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Taylor Swift at Lincoln Financial Field

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Swifty fans unite!

Taylor Swift is going to be performing at Lincoln Financial Field on the 13th and 14th of July so make sure to get your tickets! Taylor Swift will be performing songs from her new album “Reputation” as well as some oldies but goodies.

The show will begin with performances by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX. Cabello is an up and coming solo artist whose career began with Fifth Harmony, a girl group that gained popularity with the help of the X Factor show. Cabello became a solo artist after several duets with other popular singers. Charli XCX, also known as Charlotte Emma Aitchison, will also open for Taylor Swift alongside Camila Cabello. Her music is considered dance-pop, electro-pop and alternative pop by music critics.

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at 14 years old in order to seek a career in country music. In 2006, Swift’s debut album got to number five on the Billboard 200 list. The second album she released Fearless, became the best-selling album of 2009. It won four Grammy Awards. She released five more albums after Fearless, each more popular than the last. Overall she sold more than 40 million albums and 130 million single downloads.  

Swift has received many awards and honors, including 10 Grammy Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards (the most wins by an act), 12 Country Music Association Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards, one Brit Award, and one Creative Arts Emmy Award. She has been listed in Rolling Stone‘s 2015 list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour is the fifth concert tour by Taylor Swift. It started on May 8th, 2018 and will end in Tokyo on November 21st, 2018. Her set list will include over 20 songs including “…Ready for It?”, “Gorgeous”, “Look What You Made Me Do”, “King of My Heart”, “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, “Don’t Blame Me”, and “Call It What You Want”. All you will have to do to make it to Swift’s concert and be a part of her tour is walk to the Broad Street Line from your Lincoln Square Apartment. You will be at Lincoln Financial Field in no time.

Rail Park

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Starbucks

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We have all heard it before: “There’s a Starbucks on every corner.”

But as a resident of the Lincoln Square Apartment building you will not have to cross the street or even leave your building to getting a refreshing cup of Joe. The Lincoln Square Starbucks will soon be located on the ground floor of Lincoln Square Apartment Building.

Picture it. You wake up late for work in the morning and cannot seem to shake off the exhaustion that an early work day so often brings. You stumble out of bed, shower, get dressed, and take a short elevator ride to the lobby where, as you rub the sleep from your eyes, a cheerful Starbucks barista greets you by name and asks if you want the usual. One sip and you are ready to go. Never before has coffee tasted so good or been so convenient. This Starbucks on the ground floor of your building affords you myriad opportunities: the ability to work from “home” in a distraction-free environment (with free wifi to boot!), a fantastic place to meet up with friends, or just a place to decompress after a taxing day at the office. Whatever the reason for your visit, Starbucks’ extensive menu has something to offer that will leave you satisfied.

Other neighborhood shopping opportunities that will be located at the ground floor of Lincoln Square Apartments, or nearby in the area, include

Make sure to sign your lease for Lincoln Square Apartments to enjoy all of these wonderful resources and everything else Lincoln Square has to offer!

Sprouts

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Giant, Acme, Wegmans and now Sprouts.

Philadelphia has a variety of grocery stores that you can choose from for all your grocery needs. Organic or locally grown, any of these stores have what you are looking for. Soon you will be able to add Sprouts to your marketplace list.

Sprouts, located at 1000 South Broad Street, will be the only store in Pennsylvania, so future Lincoln Square residents will be extremely fortunate to rent there. Sprouts has a mission to provide the healthiest options to customers as possible so everyone can have the choice for a better, healthier lifestyle.  The grocery store was founded back in 1943 and has always been passionate about healthy eating. Not only does Sprouts ensure the promise for fresh produce, but they also promise to give back to the community they serve by volunteering and support local events. All over the nation, this past year alone, Sprouts stores supplied more than 2 million meals to families in need during the “Grab ‘N’ Give” holiday food drive. The grocer also donated more than 16,000 pounds of food and water to Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims as well as raised over $350,000 for the American Red Cross. Local nonprofit organizations also received $2.2 million in support and 830 community events were supported through volunteering and in-kind donations.

The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, founded in 2015, is another brainchild of the grocery chain which dedicates time, energy and money to the community it supports. Sprouts partners with many different organizations including REAL School Gardens, Vitamin Angels, and Autism Speaks in order to promote health education and nutrition, help people with disabilities and other health concerns and, of course, alleviate hunger and food security when possible.  So why not get your groceries AND benefit your community?

Broad Street Run

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Ready? Set. Go! You could not have wished for a more beautiful day to run in a marathon throughout Philadelphia.

The Broad Street Run is on May 6th, which is forecasted to be an overcast, 70-degree day. This is the run’s 39th year and has always been historically successful with over 40,000 participants each year. You must register to run in the race but your registration fee can be donated to a number of different charities including the American Cancer Society, American Association for Cancer Research, Fairmount Park Conservancy,  Students Run Philly Style and Back on My Feet. In fact, 39 teams and 663 participants have raised over $350,000 for the American Cancer Society, exclusively!

If you are motivated to join in this run you can find more information about how to enter through their website at broadstreetrun.com.  Also on their website are training articles and videos that will help you prepare for the 10-mile marathon. Lincoln Square apartments will be perfect for training for the marathon. With a large outdoor fitness area which includes a running track, you can train for the run with your friends, family, and even your dog if you want!

Make sure to bring your family with you to the race even if they are not participating to cheer you on. Children can even have fun during the day before the Broad Street Run at the Philadelphia Navy Yard at 7 in the morning. There will be caricature artists, face painting, inflatables, petting zoo, balloon artists and even a mini-run called the Dunkin’ Munchkin Run. Kids of all ages will love everything that has to do with the Broad Street Run.

The course starts at Central High School Athletic Field at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue. You will be running on Broad Street past many different Philadelphia neighborhoods. Music groups, high school bands, cheerleading squads, church choirs, and drill teams will be there alongside your family to cheer you and the other participants to the finish line at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. May 6th is sure to be a fun-filled day for you and your family!

Microbreweries in South Philadelphia

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Spend an afternoon or night out at one of the many micro-breweries at your disposal in South Philadelphia.

Walk out your front door at Lincoln Square and take a short walk to Fountain Porter. This wonderful South Philadelphia micro-brewery is fully decked out in old-school bar style décor. And if you are hungry there are plenty of bar food options for you to choose from like burgers, fries and wings. If you are looking for a homier bar to frequent, the Devil’s Den is another nearby bar that you can warm up in. Sit by the fire and order some delicious homemade bar bites. You will never get tired of the choices of beer since they have different drafts every week that you can try. Check out their events that are always successful and fun too!

If you happen to be vegan and do not mind a little bit of a walk for a delicious beer and a good time, you should visit Second District Brewing Company on the other side of South Broad Street. Some of the food you can enjoy include…If you are not a fan of beer, you can order other types of alcoholic drinks too like wine or cocktails.

Try the Newbold Brew for an awesome selection of international craft beers. If you’re looking for something to do, you should look up the website for Newbold Brew and check when they are having a tasting or a “meet the brewer” event.

Head east towards the Delaware River to 2nd Street Brew House for a great time with friends and meet some other locals at this casual bar. Play bar games with your newfound friends and enjoy Happy Hour food and drinks of more than a dozen rotating taps.

With all of these micro-breweries to choose from, you will not have any trouble finding your favorite haunt near Lincoln Square.

Philadelphia Voices at the Kimmel Center

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Even though the Lincoln Square Apartments are not done being constructed yet, it is never too early to find out what events are nearby that you may want to attend.

From April 5th to April 7th, you can attend the Philadelphia Voices performance at the Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall. Tod Machover, an MIT professor and inventor of new technology for music, leads the performers in this concert.

The concert will include Philadelphia Voices, Chichester Psalms, and Pictures from an Exhibition. Machover decided to create this program after the visit by the Pope in 2015 and he heard the hundreds of thousands of voices singing in unison. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be conducting the musicians. The Westminster Symphonic Choir, the Keystone State Boychoir, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and the Sister Cities Girlchoir will all be lending their voices for the audience to enjoy. Joe Miller is the overall director of the program while Steven M. Fisher and Alysia Lee both take on the role of Artistic Director.

Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein will also be sung as a part of the program. It is one of the most religious works by Bernstein but will be added to this program for the overall plea for peace that it encompasses. The psalms are sung in original Hebrew which lends itself to the performance and have a beautiful sound.

The finale of the entire event is Pictures from an Exhibition which was orchestrated by Maurice Ravel Eulenburg and created by the composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. Pictures from an Exhibition was an ode to Viktor Hartmann, Mussorgsky’s dear friend who died suddenly at the age of 39 from an aneurysm. This beautiful score, dedicated to a beloved friend, is a wonderful way to end the night and showcase the Philadelphia Sound.

Take some time to attend this event and others that will be in the area of your new home at Lincoln Square.