US postage stamp around the same time.  The original print has block colors with the LOVE in red against a green and blue background.  The original LOVE sculpture, in the form that we know and love, was first made in 1970 and is now housed in Indiana at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  

Other versions of Robert Indiana’s Love Statue can be seen around the world, including in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. In Singapore the statue is bright blue, a contrast to the bright red we recognize. There are now even versions in Chinese, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish.  In Spain the statue reads AMOR. In Israel it is in Hebrew. There are also many homages to the recognizable work of art in instances of pop culture, like Rage Against the Machine’s album art for Renegade.

The artist, Robert Indiana, was born Robert Clark and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He was born in 1928 and recently passed away May 19, 2018. A 12-foot Love Statue was sold in 2011 for $4.1 million.Philadelphia is lucky enough to have two versions of the famous statue – at 16th & JFK in the famous park it’s known for, and of University of Pennsylvania’s campus.  Now is a great time of year for residents of Lincoln Square to explore the city – and what better way than to find the two Robert Indiana Love statues in Philadelphia.  Every Philadelphian should have their photo with the Love statue! It’s like a right of passage for Philadelphians!