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(Jason Cichonski in his "Gaslight" restaurant, in Old City.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

What’s Cooking On 1060: Waffles, Wings, and… Tattoos!

Jason Cichonski was quickly eliminated in this season’s “Top Chef” TV competition. Not dwelling on that, he is opening his second Philadelphia restaurant.

02/13/2014

(The Benjamin Franklin firehouse, at 4th and Arch Streets, has been boarded up since a fire in September.   Photo by Ed Fischer)

Damaged Old City Firehouse May Not Reopen For Another Year

The fire last September, which started in the engine of an ambulance parked in one of the bays, left the Ben Franklin firehouse heavily charred.

01/02/2014

Artist rendering of Old City redevelopment at 3rd & Market Streets. (credit: Alterra Property Group, LLC)

Development And Redevelopment Projects Underway In Historic Old City

New meets old. Development and redevelopment projects are in the works near 3rd and Market Streets in Old City. And something that is not so common in the historic district….chain stores.

10/30/2013

(credit: Justin Udo)

Local Volunteers Help National Parks Recover From Government Shutdown

Volunteers were helping beautify Independence National Park on Saturday after the partial government shutdown left the area covered in leaves and debris.

10/19/2013

Chef Walter Staib (right) and his staff are happy to be back in the kitchen. (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Historic City Tavern Reopens Amid Government Shutdown

Employees of the historic City Tavern restaurant in Old City Philadelphia returned to work on Saturday after being sent home 10 days ago as part of the government shutdown.

10/12/2013

(The National Constitution Center, government-owned but independently funded, had a sign out to make sure tourists knew they weren't affected by the government shutdown.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Old City Tourists Find Plenty To Do Despite Government Shutdown

Tourists on the historical circuit were finding slim pickings today, with the major sites closed for the government funding crisis.

10/01/2013

Michael Flynn, center, leads the "Honor, Sacrifice, and Freedom Tour" to a stop at Christ Church.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Old City Walking Tour Focuses on History of Those Who Served

The “Honor, Sacrifice, and Freedom Tour” covers 13 sights in Philadelphia and one in Camden (at the Battleship New jersey, which you’ll just be able to look at from afar).

09/10/2013

(A giant inflatable rat sat outside the Wyndham Hotel, at 4th and Arch Streets, on Wednesday and Thursday.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Giant, Crying Rat Draws Old City Hotel Guests Into Labor Dispute

The sound effect, along with a ten-foot-tall inflatable rat, are the centerpieces of a protest by union workers who say the hotel is using out-of-town labor for renovations.

08/22/2013

(A poster advertises Old City's First "Inside Out" event on July 6th.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Old City Will Make Its ‘First Friday’ a Two-Day Event In July

For the first time next month, galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, and other venues in Old City Philadelphia will be going to their sidewalks for a one-day festival.

06/25/2013

(The Old City Civic Association web site.)

Whacked By Lawsuit Costs, Old City Civic Association Disbands

Councilman Mark Squilla says the association was hobbled by the cost of being sued twice in 13 months. Even though the cases didn’t go to court, he says, the OCCA faced $10,000 in legal bills.

05/16/2013

(A vacant lot in Old City, left, where owner Jeffrey Brown wants to build a high-rise that exceeds Old City height rules.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Old City Zoning Changes Forward

A City Council committee has agreed to relax zoning restrictions in a portion of Old City near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

05/14/2013

(Credit:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Painters Brush New Life Into Philadelphia ‘Ghost Signs’

Philadelphia has no shortage of ghost signs, left over from its two centuries as an industrial and manufacturing powerhouse. Some have been reincarnated in surprising ways.

05/12/2013

(A horse-drawn carriage at 7th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Councilman Wants To Expand Afternoon Hours For Horse Carriages

City councilman Mark Squilla thinks horse-drawn carriages should be allowed to operate during the afternoon rush hour, when they are currently prohibited.

05/09/2013

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Two More Defendants Sentenced In Fatal January 2012 Old City Sidewalk Attack

Kenneth Enriquez-Santiago was sentenced to 2-5 years in prison, and co-defendant Steven Ferguson, who delivered the fatal blow to Kevin Kless, has been sentenced to 5-10 years in prison.

04/26/2013

(Tables outside The Plough and The Stars restaurant, on Second Street near Chestnut.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Center City Restaurants Rush The Season With Outdoor Seating

Tuesday’s chilly weather didn’t exactly have people fighting for outdoor seating at Old City restaurants.

04/23/2013

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