Awesome 80s Movies at Liberty Lands in Northern Liberties

One of the best things about living in Philadelphia in the summertime's the large number of free outdoor events taking place all over the city. Philly renters on a budget are sure to appreciate the price point, as each day brings a new outdoor event to one of the city's neighborhoods. One of several outdoor movie series taking place across Philly, The Awesome Fest's "Awesome 80's Movies on The Awesome Screen!" might be, well, the most awesome.

Since July, the festival's been beaming classic movies onto an outdoor screen in the Liberty Lands park in Northern Liberties. Each Thursday through August 30th, the fest returns to this cute NoLibs park with another 1980s classic. Screenings begin at 9 p.m., which means ths sun's set and the breeze of the Delaware River helps push away Philly's sometimes sweltering heat. Even if you rent an apartment in a Philly neighborhood that's not Northern Liberties, SEPTA makes it easy to get to the park with the Girard and Spring Garden MFL stops just a few blocks away.

"Awesome 80's Movies" has a few more showings left this summer: August 9th is Top Gun; August 16th, Predator; August 23rd, Beetlejuice; and August 30th, The Wizard. Whether you live in Northern Liberties or elsewhere in Philly, it's a fun (and free!) event. Click here to learn more about the "Awesome 80's Movies" outdoor movie series.

Love Soccer? Check Out the 2012 MLS All Star Game on July 25th

Philly sports fanatics know the city's actually got a fifth major professional sports team. Sure, the Eagles, Philles, Flyers, and Sixers get most of the press, but we've also got a great Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union. The Union actually play their games in Chester, Pennsylvania — just a short trek from Philly, accessible by SEPTA regional rail for car-free Philly renters — in PPL Park. This relatively new stadium is soccer specific, which means it offers fans of the sport incredible sightlines and an all-around world class experience watching the beautiful game.

Major League Soccer's season is ongoing, and the Philadelphia Union have quite a few remaining home games. And the Union are also lucky enough to host the 2012 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park. This year's iteration of the MLS All-Star game will feature a side of MLS superstars competing against Chelsea, one of the English Premier League's best clubs. The match promises to be a wonderful spectacle, one Philly sports fans shouldn't miss.

Interested in making a trip from Center City Philadelphia out to PPL Park? The Philadelphia Union's website offers directions by car and via mass transit. To get to PPL Park by mass transit, Philly renters can take SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line to the Chester Transportation Center, then catch a free stadium shuttle on Front Street. The shuttle runs for four hours prior to kickoff, and runs return trips until the last fans have left PPL Park.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming Philadelphia Union matches!

Celebrate Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary on July 14th

Renters love living in Philadelphia in part because the city's got so much unique character, with historic landmarks from the Colonial Era sitting adjacent to hot new Jose Garces restaurants. From Old City to Rittenhouse Square and Northern Liberties, Philly offers renters an eclectic mix of old and new. Of course, no list of unique Philly events would be complete without the annual Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount.

Never visited Eastern State? It's one of Philly's most notable landmarks, a prison opened in 1829 that now functions as a museum in Fairmount. On July 14th, Eastern State will host a re-enactment of Bastille Day, a moment that helped precipitate the French Revolution. As part of the 2012 Bastille Day festivities, Eastern State will partner with The Bearded Ladies, a cabaret troupe, to offer what its website — possibly, maybe, just a little facetiously! — promises will be a "'completely historically accurate' re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille."

The whole thing culminates, of course, in a faux Marie Antoinette exclaiming "let them eat Tastykake!" as thousands of those Philadelphia favorites fly from Eastern State's towers. The sight of airborne Tastykakes is one of Philadelphia's most unique spectacles and if you're a renter living in Fairmount or, really, in any Philly neighborhood, it's an event you won't want to miss. Click here for Eastern State Penitentiary's 2012 Bastille Day Preview!

Philadelphia Parks for Your Pooch

Apartment life can feel a bit confining at times – especially if you’re a dog! If you’re looking for the best dog parks to visit with your furry friend, look no further. We’ve done all the hard work, and found the very best Philly parks to enjoy with your pooch.

Schuylkill River Dog Park
Located just a short walk from apartments in Fitler Square, Rittenhouse Square, and the Graduate Hospital Neighborhood, this off-leash park is located along the banks of the Schuylkill River. The Schuylkill River Dog Park even features separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs. There are also biodegradable poop bags for the eco-conscious!

Triangle Dog Park
Situated right in Fishtown, the Triangle Dog Park is fully fenced in, making it a great place for an off-leash game of fetch! Fishtown is a popular neighborhood for renters looking for affordable Philadelphia apartments, and the Triangle Dog Park helps make Fishtown a great neighborhood for Philadelphia dogs, too.

Pretzel Dog Run at Manayunk Park
Revitalized beginning in the late 1990s by the Manayunk Neighborhood Council, the Pretzel Dog Run is a wonderful place for dogs living in Manayunk apartments to get some exercise.

Clark Park
Clark Park in West Philadelphia hosts the summer Shakespeare in the Park event, along with a Saturday farmers' market. Clark Park also welcomes pets, if leashed, making it a great destination for University City dogs.

Seger Dog Park
Dogs sharing apartments in Philly's Washington Square West neighborhood can enjoy off-leash fun and play at the Seger Dog Park. Located slightly southeast of Center City, Seger Dog Park features separate enclosed areas for large and small dogs.

Philadelphia is a dog-friendly city. Next time your pet begs to get out of the apartment for some outdoor fun, head to one of these terrific dog-friendly locales, and enjoy an afternoon of fetch and tail-chasing.

Welcome America! Returns to Center City This Summer

The lineup for this year's Welcome America! celebration has something for everyone.

That's one way of putting it, anyway. We might file it under 'All Over the Map' or 'A Bunch of People You'll Never See Together Again,' but don't mind us; we just can't bear seeing Hall without Oates.

Anyway, besides Daryl Hall, you can look forward to getting out of the apartment and seeing The Roots, Queen Latifah, Common, and Joe Jonas.

As usual, Welcome America! is free and runs June 25-July 4.




Are You Planning To Catch A Sixers Playoff Game?

In case you missed it, the Philadelphia 76ers made the NBA playoffs again this season. Sure, we know the Flyers are making a run toward the Stanley Cup Finals and the Phillies season just started. But after a season of ups and downs, the Sixers once again advanced to pro basketball's biggest stage. As the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers are facing the stalwart Chicago Bulls, who finished the season with the NBA's best overall record.

One game's already in the books: Saturday's 103-91 loss at Chicago, a game marred by an injury to Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. There'll be one more game in Chicago before the series heads to Philadelphia and the Wells Fargo Center. Game Three will take place Friday, May 4th at 8 p.m.; Game Four, on Sunday, May 6th at 1 p.m.

Never been to an NBA Playoff game? The energy's much more intense than regular season games, and this is a great chance to cheer on the hometown Sixers while seeing another one of the league's best teams, up close and in person.

Located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, the Wells Fargo Center is easily accessible from many Philadelphia neighborhoods. The Sports Complex offers ample parking and even boasts its own SEPTA station, the AT&T Station. Located at the end of the Broad Street Line, the Wells Fargo Center is accessible from an array of Philadelphia neighborhoods. Whether you rent an apartment in Fishtown, Fairmount, Queen Village, or University City, it's easy and convenient to get to a Sixers basketball game.

Great tickets are still available, so check the Philadelphia 76ers website for details. Go Sixers!

The Phillies: Time to Panic?

Forgive us, but it might be time to panic.

Yes, yes, we know it's only April. But do you remember last year's Phillies-Cardinals NLDS? Y'know, the one where our guys looked like they couldn't get a hit in slowpitch beer league softball?

Well, let's just say nothing's changed. Adding insult to injury (we couldn't resist), Chase Utley still hasn't played a game in 2012. Hunter Pence just got hurt. And perhaps worst of all, everyone's favorite-superhero-who-isn't-Roy-Halladay, Cliff Lee, is on the 15-day DL.

He pulled a muscle during a sterling 10-inning performance in San Francisco. We know you're tough, Cliff, but be good to yourself. We need you more than ever.

The Bazaar at Piazza Schmidts: Food, Fun & Shopping

Looking for something to do this weekend? Head to Piazza Schmidts in the historic Northern Liberties section of the city for their seasonal bazaar’s kick-off weekend. From noon to 6pm both Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd, the 80,000 square foot plaza will be transformed into a lively open-air market – with vendors offering everything from handmade crafts, to gourmet food items, to boutique clothing. Trust us, there is something for everyone – it would be a challenge to leave empty-handed!

For a weekend of shopping bliss, a trip to The Bazaar at Piazza Schmidts cannot be beat. And, if you can’t make it this weekend, no worries – The Bazaar will also be open the weekends of May 26-27, June 30-July 1, July 21-22, August 25-26, and September 29-30, rain or shine.

The Piazza was built to foster a sense of community, so even on non-bazaar days, you will find it bustling with residents of Northern Liberties and visitors alike all enjoying the restaurants, shops, and events – such as concerts, festivals, screenings, and music and dance performances – that take place here year-round. The large plaza space also includes an impressive 40 by 20 foot stage as well as a 40 foot (yes, we said 40 foot) HD LED screen on which you can watch Philly sports throughout the season!

The Piazza at Schmidts is located at 1001 North 2nd Street in Philadelphia. Parking is available to guests in the Piazza’s public lot at North 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue, and the Piazza is easily accessible from Center City, Olde City, and I-95, as well as by public transportation.


The Bazaar at Piazza Schmidts

April 21 & 22, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

N. 2nd St. & Germantown Ave., below Girard Ave.

Want the City of Philadelphia to Bring a Pop-Up Parklet to Your Neighborhood?

Last summer renters in West Philadelphia might have noticed an intriguing sight: a pop-up parklet! In a partnership with the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities, the University City District helped install two parklets in — what else — parking spaces outside two popular West Philly hangouts: the Green Line Cafe near Clark Park and the Green Line Cafe in Powelton Village.

Located at 43rd and Baltimore and 36th and Lancaster, these two parklets were big enough attractions that (according to the MOTU's blog) they helped boost Green Line Cafe revenues by 20%!

This summer these popular public spaces will reappear across the City of Philadelphia and you can help bring one to your neighborhood. Of course, Philadelphia's neighborhoods already boast some great public spaces (from Clark Park to Rittenhouse Square and Fairmount Park), but more parks and parklets are always welcome. Whether you're renting an apartment in Fairmount, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Pennsport, or Fitler Square, you're guaranteed to enjoy having one of these parklets in your neighborhood.

Want to bring one of the City of Philadelphia's Parklets to your neighborhood this summer? The Philly Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities recently posted information on how to make a community bid for a city parklet on the MOTU's blog. Best of luck if you decide to apply!

Catch Bill Clinton at the Kimmel Center

Widener University has hooked former President Bill Clinton to open its Speaker Series on October 1 at the Kimmel Center.

A statement from Widener says that Clinton will address "the challenge of globalization, emphasizing our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals." 

Clinton is first in a line of heavy hitters, scheduled to include journalist Lisa Ling, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.

Schedule and ticket information is available here or by calling (215) 893-1955.

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